Track and field: Osakis girls win 6A True Team to secure spot at state

The Silverstreaks stepped up when it mattered most on Tuesday in Pelican Rapids.

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The Osakis girls track and field team members are all smiles as they pose for a photo with their Section 6A True Team championship trophy in Pelican Rapids on May 10, 2022. The Silverstreaks will compete at the state true team meet in Stillwater on May 21 starting at 10 a.m.
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The Osakis girls track and field program is heading to the 2022 state true team meet after winning the Section 6A meet on Tuesday in Pelican Rapids.

For years, the Silverstreaks have performed well at these section true team events that serve as the ultimate test of depth for a program when every athlete and relay team counts in the scoring. This year’s group used the energy of the meet on a great weather day to step up and score 852 total points. Barnesville was second in the 14-team field with 829 points.

“We knew that we had a pretty good team, but I think that we were all a little surprised that we were able to do this,” Osakis head coach Lee VanNyhuis said of getting the win. “Going into it, I thought maybe we'd be looking at second, third, or fourth if we had a decent day. I looked at some results from Barnesville and Frazee and they looked very good. Both of those teams had some very strong events, and didn't have many weak events where I thought we would be able to make up a bunch of points.”

This year’s seniors were 7th-graders themselves when the Silverstreaks won the section true team meet in 2017 and then went on to win the state true team meet despite a false start and a dropped baton at state. VanNyhuis talked with his team ahead of this year’s section true team meet to let them know they did not need to try to do anything they were not capable of.

“We talked about how there's never a perfect meet,” VanNyhuis said. “Some of you will make mistakes. When that happens, someone else will have a great performance to make up for it. That's how a team works…It almost seemed like foreshadowing in a way, as this meet was not perfect. We even had a dropped baton, but the girls rallied and came together to make it happen.”


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The Cardinals have won four games in a row and have outscored their last four opponents 24-3.

Osakis featured a lineup on the girls’ side with a wide range of ages that includes a strong senior class and athletes just breaking onto the varsity stage in big meets.

“It's really been two years since we've had a real true team meet, so this is the first experience for the 7th, 8th and 9th-graders,” VanNyhuis said. “They really came through with some very important points for us. I really hope that they understand how big of an accomplishment this is.

“That's the great thing about True Team — everyone matters. Not just the top athletes, but the second person is just as important. If those kids that finish in the middle have a good day, that adds up and makes it possible to do what we did.”

Senior Tessa Stanek won the 100-meter dash and was third in the 200, while sophomore Kiana Kendall was fourth in the 100 dash and fifth in the 200.

Senior Mara VanNyhuis was third in the 100-meter hurdles, and a talented throwing group for Osakis also stepped up. Kiley Kranz won the discus by more than 10 feet and shot put by almost four feet. Makenzie Lien was fifth in the shot put and Mara VanNyhuis was fifth in discus.

The 4x100 relay group of Kaelyn Walker, Hailey Walker, Mara VanNyhuis, and Stanek won in 53.46 seconds.

The Class A state true team meet starts at 10 a.m. on May 21 in Stillwater.

Osakis boys seventh

The Osakis boys finished seventh in the 14-team field with 641.5 points. Pelican Rapids won the section title with 966, and Staples-Motley was second at 865.


“I thought the boys did really well,” coach VanNyhuis said. “With (junior) Stewart (Jones) being out (due to injury), we were pretty limited with what we could do. It's not easy missing someone like that. The boys performed well and had great efforts all the way around. We didn't have any seniors competing today. So we know that this team could be really good next year, a year older, and hopefully a lot healthier.”

Zackery Bruder had a fourth-place finish for the boys in the 800-meter run and was also sixth in the 1600. McCarter Kirksey was third in the shot put and the discus, while freshman Kaleb Helberg stepped up in the discus with a fifth-place finish after throwing 113-10.

Ashby-Brandon-Evansville competes

The Ashby-Brandon-Evansville programs are also in the Section 6A field where the A-B-E boys finished eighth (603 points) and the girls were 10th (500.5).

Sophomore Lucea Wales continues to have a big season for the A-B-E girls as she finished first in the 300 hurdles, second in the 200-meter dash, third in the triple jump and 14th in the 100-meter hurdles.

OSAKIS GIRLS RESULTS - 100 DASH - Tessa Stanek - first, 13.48; Kiana Kendall - fourth, 13.71; 200 DASH - Stanek - third, 27.79; Kendall - fifth, 28.45; 400 DASH - Ally Boyer - 10th, 1:05.93; Kaia Fiskness - 11th, 1:06.05; 800 RUN - Bella Weisser - sixth, 2:31.43; Lexi Spychalla - 14th, 2:38.49; 1600 RUN - Weisser - seventh, 5:52.04; Fiskness - eighth, 5:54.54; 3200 RUN - Fiskness - 16th, 14:11.13; Katie Collins - 18th, 14:34.51; 100 HURDLES - Mara VanNyhuis - third, 18.01; Alexis Johanson - 13th, 19.59; 300 HURDLES - VanNyhuis - ninth, 52.77; Hailey Walker - 21st, 59.24; 4x100 RELAY - Kaelyn Walker, Hailey Walker, Mara VanNyhuis, Tessa Stanek - first, 53.46; 4x200 RELAY - Kaelyn Walker, Addison Roering, Hailey Walker, Kianna Kendall - ninth, 2:00.72; 4x400 RELAY - Kaelyn Walker, Lexi Spychalla, Ally Boyer, Bella Weisser - third, 4:24.66; 4x800 RELAY - Ally Boyer, Hatti Schmidtbauer, Larissa Hoffarth, Lexi Spychalla - sixth, 11:10.42; HIGH JUMP - Alexis Johanson - t-sixth, 4-08; Kaia Fiskness - eighth, 4-08; POLE VAULT - Emma Nobles - t-sixth, 6-06; Eva Van Acker - eighth, 6-06; LONG JUMP - Kiana Kendall - sixth, 14-05.50; Tessa Stanek - eighth, 14-03.50; TRIPLE JUMP - Bella Weisser - eighth, 30-08; Johanson - 18th, 27-10; SHOT PUT - Kiley Kranz - first, 37-06; Makenzie Lien - fifth, 32-01; DISCUS - Kranz - first, 117-11.50; VanNyhuis - fifth, 102-03

OSAKIS BOYS RESULTS - 100 DASH - Keaton Lien - 12th, 12.19; McCarter Kirksey - 18th, 12.85; 200 DASH - Noah Goodwin - 20th, 27.04; Jayden Schlosser - 23rd, 28.59; 400 DASH - John Pahl - 15th, 58.92; Christian Nathe - 18th, 59.99; 800 RUN - Zackery Bruder - fourth, 2:11; Joseph Aaser - 10th, 2:18.81; 1600 RUN - Zackery Bruder - sixth, 4:50.90; Jacob Taplin - eighth, 4:59.23; 3200 RUN - Kale Drevlow - eighth, 11:41.54; Noah Schultz - 19th, 14:38.63; 4x100 RELAY - McCarter Kirksey, Brennen Gustafson, Blake Bouldin, Keaton Lien - eighth, 51.04; 4x200 RELAY - Kaleb Helberg, Noah Goodwin, Blake Bouldin, Alessandro Bettiol - seventh, 1:43.06; 4x400 RELAY - Joseph Aaser, Jacob Taplin, Alessandro Bettiol, Zackery Bruder - seventh, 3:52.72; 4x800 RELAY - Joey Aaser, Trenton VanNyhuis, Kale Drevlow, Jacob Taplin - fourth, 9:19.83; HIGH JUMP - Noah Schultz - 5-04; Brennen Gustafson - 18th, 5-02; POLE VAULT - Isaac Ruegemer - eighth, 9-00; Christian Nathe - 13th, 8-00; LONG JUMP - Gustafson - 12th, 17-05.75; Bruder - 15th, 16-11; TRIPLE JUMP - Noah Goodwin - 15th, 34-06; Trenton VanNyhuis - 16th, 34-01.75; SHOT PUT - McCarter Kirksey - third, 41-09.50; Mikkel Stienert - seventh, 35-06.75; DISCUS - Kirksey - third, 118-11.50; Kaleb Helberg - fifth, 113-10

A-B-E GIRLS RESULTS - 100 DASH - Skylar Bitzan - 12th, 14.22; EmmaLee Brethorst - 23rd, 15.07; 200 DASH - Lucea Wales - second, 27.61; Bitzan - 17th, 29.04; 400 DASH - Catherine Koefod - 15th, 1:08.07; Karlee Baumann - 23rd, 11:11.57; 800 RUN - Ashley Paulsen - 12th, 2:38.29; Courtney Brethorst - 23rd, 2:59.51; 1600 RUN - Paulsen - 13th, 5:59.17; Gretchen Bredberg - 27th, 7:03.21; 3200 RUN - Hope Rovang - 22nd, 16:28.80; Naomi Fournier - 23rd, 18:23.28; 100 HURDLES - Wales - 14th, 19.63; Taylor Dingwall - 21st, 21.20; 300 HURDLES - Wales - first, 49.17; Dingwall - 22nd, 1:01.91; 4x100 RELAY - 12th, 59.97; 4x200 RELAY - sixth, 1:57.47; 4x400 RELAY - 12th, 4:45.16; 4x800 RELAY - 13th, 13:06.17; HIGH JUMP - Lacey Siira - 20th, 4-02; Dingwall - 21st, 4-02; LONG JUMP - Skylar Bitzan - 16th, 13-07.75; Courtney Brethorst - 19th, 13-03.75; TRIPLE JUMP - Wales - third, 34-00.50; C. Brethorst - 13th, 29-01.50; SHOT PUT - Katrina Buchholz - 14th, 27-09; Josephine Wahlberg - 25th, 21-04; DISCUS - Buchholz - 15th, 77-09; Wahlberg - 23rd, 67-04

A-B-E BOYS RESULTS - 100 DASH - Logan Haburn - 10th, 12.13; Dierk Goeden - 22nd, 13.17; 200 DASH - Haburn - eighth, 25.10; Justin Lederman - 19th, 26.92; 400 DASH - Donell Lee - 20th, 1:01.13; Kian Gackle - 23rd, 1:03.76; 800 RUN - Kenneth Spielman - 16th, 2:26.80; Kaleb Burkey-Reque - 21st, 2:38.59; 1600 RUN - Wesley Siira - 18th, 5:37.43; Darius Grussing - 21st, 5:59.27; 3200 RUN - Micah Fossel - seventh, 11:35.20; Logan Froemming - 10th, 12:05.27; 110 HURDLES - Micah Fuller - 12th, 21.36; Nathan Anderson - 14th, 21.60; 300 HURDLES - Fuller - seventh, 48.98; Anderson - 13th, 52.30; 4X100 RELAY - fifth, 48.91; 4x200 - 11th, 1:53.10; 4x400 - 12TH, 4:14.90; 4X800 - sixth, 9:45.82; HIGH JUMP - Gackle - 16th, 5-02; Fuller - 23rd, 4-10; POLE VAULT - Dierk Goeden - t-ninth - 8-06; Logan Froemming - 11th, 8-06; LONG JUMP - Gackle - 16th, 16-10.50; N. Anderson - 19th, 15-09.25; TRIPLE JUMP - Froemming - 19th, 32-04.25; M. Fuller - 20th, 30-03.50; SHOT PUT - Aaron Gillespie - eighth, 35-06.50; Spencer Olson - 21st, 30-00.75; DISCUS - Goeden - 13th, 93-10; Olson - 25th, 63-10

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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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