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Alexandria senior Phil Pham landed one of his jumps in the long jump on Tuesday. (Echo Press photo by Eric Morken)

Alex boys' track: Cardinal boys third at home

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The Alexandria boys' track and field team invited two of the top teams in the Central Lakes Conference to their home triangular on Tuesday as Sartell and Willmar showed off their depth in finishing first and second, respectively, at Citizens Field.

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The Sabres were a model of consistency at the meet, winning 14 of the 18 events on their way to 435 team points. Their depth was on full display in the 800-meter run, where they took the first four spots. Parker Kohlman won the event in 2:10.05 before Brett Schultz, Jacob Yapp and Blake Anderson all crossed the finish line within a second of each other.

Willmar was second with 378 points and Alexandria finished in third with 326. Both Sartell and Willmar will be performing at the true team state tournament in Stillwater this weekend.

The home Cardinals had two first-place finishers. Mitch Peck won the 300-meter hurdles in a personal-best time of 42.90. Peck finished second in the 110-meter hurdles in 16.24.

Brian Krebs added the other top finish for Alexandria. The junior won the shot put with a toss of 46-06. That helped him beat out teammate Jesse Hacker, who finished second at 44-11.

Alexandria had six other personal best times on the day. Lee Klein set a new mark with a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash in 11.39 seconds. Jimmy Lovrien came on strong over the final 400 meters in the 1,600 to finish second in 4:37.56, while Brandon Jerde (10:56.60) and Aaron Runge (10:59.85) were sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 3,200.

Peck's time of 16.24 was a new personal best in the 110-meter hurdles. Joe Gorghuber did the same in that event, coming in fifth at 17.53.

Alexandria will turn its attention to the 34th annual CLC championships. The meet will take place at St. John's University on May 24.

"Look for Sartell and Willmar to be vying for the conference title," Cardinals' head coach Jerry Amundson said. "Along with perennial power Brainerd."

ALEXANDRIA INVITE

TEAM RESULTS - 1. Sartell - 435; 2. Willmar - 378; 3. Alexandria - 326

ALEXANDRIA TOP-10 FINISHES - 100-METER DASH - Klein - second place, 11.39; James Pfeffer - fourth place, 11.58; Nathan Huss - fifth place, 11.71

200-METER DASH - James Holmquist - sixth place, 24.37; Richard Bellefeuille - ninth place, 24.72

400-METER DASH - Bellefeuille - ninth place, 57.29

800-METER RUN - Kreg Anderson - fifth place, 2:13.34; Pfeffer - eighth place, 2:18.33

1,600-METER RUN - Lovrien - second place, 4:37.56; Will Sieling - fourth place, 4:46.12; Austin Thom - eighth place, 5:01.40; Trenton Piepenburg - 10th place, 5:03.10

3,200-METER RUN - Brandon Jerde - sixth place, 10:56.60; Aaron Runge - seventh place, 10:59.85

110-METER HURDLES - Peck - second place, 16.24; Gorghuber - fifth place, 17.53; Eli Heckert - ninth place, 19.51; Alec Wosepka - 10th place, 19.63

300-METER HURDLES - Peck - first place, 42.90; Gorghuber - sixth place, 45.41; Wosepka - 10th place, 48.71

4x100-METER RELAY - Alexandria B - fourth place, 1:39.44

4X400-METER RELAY - Alexandria A - 3:47.32

4x800-METER RELAY - Alexandria A - fifth place, 9:08.30

HIGH JUMP - Runge - seventh place, 5-02; Alexander Roth - eighth place, 5-02

POLE VAULT - Colby Carlson - fifth place, 10-06; Cody Carlson - sixth place, 10-00; Wosepka - eighth place, 9-06; Dylan Kriese - 10th place, 9-06

LONG JUMP - Pfeffer - fifth place, 18-08.25; Huss - sixth place, 18-05.50; Tyler Kelly - eighth place, 18-00; Peck - 10th place, 17-05.25

TRIPLE JUMP - Holmquist - sixth place, 34-05.50

SHOT PUT - Krebs - first place, 46-06; Hacker - second place, 44-11; Brandon Beliveau - sixth place, 40-11; Chase Duwenhoegger - 40-03; Brett Ludwig - ninth place, 39-04; Logan Steidl - 10th place, 38-09

DISCUS - Colin Guetter - fourth place, 133-06; Krebs - fifth place, 127-00; Beliveau - sixth place, 126-11; Ludwig - seventh place, 123-00

Follow #AlexMN @EchoPress Sports Reporter Eric Morken on Twitter at @echo_sports.

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Eric Morken
Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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