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Osakis track opens season in first

The Osakis girls’ track and field jumped out to a strong start this spring by finishing first out of nine teams at the Marv Meyer Invitational in Morris on Tuesday.

Several area teams opened the season in Morris, with West Central Area finishing fourth, Minnewaska taking fifth and Prairie Valley grabbing eighth.

The Silverstreaks jumped out to the victory thanks in large part to its depth on the relay teams. The Osakis 4x100 meter relay team of Alli Scherr, Abby Stroup, Taylor Kraemer and Alexa Hoffarth took first place by nearly two seconds, finishing in 54.22.

The Osakis 4x200 meter relay team also won by more than two seconds. Makayla Hoglin, Stroup, Brittney Sadlemyer and Hannah Szech finished on top in 1:55.03. The 4x400 relay finished in 4:20.01, more than 10 seconds ahead of the next team from Morris. Scherr, Sadlemyer, Hoglin and Szech combined for that strong result.

Head coach Lee VanNyhuis said other than a few handoff issues for the 4x200 team, the veteran experience showed in the relays. The Silverstreaks even ran a second 4x400 team that did not count in the team score but only finished a few seconds behind the first relay.

“We have a lot of quality depth at that distance, which will give us all kinds of options when we want to try to score team points later on,” VanNyhuis said.

Kayla Sorenson finished first in three events Tuesday. She won the 100 meter hurdles in 16.55, the 300 meter hurdles in 51.66 and the high jump with a leap of 5-01.

“Kayla had a great day with personal bests both in the high jump and 100 meter hurdles,” VanNyhuis said. “She’s really starting the season well.”

Other individuals who finished in first place were Isabelle Szech in the 3200 meter run with a time of 13:47.56 and Hoffarth in the long jump with a total of 14-10.50.

VanNyhuis said the team was focusing on the field events in the early part of the season.

“Our horizontal jumpers did some good things even though it doesn’t necessarily show up in the results,” he said. “Their jumps were decent, but they had trouble being consistent on the board. [Hoffarth] did a good job of making a couple early season jumps.”


Annabelle Haarstad led the Knights by picking up two of the team’s three first place finishes in Morris.

She took the top spot in the shot put with a toss that traveled 34-01 and a discus throw of 106-10. Holly Van Kempen also took first in the triple jump with a 32-04.50 mark.

Head coach John Van Kempen said the team will continue to look for more athletes to fill in some extra positions to help the team grab a few more points.

“We’re looking forward to see how we can improve as we progress from here,” head coach John Van Kempen said. “The kids have worked hard and the meets will come more often, with each meet becoming more important until we get to our tournament season with conference and subsections.”


Mariah Beckius led Minnewaska by finishing in first place in the 100 and 200 meter dashes.

Beckius finished the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.06 and took first in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.75.

Kaylee Glover also had a first place finish for the Lakers in the 800 meter run. She finished the race in 2:41.72, just edging out Leah Tessem from Benson/KMS by less than a half-second.


Prairie Valley’s Aspen Klukken picked up the entire team’s 10 points with a third place finish in the 100-meter dash and a fourth place finish in the 200-meter dash.

Klukken finished the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.42 and the 200-meter dash in 28.81.


TEAM – Osakis – first place, 154; WCA – fourth place, 62; Minnewaska Area – fifth place, 51; Prairie Valley – eighth place, 10


100 METER DASH – Tianna Stanek, fourth place, 13.50; 400 METER DASH – Stanek, fourth place, 1:10.28; 3200 METER RUN – Isabelle Szech, 13:47.56; Lauren Scherr, 15:38.28; 100 METER HURDLES – Kayla Sorenson, first place, 16.55; 300 METER HURDLES – Sorenson, first place, 51.66; Grace Walter, fourth place, 56.22; Ashley Kraemer, fifth place, 56.50; 4x100 METER RELAY – first place, 54.22; 4x200 METER RELAY – first place, 1:55.03; 4x400 METER RELAY – first place, 4:20.01; 4x800 METER RELAY – second place, 11:18.65; HIGH JUMP – Sorenson, first place, 5-01.00; POLE VAULT – Alexa Hoffarth, second place, 7-00.00; LONG JUMP – Hoffarth, first place, 14-10.50; Abigail Stroup, third place, 14-06.00; Hannah Szech, fifth place, 14-01.50; TRIPLE JUMP – Hoffarth, second place, 31-09.50; Szech, fourth place, 30-04.50; Allison Scherr, sixth place, 29-09.50; SHOT PUT – Jessica Bliese, second place, 32-3.00; Brittney Sadlemyer, third place, 30-10.00; DISCUS THROW – Nicole Imdieke, fourth place, 78-06


800 METER RUN – Abby Van Kempen, fourth place, 2:44.82; Kylee Fernholz, fifth place, 2:47.53; Ella Van Kempen, sixth place, 2:48.72; 100 METER HURDLES – Dawn Cleveland, sixth place, 19.25; 300 METER HURDLES – Holly Van Kempen, second place, 53.28; 4x200 METER RELAYS – WCA, sixth place, 2:04.87; HIGH JUMP – Abby Van Kempen, second place, 4-10.00; Kylee Fernholz, second place, 4-10.00; TRIPLE JUMP – Holly Van Kempen, first place, 32-04.50; SHOT PUT – Annabelle Haarstad, first place, 34-01.00; DISCUS THROW – Haarstad, first place, 106-10


100 METER DASH – Mariah Beckius, first place ,13.06; 200 METER DASH – Beckius, first place, 27.75; Makenzia Zemke, sixth place, 29.12; 400 METER DASH, Kendra Kuczek, fifth place, 1:12.02; 800 METER RUN – Kaylee Glover, first place, 2:41.72; 4x100 METER RELAY – Minnewaska, fourth place, 57.88; 4x200 METER RELAY, Minnewaska, fourth place, 2:00.72; 4x400 METER RELAY – Minnewaska, third place, 4:34.06; 4x800 METER RELAY – Minnewaska, fourth place, 11:52.65


100 METER DASH – Aspen Klukken, third place, 13.42; 200 METER DASH – Klukken, fourth place, 28.81

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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