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Osakis girls win 6A True Team track meet

The Osakis girls’ track team showed off the depth of its roster by winning the Section 6A True Team meet in a field of 14 teams, while the boys came in 13th.

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The Silverstreak girls finished with a total of 795 points. Montevideo was second with 719 points, while Holdingford rounded out the top three with 686 points.

“I’ve been coaching for a long time, but this team has more depth and balance than any other,” Osakis head coach Lee VanNyhuis said. “We really don’t have a weakness, and that is what wins a meet like this.”

True team meets rely on every athlete that performs to rack up points. It’s the truest determining factor of the kind of depth a team has. Osakis has put together a strong season already and knew it had the weapons to move on to true team state if the Silverstreaks performed well.

“The girls were very calm and confident coming in,” VanNyhuis said. “They were very business-like in their approach to the meet. They went out and executed exactly what we had been coaching them to do. The way the veterans prepare themselves to compete rubs off on the rest of the team. The girls have really built a successful culture.”

Osakis’ relays once again had big showings with a couple wins. The team of Tianna Stanek, Alexa Hoffarth, Taylor Kraemer and Brittney Sadlemyer won the 4x100 in 52.59 seconds.

Samantha Jones, Brooke Sorenson, Makayla Hoglin and Hannah Szech won the 4x400 in 4:15.25, while the 4x800 team of Jones, Alli Scherr, Sorenson and Lauren Savageau won in 10:25.53. That was more than six seconds ahead of the team from Holdingford.

Kayla Sorenson got an individual win for Osakis in the high jump with a leap of 5-02. Abby Stroup (15-00.75) and Hoffarth (14-09) finished second and third, respectively, in the long jump.

Osakis was well represented with top-five finishes in almost every event. Hannah Szech was fourth in the 100-meter dash (12.87) and second in the 200 (27.26). Sadlemyer (2:33.27) and Sorenson (2:35.06) were fourth and fifth, respectively in the 800-meter run.

Savageau got a fifth-place finish in the 1,600-meter run in 5:42.99. Sorenson was second in the 100-meter hurdles (16.53). Ashley Kraemer took fifth in the 300-meter hurdles (51.56) and Hoffarth was third in the triple jump (31-08.75).

In the throws, Jessica Bliese led the way with a fifth-place finish in the shot put (31-03.50) and a second-place finish in the discus (91-08).

All of that added up to an impressive day for the Osakis girls that will put them at true team state in Stillwater on May 17.

Osakis boys 13th

The Osakis boys were led by a fifth-place finish from Mitch Sunder in the shot put (41-02.50) and a seventh-place finish from Grant Backes in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:10.42.

The 4x200 relay team of Gage Larson, Backes, Colton Waldvogel and Brett Cowdery also took fourth (1:40.96).

The Silverstreaks finished with 204 points. Holdingford won the meet with 832 points, while Redwood Valley (750.50) and Montevideo (730) rounded out the top three.

“There were some boys missing from sickness and injuries,” VanNyhuis said. “We didn’t try to stretch the boys too thin since we don’t have the depth to cover all events. They still worked hard against some great competition.”

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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