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Girls track and field: Roste's record, throwers highlight another big day for Alexandria

Alexandria freshman Mya Lesnar throws the shot put during Tuesday's home triangular at Alexandria Area High School. Lesnar won the shot with a throw of 41 feet, 1 inch. (Eric Morken | Echo Press)1 / 6
Alexandria's Jacy Roste set a new school record in the pole vault on Tuesday at Alexandria Area High School after clearing 9 feet, 7 inches to win the event. (Eric Morken | Echo Press)2 / 6
Alexandria's Kaye Paschka clears a hurdle on her way to winning the 100-meter race in 15.65 seconds during Tuesday's home triangular at Alexandria Area High School. (Eric Morken | Echo Press)3 / 6
Alexandria senior JeAnna Miller lands in the pit during the long jump on Tuesday. Miller had a win in the high jump after clearing five feet at the triangular. (Eric Morken | Echo Press)4 / 6
Alexandria senior Kelby Olson-Rodel races to a win for her team in the 4x100 relay on Tuesday. Olson-Rodel also set a new PR in the 200-meter dash in a winning time of 24.75 seconds. (Eric Morken | Echo Press)5 / 6
Alexandria's Syri Williams clears her final hurdle in the 300-meter race to win in 49.04 seconds. Williams also won the long jump with a new personal-record distance of 16-7.5. (Eric Morken | Echo Press)6 / 6

Alexandria’s Jacy Roste had already tied a school record in the pole vault this year by clearing 9 feet, 6 inches. She wanted that record to herself, and she got it on Tuesday.

Roste won the pole vault at the Cardinals’ home triangular with Willmar and Sartell-St. Stephen by clearing 9 feet, 7 inches after coming into the day with a lot of confidence after some recent practices.

“Everything kind of just flowed,” the sophomore said. “We practiced Saturday morning and figured it out there. I was almost clearing 10 on Saturday, so I kind of had it more in my head that I could do it instead of freaking out about it like every other time. I was a little bit more confident today, and it just worked out.”

Roste is relatively new to this event. She started pole vaulting as a freshman after a background in gymnastics. Head coach Meghan Orgeman-Crumb called that a huge help because so many gymnasts can get over the mental hurdle of vaulting by being fearless.

“She works so hard,” Orgeman-Crumb said of Roste. “Jacey is always positive and a great teammate. She’s only a sophomore, and I’m really excited about her potential.”

Roste has proven to be a quick learner with the help of assistant coach Rey Fuglestad.

“(He) just kind of took me under his wing and taught me everything I needed to know,” Roste said. “Through gymnastics I’ve learned to just take criticism and do the best that I can with it and not get frustrated when I mess up. I feel like I could have cleared 10 feet today. The first one just nicked my shoulder and then after that it kind of got in my head. I’m hoping to clear 10 this year.”

The higher she clears in a short amount of time, the more she thinks about what her ceiling could be in this event. Roste has already set her sights on that 10 foot mark this year with her mind already looking toward the future.

“Junior year, I’m hoping to clear 10’6” and then get to 11 by my senior year,” she said.

THROWERS HITTING HIGH MARKS

The reason Alexandria won a Section 8AA True Team meet last week is because of its depth, and the Cardinals epitomize that in their throwing events.

Alexandria’s Mya Lesnar, McKenzie Duwenhoegger and Hailey Gill all finished top five in the shot put at true team, while Duwenhoegger and Kara Thomson were 1-2 in the discus.

Orgeman-Crumb remembers not that long ago when having one of Alexandria’s throwers hit 30 feet in shot was a big deal for this program. Now there are multiple girls hitting that mark.

“Ty Granning I believe is one of the best throws coaches in the state,” Orgeman-Crumb said. “Then we have girls who are working hard and pushing each other. We’re now in a situation where girls aren’t happy with 30 feet. Our throws program in boys and girls is dominating.”

Lesnar highlighted the group at the home triangular by winning the shot put with a toss of 40 feet, 1 inch. That’s after setting a new personal record at section true team with a mark of 41-01.50. Duwenhoegger, who rested a minor injury on Tuesday leading up to state true team Friday, has also reached 40 feet in the shot put.

“I love watching Mya train,” Orgeman-Crumb said. “She brings a level of intensity that’s almost unmatched. You can’t push her hard enough. She wants more. She has high expectations. I think that she has more in her, and I love the duel that McKenzie and Mya have right now. They’re going to push each other to excellence.”

SHOWCASING THEMSELVES AT HOME

Orgeman-Crumb said she wasn’t holding her athletes back on Tuesday with big meets looming.

This was the Cardinals’ lone home meet of the season, and she wanted the crowd to see what the girls could do.

“What I was looking for is are the girls competing hard?” Orgeman-Crumb said. “Are they competing smart and are they learning throughout? There’s a couple girls that didn’t have the times they necessarily wanted, but it’s still at this point about learning. They’re trained. Their bodies are ready. Now we just need to race well.”

Alexandria dominated the triangular with 11 wins. Kaye Paschka took the 100 hurdles in 15.65 seconds, and Hannah Quitmeyer won the 100 dash in 13.23. Kelby Olson-Rodel won the 200 dash in a personal-record time of 25.75 seconds. Addison Rodel took the 400-meter dash (1:03.11), and Syri Williams won the 300-meter hurdles in 49.04. Aleah Miller finished first in the 800 in 2:34.32.

Williams set a new PR with a winning leap of 16-7.5 in the long jump. JeAnna Miller was the top high jumper after clearing five feet, and the 4x100 relay team of Quitmeyer, Williams, Paschka and Olson-Rodel won in 50.86 seconds.

It was a good day on their home track. Now the Cardinals are ready to show what they can do against the deepest programs in Minnesota when they head to Stillwater this Friday.

“I believe true team is just the right environment to push kids to do more than they believe they can,” Orgeman-Crumb said. “That’s what we’re looking for. For them to take risks, to fight for each other.”

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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