Coming together as one
NEW ULM – The Minnesota Valley Lutheran/New Ulm Cathedral track and field team will be represented at the state meet in the boys 4×100-meter relay. The team will be made up of Adam Schnobrich, Lukas Borgwardt, Seth Kroells, Matt Tessmer, and alternate Bryan Kokesch.
The relay qualified by running a time of 44.8 seconds at the section meet. Their time is the fourth fastest qualifying time in the state.
Schnobrich gets to start off the relay for the Chargers.
“I personally really like starting,” Schnobrich said. “The first 60 is my best event, which is out of the blocks. So I like to get out quick and try to stay out in front.”
MVL/NUC coach Rollin Timm thinks Schnobrich fits the role well.
“We want to have a good starter, and Adam is a great starter,” Timm said. “He is very strong and quick out of the blocks and gets up to top speed very quickly.”
Relay teams usually put their strongest sprinter last, and Tessmer gets that honor for the team.
“I have got to take it home,” Tessmer said of being the anchor. “All of us have just got to do our best, as fast as we can. It is just 100 meters.”
In order to make the state meet, it takes a strong middle two runners as well, and the Chargers have that in Borgwardt and Kroells.
“What we’ve got this year is very fortunate. We’ve got a long-legged, young freshman that can really stride it out on the back straightaway and a sophomore that runs the curve very well,” Timm said.
The relay team has faced an uphill battle in order to make it to the state meet. They have been dealing with an injury to Borgwardt, making Kokesch’s role as an alternate very important.
“Lukas Borgwardt, our freshman, has a strained or slightly pulled quad. He’s been running with it for the last two, three weeks,” Timm explained. “We pretty much rest him and work on handoffs a little bit. He’s been able to make it through the meets, and has done quite well for us.”
Another unique challenge for this team is that it is the first year New Ulm Cathedral has been combined with the Minnesota Valley Lutheran track team. NUC had been combined with New Ulm High School prior to this season. Schnobrich and Kokesch are the two NUC athletes that are a part of the state-bound relay team.
“I do have a lot of friends at New Ulm Public, so it was kind of hard at first,” Schnobrich said. “Once I got here and once I was running with the new kids, I really liked it. We don’t have a track, but we make the most of what we have. I think going to state without even having a track just shows the coaching that we have.”
Coach Timm gives credit to the senior leadership on the team.
“They’ve worked well from the beginning of the year,” Timm said. “The leadership of the seniors has been great this year. We’ve got strong leadership from both Cathedral and MVL, and they’ve done a great job. And we see that on this relay team also with Adam and Matt as our two seniors, one from each school, both exemplifying great leadership and good attitudes, and really encouraging the younger athletes.”
That leadership shows heading into the state meet. The two seniors are excited to get the chance to take on the best competition in the state, but are still setting high goals for their team.
“This will be my first time there, and I’m just excited to go there and experience what the state meet is like,” Schnobrich said. “There are going to be a lot of good teams there, a lot of good relays and individuals, and I’m just glad to be a part of it.”
“First off, we want to make it to the finals,” Tessmer said. “After that, our goal is to place at least our seed time or better, so fourth or better.”
The state track meet will be held at Hamline University, with the Class A meet beginning at approximately 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Also participating in the Class A State Track and Field Meet will be Lucas Hesser and Evan Guffey from Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial/Nicollet. Hesser advanced in high jump and Guffey in long jump.
Madelia/Truman will be sending its 4×400 and 4×800 meter relay teams. The 4×400 team is made up of Thomas, Jon Whitney, Cade Ekstrom, and Adam Cooling. 4×800 team is made up of Cooling, Jacob Wolter, Whitney, and Edstrom. Also participating for Madelia/Truman will be Josh Johanson in high jump.
The Springfield/Cedar Mountain/Comfrey 4×200 meter relay team of Zach Wells, Alex Larson, Chaz Kleinschmidt, and Chad Kleinschmidt advanced to state.
St. James Area will be sending its 4×800 meter relay team of Jonathan Surber, Noah Pinke, Luke Tonsager, and Zuriel Chacon. Surber will also be running in the 3,200-meter run. Blake Collier will be participating in the wheelchair shot put.
Redwood Valley will be sending two relay teams and two individuals. Its 4×800 meter relay is made up of Aidan Dirhlam, Wesley Peyerl, NickVon Mosch, and Ryan Phillips. Its 4×400 meter relay will consist of Jacob Prouty, Dirhlam, Thane Widmer, and Phillips. Phillips will also participate in the open 800-meter run. Randy Juell will be representing Redwood Valley in the pole vault, high jump, and long jump.
There will also be four girls from area schools participating in the State Class A Track Meet
Megan Eckberg will be representing Sibley East in the 100-meter hurdles.
Kylee Wells advanced in the 100-meter dash for Springfield/Cedar Mountain/Comfrey.
For St. James Area, Aryn Eckstrom will be participating in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter run. Emily Hurly advanced in the discus throw.