Male Athlete of the Week in the Region: Pillager’s Laveau shines at Park Region Meet – Brainerd Dispatch


Quintin Laveau wants to finish big.

The senior Pillager finished the Park Region Conference meet last week with three wins in the 100 meters with a time of 11.7, the 200 in 23.38 and is the first Pillager 4×200 relay runner to win in 1 : 33.72.

Laveau was also second in the long jump at 19-foot-10.5.

“I felt good that day and I was excited,” Laveau said. “I don’t really know why, I just did well.”

The 100 sprint at the Park Area Conference meet was close with Laveau winning the title by 0.01 seconds. One of the runners, he narrowly beat teammate Bryce Hutchinson who anchors the 4×200 relay.

“My buddy Bryce has really stepped up this year,” Laveau said. “He runs right next to me and he has a big impact. Our coach always pushes us in training and we have to do everything to make him like it.

Pillager head coach Jim Bentson said the 4×200 relay team was in good shape.

“This 4×200 ran at the Park Region meet only three-tenths slower than it did at the State meet last year,” Bentson said. “They have a week or two in advance and it is a credit to (Laveau) and the other seniors in this relay. It took a little while to get into the groove, but they realize they can do some special things.

“I think they push each other to excel and take it to the next level. They’ve been good leaders and led by example.

Last year, Laveau brought the Class 1A state together in four events. He was 10th in the 200m at 22.98 and 14th in the long jump at 19-4.25. He also anchored the 4×100 relay which finished eighth in 44.86 and the 4×200 relay which placed eighth in 1:33.45.

“The state experience helps him a lot because they know what the competition is like,” Bentson said. “Quintin was allowed to see what state champions look like and what it takes to be a state champion.”

Laveau perked up talking about being in state last year.

“I had an amazing state experience,” he said. “I was able to spend time with my friends because we went to declare ourselves in our relays. It was fun and we were hanging out at the motel and we went to Red Lobster to eat all you can eat shrimp and just competing at state was fun because everyone got first or second place the whole year.

In the Section 7-1A True Team meet on May 10, Laveau won the long jump at 20-3.25, was third in the 100m in 11.49 and second in the 200m in 23.30.

“I spent a lot of time in the weight room and in training, I really push myself and my teammates to get them going faster,” Laveau said. “I have to go fast in training because my teammates are trying to catch me. Right now, I’m slowly returning to my prime time.

At the Sebeka Invite on May 3, he won the 200m and finished second in the long jump and 100m.

At Pillager’s home meet on April 28, Laveau finished second in the 100 m and long jump and third in the 200 m.

“He’s pretty versatile, really,” Bentson said. “He ran a nice 400 and we were looking at that as well. We weren’t sure exactly where we were going to put him at first, but he’s a hard-working type of kid who also wants to take his teammates wherever they can go.

Laveau was usually a three-sport athlete at Pillager, playing football in the fall and basketball in the winter. After a knee injury this year in football, he decided to rest for the winter. He doesn’t know if it was the right choice or not.

“My knee kind of held me back a bit,” Laveau said. “I started this year rather slowly because I didn’t do much in the winter. Over the past few weeks I’ve been working hard in training and getting back to where I wanted to be.

To start the season at an indoor competition in Bemidji on March 21, Laveau finished first in the 60 meters in 7.42, third in the 200 meters in 24.31 and second in the long jump at 19-4.75.

“The biggest improvement he’s made is lengthening his stride,” Bentson said. “He has demonstrated his work ethic and his versatility. It’s good to see and it shows other kids what it takes to be competitive.

On the grid, Laveau led Pillager on the ground with 600 yards on 107 carries for a 5.6 average and three touchdowns.

Bentson called Laveau a quiet leader.

“He’s so quiet sometimes you don’t even know he’s there,” Bentson said. “He doesn’t question and having been around for so long, he understands what it takes to get to the next level and get to the state track meet.

“I can tell him what to do and as long as he is ready to follow, everyone will follow him. They know who the natural leaders are. He won’t bark, but he will lead by example and help the youngsters do better.

Other Notable Performances:
Baseball: Corbin Knapp, Pine River-Backus, went 3 for 5, including the hit against Blackduck.
Payton Rondestvedt, Wadena-Deer Creek, hit a right and scored a brace with three RBIs against Ottertail Central.
Matt Filippi, Little Falls, hit a home run against Pierz and went 2-5 with a double and pitched a full game against Cathedral.
Pequot Lakes’ Nic Kotaska recorded two doubles and struck out 10 in two games against Staples-Motley.
Landon Janzen, Aitkin, went 5-7 with a home run, two doubles and seven RBIs against Staples-Motley.
Carson Kullhem, Aitkin, went 11-16 with one home run, nine runs and two RBIs in five games.
Golf: Grant Bestland, Staples-Motley, won the Mid-Minn Conference meeting at Cuyuna Rolling Hills with a 76.
Carter White, Staples-Motley, won the Mid-State Conference title with a 73.
Athletics: Cruz Megazzini of Pequot Lakes won three events in the Mid-State Conference meeting.

Quintin Laveau
Year: Senior
School: Raider
Sport: Athletics
Highlights: He won three events at the park area conference meet


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