Parker Fossum clears the bar in the high jump for the Gophers. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS
Parker Fossum clears the bar in the high jump for the Gophers. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS
The Chatfield High School track and field teams participated in their first outdoor meet of the spring as they played host for the Chatfield Invitational meet last Tuesday. In only their second meet of the year the Gophers had a number of impressive performances, with the girls' team finishing fifth out of seven teams and the boys' team finishing first.

The Gopher girls' team got off to a quick start again, earning six points in the 100-meter dash from Autumn Erickson, who posted a time of 13.43 seconds, which was good enough for second place. In the 200-meter dash Maddy Kammer and Ashley Baker took first and second, respectively. Kammer finished in 27.62 seconds while Baker crossed the finish line just nine-tenths of a second behind her. Kammer also successfully defended her state championship in the 400-meter dash for the first time this season, finishing with a time of 1:03.17. On top of her two running victories, Kammer finished third in the high jump as well, clearing 4'8".

The Gopher 4x200-meter relay team, comprised of Erickson, Baker, Kammer, and Maddie Talamantes, also finished in first place, cruising to a nearly six-second victory with a time of 1:54.81. In the 3200-meter run, Karen Gomez-Ruiz placed third, completing the race with a time of 12:57.66. Finally, senior Mikaela Bray placed second in the pole vault, clearing a height of eight feet.

Finishing first place as a team, the Chatfield boys' team turned in a number of strong performances, including five first place finishes and five second place finishes. Senior Jayme LaPlante began the meet with a third place finish in the 100-meter dash then proceeded to claim first in both the shot put and discus. LaPlante set new meet records in both of the throwing events, recording throws of 49'7" in the shot put and 177'9" in the discus. Fellow thrower Julius General placed third in the shot put with a throw of 40'5.25".

Hurdler Alex Haffner placed first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.51 and took second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 46.56. The Gophers got their other two first place finishes in the 4x200 meter relay and the 4x400 meter relay. The 4x200 team finished with a time of 1:42.24 and consisted of Austin Swancutt, Kevin Bradt, Alex Bradt, and Parker Fossum. Fossum and Kevin Bradt also joined Chase Salerno and Jarrett Oakley on the 4x400 team that won with a time of 4:00.49.

In the 400-meter dash Kevin Bradt and Oakley placed second and third, respectively. Bradt finished the one-lap race in 56.9 seconds while Oakley finished in 59.57. The Gophers also had a duo of sprinters place in the 200-meter dash with Swancutt finishing second with a time of 25.24 seconds and Alex Bradt finishing fourth with a time of 26.45.

The 4x800 meter relay team that included Keegan Clarke, Justin Friedrich, Nolan Salerno, and Anthony Voigt placed second with a time of 10:04.84. Clarke also took second in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:46.63. The fifth second place finish came from Fossum, who tied for second in the high jump by clearing 5'4".

Next up for the Gopher track teams is a meet on Thursday in Lewiston.