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Alexandria’s Madi Urman runs the final leg of the 4x100-meter relay during last year’s Class AA state meet at Hamline University in St. Paul. Urman got her senior season off to a fast start with two first-place finishes on Saturday. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

Cards cruise to CLC indoor title

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The Alexandria girls’ track and field team established itself as the early favorite in the Central Lakes Conference by winning the CLC Indoor championships at St. Cloud State University by 25 points on Saturday afternoon.

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The Cardinals finished with 122 points, while Rocori came in second with 97 and St. Cloud Tech rounded out the top three with 87.5 points.

The meet got off to an exciting start as the Hasz sisters, Megan and Bethany, provided fans with a photo finish in the 3,200-meter run. The girls always run side-by-side and they took it to another level on Saturday as Bethany edged Megan by .01 of a second with times of 10:59.21 and 10:59.22. The judges had to look at the cameras before determining who won.

That was the first of five first-place finishes for Alexandria on the day. The Cardinals showed their improvement over last season from top to bottom as they recorded 21 personal bests in the meet.

“It is clear that the Cardinals are coming into this season stronger than they were last year,” head coach Meghan Orgeman-Crumb said. “Our depth was showcased as the Cardinals brought in points by earning at least one top-eight finish in every event on the track and in the field.”

The Cardinals were led by their seniors as Mady Urman, Tayler Kaufman, Karly Betterman, Julia Sieling, Jaylen Olson-Rodel and Taylor Bollman combined to score 71 of their team’s 122 points.

Urman blew away the competition in the 60-meter dash with a winning time of 8.09 and in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.28 seconds to finish first. Betterman was next with a first-place finish in the triple jump, while freshman JeAnna Miller added the team’s fifth top individual finish with a win in the high jump (5-00).

The Cardinals added four individual runner-up finishes. Megan Hasz got that going with her run in the 3,200 before Kiyana Miller took second in the 1,600-meter run in 5:48.92. Sieling was second in the 800-meter run, just missing first place with her time of 2:31.02, while Tayler Kaufman was the runner-up behind Urman in the 200-meter dash in a time of 28.21 seconds.

The Cardinals had a total of 11 top-three finishes and 20 top-eight finishes. It was a good start and Alexandria hopes a sign of things to come for this team this spring.

“A successful team is only as strong as the sum of all its individual parts,” Orgeman-Crumb said. “In track and field, a team’s success couldn’t reflect this any more.”

CLC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP

TEAM RESULTS – 1. Alexandria – 122; 2. Rocori – 97; 3. St. Cloud Tech – 87.5; 4. Brainerd – 82.5; 5. Sartell-St. Stephen – 76; 6. Willmar – 39; 7. St. Cloud Apollo – 35; 8. Sauk Rapids-Rice – 31; 9. Fergus Falls – 15

ALEXANDRIA TOP-EIGHT FINISHERS – 3,200-METER RUN – B. Hasz – first place, 10:59.21; M. Hasz – second place, 10:59.22

60-METER HURDLES – Betterman – fourth place, 10.29

60-METER DASH – Urman – first place, 8.09; Tahlia Bowden – seventh place, 8.59

1,600-METER RUN – Miller – second place, 5:48.92; Ellie Hurlen – seventh place, 5:52.17

4X200-METER RELAY – Tayler Kaufman, Kaitlyn Dyrstad, Leah Huss, Bollman – fourth place, 2:00.55

400-METER DASH – Betterman – third place, 1:04.64

800-METER RUN – Sieling – second place, 2:31.02; Morgan Melrose – fourth place, 2:34.81

200-METER DASH – Urman – first place, 27.28; Kaufman – second place, 28.21

4x400-METER RELAY – Sara Wegner, Dyrstad, Siera Nelson, Miller – eighth place, 4:41.72

SHOT PUT – Cheyenne Hendrickson – seventh place, 30-05.50

TRIPLE JUMP – Betterman – first place, 35-00

LONG JUMP – Olson-Rodel – sixth place, 14-10.50

HIGH JUMP – Miller – first place, 5-00

POLE VAULT – Kaufman – third place, 8-00

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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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