Silverstreak relays dominate the day
Three podium finishes for the relay teams, including two in first place, led the Osakis girls’ track and field team to a fourth place finish at the Class A state meet last weekend at Hamline University in St. Paul.
The 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams peaked at the right time again this season as the Silverstreaks took first in both finals. Osakis took fourth among Class A teams with 29 total points.
The 4x400 team of Makayla Hoglin, Brittney Sadlemyer, Samantha Jones and Hannah Szech defended their 2013 championship with another first place finish in a finals time of 3:58.46. This was just enough as Blue Earth crossed the finish line only a half-second later.
Osakis came in to the race with the fifth fastest preliminary time, but they shed more than six seconds to finish on top in the finals.
“We try and peak for this meet,” Sadlemyer said.
Head coach Lee VanNyhuis said the team’s goal was to hand the baton to Szech with a small lead.
“Blue Earth had been running insanely fast times all season,” VanNyhuis said. “We knew we had to be able to beat them to get it. It was really an epic battle, with our two teams establishing a sizable early lead.”
The 4x400 lineup is mostly the same as it was last season, except the subtraction of Becka Sadlemyer who now runs at Moorhead State University. Over the weekend they proved that they are still the team to beat even without their anchor from last season.
“Coming into this season, a whole bunch of people were skeptical about how the Osakis relays were going to be without Becka,” her sister Brittney Sadlemyer said. “So just coming in here and winning the 4x200 and 4x400 today really just proves that it’s not just one person but a team putting our trust in each other.”
The Silverstreaks’ 4x200 team of Hoglin, Brittney Sadlemyer, Stroup and Szech also improved in the finals to earn a title. They were second among all teams in the preliminaries with a time of 1:45.92, but a slight improvement to 1:45.63 helped grab the top spot. Szech was able to hold off a charging Chatfield team in the last leg that ended up crossing the line at 1:46.01.
“I saw her coming up on me. I didn’t really know,” Szech said about whether she knew their team would finish on top before crossing the line. “We weren’t ahead by much throughout the race at all, so we didn’t really know until the end.”
Chatfield was the defending champions heading into the weekend’s state meet. VanNyhuis felt the Silverstreaks’ execution and experience helped them hold off the top team from a year ago.
“The girls did a great job keeping the baton moving fast through exchanges,” he said.
The Osakis 4x100 team of Tianna Stanek, Alexa Hoffarth, Taylor Kraemer and Sadlemyer grabbed fifth place with a time of 50.95 to also bring home a podium finish.
The Silverstreaks attributed their success in the relays this season to the familiarity with each other and the coaching staff. Their annual success in the state relays indicates their ability to compete as one group.
“I think we trust each other a lot, too,” Stroup said. “And we trust our coaches so much that we don’t really have to rely on ourselves as much as we put our trust in each other.”
Osakis was unable to medal in all the Class A relays Saturday as the 4x800 team of Jones, Paige Gabrielson, Brooke Sorenson and Lauren Savageau finished 13th with a time of 10:05.35.
The Silverstreaks had two individuals who also competed at the Class A state meet.
Savageau took 15th place out of 17 runners in the 1,600 run Saturday with the time of 5:35.45. VanNyhuis said the time was a personal record for her.
Kayla Sorenson competed in the high jump and tied for 13th place after clearing the bar at 5-00.00.
TEAM TOP 10 – 1. Minneapolis Edison, 40; 2. Belle Plaine/Holy Family Academy, 32.7; 3. Holy Family Catholic, 31; 4. Osakis, 29; 5. Plainview-Elgin-Millville, 24.7; T6. St. Clair, 24; T6. Redwood Valley, 24; T6. Norman County, 24; 9. Pine Island, 21; T10. Watertown-Mayer, 20; T10. Pequot Lakes, 20; T10. Le Sueur-Henderson, 20
4x100 RELAY – 5. Osakis – Tianna Stanek, Alexa Hoffarth, Taylor Kraemer, Brittney Sadlemyer, 50.95
4x200 RELAY – 1. Osakis – Makayla Hoglin, Brittney Sadlemyer, Abigail Stroup, Hannah Szech, 1:45.63
4x400 RELAY – 1. Osakis – Makayla Hoglin, Brittney Sadlemyer, Samantha Jones, Hannah Szech, 3:58.46
4x800 RELAY – 13. Osakis – Samantha Jones, Paige Gabrielson, Brooke Sorenson, Lauren Savageau, 10:05.35
1,600 RUN – 15. Lauren Savageau, 5:35.45
HIGH JUMP – T13. Kayla Sorenson, 5-00.00