Apollo Track And Field Continues To "Rise Up"

Apollo Track And Field Continues To "Rise Up" Click to Enlarge Photo: Sandy Hackenmueller

(KNSI) – Regardless of how the weather has been in the St. Cloud area, track and field teams still had to practice and even compete.

Weather has not stopped St. Cloud Apollo from not only competing but they have turned some heads while adding their names to the Apollo High School records along the way.

With the mantra “Rise Up,” the team continues to impress their first-year head coach Justin Darrow.

“Every meet the team continues to grow and find new ways to score points. I see runners and field athletes tearing down their mental and physical barriers at a rate that continues to amaze me.”

Continuing with their mantra, the boys finished in second-place at the Mega Meet that Sauk Rapids hosts every season.

Due to the fact some of the Apollo athletes were competing in events they had never trained for, the finish was all that more of an accomplishment for the team

Darrow was equally impressed with the girl’s team finishing in sixth-place when last year they finished last at the event.

“I would consider that ‘rising up.’”

Along the way this season, Logan Lommel (featured photo) finished with a 400-meter time of 50.062, good enough to become third all-time in the event at Apollo.

Adding to Lommel’s accolades, the 4x800 relay-team that consists of him, Hamze Hussein, Joel Knopp and Liban Mohamed finished with the best indoor relay time in the state.

Darrow admits that his team has high expectations but they believe the boys can finish within the top-3 in the conference and the girls can improve on their last-place finish from one-year-ago.

Even the younger competitors like Sofie Streich (10th grade) and Noelle Hackenmueller (9th grade) have been following the team mantra to “rise up.”

Hackenmueller (pictured below) won the long-jump at the Super Meet with the leap of 16-feet-6.25-inches and at one time this season was in Apollo’s top-5 in five separate events.

Although the times have been improving and the team continues to earn medals, the first-year head coach wants to see something else from his team.

“The most important goal that I have as a coach is that each and every individual grows as a student-athlete on and off the track and enjoys the sport while they do it. This will help our team grow in numbers and help our athletes make running and exercising a lifelong activity.”

The St. Cloud Apollo Track and Field Teams will continue their season Tuesday, May 7th when they compete in the True Team Meet in Brainerd at 3:00 PM.

All photographs used for this article are compliments of Sandy Hackenmueller.

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