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Track and Field: Area has 5 medalists in Class A after Day 1 of state meet

(Tribune photo by Rand Middleton) Dani Wubben of Central Minnesota Christian went 16-6 on this jump and later added a 16-10.75 to place fifth in the Class A long jump Friday.

ST. PAUL — Five area competitors in Class A earned medals during the first day of the state meet at Hamline University.

Benson/KMS senior Emma Peterson and Central Minnesota Christian junior Danielle Wubben recorded the top area finishes after both finished fifth, Peterson in the high jump and Wubben in the long jump.

Finishing eighth in the girls 3,200-meter run was Morris Area MaKenzie Smith. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City junior Bailey Erickson finished nine in the girls discus and New London-Spicer senior Adam Essler also placed ninth in the boys triple jump.

A finish in the top nine assures an athlete a medal.

Three other girls qualified for Saturday’s finals: Paynesville junior Kari Hoeft in the 100 hurdles, BOLD/BLHS senior Jamilla Stimpel in the 100 dash and 200 dash, and Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd junior Jacinta Roggenbuck in the 400 dash. Peterson and Hoeft also qualified for the 300 hurdles finals while the Benson/KMS girls 4x400 relay of Peterson, juniors Bethany Rosemeier and Emily Tostenson, and freshman Sydney Walsh placed second in the first heat to advance to the final.

Boys from the area that qualified for the finals were Morris Area senior Marcus Cannon in the 110 and 300 hurdles and Yellow Medicine East junior Jacob Pederson in the 400 dash. The Montevideo 4x200 relay of senior Matt Fischer, junior Wyatt Enger, sophomore Casey Reeves and freshman Adam DeZeeuw finished fifth in the first heat to also advance to the championship run.