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Track and field: Alexandria boys, girls control their home relays invite

The Cardinals showed off their depth during a final meet before they head to Brainerd on May 10 for the section true team meet.

Bryr Homelvig
Alexandria's Bryr Homelvig celebrates after clearing 11-feet, 9-inches in the pole vault during the Cardinals' home relays invite on May 3, 2022. Homelvig won the pole vault competition with that mark after coming into the day with a seed mark of 11-feet. It was part of 15 total first-place finishes for the Alexandria boys and girls on Tuesday as both teams ran away with victories in the six-team field.
Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press
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ALEXANDRIA — The Alexandria track and field programs hosted their annual relays invite on Tuesday night as the boys and girls came away with team wins against five other programs.

Both the boys and girls are demonstrating the progress that Alexandria’s teams typically do as the boys ran away with the win with 156 points. Pequot Lakes was second at 90.

The Alexandria girls finished with 137 points, while Pequot Lakes was second at 97.

Alexandria racked up a total of 15 first-place finishes. The boys had 10 of those.

Otto Anderson, Logan Peterson, Samuel Williams and Gavin Ashmore teamed up to win the 4x110 shuttle hurdles relay in a time of 1:08.12. Ashmore also won the individual 300 hurdles in a time of 42.47 seconds.

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Venald Becker
Alexandria's Venald Becker runs during the 4x200 relay on May 3, 2022. Becker teamed up with Teagan Pfeffer, Trey Negen and Christian Doumbia to win that event in 1:32.60.
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The 4x200 relay team of Venald Becker, Teagan Pfeffer, Trey Negen and Christian Doumbia won that race in a time of 1:32.60.

Pfeffer was part of four wins on Tuesday. He took the long jump in 20-feet, 6-inches, and was also part of the winning 4x100 and 4x400 relay winners.

Myles Sansted, Samson Hagstrom, Riley Wagner and Joel Brault won the distance medley in 11:09.06. Will Heydt took the triple jump in 44-feet, 9-inches, and Ethan Hoppe won the discus with a throw of 137-feet, 8-inches.

Bryr Homelvig came into Tuesday’s meet with a seed mark of 11 feet in the pole vault. He cleared 11-feet, 9-inches to win that event. That bested three others who cleared 11-3.

Lilly Arnquist
Alexandria's Lilly Arnquist runs the anchor in the 4x800 relay on May 3, 2022. Arnquist teamed up with Bobbi Nichols, Layne Leimkuhl, and Aleah Miller in that event to finish third in 10:50.93.
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The Alexandria girls also saw multiple athletes finish among the top eight in events up and down the lineup. The team of Emma Ecker, Alison Krasky, Aleah Miller, and Jaelyn Miller won the distance medley in 12:37.38.

Hailie Kent continued her strong season in the jumps as she finished first in the long jump in 16-07 and was second in the triple jump (35-03.25). Her teammate, Ella Steussy, was right in front of her in the triple jump finish as she leaped 35-feet, 4.25-inches.

Alexandria’s throwers also continued their strong season. Amaria Sowada won both the discus (115-03) and shot put (35-06).

Elise Maagard
Alexandria's Elise Maagard throws the shot put during the Cardinals' invite on May 3, 2022. Maagard finished fourth in the shot put (32-05.50) and fifth in the discus (97-07) to help her team to a first-place finish.
Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press

The Alexandria girls had four total throwers finish among the top eight in the shot put with Elise Maagard (fourth), Sophia Vinje (seventh) and Sonja Schabel (eighth) joining Sowada. It was the same in the discus where Vinje was fourth, Maagard fifth and Maya Wagner finished sixth after Sowada’s win.

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Tuesday’s relay meet was a final meet for the Cardinals before they compete in the section true team meet on May 10. That will take place at Brainerd starting at 3 p.m.

ALEXANDRIA RELAYS

BOYS TEAM SCORES - Alexandria - 156; Pequot Lakes - 90; Willmar - 88; Fergus Falls - 76; Detroit Lakes - 48; Little Falls - 38

GIRLS TEAM SCORES - Alexandria - 137; Pequot Lakes - 97; Detroit Lakes - 82; Willmar - 73; Little Falls - 58; Fergus Falls - 44

ALEXANDRIA GIRLS TOP-EIGHT FINISHERS - 3200 RUN - Giselle Jahner - second, 12:13.66; Kasey Soderholm - fourth, 12:47.76; Annabella Delagarza - seventh, 13:24.81; 4x100 SHUTTLE HURDLE - Sophia Korynta, Joanna Kietzmann, Emma Paulson, Marisa Rousu - third, 1:18.67; 4x200 RELAY - Kaia Emter, Jisella Haskamp, Alison Krasky, Miah Wessel - second, 1:52.22; Chloe Steele, Payton Olson, Ailynn Fettig, Kaija Schneider, Bria Luepke - fifth, 1:56.69; 4x800 RELAY - Bobbi Nichols, Layne Leimkuhl, Aleah Miller, Lilly Arnquist - third, 10:50.93; Makenna Kleven, Dasha Hohn, Bianca Grace, Anna Revering - fourth, 11:08.39; 800 SPRINT MEDLEY - Hailie Kent, Addison Fettig, Marisa Rousu, Elena Fuglestad - second, 1:57.45; Ella Steussy, Kaia Emter, Jisella Haskamp, Alaina Guenther, Bria Luepke, Chloe Steele - fourth, 2:03.31; 1600 RUN - Brynn Kosters - second, 5:38.38; Greta Oldenkamp - third, 5:44.22; Emma Hochhalter - fourth, 5:48.43; Brynn Cross - sixth, 5:52.98; 4x100 RELAY - Ella Steussy, Bria Luepke, Payton Olson, Kaija Schneider - third, 53.45; Kelsey Krohnfeldt, Maia Fuglestad, Izzy Kent, Hadyn Halverson, Ashlyn Violette - sixth, 56.63; 300-METER HURDLES - Sophia Korynta - second, 50.27; Marisa Rousu - fifth, 52.76; DISTANCE MEDLEY - Emma Ecker, Alison Krasky, Aleah Miller, Jaelyn Miller - first, 12:37.38; Madeline Hochhalter, Fraida Doering, Amya Hagen, Hailey Klimek - seventh, 15:25.61; 4x400 RELAY - Elena Fuglestad, Greta Oldenkamp, Miah Wessel, Layne Leimkuhl, Sophia Korynta - third, 4:00.95; HIGH JUMP - Kiara Sowada - sixth, 4-08; POLE VAULT - Izzy Kent - third, 8-09; Bria Luepke - t-eighth, 7-09; LONG JUMP RELAY - Hailie Kent - first, 16-07; Alison Krasky - third, 16-00; Ella Steussy - fourth, 15-07; Elena Fuglestad - fifth, 15-05; TRIPLE JUMP RELAY - Ella Steussy - first, 35-04.25; Hailie Kent - second, 35-03.25; Marisa Rousu - fifth, 32-05.25; DISCUS RELAY - Amaria Sowada - first, 115-03; Sophia Vinje - fourth, 98-07; Elise Maagard - fifth, 97-07; Maya Wagner - sixth, 97-04; SHOT PUT RELAY - Amaria Sowada - first, 35-06; Elise Maagard - fourth, 32-05.50; Sophia Vinje - seventh, 31-01; Sonja Schabel - eighth, 31-00

ALEXANDRIA BOYS TOP-EIGHT FINISHERS

3200 RUN - Harrison Greathouse - second, 10:18.62; Thomas Wilmesmeier - fifth, 11:31.86; Micah Walswick - eighth, 12:21.26; 4x110 SHUTTLE HURDLE - Otto Anderson, Logan Peterson, Samuel Williams, Gavin Ashmore - first, 1:08.12; 4x200 RELAY - Venald Becker, Teagan Pfeffer, Trey Negen, Christian Doumbia - first, 1:32.60; Daniel Jackson, Evan Kludt, Andrew Flaten, Drew Gundberg - fourth, 1:38.63; 4x800 RELAY - Samson Hagstrom, Payton Gessford, Landon Runge, Evan Moore - third, 9:17.39; Thomas Klecker, Khelden Ritter, Maxwell Chinn, Myles Frueh - eighth, 10:07.58; SPRINT MEDLEY - Trey Negen, Will Heydt, Venald Becker, Evan Kludt - third, 1:42.32; Macklen Heydt, Drew Gundberg, Nicholas Borden, Daniel Jackson - fifth, 1:45.95; 1600 RUN - Owen Draper - second, 4:58.11; Throck Lehmann - third, 4:58.11; Nicholae Meyers - fifth, 5:19.80; Hunter Mohr - sixth, 5:20.94; 4x100 RELAY - Fequiere Becker, Teagan Pfeffer, Will Heydt, Trey Negen - first, 44.90; Mason Gorghuber, Dane Olson, Treyton Pfeffer, Fiyin Taiwo - seventh, 47.57; 300 HURDLES - Gavin Ashmore - first, 42.47; Otto Anderson - third, 42.76; Samuel Williams - sixth, 44.24; Logan Peterson - seventh, 45.04; DISTANCE MEDLEY - Myles Sansted, Samson Hagstrom, Riley Wagner, Joel Brault - first, 11:09.06; Erick Bergerson, Maxwell Chinn, Khelden Ritter, Karl Franson - seventh, 13:19.66; 4x400 RELAY - Teagan Pfeffer, Otto Anderson, Elliott Kent, Christian Doumbia, Trevon Andreasen - first, 3:59.32; HIGH JUMP - Samson Hagstrom - t-fifth, 5-06; Dylan Frusciante - t-fifth, 5-06; Otto Anderson - eighth, 5-06; POLE VAULT - Bryr Homelvig - first, 11-09; LONG JUMP RELAY - Teagan Pfeffer - first, 20-06; Will Heydt - third, 19-08; Trey Negen - fourth, 19-03; TRIPLE JUMP - Will Heydt - first, 44-09; DISCUS RELAY - Ethan Hoppe - first, 137-08; Zander Homelvig - fourth, 125-08; Joseph Lanoux - sixth, 119-01; SHOT PUT RELAY - Joseph Lanoux - third, 44-04; Ethan Hoppe - eighth, 41-01

Related Topics: TRACK AND FIELD
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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