Osakis sees progress at true team quadrangular

Silverstreaks take second in the girls' meet, while head coach Lee VanNyhuis likes what he sees from up and down his lineup for both the boys and girls.

Osakis' Zackery Bruder runs during the Silverstreaks' home meet on April 15, 2021. Bruder had a fifth-place finish in the 800-meter run and a fourth-place finish in the 1600 during Osakis' four-team portion of the Section 6A True Team meet on May 18, 2021 in Pillager. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

The Osakis track and field teams competed among four programs in Pillager for their portion of the section true team meet on Tuesday. Now the Silverstreaks will wait to see how they stack up against the rest of the field when all results are tallied through a virtual meet.

Osakis finished second in the girls competition. Wadena-Deer Creek won the girls’ meet with 176 points, with Osakis right behind at 174.5. Ottertail Central (149) and Pillager (120.5) rounded out that group.

Wadena-Deer Creek had 176 points on the boys’ side too, while the Silverstreaks put up 136 points to finish fourth. OTC was second (159) and Pillager third (143).

“It was fun to see the team come together like this,” Osakis head coach Lee VanNyhuis said. “I thought every kid that I saw out there was giving maximum effort. We won't know for a few days how we did with the whole section since the meet is virtual. Traditionally, around 15 teams compete in true team. There might be less this year due to it being virtual. Two of the teams (OTC and WDC) are in our section (6A) and Pillager is in Section 7A.”

VanNyhuis saw improvement from his athletes with many personal records throughout the lineup. Isaac Hetland has been limited to throws as he worked through an injury this year, and he got to run sprints for the first time on Tuesday. He won the 100-meter dash in 12.52.


“You could tell he was pumped to compete,” VanNyhuis said of Hetland. “Unfortunately, Duncan (Vandergon) had a leg injury that kept him from competing. Otherwise, I feel those two would have been a great pair in the short sprints.”

Ben Paulson paced the Osakis boys with wins in the shot put and discus. Hetland was second in the shot put too.

Jarron Kurth had a couple of second-place finishes for the Osakis boys in the 800 and 1600 runs. Stewart Jones was runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles and 300 hurdles, along with finishing second in the long jump and triple jump.

Tessa Stanek led a good sprinting group for the Osakis girls again by winning the 200 dash (28.29) and finishing second in the 100 dash. Kiana Kendall was third in the 100 and second in the 200. Kiley Kranz added wins in the shot put and discus, and the 4x100 relay group of Hailey Walker, Kendall, Makenzie Lien and Stanek won in 53.50 seconds.

“There were a ton of kids that were getting PRs in their events,” VanNyhuis said. “That's all you can ask for. I thought the coaches did a nice job getting each event group prepared and we had the best lineups as possible. All of the kids really grew a lot this season. It's not just about the top kids, but all of them. That's what's so great about true team is that everyone matters. We've been in a lot of close true team meets before and this was no exception. The team should feel good about how they did.”

OSAKIS GIRLS TOP-FIVE FINISHERS - 100 DASH - Tessa Stanek - second, 13.61; Kiana Kendall - third, 13.62; 200 DASH - Stanek - first, 28.29; Kendall - second, 28.59; 400 DASH - Kaelyn Walker - third, 1:06.92; Lexi Spychalla - fourth, 1:07.68; 800 RUN - Bella Weisser - third, 2:35.57; 1600 RUN - Lauren Anderson - third, 6:03.85; 100 HURDLES - Mara VanNyhuis - third, 17.64; 300 HURDLES - Addison Wildman - third, 51.53; VanNyhuis - fourth, 53.01; 4x100 RELAY - Hailey Walker, Kiana Kendall, Makenzie Lien, Tessa Stanek - first, 53.50; 4x200 RELAY - Kaelyn Walker, Emma Tenhoff, Hailey Walker, Addison Wildman - third, 1:58.49; 4x400 RELAY - Kaelyn Walker, Lexi Spychalla, Addison Wildman, Bella Weisser - second, 4:28.02; 4x800 RELAY - Bella Weisser, Hatti Schmidtbauer, Madeline Anderson, Lexi Spychalla - second, 10:55.06; HIGH JUMP - Raechel Weir - fourth, 4-08; LONG JUMP - Kendall - third, 16-02; Stanek - fifth, 15-03; SHOT PUT - Kiley Kranz - first, 37-00; Madison Douvier - second, 29-09; DISCUS - Kranz - first, 104-00.50; VanNyhuis - third, 89-08.50

OSAKIS BOYS TOP-FIVE FINISHES - 100 DASH - Isaac Hetland - first, 12.52; Brennan Gustafson - third, 12.73; 400 DASH - Joe Aaser - fifth, 59.75; 800 RUN - Jarron Kurth - second, 2:14.87; Zackery Bruder - fifth, 2:21.02; 1600 RUN - Kurth - second, 5:10.46; Bruder - fourth, 5:12.44; 110 HURDLES - Stewart Jones - second, 17.03; 300 HURDLES - Jones - second, 44.45; 4x100 RELAY - Brennan Gustafson, Isaac Hetland, Caleb Goodwin, Jack Petrich - third, 48.57; 4x200 RELAY - Brennan Gustafson, Ethan Wiggens, Jack Petrich, Caleb Goodwin - fourth, 1:45.57; 4x800 RELAY - Joseph Aaser, John Pahl, Christian Nathe, Issac Loverink - fourth, 10:23.60; HIGH JUMP - Caleb Goodwin - fifth, 5-04; POLE VAULT - Isaac Ruegemer - fourth, 8-00; LONG JUMP - Jones - second, 20-00; TRIPLE JUMP - Jones - second, 40-07.75; SHOT PUT - Ben Paulson - first, 47-06; Hetland - second, 44-11; DISCUS - Paulson - first, 129-00; McCarter Kirksey - fifth, 97-09

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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