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Track and field: Alexandria adds to impressive season with CLC titles for both teams

The Cardinals had eight total first-place finishes in St. Cloud on Tuesday, led by senior Christian Doumbia on the boys' side with wins in the 200- and 400-meter dashes and a runner-up finish in the 100-meter dash.

Christian Doumbia
Alexandria senior Christian Doumbia sprints to a win during a relay at the Cardinals' home meet on May 3, 2022. Doumbia had a big day in helping the Cardinals to a team title at the Central Lakes Conference championships in St. Cloud on May 24, winning the 200 and 400 dashes and taking second in the 100-meter dash.
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The Alexandria track and field programs already competed in a state true team meet together this season. On Tuesday night in St. Cloud, the boys and girls each added a Central Lakes Conference championship to their season accomplishments.

The Alexandria girls won the CLC title with 149 points. Brainerd was second at 123. The boys took the conference championship with 158.5 points, while Brainerd added a runner-up finish there too with 138 points.

Each of the boys and girls teams had four first-place finishes.

Senior Christian Doumbia had two of those for the boys. He shined in the sprint events with wins in the 200- and 400-meter races, while also taking second in the 100-meter dash.

Ethan Hoppe won the discus to pace the throwers with a mark of 146-11. That was more than four feet further than second-place finisher Alexander Jensen of Fergus Falls at 142-02. Will Heydt followed up his true team state title in the triple jump with a CLC championship in that event after a mark of 44-02.75.

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Junior Elena Fuglestad won the 400-meter dash in 1:01.24, while the Alexandria girls’ distance group also continued their strong season. Seniors Aleah Miller and Emma Ecker set the tone as Miller won the 1600-meter run by more than seven seconds, and Ecker took the 3200 race by more than two seconds in a close finish with Willmar freshman Lauren Eilers.

Hailie Kent added Alexandria’s fourth individual CLC title. She won the triple jump with a long mark of 36-03, right in front of teammate Ella Steussy who finished second at 35-11.

The Cardinals have the rest of the week to prepare for the two-day section meet. The first day of sections comes in Detroit Lakes on June 1 starting at 3 p.m. Alexandria hosts the final day on June 4 starting at 9 a.m. The state meet runs June 10-11 at St. Michael-Albertville High School.

CENTRAL LAKES CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

GIRLS TEAM SCORES - (1) Alexandria 149 … (2) Brainerd 123 … (3) Rocori 107 … (4) Sartell 79.5 … (5) Willmar 67 … (6) St. Cloud Apollo 60 … (7) Sauk Rapids 45.5 … (8) Fergus Falls 27 … (9) St. Cloud Tech 5.

BOYS TEAM SCORES - (1) Alexandria 158.5 … (2) Brainerd 138 … (3) Willmar 105 … (4) Fergus Falls 66.5 … (5) St. Cloud Tech 62 … (6) Sartell 57 … (7) Rocori 55 … (8) St. Cloud Apollo 35 … (9) Sauk Rapids 25.

ALEXANDRIA BOYS TOP-EIGHT FINISHERS - 100 DASH - Christian Doumbia - second, 11.23; Daniel Jackson - fourth, 11.55; Venald Becker - sixth, 11.63; 200 DASH - Christian Doumbia - first, 22.27; Trey Negen - fifth, 23.40; 400 DASH - Christian Doumbia - first, 50.48; Elliott Kent - eighth, 54.28; 800 RUN - Riley Wagner - fifth, 2:02.93; Owen Draper - seventh, 2:04.75; 1600 RUN - Myles Sansted - third, 4:34.33; Joel Brault - fourth, 4:35.04; 3200 RUN - Harrison Greathouse - fourth, 10:12.06; 110 HURDLES - Logan Peterson - fifth, 16.59; Samuel Williams - sixth, 16.61; Otto Anderson - seventh, 16.65; 300 HURDLES - Gavin Ashmore - second, 41.70; Otto Anderson - fifth, 42.69; 4x200 RELAY - second, 1:34.22; 4x400 RELAY - second, 3:34.43; 4x800 RELAY - fourth, 8:53.93; SHOT PUT - Joey Lanoux - fifth, 47-09; DISCUS - Ethan Hoppe - first, 146-11; Lanoux - fifth, 131-00; HIGH JUMP - Otto Anderson - third, 5-09; Samson Hagstrom - fourth, 5-09; Dylan Frusciante - t-seventh, 5-06; POLE VAULT - Bryr Homelvig - third, 12-03; Samuel Williams - seventh, 11-00; LONG JUMP - Will Heydt - fifth, 19-11.75; Kelly Johnson - eighth, 19-05.25; TRIPLE JUMP - Will Heydt - first, 44-02.75

ALEXANDRIA GIRLS TOP-EIGHT FINISHERS - 100 DASH - Hailie Kent - fourth, 13.12; Addison Fettig - fifth, 13.29; Elena Fuglestad - seventh, 13.32; 200 DASH - Miah Wessel - third, 27.02; 400 DASH - Elena Fuglestad - first, 1:01.24; Alison Krasky - fourth, 1:02.65; Miah Wessel - sixth, 1:02.73; 800 RUN - Greta Oldenkamp - fourth, 2:27.44; 1600 RUN - Aleah Miller - first, 5:07.15; 3200 RUN - Emma Ecker - first, 11:03.07; 100 HURDLES - Sophia Korynta - eighth, 18.09; 300 HURDLES - Korynta - third, 48.87; 4x100 RELAY - third, 51.33; 4x200 RELAY - fourth, 1:50.24; 4x400 RELAY - second, 4:10.33; 4x800 RELAY - second, 10:00.94; SHOT PUT - Amaria Sowada - second, 35-07; Sophia Vinje - seventh, 33-07.50; DISCUS - Sophia Vinje - fourth, 110-06; Amaria Sowada - fifth, 104-06; Elise Maagard - sixth, 103-01; HIGH JUMP - Jaelyn Miller - seventh, 5-00; POLE VAULT - Izzy Kent - third, 9-10; LONG JUMP - Hailie Kent - second, 16-06.50; Alison Krasky - fourth, 16-02.75; TRIPLE JUMP - Hailie Kent - first, 36-03; Ella Steussy - second, 35-11

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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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