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Lundstrum qualifies for JO Track Nationals

INDIANOLA, Iowa -- Kaelene Lundstrum, a three-time track and field medal winner from BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector, recently qualified for the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships after winning the heptathlon in a region quali...

INDIANOLA, Iowa -- Kaelene Lundstrum, a three-time track and field medal winner from BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector, recently qualified for the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships after winning the heptathlon in a region qualifier July 7.

Lundstrum, competing against athletes from Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, as well as Minnesota, tallied 3,929 points in seven events July 6-7 to win by only 38 points. Lundstrum won the shot put, where she placed third at the Class A State Meet in June, finished second in the high jump, javelin, long jump and 100-meter hurdles, and came in third in the 200- and 800-meter runs.

This is the first year that Lundstrum has been associated with USATF. She heard, actually read, about the organization after she and her family returned to their vehicle after competing at the state meet at Hamline University in St. Paul.

"They (USATF) left flyers on everyone's cars at the state meet," said Lundstrum, who will start attending Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter this fall to compete in the heptathlon. "I thought I'd probably try it."

While Lundstrum is familiar with the majority of the events that make up the heptathlon, the 2006 BOLD High School graduate from Bird Island had thrown the javelin only two times before the regional championship.

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"I had practiced one time before the (USATF) state meet and I got help from the Gustavus coach," said Lundstrum about throwing the javelin. "It's fun and it's something different."

Lundstrum prefers field events, but she had also been in running events during her six-year prep career.

Lundstrum will be one of over 6,000 athletes scheduled to compete in the national championships July 25-30 at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

"I just hope I can do average," said Lundstrum. "I don't know where that will place me, though."

Lundstrum also medaled at this year's state track and field tournament by finishing sixth in the high jump and as a sophomore by posting a fourth-place finish in the high jump.

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