North boys track continues to roll

The North High School boys track and field team has long been a power in the Metro East Conference. The Polars have won the conference team title 11 times in a row and have their sights set on No. 12 this spring.

North won the 2015 conference title by 16 points over runner-up Hastings but could face a tougher challenge this year. Head coach Todd Wallert reports that numbers are down this season.

Despite the drop in participation, North is still blessed with solid senior leadership. Among the seniors on this year’s team are captains Isaiah Koran, Bishop McDonald, Andrew Thibaudeau and Ben Allen.

Koran is back for his senior season after claiming all-state honors in a pair of events in 2015. He ran on North’s 4x200-meter relay team that finished second at the Class AA state meet and took ninth place at state in the 100-meter dash.

McDonald also ran on that second-place relay team, Thibaudeau is a pole vaulter who qualified for state last season and Allen is a middle-distance runner for the Polars. 

Koran and McDonald also ran on North’s 4-by-100-meter relay that qualified for state but did not advance to the finals.

Top juniors on the roster this season include Jake Kubiatowicz, a thrower who finished sixth at state in the discus, and Adam Chiarella, who is a pole vaulter.

North finished in a tie for third place in the team standings at the state meet.

Among last year’s seniors who North needs to replace this season is Akeem Sirleaf, a four-event state qualifier. He won 200-meter dash, took third in the 100, ran on the 4-by-200-meter relay team and finished ninth in the long jump. Malek Evans, another departed senior, was fifth in the shot put and seventh in the discus at state.

North opens the season on April 7 with a time-trial meet at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Joining the Polars are Metro East Conference foes Hill-Murray, Simley, St. Thomas Academy and Tartan.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

2016 North High School boys track and field schedule

April 7 

April 12 

April 20 

April 22 

April 26

April 28 

May 3

May 6 

May 10

May 12 

May 19 

May 24 

May 26 

May 31 

June 2 

June 10

June 11 

at River Falls time trials 

at Mahtomedi time trials

North invitational 

at Prior Lake invitational 

Home triangular (SSP, H-M) 

at Centennial invitational

Metro East relays at Hastings

at White Bear Lake invitational

Section true team at Mounds View

at White Bear Lake invitational

Home triangular (Maht, STA)

MEC prelims at Tartan

MEC finals at Tartan

Section 4AA prelims at East Ridge

Section 4AA finals at East Ridge 

State meet at Hamline University

State meet at Hamline University 

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