Track and field: Osakis sees more good results in home outdoor meet

The Osakis girls won, while the boys were second, but versatile junior Stewart Jones suffers an injury scare in the long jump.

Hatti Schmidtbauer
Osakis' Hatti Schmidtbauer runs in the 4x800 relay at the Silverstreaks' home meet on April 26, 2022. Schmidtbauer teamed up with Bella Weisser, Lexi Spychalla and Kaia Fiskness to win the 4x800 in a time of 10:54.85. It was part of a first-place team finish for the Osakis girls.
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OSAKIS — The Osakis track and field programs hosted their home invite on Tuesday evening with seven total programs competing, and the Silverstreaks made good on the chance to get out on their home track despite some cold conditions.

The Osakis girls won the meet by a wide margin with 161.333 points. Holdingford was second at 106.833.

The boys were second for the Silverstreaks with 116.5 points. Holdingford finished right in front of them at 119. Ashby-Brandon-Evansville and Parkers Prairie were other local programs competing in Osakis.

“It was good to get a meet in again and see the kids having fun,” Osakis head coach Lee VanNyhuis said. “We had a bunch of PRs across multiple events. I think if it would have been warmer, we would have seen some more.”

Junior Stewart Jones got a couple of first-place finishes for the boys, but he also suffered an injury scare while competing in the long jump.


Stewart Jones
Osakis junior Stewart Jones clears a hurdle in the 110-meter race that he won in 15.87 seconds on April 26, 2022. Jones, who also tied for first in the long jump on Tuesday, suffered an injury to his knee while slipping right before a jump in the long jump competition. Jones and the Silverstreaks hope to know more about the extent of the injury later this week.
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Jones had already completed a jump of 19-feet, 1-inch that tied him for first in that event with Garrett Frink of Holdingford. That was around him competing in the 110-meter hurdles that he won in 15.87 seconds.

Jones was back at the long jump to finish that event when he slipped just before taking off for his jump. Jones tumbled into the sand pit and stayed down on the ground for quite a while before being helped up and putting his warmups back on.

He is scheduled to do more testing later this week to determine the extent of the injury.

“We aren't quite sure yet how extensive Stewart's knee injury is,” VanNyhuis said on Wednesday morning. “We hope to have a better idea by the end of the week. As a coach, I absolutely hate it when athletes get hurt. You feel helpless, and you just feel sick when it happens. Stewart's a good kid. A tough kid who loves to compete. We are praying that it is nothing serious. The last thing you want to see is a kid like Stewart not be able to do what he loves.”

McCarter Kirksey
Osakis' McCarter Kirksey won the shot put at the Silverstreaks' home invite on April 26, 2022 with a throw of 40-feet, 6-inches.
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The Silverstreaks had five total first-place finishes on the boys’ side. McCarter Kirksey continued his strong throwing season by winning the shot put. His longest mark was 40-feet, 6-inches.

The final two wins came in relays. The 4x800 team of Joseph Aaser, Jacob Taplin, Kale Drevlow and Zackery Bruder won in a time of 9:20. That was almost 10 seconds in front of the second-place time of 9:30.47 posted by Parkers Prairie.

The 4x100 team of Kirksey, Brennen Gustafson, Kaleb Helberg and Keaton Lien also won in 48.90. Holdingford was second at 50.02.


"It's good to have sprint depth from some young kids like Keaton," VanNyhuis said. "He is a gifted young sprinter that has a ton of potential. Not very often you have a 7th-grade boy be able to contribute at the varsity level."

VanNyhuis is happy with where his mid-distance runners are at, and he credited assistant coach Justin Dahlheimer with getting them ready for each meet. Osakis had a second and third-place finish from Lexi Spychalla and Ally Boyer in the girls' 800-meter run, and Trenton VanNyhuis was third in the boys' race, while John Pahl was sixth.

"Coach Dahlheimer does a nice job with them, getting them to buy into the understanding that the work that you put in during practice will pay off," L. VanNyhuis said.

Kaia Fiskness
Osakis' Kaia Fiskness runs a portion of the 4x800 relay on April 26, 2022 in Osakis. Fiskness helped the Silverstreaks win that 4x800 event, and she also won the 3200-meter run by more than three seconds with a time of 13:34.52.
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Senior Tyler Hagen was another runner-up finisher for the boys who stood out to VanNyhuis. Hagen was second in the high jump after clearning 5-feet, 3-inches.

"Tyler is just figuring out high jump with this being his first year as a senior," VanNyhuis said. "Every day in basketball, Tyler and Stewart would throw down some pretty sweet dunks. They are probably two of the best one-foot jumpers I've seen since I've been coaching basketball. Tyler is getting things figured out. He has the potential to be really good."

The Osakis girls won the team meet by putting multiple athletes among the top-six finishers in many events. That included having six first-place finishers.

Senior sprinter Tessa Stanek has been cautious early in the season with a bit of a quad strain, but she competed in the 100-meter dash on Tuesday. Stanek won in 13.14.


Kaia Fiskness took the longest distance race by winning the 3200 in 13:34.52. Kiley Kranz also continued her strong season in the throws by winning the shot put (36-08) and discus (101-09). Senior Mara VanNyhuis ran two relay events and also finished third in the discus (91-11) as she continues to work her way back from an ankle injury she suffered at the end of the basketball season.

"It was good to get her back on the track," L. VanNyhuis said. "Hopefully by next week she'll be hurdling again."

Like the boys, the girls also won two relays.

Hailey Walker, Kaelyn Walker, Mara VanNyhuis and Kiana Kendall won the 4x100 in 54.56. The 4x800 group of Bella Weisser, Lexi Spychalla, Hattie Schmidtbauer, and Fiskness were first in 10:54.85.

The entire meet on Tuesday was an important opportunity for Osakis to get some competition in ahead of a big stretch in the season coming up.

“We know that some important meets are just around the corner,” VanNyhuis said. “After next week, we have (section) True Team, and then the conference meet the week after that.”

OSAKIS INVITE GIRLS TEAM SCORES - 1. Osakis - 161.333; 2. Holdingford - 106.833; 3. LPGE - 77.5; 4. Melrose Area - 66; 5. Upsala-Swanville - 51.3333; 6. A-B-E - 43; 7. Parkers Prairie - 39

BOYS TEAM SCORES - 1. Holdingford - 119; 2. Osakis - 116.5; 3. Parkers Prairie - 106; 4. Upsala-Swanville - 68; 5. LPGE - 55.5; 6. Melrose Area - 52; 7. A-B-E - 32

OSAKIS GIRLS POINT SCORERS - 100 DASH - Tessa Stanek - first, 13.14; Kiana Kendall - fifth, 13.45; 200 DASH - Kiana Kendall - third, 27.96; 400 DASH - Bella Weisser - second, 1:06.87; Kaelyn Walker - fourth, 1:07.92; Madelyn Collins - sixth, 1:12.93; 800 RUN - Lexi Spychalla - second, 2:44.56; Ally Boyer - third, 2:50.65; 3200 RUN - Kaia Fiskness - first, 13:34.52; Katie Collins - fourth, 15:51.18; 100 HURDLES - Alexis Johanson - sixth, 19.46; 4x100 RELAY - Hailey Walker, Kaelyn Walker, Mara VanNyhuis, Kiana Kendall - first, 54.56; 4x200 RELAY - Addison Roering, Hailey Walker, Mara VanNyhuis, Ally Boyer - fourth, 1:59.58; 4x400 RELAY - Ally Boyer, Madelyn Collins, Lexi Spychalla, Bella Weisser - third, 4:40.27; 4x800 RELAY - Bella Weisser, Lexi Spychalla, Hattie Schmitbauer, Kaia Fiskness - first, 10:54.85; HIGH JUMP - Alexis Johanson - second, 4-05; Lexi Spychalla - t-fourth, 4-03; POLE VAULT - Eva Van Acker - second, 6-06; Emma Nobles - t-fourth, 6-00; LONG JUMP - Kiana Kendall - second, 14-03; Kaelyn Walker - fourth, 13-07; SHOT PUT - Kiley Kranz - first, 36-08; Madison Douvier - second, 31-08; Makenzie Lien - fourth, 30-07; DISCUS - Kiley Kranz - first, 101-09; Mara VanNyhuis - third, 91-11

OSAKIS BOYS POINT SCORERS - 100 DASH - Brennen Gustafson - sixth, 12.22; 200 DASH - Keaton Lien - fourth, 25.15; Brennen Gustafson - fifth, 25.31; 800 RUN - Trenton VanNyhuis - third, 2:30.30; John Pahl - sixth, 2:33.98; 1600 RUN - Zackery Bruder - third, 5:05; Jacob Taplin - sixth, 5:11.21; 3200 RUN - Noah Schultz - fourth, 13:46.59; 110-METER HURDLES - Stewart Jones - first, 15.87; 4x100 RELAY - McCarter Kirksey, Brennen Gustafson, Kaleb Helberg, Keaton Lien - first, 48.90; 4x200 RELAY - Kaleb Helberg, Noah Goodwin, Blake Bouldin, Alessandro Bettiol - second, 1:45.43; 4x400 RELAY - Joseph Aaser, John Pahl, Jacob Taplin, Zackery Bruder - second, 3:55.56; 4x800 RELAY - Joseph Aaser, Jacob Taplin, Kale Drevlow, Zackery Bruder - first, 9:20; HIGH JUMP - Tyler Hagen - second, 5-03; Noah Goodwin - fourth, 5-00; POLE VAULT - Isaac Ruegemer - fifth, 7-06; Christian Nathe - sixth, 6-06; LONG JUMP - Stewart Jones - t-first, 19-01; TRIPLE JUMP - Noah Goodwin - second, 36-02.50; Trenton VanNyhuis - fifth, 34-06; SHOT PUT - McCarter Kirksey - first, 40-06; Logan Karnes - t-fifth, 37-05

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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