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Osakis’ Grant Backes runs the 800-meter run during a meet at Minnewaska on April 11. Backes took first in that same event on Tuesday in Long Prairie, winning in a time of 2:09.57. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

Osakis girls track tops the field at LPGE

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The Osakis girls’ track and field team took first at the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Invite on Tuesday with 181.50 points, while the boys took sixth out of the 10-team field with 45 points.

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The West Central Area girls were fourth (59.50) and the boys were third with 106 points.

It was an overall dominant meet by the Osakis girls as they won by a total of 31 points over second-place Holdingford.

“This was the first meet where we got a good look at what our team is capable of,” head coach Lee VanNyhuis said. “Long Prairie and Holdingford are both very good teams. We know both of them will be right there with us at True Team and at conference.”

Hannah Szech got the Osakis girls going with a first-place finish in the 100-meter dash in a time of 13.21 before adding a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash. The Silverstreaks once again performed well in the relays, winning the 4x100 and taking second in the 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800.

Kayla Sorenson added first-place finish in the high jump for Osakis with a leap of 5-02. Abby Stroup was first in the long jump (15-02) and Alexa Hoffarth won the triple jump (32-02.50) to help Osakis to the win. Hoffarth also broke her own school record in the pole vault (8-00).

West Central Area’s first-place finishes came from Annabelle Haarstad in the shot put (32-10) and the discus (100-08). Osakis’ Jessica Bliese was also second in both of those events.

Grant Backes got a first-place finish for the Osakis boys in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:09.57. Brady Combs won the 300-meter hurdles for WCA and Dan Schack added a win in the high jump (6-02), triple jump (41-01) and the long jump (20-08.75) for the Knights.

Osakis’ Mitch Sunder took first in the shot put with a throw of 42-06, and Jared Oachs of WCA won the discus by more than a foot with his toss of 121-04.

“I liked how Grant ran the 800,” VanNyhuis said of Backes. “He got after it in the first lap, setting himself up to win the race. He followed the race plan, and it worked. Mitch continues to be at the top in the throws. Once we back off in the weight room, we expect another surge from him. I really liked the effort and focus the guys had today.”


BOYS’ TEAM RESULTS – Holdingford, 163; LPGE, 111; WCA, 106; Staples-Motley, 68; Wadena-Deer Creek, 51; Osakis, 45; Prairie Valley, 41; Sauk Centre, 39; Upsala-Swanville, 37; Browerville, 27

OSAKIS AND WCA TOP-EIGHT FINISHES – 200-METER DASH – Dakotah Kashmark (WCA) – third place, 23.70; 400-METER DASH – Oachs (WCA) – eighth place, 58.84; 800-METER RUN – Backes (O) – first place, 2:09.57; Bryce Paulson (WCA) – third place, 2:12.37; Tyler Schill (WCA) – sixth place, 2:14.13; 1,600-METER RUN – Ethan Olson (WCA) – third place, 5:01.01; 3,200-METER RUN – Ryley Nelson (WCA) – sixth place, 11:01.05; 110-METER HURDLES – Nils Hagen (O) – fifth place, 19.01; Combs (WCA) – seventh place, 19.35; 300-METER HURDLES – Combs (WCA) – first place, 46.15; 4x100 RELAY – Max Schwartz, Jacob Jones, Colton Waldvogel, Brett Cowdery (O) – sixth place, 50.50; WCA – seventh place, 50.85; 4x200 RELAY – Gage Larson, Backes, Waldvogel, Cowdery (O) – second place, 1:39.11; 4x400 RELAY – Larson, Schwartz, Ethan Eckel, Cowdery (O) – fourth place, 3:58.22; HIGH JUMP – Schack (WCA) – first place, 6-02; LONG JUMP – Shack (WCA) – first place, 20-08.75; Kashmark (WCA) – second place, 18-11.25; TRIPLE JUMP – Schack (WCA) – first place, 41-01; Kashmark – second place (WCA) – 38-06; Tanner Wagner (WCA) – fourth place, 36-11.50; Devin Schack (WCA) – eighth place, 34-06.25; SHOT PUT – Sunder (O) – first place, 42-06; DISCUS – Oachs (WCA) – first place, 121-04; N. Hagen (O) – sixth place, 107-07; Sunder (O) – seventh place, 100-09

GIRLS TEAM SCORES – Osakis, 181.50; Holdingford, 150.50; LPGE, 128.50; WCA, 58.50; Staples-Motley, 57; Wadena-Deer Creek, 32; Sauk Centre, 28; Prairie Valley, 24; Browerville, 21; Upsala-Swanville, 13

OSAKIS AND WCA TOP-EIGHT FINISHERS – 100-METER DASH – Szech (O) – first place, 13.21; Hoffarth (O) – fifth place, 13.73; Tianna Stanek (O) – sixth place, 13.74; 200-METER DASH – Stroup (O) – third place, 28.13; 400-METER DASH – Szech (O) – second place, 1:01.23; Makayla Hoglin (O) – sixth place, 1:04.42; Samantha Jones (O) – eighth place, 1:06.12; 800-METER RUN – Brittney Sadlemyer (O) – second place, 2:33.49; Kylee Fernholz (WCA) – fourth palce, 2:38.50; Cally Haroldson – seventh place, 2:48.97; 1,600-METER RUN – Lauren Savageau (O) – third place, 5:48.85; Fernholz (WCA) – fourth place, 5:57.74; Abby Van Kempen (WCA) – sixth place, 6:00.42; 3,200-METER RUN – Isabelle Szech (O) – fourth place, 13:48.33; Jordyn Stroup (O) – fifth place, 13:50.80; 100-METER HURDLES – Kayla Sorenson (O) – second place, 16.41; Grace Walter (O) – fifth place, 18.45; Amanda Dreschel (WCA) – eighth place, 19.10; 300-METER HURDLES – Sorenson (O) – second place, 49.97; Holly Van Kempen – fourth place, 51.89; Walter (O) – fifth place, 53.45; Ashley Kraemer (O) – seventh place, 55.06; 4x100 RELAY – Tianna Stanek, Hoffarth, Taylor Kraemer, Sadlemyer (O) – first place, 53.06; 4x200 RELAY – Samantha Jones, Abby Stroup, Kraemer, Sadlemyer (O) – second place, 1:52; 4x400 RELAY – Hoglin, Kayla Sorenson, Savageau, Brooke Sorenson (O) – second place, 4:20.10; 4x800 RELAY – Scherr, Paige Gabrielson, Savageau, B. Sorenson (O) – second place, 10:43.43; Sorenson (O) – first place, 5-02; Kylee Fernholz (WCA) – fifth place, 4-10; POLE VAULT – Hoffarth (O) – fourth place, 8-00; LONG JUMP – Abby Stroup (O) – first place, 15-02.50; Kraemer (O) – sixth place, 13-10.50; H. Van Kempen (WCA) – seventh place, 13-09; TRIPLE JUMP – Hoffarth (O) – first place, 32-02.50; H. Van Kempen (WCA) – second place, 30-09.25; H. Szech (O) – fourth place, 30-06.75; SHOT PUT – Haarstad (WCA) – first place, 32-10; Bliese (O) – second place, 31-03; Sadlemyer (O) – fifth place, 28-11; DISCUS – Haarstad (WCA) – first place, 100-08; Bliese (O) – second place, 96-10; Amber Schill (WCA) – 77-05

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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