Flashback: Lady Pirates

Hallie Jensen, Meg Rod, Violet Ohnstad and Brittanie Blume broke an 18-year-old Grantsburg school record in the 4x800 relay in Siren five years ago this week.

Previously published on April 22, 2015

At the track meet Thursday night was the breaking of a 18 year-old record by the Grantsburg High School girls 4X800 relay team.

“We knew they were close, so we messed with the order they ran,” coach Kim Hallberg laughed. “I think we’ll stick to this order for the rest of the season.”

It was a team comprised of Hallie Jensen, Meg Rod, Brittanie Blume and Violet Ohnstad.

“That was on an asphalt track so we’re thinking if we get them in spikes and run on a rubber track, maybe the record will fall again,” she continued. “Mr. Amundson (athletic director Mike Amundson) is going to wait until the end of the season to put up their number.”

The Pirates finished 5th out of the eight teams at the meet.

“We had a lot of successes at the Siren meet,” Hallberg noted. “We had 18 personal records (PR) at Spooner and then even more at Siren.”

Delia Labatt, in her first-ever attempt at the 400-meter dash, came away two seconds shy of the school record.

“She gutted out a 62 (1:02.3) and the record is 60,” the coach remarked.

The Pirate long distance runners brought home a pair of firsts. Hallie Jensen, in a time of 12:48.33, won the 3200-meter run. Brittanie Blume crossed the line eight seconds ahead of a runner from SCF to win the 1600-meter run,

The girls 4X200 relay team of Taylor Byers, Danielle Bertelsen, Labatt and Rod finished fourth in a time of 2:03.7. The team of Janessa Bonneville, Blume, Byers and Bertelsen finished third in the 4X400 relay race in a time of 4:50.