Lommel Takes 2nd; Apollo Track Finishes Great Season

Lommel Takes 2nd; Apollo Track Finishes Great Season Click to Enlarge Photo: Justin Darrow-Apollo Track and Field

(KNSI) - The St. Cloud Apollo Eagles Track Team had five representatives in the Class AA Minnesota State High School Track Championships.

Logan Lommel qualified for the 800-meter individual and teamed-up with Liban Mohamed, Joel Knopp and Hamse Hussein to compete in the 4x800-meter relay; Ben Theisen represented the Eagles in the 100-meter-dash.

Lommel finished his senior season with a second-place medal after running the second-best time in Apollo history with a 1:54.72; first-place was Eastview junior A.J. Green with a time of 1:49.93.

Lommel was the top-seed heading into the championships but Green took control much like the entire season.

Apollo's 4x800 team ran a blistering pace and actually had their best time of the year with a respectable 8:04.93; that time was only good enough for the team to finish 11th-overall.

Before they left, head coach Justin Darrow was hoping the relay-team could get under the eight-minute-mark.

"Getting under eight [minutes] will put us in that contention for a medal."

Although Darrow is just in his first season as head coach for Apollo Track and Field, he thought his athletes could easily do some damage at the state tournament.

"We are kind of approaching it as to take it all in but we're not done yet; we are going down there to take care of business. We are going to have fun but we still have some business to take care of."

Lommel did in fact "take care of business" by placing second and the relay-team had their best time of the season and that most assuredly makes Darrow happy.

In the 100-meter, Theisen could not keep his story-book season alive and did not qualify for the finals on Saturday.

The season may have ended and the stellar seniors move on to college but by the way both the boys and the girls teams improved this season, Darrow and the team should have high expectations moving forward.