The Orono track and field team had the opportunity to host the Section 4-2A true team meet on Wednesday, May 8, and both the boys' and girls' teams performed well by placing third out of 11 teams.
The competition for the girls' section title was extremely close as Waconia placed first with 532 points, followed by Belle Plaine/Holy Family with 523.5 and Orono with 491.
Junior Emily Knight was one of a handful of Spartans to win an event at the meet.
Knight placed first in the 400-meter run with a time of 1 minute and .74 seconds.
She also took second place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.55 seconds.
Knight's twin sister, junior Stephanie Knight won the 800-meter run with a winning time of 2 minutes and 23.30 seconds.
Freshman Sarah Harrison was also a winner at the meet as she took top honors in the 1600-meter run.
Harrison's time of 5 minutes and 19.04 seconds was .04 of second faster than the time of Benilde-St. Margaret's senior Haley Jerabek.
Eighth-grader Grace Leslie took first place in the 3200-meter run with a time 11 minutes and 53.14 seconds.
Senior Erin Briggs was a double winner as she took first place in the shot put with a winning mark of 37 feet and 11 inches and first in the discus throw with a mark of 109 feet and 10 inches.
Freshman Carly Goehring took fourth place in the long jump with a mark of 14 feet and 6.75 inches.
Senior Mackenzie Funke placed fifth in the pole vault competition by clearing eight feet even.
Freshman Danielle Jorgenson finished in fifth place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time 51.06 seconds.
Boys also place third
The boys' competition wasn't quite as close as the girls' as Delano won the meet with 570 points. Chaska was second with 491.5, while the Spartans placed third with 444.5.
Senior Cory Malchow had a strong meet for the Spartans as he took second place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.20 seconds.
Malchow added a fourth-place showing in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.81 seconds.
Junior Keith Ketola also had strong performances in two events as he placed second in the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes and 8.52 seconds and fourth in the 1600 meters with a time of 4 minutes and 36.16 seconds.
Senior Paul Brauchle placed third in the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes and 8.85 seconds and third in the 1600 meters with a time of 4 minutes and 30.86 seconds.
Senior Noah Grothe finished second in the discus competition with a throw of 124 feet and 4 inches.
Junior Derek Meyer finished fourth in 200-meter dash with a time of 24.34 seconds.
Junior Jacob Davis added a fourth-place showing in the long jump with a mark of 19 feet and 8.25 inches.
Sophomore Garrett Savoie took fifth place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 45.06 seconds.