Alexandria rolls over Sauk Rapids, Peyton Johnsrud sets new school record for Minnewaska in Morris

Ashby-Brandon-Evansville, Minnewaska and West Central Area all compete in a seven-team field at the Tiger Invite in Morris.

Jacob Kleven

The Alexandria boys and girls track and field teams faced Sauk Rapids-Rice in a head-to-head competition on Thursday, and the Cardinals won both in dominant fashion.

The Alexandria boys posted a 115-17 win over the Storm, while the girls won 113-24.

An example of Alexandria’s dominance came in the 100-meter dash in the boys race. The Cardinals took the first seven spots there out of 24 runners, led by Jaegar Steele’s win in 12.06 seconds. Nicholas Huss won the 200-meter dash in 24.39 seconds and the pole vault (11-00), and Riley Wagner took the 400-meter race in 56.46 seconds.

Other individual wins for the Alexandria boys came from Myles Sansted (800, 2:04.80), Jacob Kleven (1,600, 4:46.80), Andrew Sparr (300 hurdles, 47.24), Joseph Lanoux (shot put, 40-05), Zander Homelvig (discus, 119-07), Nolan Morical (long jump, 19-03.5) and Will Heydt (triple jump, 43-00).

The 4x200 relay team of Steele, Jack Theien, Huss and Morical won in 1:36.23. Christian Doumbia, Theien, Huss and Morical won the 4x100 in 45.49, and Theien, Jordan Nicholson, Morical and Mason Teaser won the 4x400 in 3:41.82.


The Alexandria girls controlled the dual equally as well.

Miah Wessel got a win for the sprinters in the 200-meter dash in 28.33 seconds. Myah Kremer followed suit with a win in the 400 in 1:02.66. Jaelyn Miller took the 800-meter run in 2:21.73, and Emma Ecker won the 1,600 in 5:40.49.

Alexandria’s other individual winners were Sophia Korynta (100 hurdles, 18.07; 300 hurdles, 52.95), Sophia Vinje (shot put, 31-04), Amaria Sowada (discus, 98-09), Marissa Linow (high jump, 4-07), Bria Luepke (pole vault, 7-06) and Hailie Kent (triple jump, 33-10).

Peyton Johnsrud paces Minnewaska with new school record

Minnewaska senior Peyton Johnsrud set a new school record for the Lakers on Thursday by clearing 6-feet, 9-inches in the high jump.

Minnewaska's Peyton Johnsrud clears the bar in the high jump during the 2019 Class A state meet. Johnsrud set a new school record in this event on April 29, 2021 in Morris by clearing 6-feet, 9-inches. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

That was part of a fourth-place finish for the Minnewaska boys in a seven-team field at Morris. Morris Area won the boys’ meet with 142 points. On the girls’ side, Minnewaska scored 168 points and edged Eden Valley-Watkins by one point.

Johnsrud’s height in the high jump bested the next best finisher by seven inches. Peyton’s brother, Connor, added a win in the triple jump with a distance of 40-03.5. The Minnewaska boys added wins in the 4x400 and 4x800 relays, as well.


Olivia Danielson got a win for the Minnewaska girls in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:33. Kristen Glover (31-09) and Emma Kovarik (31-01.75) were part of a 1-2 finish for the Lakers in the triple jump. Metaya Jergenson was also a double winner in the shot put (30-06) and discus (97-05.5), while the Lakers’ 4x800 relay team won to help secure the team win.


GIRLS TEAM SCORES - Minnewaska - 168; Eden Valley-Watkins - 167; Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta - 91; West Central Area 71; Hancock - 25; Ashby-Brandon-Evansville - 19; Sauk Centre - 17

BOYS TEAM SCORES - Morris Area - 142; Sauk Centre - 121; Eden Valley-Watkins - 93; Minnewaska - 68; A-B-E - 57; WCA - 40; Hancock - 35

Deschene leads A-B-E girls, spring relays pace boys

Valerie Deschene led the Ashby-Brandon-Evansville girls with a third-place finish in the pole vault after clearing 6-feet, 6-inches.

Skylar Bitzan scored for A-B-E in the 100-meter dash with a sixth-place finish (13.92), and the 4x200 and 4x800 relays were fourth around a fifth-place finish in the 4x400 relay in 4:43.

A-B-E’s 4x100 (second place, 48.41) and 4x200 (first place, 1:40) helped the A-B-E boys to their fifth-place finish.

Derick Novotny was the team’s top individual finisher in the pole vault after taking second (9-06) just in front of teammate Dierk Goeden (8-06).


Other top-six finishers for A-B-E were Nathan Baumann (100 dash, 11.84), Micah Fossell (1600, fifth, 5:09.35; 3200, third, 11:29), Kobe Reiland (110 hurdles, fifth, 48.15, triple jump, fifth, 36-04.5), Jake Rein (high jump, fifth, 5-06), Logan Froemming (pole vault, sixth, 7-06) and Micah Fuller (triple jump, third, 37-00.5).

Bright paces WCA girls,

Lexi Bright won the 1,600-meter run (5:30) in the girls’ race to lead West Central Area. Terina Blascyk added a third-place finish in that race in 6:00, while Taylor Bennett helped the WCA distance runners with a second-place finish in the 3,200 (12:54). Bright was also third in the long jump (15-06.5) and the 400-meter dash (1:03.46).

Brynn Fernholz led the jumpers with a second-place finish in the high jump (4-08) and a third-place finish in the triple jump (29-08.5). In throws, WCA’s Jayden Styba was sixth in the shot put (26-02) and fourth in discus (75-03).

Kyle Schill (2:10) and Alex Salwasser (2:14) had a 1-2 finish in the 800-meter run for the boys. Tyler Stone added the Knights’ second win by taking the discus in 121-00.5, and Grant Lindquist was fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 36-05.5.

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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