Alexandria girls take the 8AA title as the boys and girls add to their list of state qualifiers

Aleah Miller, Sophia Vinje, Hailie Kent all finish with section championships.

Alexandria senior Nolan Morical shares a laugh with head coach Mike Empting during a home meet on May 28, 2021. Morical qualified for the Class AA state meet from Section 8 after finishing second in the 100-meter dash in 10.80 seconds on June 12, 2021 and joining up with Jacob Kleven, Myles Sansted and Jack Theien to also take second in the 4x400 relay (3:26.16). (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

The Alexandria track and field programs already secured spots for Sophia Vinje, Aleah Miller and Will Heydt at the state meet after the first day of the Section 8AA championship on June 9.

The Cardinals added to a long list of qualifiers on Saturday. Alexandria was in Fergus Falls with 15 other section teams as the top-two individuals and relay teams qualified for the Class AA state meet at St. Michael-Albertville High School in each event.

In team standings , the Alexandria boys finished fifth with 66 points, while the girls did what they have done all season in running away with a title. The Cardinals finished with 137 points, well in front of Willmar with 89 and Brainerd with 77.

Aleah Miller will compete at the state meet in two events. After winning the 3200-meter run in day one at sections, the junior added a win in the 1600 in a time of 5:17.87 on Saturday. Right behind her was her younger sister, freshman Jaelyn Miller, who finished second in 5:18.08.


Alexandria's Hailie Kent lands her triple jump at a home meet on May 28, 2021. Kent qualified for the Class AA state meet by winning the Section 8AA championship in the triple jump at Fergus Falls on June 12, 2021 with a leap of 36-09.50. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

Junior Hailie Kent added a section championship in the triple jump. She finished with a long mark of 36-09.50 to beat runner-up finisher Noelle Hackenmueller (35-10.50) of St. Cloud Apollo.

Alexandria sophomore Elena Fuglestad has been a versatile athlete for this team all season, and she qualified for the state meet in the 400-meter dash by taking second place. Fuglestad finished in a time of 1:00.43. Senior Lexi Cole (300 hurdles, 45.97) and the 4x800 relay team of Greta Oldenkamp, Emma Ecker, Giselle Jahner and Myah Kremer (9:36.85) also added state-qualifying finishes by taking second at sections.

Kremer almost qualified individually by finishing third in the 800-meter run, while the 4x100 relay team of Kent, Fuglestad, Allie Randazzo and Cole also took third at sections.

Alexandria head coach Meghan Orgeman was also honored after the meet as the Section 8AA Girls Coach of the Year.

Morical, Theien, 4x400 heading to state

Alexandria senior Nolan Morical was just outside of a state-qualifying spot in third place after running an 11.22 during the prelims of the 100-meter dash. He made the necessary jump in the finals to qualify for state with a second-place finish in 10.80.

That time was just in front of Monticello’s Brady Wright in 10.88, while Sam Valor of Monticello won the 100 dash in 10.71 seconds.

Junior Jack Theien also qualified for state in the sprints as he finished second in the 400 dash with a time of 51.20. That was more than a full second off of his prelims time of 52.22. Morical and Theien joined up with Jacob Kleven and Myles Sansted to earn a spot at state in the 4x400 relay after finishing in a runner-up time of 3:26.16, just missing taking the title behind Moorhead’s foursome (3:26.01).


The Cardinals also had a couple of near qualifiers in the 1600 run. Sansted missed second place by a little more than a second as he took third in 4:32.49, while Kleven was fourth in 4:36.37.

The state meet will run June 17-19 at St. Michael-Albertville High School instead of the normal location at Hamline University. No prelims will be held. All 3200-meter races will kick off the three-day event on June 17 starting at 4 p.m.

The rest of the Class A finals will start with the boys meet at 10 a.m. on June 18 and the girls meet starting at 3:30 p.m. The Class AA finals will follow in that same order on June 19 with the boys meet at 10 a.m. and the girls meet at 3:30.


ALEXANDRIA GIRLS TOP-NINE FINISHERS (Top two in events qualify for the state meet): 100 DASH - Hailie Kent - eighth, 12.96; 200 DASH - Jisella Haskamp - seventh, 27.62; 400 DASH - Elena Fuglestad - second, 1:00.43; Miah Wessel - fifth, 1:03.02; Marisa Rousu - sixth, 1:04.05; 800-METER RUN - Myah Kremer - third, 2:28.15; Giselle Jahner - fourth, 2:28.49; Emma Ecker - fifth, 2:28.97; 1600 RUN - Aleah Miller - first, 5:17.87; Jaelyn Miller - second, 5:18.08; 3200 RUN - Aleah Miller - first, 11:30.81; Taelor Dummer - fifth, 11:59.32; 100 HURDLES - Alexis Cole - fifth, 16.00; 300 HURDLES - Cole - second, 45.97; Sophia Korynta - sixth, 48.97; 4x100 RELAY - Hailie Kent, Fuglestad, Allie Randazzo, Cole - third, 50.24; 4x200 RELAY - Randazzo, Kaia Emter, Jisella Haskamp, Miah Wessel - sixth, 1:48.71; 4x400 RELAY - Fuglestad, J. Miller, Myah Kremer, A. Miller - fourth, 4:13.45; 4x800 RELAY - Greta Oldenkamp, Emma Ecker, Giselle Jahner, Myah Kremer - second, 9:36.85; SHOT PUT - Amaria Sowada - fifth, 33-11.50; Sophia Vinje - ninth, 32-03; DISCUS - Sophia Vinje - first, 122-06.50; Sowada - sixth, 111-06; LONG JUMP - Fuglestad - sixth, 16-11; Hailie Kent - seventh, 16-06; TRIPLE JUMP - Hailie Kent - first, 36-09.50; Ella Steussy - seventh, 32-08.50; Marisa Rousu - eighth, 32-07.50

ALEXANDRIA BOYS TOP-NINE FINISHERS (Top two in events qualify for the state meet): 100 DASH - Nolan Morical - second, 10.80; 400 DASH - Jack Theien - second, 51.20; 1600 RUN - Myles Sansted - third, 4:32.49; Jacob Kleven - fourth, 4:36.37; 3200 RUN - Joel Brault - seventh, 10:13.66; 300 HURDLES - Gavin Ashmore - sixth, 42.62; 4x100 RELAY - Will Heydt, Jack Theien, Nicholas Huss, Nolan Morical - fourth, 44.38; 4x400 RELAY - Nolan Morical, Jacob Kleven, Myles Sansted, Jack Theien - second, 3:26.16; 4x800 RELAY - Riley Wagner, Joel Brault, Hayden Peterson, Torrey Olson-Rodel - sixth, 8:46.84; DISCUS - Joseph Lanoux - fourth, 136-00; Ethan Hoppe - eighth, 130-01; Zander Homelvig - ninth, 127-02; POLE VAULT - Nicholas Huss - sixth, 12-04; Jackson Jahnke - ninth, 11-10; LONG JUMP - Morical - eighth, 19-09; Heydt - ninth - 19-07.75; TRIPLE JUMP - Heydt - second, 42-10.75

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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