AURORA- North Woods distance runner Alex Burckhardt proved that youth is no obstacle to success last week, as the Grizzlies’ eighth-grader, running with the South Ridge Panthers, nailed down a spot in the 3200-meters race at the Section 7A track and field meet on Thursday.
Burckhardt’s sixth-place time of 11:17.3 in the June 2 North Sub-Section meet at Mesabi East was well back of Greenway/Nashwauk/Keewatin senior Geno Uhrbom’s winning mark of 10:08.2 but was good enough to advance to sectionals on June 10. Two seniors, two juniors, and a sophomore finished ahead of Burckhardt.
“He did a fabulous job for an eighth grader,” Panthers Head Coach Jeremy Polson said. “It is great for him getting this experience at such a young age. I expect big things out of him this coming fall in cross country and years to come. Look for Alex to be one of the top runners in the section.”
The sub-sectional meet was the last high school track and field hurrah for North Woods seniors Joey Lakoskey and Zuly Roach. The pair ran together on the 4x200 relay team that finished eighth in a time of 2:08.32. Lakoskey also competed in the 100-meter dash, which she ran in 14.64 seconds, placing 13th.
North Woods sophomore Cooper Antikainen also competed for the Panthers girls squad, placing 26th in the 200 with a time of 36.48.