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.
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.
WEST CENTRAL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
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