The snow has thawed from Hillcrest's campus and two Comet runners are lacing up their spikes in the hunt for a bid in the state track meet this spring. After blasting out of the blocks in a series of events, Senior Eric Konynenbelt and Junior Michael Corbitt have their eyes set on a finish line that is almost one month away.
In the recent Barnesville meet the two Comets have showed they are scraping after the State qualifying times for their events. Konynenbelt shot out of the blocks in the 200 meter, crossing the finish line with a time of 23.41. The time Konynenbelt needs to stretch for is 22.75, and after a week on the choir tour bus with little time to practice, it looks as if Konynenbelt may achieve the mark in the coming weeks.
Behind Konynenbelt stands Michael Corbitt, whose 100 meter time is tenths of seconds away from the state qualifying mark. Corbitt blasted down the 100 meter stretch in Barnesville in 11.46 seconds. To earn a trip to the State meet at Hamline University in St. Paul to represent Hillcrest. Corbitt needs to step his time down to 11.31 seconds. With the track season kicking off, some time in the blocks and additional work to strengthen the latter half of his race, Corbitt should earn a bid to the state meet.
Konynenbelt brought home 1st place honors in the 200 and 400 meter races, running 23.41 and 53.3 respectively. Corbitt carried home 2nd place medals in the 100 meter and as part of the 4X200 meter relay. The team consisted of Corbitt, Konynenbelt, Noah Fisher, and Micah Foss. The group ran a 1:39.52. In addition to his two second place finishes, Corbitt also brought home a third place ribbon in the 200 meter, running a 23.75.
Hillcrest's team brought home some sixth place ribbons as well, with Lea Austevoll running the 100 meter in 13.58 seconds, and Zak Zwiers, Caden Fischer, Scottie Haavik, and Kristian Kvalvik running the 4X100 meter relay in 51.87 seconds.