Although he’s nothing special in the high jump, Bornholdt likes it because it requires the same type of explosiveness needed to be good in the throws.
“I think they help each other,” he said. “I’ll probably practice the high jump a little more this year than I have in the past.”
Bornholdt did just fine in the high jump at an indoor meet at Minnesota State on Thursday, winning the event at 5-feet-6.
As for the overall East team, the numbers are good this year. The program has about 75 kids out in grades 9-12 and another 50 in grades 7 and 8.
The sprints should be a team strength with Ben Schwartz and Anjola Onadipe returning. The throws will also be strong with Bornholdt and Logan Swanson, who is recuperating from a shoulder injury, back in the mix.
“We were second to last in the Big Nine last year, but I think we can move up to the Top 3,” Dierks said. “That’s a big jump, but if we stay healthy, I think we can do it.”
The coach said qualifying two relays and at least five individuals to state is another team goal.
At Thursday’s indoor meet hosted by Blue Earth Area, the Bucs’ Brandon Olson won the 55-meter high hurdles in 8.70.
East’s 4x200 relay of Onadipe, Kaje Warren, Roderick Miller and Schwartz finished first in 1:36.6. The Cougars’ Nic Seiler won the 400 meters in 55.38.
Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial’s Matt Scheetz took the 55-meter dash in 6.67, and John Roth won the 1,600 meters in 4:59.
Eight events still remained when the paper went to press.