Track and field roundup: Osakis competes well in Holdingford ahead of true team
Minnewaska, Ashby-Brandon-Evansville and West Central Area fill top-eight finishes at Minnewaska Invite.
HOLDINGFORD — The Osakis track and field programs took advantage of a great weather day on Tuesday as the Silverstreaks went to Holdingford for the Blascziek Invite and came back with top-two finishes.
The Osakis girls won the nine-team meet with 115.2 points. The boys were second to Annandale (188) with 70.5.
“It finally felt like spring,” Osakis head coach Lee VanNyhuis said. “With true team sections next week, we needed to try a few things out. Even without putting our best lineup out there, we were able to score some decent points. We have two meets this week, so we'll likely back off on Thursday at Long Prairie to try to rest some kids and be as healthy and fresh as possible for next week.”
Osakis had four first-place finishers between the boys and girls. Senior Tessa Stanek took the 100-meter dash in 13.56 seconds and also anchored the winning 4x100 relay with Hailey Walker, Kaelyn Walker and Mara VanNyhuis.
VanNyhuis added a win in the discus with a throw of 97-feet as the Silverstreaks went 1-2-3 in that event. Makenzie Lien was second and Madison Douvier finished third.
“Alexis Johanson has been quietly having a good season,” coach VanNyhuis said of his senior high jumper. “She's helping us get depth in some events that we need help in. Even without Kiley Kranz, (who was out with an illness), we still did well in the throws. Mara, Makenzie, and Madi can hold their own.
“Bella Weisser and Kaia Fiskness both were challenged by running the 1600 and then doubling back into a second running event. That's something that we wanted to try out to make sure that they could handle that.”
Fiskness, a 7th-grader, was third in the 1600, and Weisser, an 8th-grader, was fourth.
Osakis’ 4x800 relay team of Joseph Aaser, Jacob Taplin, Kale Drevlow and Zackery Bruder won in 9:09 to pace the boys.
“Joey Aaser has strung together a couple of really good meets,” coach VanNyhuis said. “He has been more aggressive at the beginning of races. Brennen Gustafson had another good day. He PRed in the long jump and ran well. We need that when Stewart (Jones) is out.”
Jones, a versatile athlete who jumps and hurdles for Osakis, will likely be out for a while due to a knee injury he suffered during Osakis’ home meet on April 26.
Aaser finished fourth in the 800-meter run, and Gustafson was third in the long jump with a mark of 18-feet, 8.75-inches.
Osakis’ meet at Long Prairie on Thursday will start at 4 p.m. It will be the final tuneup for the section true team meet in Pelican Rapids on May 10 at 10 a.m.
“Overall, we are happy with where we are at right now,” coach VanNyhuis said. “This year, the championship season is coming fast and we haven't had as many opportunities to try different lineups, but the kids have been working hard and we have to trust that.”
GIRLS TEAM SCORES - Osakis - 115.2; Pierz - 86.4; Holdingford - 85.7; LPGE - 71; Paynesville - 67; Annandale - 62.2; Royalton - 47; BBE - 14.5; ACGC - 5
BOYS TEAM SCORES - Annandale - 188; Osakis - 70.5; Holdingford - 70; Pierz - 68; ACGC - 45; Royalton - 41; LPGE - 37.5; Paynesville - 19; BBE - 12
OSAKIS GIRLS POINT SCORERS - 4X800 RELAY - Ally Boyer, Hatti Schmidtbauer, Morgan Baker, Stephy Marthaler - fourth, 12:09.66; 100 HURDLES - Mara VanNyhuis - fifth, 18.13; 100 DASH - Tessa Stanek - first, 13.56; 4x200 RELAY - Hailey Walker, Ally Boyer, Addison Roering, Kiana Kendall - third, 1:59.23; 1600 RUN - Kaia Fiskness - third, 5:48.09; Bella Weisser - fourth, 5:49.50; 4x100 RELAY - Hailey Walker, Kaelyn Walker, Mara VanNyhuis, Tessa Stanek, first, 53.91; 400 DASH - Kaia Fiskness - second, 1:03.46; Kaelyn Walker - fifth, 1:06.20; 300 HURDLES - Mara VanNyhuis - sixth, 53.40; 800 RUN - Bella Weisser - third, 2:37.80; Lexi Spychalla - fourth, 2:39.18; 4x400 RELAY - Ally Boyer, Kaelyn Walker, Addison Roering, Lexi Spychalla - second, 4:28.66; SHOT PUT - Madison Douvier - t-third, 31-06; Makenzie Lien - t-third, 31-06; DISCUS - Mara VanNyhuis - first, 97-00; Makenzie Lien - second, 85-07; Madison Douvier - third, 84-10; HIGH JUMP - Alexis Johanson - third, 4-08; Lexi Spychalla - t-sixth, 4-04
OSAKIS BOYS POINT SCORERS - 4x800 RELAY - Joseph Aaser, Jacob Taplin, Kale Drevlow, Zackery Bruder - first, 9:09; 100 DASH - Keaton Lien - fourth, 12.03; 4x200 RELAY - Kaleb Helberg, Jack Petrich, Blake Bouldin, Alessandro Bettiol - sixth, 1:45.25; 4x100 RELAY - McCarter Kirksey, Brennen Gustafson, Jack Petrich, Keaton Lien - third, 48.75; 400 DASH - Zackery Bruder - third, 56.14; 800 RUN - Joseph Aaser - fourth, 2:16.64; 3200 RUN - Zackery Bruder - second, 11:01; Jacob Taplin - fourth, 11:08.08; 4x400 RELAY - Joseph Aaser, John Pahl. Alesandro Bettiol, Jayden Schlosser - fourth, 4:03.64; SHOT PUT - McCarter Kirksey - fourth, 40-09; DISCUS - McCarter Kirksey - fifth, 120-00; LONG JUMP - Brennen Gustafson - third, 18-08.75; TRIPLE JUMP - Noah Goodwin - fourth, 35-08; POLE VAULT - Isaac Ruegemer - t-fifth, 9-00
Minnewaska hosts home invite
The Minnewaska track and field programs hosted a home invite on Tuesday as the Lakers finished second in both the boys and girls team scores.
Ashby-Brandon-Evansville and West Central Area also competed there as the A-B-E boys were eighth, and the girls fourth. West Central Area took sixth in both the boys and girls team standings.
“We were a bit shorthanded today, but it was great to get outside to a meet with some really nice weather,” A-B-E head coach Zach Traphagen said. “We had some athletes really stand out today in a really competitive field of teams. Going against this type of competition is going to make us better in the future."