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Track and field: Willmar sends 16 to state championships

Cardinals have strong performance in 8AA meet, while NLS also advances two athletes

Tribune's track and field roundup
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ALEXANDRIA — The Willmar track and field team has advanced 16 athletes to the state Class AA championships after their performances Saturday in the Section 8AA meet.

The state Class AA meet is Friday and Saturday at St. Michael-Albertville High School. At 9 a.m. Friday, there are finals for the boys’ and girls’ 3,200-meter run with preliminaries in all other events except the 1,600.

Alexandria’s girls and boys captured first place in the 8AA team scoring. The Alex girls had 165.75 points to beat Rocori’s 130.75 and Wilmar’s 85. Alex had 169.5 to beat Willmar’s 142.5.

New London-Spicer’s girls placed 12th with 13 points and 10th in boys with 14.5 points

The Wildcats’ Danica Pederson is headed to state in the high jump after placing second with a leap of 5 feet, 4 inches. NLS’ Grant Hubbard advances to state in the pole vault after clearing 13-3 to also finish second.

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Willmar’s state advancers include:

From the girls’ team:

  • The 4x400 relay squad of Hannah Quinn, Nina Dawson, Erin Eilers and Lauren Eilers won with a time of 4 minutes, 3.61 seconds;
  • The 4x800 relay team of Dawson, Erin Eilers, Quinn and Lauren Eilers as first in 9:37.58;
  • Makenna Larson finished first in the shot put with a toss of 36-7.5.

Willmar’s boys team advances the following athletes:

  • William Sportel, who took first in the 300 hurdles in 41.08; 
  • Michael Price, Willmar, who finished first in 100 in 10.94 and first in the long jump in 21-8.5
  • Colin O’Farrell, who won the 800 in 2:00.64; 
  • Sully Anez, who was second in the 3,200 in 9:45.18;
  • The 4x100 team of Lucas Trochlil, Romero Trevino, Tanner Fleming and Price won first in :43.17; 
  • The 4x200 team of Jackson Sportel, Jacob Flannigan, Fleming and Trochlil finished first in 1:32.40
  • The 4x400 team of Price, Trevino, Hassennadif Hassen and O’Farrell won in 3:31.50; and
  • The 4x800 team of Ryan Kuhlman, Anez, Hassen and O’Farrell) placed first in 8:13.14.

Section 8AA championships

GIRLS TEAM SCORING --  (1) Alexandria 165.75 … (2) Rocori 130.75 … (3) Willmar 85 … (4) Detroit Lakes 73.75 … (5) Pequot Lakes 72 … (6) Little Falls 49.5 … (7) Thief River Falls 36 … (8) Albany 21 … (9) Fergus Falls 20 … (10) East Grand Forks 19.75 … (11) Melrose 15.5 … (12) New London-Spicer 13
Winner and state entrants
100 HURDLES – (1) Cecelia Woods, Roc, 14.78 … (2) Danielle Schirmers, LF, 15.27
300 HURDLES – (1) Woods, Roc, 45.28 … (2) Annie Paulson, DL, 46.59
100 DASH – (1) Abby Larson, DL, 12.63 … (2) Kendra Mehrkens, TRF, 12.77
200 DASH – (1) Woods, Roc, 26.24 … (2) Larson, DL, 26.26
400 DASH – (1) Jasmine Sieben, Roc, 1:00.93 … (2) Elena Fuglestad, Alex, 1:01.12
800 RUN – (1) Calia Chaney, PL, 2:16.68 … (2) Jaelyn Miller, Alex, 2:17.06
1,600 RUN – (1) Aleah Miller, Alex, 4:56.16 … (2) Chaney, PL, 4:56.83
3,200 RUN – (1) Olivia Goebel, Alb, 10:43.28 … (2) Emma Ecker, Alex, 11:21.29
4X100 RELAY – (1) Pequot Lakes 50.48 … (2) Alexandria 51.26 
4X200 RELAY – (1) Pequot Lakes 1:46.37 … (2) Detroit Lakes 1:47.18
4X400 RELAY – (1) Willmar (Hannah Quinn, Nina Dawson, Erin Eilers, Lauren Eilers) 4:03.61 … (2) Alexandria 4:05.83
4X800 RELAY – (1) Willmar (Dawson, E. Eilers, Quinn, L. Eilers) 9:37.58 … (2) Alexandria 9:39.64
HIGH JUMP – (1) Ainsley Hansen, FF, 5-6 … (2) Danica Pederson, NLS, 5-4
LONG JUMP – (1) Hailie Kent, Alex, 17-0.5 … (2) Alison Krasky, Alex, 16-9.5
TRIPLE JUMP – (1) Hailie Kent, Alex, 37-5.5 … (2) Isabelle Jaenicke, Mel, 36-1.5
POLE VAULT – (1) Jerzie Horner, DL, 10-1 … (2) Danielle Schirmers, LF, 9-10
DISCUS – (1) Sophia Vinje, Alex, 111-3 … (2) Amaria Sowada, Alex, 108-5
SHOT PUT – (1) Makenna Larson, Will, 36-7.5 … (2) Brianna Schneider, Roc, 35-9
BOYS TEAM SCORING -- (1) Alexandria 169.5 … (2) Willmar 142.5 … (3) Fergus Falls 81 … (4) Rocori 67 … (5) Pequot Lakes 60.5 … (6) Detroit Lakes 45 … (7) Little Falls 41 … (8) East Grand Forks 40 … (9) Albany 28 … (10) New London-Spicer 14.5 … (11) Thief River Falls 7 … (12) Melrose 6
Winner and area top three
110 HURDLES – (1) Charles Schiessl, PL, 15.78 … (2) Samuel Williams, Alex, 15.87
300 HURDLES – (1) William Sportel, Will, 41.08 … (2) Cooper Smith, EGF, 41.14
100 DASH – (1) Michael Price, Will, 10.94 … (2) Christian Doumbia, Alex, 11.03
200 DASH – (1) Doumbia, Alex, 22.72 … (2) Cruz Megazzini, PL, 23.02
400 DASH – (1) Doumbia, Alex, 49.63 … (2) Megazzini, PL, 50.52
800 RUN – (1) Colin O’Farrell, Will, 2:00.64 … (2) Wyatt Baum, LF, 2:01.49
1,600 RUN – (1) Vincent Kaluza, Roc, 4:24.33 … (2) Myles Sansed, Alex, 4:29.19
3,200 RUN – (1) Kaluza, Roc, 9:40.87 … (2) Sully Anez, Will, 9:45.18
4X100 RELAY – (1) Willmar (Lucas Trochlil, Romero Trevino, Tanner Fleming, Price) 43.17 … (2) Detroit Lakes 43.95
4X200 RELAY – (1) Willmar (Jackson Sportel, Jacob Flannigan, Fleming, Trochlil) 1:32.40 … (2) Alexandria 1:33.17
4X400 RELAY – (1) Willmar (Price, Trevino, Hassennadif Hassen, O’Farrell) 3:31.50 … (2) Alexandria 3:32.27
4X800 RELAY – (1) Willmar (Ryan Kuhlman, Anez, Hassen, O’Farrell) 8:13.14 … (2) East Grand Forks 8:24.19
HIGH JUMP – (1) Megazzini, PL, 6-1 … (2) Luke Newman, FF, 5-11
LONG JUMP – (1) Price, Will, 21-8.5 … (2) Brandton Marsh, DL, 2-3.25
TRIPLE JUMP – (1) William Heydt, Alex, 43-5.75 … (2) Shane Zierden, FF, 41-8.25
POLE VAULT – (1) Jordan Lee, FF, 14-3 … (2) Grant Hubbard, NLS, 13-3
DISCUS – (1) Alexander Jensen, FF, 140-10 … (2) Layten Drouillard, FF, 140-3
SHOT PUT – (1) Jensen, FF, 54-1.5 … (2) Joseph Lanoux, Alex, 50-4

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