Minnewaska girls pile up All-WCC honors in rolling to a championship

Lakers will now place their times and distances from the conference championship into a virtual state true team meet.

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Minnewaska's Lauryn Ankeny leads the pack during a distance race at the Lakers' home meet early in the 2021 season. Ankeny won the 1600-meter run at the West Central Conference championship on May 25, 2021 in a time of 5:49.05 to help her team to a conference championship. (Photo by Jared Rubado / Echo Press)

The Minnewaska girls track and field team dominated the West Central Conference championship meet on May 25.

The Lakers finished with 230.5 points, well in front of second-place finisher Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta (131). The Minnewaska boys finished sixth in the seven-team field with 58 points.

The WCC championship was also the meet that the Minnewaska girls used as their Class A State True Team meet.

The Lakers will put their times and distances into a virtual meet now to determine how they stack up against the deepest Class A teams in Minnesota. Those results will take a few days to finalize as other programs wrap up their competitions through the weekend.

Individuals and relay teams that finish in the top two of events earn All-WCC honors from the championship meet, and third-place finishers are honorable-mention. The Minnewaska girls filled up those top-three spots.


All-WCC and honorable-mention athletes individually for the Lakers were: Emily Kaiser (100 dash, second, 13.58, 200 dash, first, 28.23, long jump, second, 15-04.50), McKenzie Luetmer (400 dash, first, 1:03.58), Kristen Glover (400 dash, third, 1:04.16, triple jump, third, 32-01.50), Olivia Danielson (800 run, first, 2:30.95), Makena Thoen (800 run, third, 2:39.07), Lauryn Ankeny (1600 run, first, 5:49.05), Sydnie Chevalier (1600 run, third, 6:08.89), Kiearra Wilmes (3200 run, first, 12:31.08), Sydney Hagen (3200, second, 13:02.46), Elsey Hagen (3200, third, 13:19.49), Ava Chevalier (100 hurdles, second, 16.89), Emma Kovarik (300 hurdles, second, 49.89), Metaya Jergenson (discus, first, 108-07) and Stephanie Langman (pole vault, third, 8-00).

The 4x400 relay of Danielson, Thoen, Teagan Stark and Luetmer won in 4:22.55, while Luetmer, Danielson, Thoen and Glover took the 4x800 in 10:06.69. That was more than 40 seconds in front of the second-place finishing team.

Minnewaska’s 4x200 (Brooklyn Meyer, Masie Jordan, Julia Kuehne, Alannah Christensen, 1:59.02) and 4x100 (Mya Lindeman, Jordan, A. Chevalier, Kaiser, 53.89) were second to earn All-WCC honors.

The Minnewaska boys were paced by the Johnsrud brothers in the jumps.

Peyton Johnsrud was All-WCC in the high jump by winning after clearing 6 feet, 4 inches. Connor Johnsrud was the Lakers’ second all-conference finisher as he won the triple jump with a mark of 45-00.50.


GIRLS TEAM SCORES - Minnewaska - 230.5; Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta - 131; BOLD-BLH - 98; Montevideo - 76.5; Melrose Area - 66; Benson-KMS - 55; Sauk Centre - 36

BOYS TEAM SCORES - Sauk Centre - 164.5; Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta - 160; Montevideo - 91; BOLD-BLH - 89; Benson-KMS - 85.5; Minnewaska - 58; Melrose Area - 50


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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