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Alex boys' track: Vogeler, Peck headed to state

Senior John Vogeler leaves his feet in the long jump during the section meet last Wednesday. Vogeler qualified for state with a leap of 21-10. (Contributed)

Mitch Peck and John Vogeler will represent Alexandria at the state track and field meet this Friday and Saturday at Hamline University after qualifying in Section 8AA championship competition last week.

Both did so by finishing in the top two at the section meet last Wednesday in Rocori and wrapping up on Saturday in Thief River Falls.

In Rocori, Vogeler placed second in the long jump with a distance of 21-10 to earn a spot at state. Peck qualified for state by taking first place in the 300-meter hurdles on Saturday with a time of 39.48.

Head coach Mike Empting was proud of the efforts from these two state qualifying athletes and the others on the team who contributed to Alexandria’s fourth place team finish at the section competition.

“The boys all competed extremely well, and the coaches are very proud of the success and progress the team made this season,” Empting said.

Alexandria had two throwers who finished just one spot away from state qualification. Aaron Steidl placed third in the shot put finals in Rocori with a distance of 50-03.75. Colin Guetter also missed his chance to return to the state meet after finishing in third place in the discus with a toss of 153-06.00.

Aaron Runge also just missed qualification after taking third in the 1,600 meter run with a time of 4:32.51. Runge also took fourth in the 3,200 meter run with a time of 9:48.75.


TEAM – 1. Moorhead, 123; 2. Brainerd, 96; 3. Monticello, 88.50; 4. Alexandria, 69.50; 5. Sartell-St. Stephen, 50; 6. St. Cloud Tech, 45; 7. Little Falls, 44; 8. Bemidji, 40; 9. Fergus Falls, 39; 10. Rocori, 29; 11. Willmar, 24; 12. Detroit Lakes, 20; 13. St. Cloud Apollo, 16; 14. Sauk Rapids-Rice, 13; 15. Thief River Falls, 4; 16. Becker, 1

ALEXANDRIA TOP 8 – 3200 METER RUN – 4. Aaron Runge, 9:48.75

LONG JUMP – 2. John Vogeler, 21-10.00

SHOT PUT – 3. Aaron Steidl, 50-03.75

POLE VAULT – T7. Alec Wosepka, 11-06.00

100 METER DASH – 5. John Vogeler, 11.38

200 METER DASH – 6. Mitch Peck, 23.09

1600 METER RUN – 3. Aaron Runge, 4:32.51

110 METER HURDLES – 5. Mitch Peck, 15.75; 6. Joe Gorghuber, 15.81

300 METER HURDLES – 1. Mitch Peck, 39.48; 6. Joe Gorghuber, 41.21; 7. Mitch Meier, 41.35

4x100 METER RELAY – 6. Elliot Jacobson, Nicholas Dee, Alec Wosepka, John Vogeler, 45.42

4x800 METER RELAY – 8. Casey Call, Grant Rudolph, Colton Sailor, Jesse Groettum, 8:41.02

DISCUS – 3. Colin Guetter, 153-06.00

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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