If Monday night was a preview for what’s to come in the next few weeks, Northfield boys golf might have a pretty successful postseason.
Playing in the Lake City Invite at the Jewel Golf Club, the Raiders walked away with the team title in the nine-team field, thanks to an eye-popping team score of 297.
That was helped by a 72 from junior Owen Bernstorf, good enough for second overall individually, a 73 from senior Danny Gill (fourth individually), a 74 from freshman Nate Stevens (sixth individually) and a 78 from sophomore Haakon Rustad (10th individually).
Northfield will travel Tuesday for a dual match against Mankato West at Mankato Country Club, before trekking Thursday to Bridges Golf Course in Winona for the final day of the Big 9 Conference Championships.
Northfield girls lacrosse falls at JM
The Northfield girls lacrosse team closed its regular season Monday night with a 14-4 loss at Rochester John Marshall.
Senior Allison Gates, freshman Ella Mayer, freshman Julia Peterson and freshman Kaelyn Hoernke all scored one goal for the Raiders, who sill start the Section 1 tournament Friday. The bracket has yet to be released.
Northfield track and field travel to Red Wing
In a dual meet at Red Wing, Northfield girls track and field racked up 13 wins out of 17 total events, while the boys team picked up seven total victories.
Senior Elizabeth Acheson won individual titles in the 100-meter dash (13.08 seconds), the 800 (2:11.99) and the long jump (16 feet, 8.25 inches). Her time in the 800 set a school record by more than two seconds, giving her a hand in three school records along with her marks in the 400 and the 1,600 relay. That 800 time is also faster than any published time in Minnesota, according to Northfield coach Karl Viesselman, and nearly broke into the top 25 times in the country for this year.
Senior Kasey Mohlke set a personal best in the pole vault with a mark of 10 feet, 3 inches to win the pole vault, while freshman Sidney Petersen slid into second with a mark of 9 feet, also a personal best.
Also winning was senior Emma Roethler in the shot put (39-4) and the discus (124-2.5), Emma Hodapp in the 200 (27.09), Clara Lippert in the 800 (2:11.99), Wendy Bollum in the 1,600 (5:47.57), Claire Bussman in the 3,200 (13:32.93) and Victoria Kilanowski in the triple jump (31-8).
The 1,600 relay team also won in a time of 4:29.50.
On the boys side, senior Pachomius Nyaronge darted to first in the 400 in 54.93, while Jack Bartlett took second in 56.26 and Josh Grabua snagged third in 56.63. The Raiders went 1-2-3 in the 1,600 as well, with Will Beaumaster winning in 5:17.40, Jonathan Wiese sliding into second in 5:19.47 and Daniel Casper-Sanchez grabbing third in 5:42.66.
Colin Graff claimed titles in the 110 hurdles (19.30) and the 300 hurdles (48.49), while William Acheson won the high jump with a mark of 5-4 and Eli Bowman won the shot put (46-9) and discus (147-4).
The boys and the girls will travel to Owatonna on Thursday for the Big 9 Conference championships.
Northfield baseball falters in regular-season finale
In a non-conference, non-section game to close the regular season Monday night, Northfield baseball fell 4-2 against Park Center at Memorial Park in Dundas.
Senior Joe Malecha started and pitched two innings without allowing a baserunner, before senior Luke Johnson entered in the third and surrendered four runs.
From there, junior Nathaniel Lanthier, junior Nick Wagner, junior Kevin Grundhoefer and sophomore Gunnar Benson each pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Senior Mitchell Stanchina picked up the lone RBI for the Raiders, who also scored an unearned run and tallied four hits. The Pirates managed only three hits throughout the game.
Northfield will start the Section 1AAA playoffs Saturday as the No. 4 seed and will travel to take on third-seeded Red Wing.