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Alex boys track and field takes third in Monticello

Senior Mitch Peck (middle) jumps a hurdle during the 300-meter hurdles at the Hamline Elite Meet on Friday. Peck finished fifth in a personal best time of 39.92 at the meet. (Contributed)

The Alexandria boys’ track and field team sent two participants to the Hamline Elite Meet Friday, with Mitch Peck taking fifth in the 300 meter hurdles and Aaron Steidl placing 10th in the shot put.

Peck’s 300 hurdles time of 39.92 seconds was a personal record for him this season as he finished fifth out of nine participants. Steidl’s shot put toss of 50’ 7” helped him place 10th in a field of 12 participants.

The rest of the Cardinals track and field team traveled to Monticello Friday and took third place out of seven teams.

Head coach Mike Empting is pleased with the steps the Cardinals are making to be competitive this season.

“The team continues to make great progress and is competing at every level,” Empting said.

The 4x100 team of Jaran Roste, Joe Gorghuber, Alec Wosepka and John Vogeler finished highest among Alexandria relays, taking second with a time of 46.25. The 4x800 relay team of Grant Rudolph, Wesley Graves, Jesse Groettum and Colton Sailor took fourth place with a time of 8:56.14, and the 4x200 team of Mitchell Meier, David Anderson, Sam Kuennen and Jude Pelowski took seventh in 1:43.22.

In the individual track events, Aaron Runge took second place in the 1,600 meter event with a time of 4:40.48. Vogeler finished the 100 meter dash in 11.93, taking third.

Gorghuber took second in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 42.43 while Meier took fourth in 43.16.

The Cardinals had two competitors who scored in the 3200 meter run. Austin Thom took third in a time of 10:14 while Trent Piepenburg finished fifth in 10:35.

Alexandria picked up two firsts in the field events at Monticello. Josh Molden took first in the long jump with a leap of 20-03.75, and Colin Guetter grabbed the top spot in the discus with a throw of 146-00.75.

Roste finished directly behind Molden in the long jump, taking second in a distance of 19-09.50. Brett Ludwig placed third in the discus with a toss of 130-02.00.

Mitch Maday and Logan Steidl both finished second and third in the shot put at the meet. Maday’s throw traveled 44-05.00 while Logan Steidl’s was measured at 44-01.00.


TEAM – 1. Osseo – 143.5; 2. Monticello – 142; 3. Alexandria – 126; 4. Buffalo – 97.5; 5. St. Cloud Tech – 70; 6. North Branch – 50; 7. St. Francis – 48

ALEXANDRIA INDIVIDUALS – 4x800 RELAY – Rudolph, Graves, Groettum, Sailor, 8:56.14

110M HURDLES – 4. Joe Gorghuber, 17.53; 7. Mitchell Meier, 18.13

100 DASH – 3. John Vogeler, 11.93

4x200 RELAY – 7. Meier, Anderson, Kuennen, Pelowski, 46.25

300M HURDLES – 2. Joe Gorghuber, 42.43; 4. Mitchell Meier, 43.16

800M RUN – 6. Colton Sailor, 2:08.71

3200M RUN – 3. Austin Thom, 10:13.74; 5. Trent Piepenburg, 10:35.36

4x400M RELAY – 7. Vukelich, Pelowski, Dee, Whiting, 3:58.91

HIGH JUMP – 7. John Vogeler, 5-08.00

POLE VAULT – 4. Alec Wosepka, 11-06.00

LONG JUMP – 1. Joshua Molden, 20-03.75; 2. Jaran Roste – 19-09.50

TRIPLE JUMP – 4. Joe Gorghuber, 39-05.50

DISCUS – 1. Colin Guetter, 146-00.75; 3. Brett Ludwig, 44-01.00; 8. Dylan Larson, 115-08.75

SHOT PUT – 2. Mitch Maday, 44-05.00; 3. Logan Steidl, 44-01.00; 7. Brett Ludwig, 42-09.50

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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