After competing shorthanded in the Lake Conference Relays April 11, the Hopkins High boys track and field team is ready to roll with a full squad in the Shakopee Relays at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Shakopee West Junior High.
The Royals were missing many of their top scorers for the Lake Relays at Eden Prairie’s Aerie Stadium, and thus, the Royals finished eighth out of nine participating teams. It wasn’t a fair test because the eight other schools were not on spring break last week.
“We knew that we’d be short,” said Hopkins head coach Nick Lovas. “There were seven events we couldn’t enter because the numbers weren’t there.”
Highlighting Hopkins’ effort was a first place from senior Nate Johnson in the pole vault. “Nate cleared 12-6 and had three good attempts at 13 feet,” said Lovas. “He is going to do really well in the pole vault. Last year he also ran the 110- and 300-meter hurdles for us.”
Johnson finished ahead of two of the Lake Conference’s best vaulters, Austin Davis from Minnetonka and Henry Adams from Edina. Another Hopkins junior, Ben Katona placed seventh with a best of 11 feet.
Hopkins sophomore Kawntel Jackson tied for fifth place in the high jump, while senior captain Riley Allen placed fifth in the discus and ninth in the shot put to lead Hopkins’ weight crew.
Cimeon Daniel, a Hopkins junior, took ninth place in the triple jump, while eighth-grader George Jackson placed ninth in the long jump.
Hopkins had an encouraging performance in the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay with Charlie McAllister, Marvin Ratansingh, Deaundre Gordon and Simon Avenson taking third place.
In the 4×400 relay, Hopkins took sixth place with Jadon Washington, Ben Hoober, Henry Hughes and Ratansingh.
“With our full lineup in the Shakopee Relays, we hope to create momentum that will carry us through the end of the month,” said Lovas.
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