Card, Streak athletes shine at Elite MeetPiepenburg, Osakis 4x800 relay first among the best
Alexandria freshman Jamie Piepenburg earned top honors in the 3,200-meter run at the Hamline Elite Meet at Hamline University in St. Paul on Friday and Saturday.
Piepenburg proved she deserves to be the No. 1 ranked runner in Class AA as she bested the field with a time of 11:06.66, four full seconds faster than the runner-up, Hannah McRaith of Waseca.
She holds the best time of the season in the state this year, running a 10:52.42 at the Moorhead Invitational on April 17.
The top athletes and relays are selected from the entries for the meet based on performance.
The first day of competition was in traditional track and field format, with the top nine athletes and relays in the state competing against one another in one section final.
The second day of competition was a relay carnival that included field events contested in a relay format during the Kent Stahly Relays.
Drew Paradis ran the 3,200-meters, finishing second with a time of 9:39.03.
Rosey Erickson ran a 12.54 in the preliminaries, then finished sixth in the finals in 12.63.
She also competed in the 200-meter dash, finishing fifth in 26.05, and was sixth in the long jump with a distance of 17-3.
The Cardinals had Annie Trebelhorn, Amber Tebben, Nikki Hammond and Erickson qualify for the meet in the 4x100 relay, finishing seventh in 52.46.
Thomas Quist competed in the discus, finishing 10th with a toss of 133-2.
The Osakis track and field teams put several athletes in the meet as well, with the Silverstreak 4x800 relay team of Rachael Grundman, Cali Sadlemyer, Aimee Allen and Stacey Kern racing to a first place finish in 9:56.23 on Saturday.
That time broke a record of 10:07.0 set in 2006 by Grundman, Kern, Kelsie Larson and Brittany Alverson.
Kern competed in the 1,600-meter run, finishing fifth with a time of 5:11.00, a new personal best that broke her own school record of 5:14.22 set at the state meet as a sophomore.
Andrew Nack competed in the discus on Friday, finishing 11th with a distance of 133-0.
On day two, the 4x100 team of Katie Didier, Calista Sadlemyer, Taylor Kreamer and Becka Sadlemyer, the 4x200 relay team of Hannah Bailey, Didier, Kreamer and Allen, and the 4x400 relay team of Bailey, Grundman, Sadlemyer and Kern all competed.
The 4x100 finished eighth in 53.81, the 4x200 was ninth in 1:53.74 and the 4x400 was third in 4:11.79.
Bailey and Grundman also competed in the triple jump relay on Saturday, finishing fourth with a total 61-01 distance.