Roundup: A-B-E boys, WCA girls win Pheasant Conference titles

Osakis, Minnewaska and A-B-E track and field teams had good showings on Thursday night as they look towards the postseason.

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Ashby-Brandon-Evansville's Valerie Deschene runs the 300-yard hurdles in 56.69 at the Minnewaska Invite on May 4, 2021. Deschene took third in both the 110 and 300-meter hurdles on Thursday at the Pheasant Conference meet. (Jared Rubado / Echo Press)

The Osakis track teams had another strong set of performances in Long Prairie on Thursday night.

The girls ran away with a lengthy first-place finish while the boys finished second behind Parkers Prairie by a half of a point. Head coach Lee VanNyhuis couldn’t be at the meet, but was thankful to have his assistant coaches to fill in.

“It is so important to have good assistant coaches,” VanNyhuis said. “When you can’t be there, it’s great to trust them and know that things will be good.”


100M DASH- 1st- Tessa Stanek 13:12; 2nd- Kiana Kendall 13.59; 200M DASH- 1st- Stanek 28.02; 400M DASH- 1st- Lexi Spychalla 1:07.68; 800M RUN- 2nd- Bella Weisser 2:37.32; 110M HURDLES- 2nd- Mara VanNyhuis 17.82; 300M HURDLES- 2nd- VanNyhuis 52.31; 3rd- Addison Wildman 52.31; 4X100M RELAY- 1st- Kaelyn Walker, Kianna Kendall, Kailey Walker, Stanek 53.44; 4X200M RELAY- 3rd- K. Walker, Emma Tenhoff, H. Walker, Wildman 1:58.00; 4X400M RELAY- 2nd- Wildman, Larissa Hoffarth, Weisser, Spychalla 4:30.00; 4X800M RELAY- 1st- Weisser, Madeline Anderson, Lauren Anderson, Spychalla 11:05.03; HIGH JUMP- 1st- Kaylee Thompson 4-10; 2nd- Alexis Johanson 4-08; 3rd- Rachel Weir 4-04; POLE VAULT- 1st- Eva Van Ecker 7-00; LONG JUMP- 1st- Kendall 14-03; SHOT PUT- K1st- Kiley Kranz 36-02.75; DISCUS- 1ST- Kranz 112-04; 2nd- VanNyhuis 99-03



100M DASH- 3rd Duncan Vandergon 11.72; 800M RUN- 2nd- Jarron Kurth 2:13.66; 300M HURDLES- 1srt- Steward Jones 46.06; 4X800M RELAY- 1st- Zackary Bruder, Joseph Aaser, Lissac Loverink, Kurth 9:28.52; POLE VAULT- 1st- Jones 18-06; TRIPLE JUMP- 39-02; SHOT PUT- 1st- Benjamin Paulson 46-06; 2nd- Isaac Hetland 44-08; DISCUS- 1st- Paulson 138-01

Minnewaska girls take first, boys third

The Minnewaska girls cruised to another first place finish while the boys took third in the four-team field at Sauk Centre.

The Laker girls finished with a team score of 148, which was more than enough to beat out Morris-Chokio-Alberta’s 67. The boys’ 53 points was 44 points off of Morris’ first place team score.


100M DASH- 1st- Emily Kaiser 13.76; 2nd- Mya Lindeman 14.24; 200M DASH- 1st- Kaiser 28.18; 2nd- Lindemann 28.84; 400M DASH- 1st- McKenzie Luetmer 1:03.33; 2nd- Kristen Glover 1:04.06; 3rd- Teagan Stark 1:06.83; 1600M RUN- 1st- Olivia Danielson 5:42.76; 3nd- Sydney Chevalier 6:12.10; 800M DASH- Makenna Thoen 2:36.15; 2nd- Lauryn Ankeny 2:39.21; 3200M RUN- 2nd- Kierra Williams 12:55.81; 3rd- Sydney Hagen 13:12.02; 100M HURDLES-3rd- Ava Chevalier 17.43; 300M HURDLES- 2nd- Emma Kovarik 49.77; 3rd- Chevalier 51.18; 4X100M RELAY- 1st- Alannah Christensen Lindemann, Masie Jordan, Brooklyn Meyer 55.19; 4X200M RELAY- 2nd- Christensen, A. Chevalier, Jordan, Meyer 1:57.47; 4X400M RELAY- 1st- Kovarik, Ankeny, Thoen, Luetmer 4:25.34; 2nd- Kaiser, Stark, Danielson, Glover 4:26.64; 4X800M RELAY- 1st- Luetmer, Danielson, Thoen, Ankeny 10:25.87; SHOT PUT- 2nd- Meteya Jergenson 30-95; DISCUS- 2nd- Jergenson 92-11; HIGH JUMP- 2nd- Glover 4-08; POLE VAULT- 2nd- Stephanie Langman 7-00; 2nd- Phemie Oeltjen 7-00; LONG JUMP- 1st- Kaiser 14-11.5; 3rd- Meyer 14-8; TRIPLE JUMP- 2nd- Kovarik 32-02.25; 3rd- Glover 32-0.75;


400M RUN- 3rd- Noah Danielson 58.62; 800M RUN- 1st- Maeson Tank 2:14.67; 1600M RUN- 2nd- Tank 4:53.42; 3200M RUN- 3rd Noah Ankeny 11:38.66; 4X100M RELAY- 3rd- Gage Rogers, Zach Morton, Isaac Meyer, DeShon Boyd 48.70; 4X200M RELAY- 2nd- Morton, Carter Meyer, Isaac Meyer, Boyd 1:42.79; 4X400M RELAY- 2nd- Danielson, Colby Sorenson, Oke Koenig, Tank 3:42.44; 4X800M RELAY 2nd- Connor Nestor, James Ward, Sorenson, Brady Andrews 10:22.49; HIGH JUMP- 1st- Peyton Johnsrud 6-06; LONG JUMP- 3rd- Connor Johnsrud 19-07; TRIPLE JUMP- 1st- Connor Johnsrud 42-02.75


A-B-E boys win Pheasant Conference title, girls take second

The Ashby-Branon-Evansville track and field teams had another strong showing in Wheaton on Thursday, which resulted in a much-anticipated conference championship.

The A-B-E boys took first with a team score of 158.

"The boys came into the meet today focused and determined to win a conference championship," head coach Zach Traphagen said. "We couldn't be more proud of them. We have a big group of senior boys who have been through some lean years, but they stayed together and kept working on getting to where they are today as a team. Just talking with former head coach Jen Froemming and long-time assistants Shellee Hansen and Robert Bosma, they all saw the potential of this group when they were just 7th-graders. That is what really makes this special, seeing all those years of training pay off. We still have more goals to achieve this year, but getting this first big one is really rewarding for the boys."

The girls took second in the conference championship with a team score of 105.

"Our girls team competed their tails off today to earn a runner-up finish," Traphagen said. "We had a limited number of girl athletes competing today, so for them to put together the type of performance on the track and in the field events that they did was fantastic. It is a very young group of girls with just one senior and three juniors, so there is quite a bit of promise for the future with these girls. This was a great way to springboard us into preparing for sub-sections for both the boys and girls teams."

Bright wins four events as WCA girls take the title

The West Central Area girls won the conference title with 156 points.

Senior Brynn Fernholz helped lead WCA by taking first in the high jump (4-6) and second in the triple jump (32-8), while also being part of two high-scoring relays.


Lexi Bright

Junior Lexi Bright was the catalyst for the Knights, scoring 40 points herself. Bright won all four of her events in the long jump, 1,600, 800 and 400 runs.

"This is such a rare feat and privilege to watch her first hand," WCA head coach Austin Hanson said.

Eighth-grader Kiera Gehrke had a personal record in the 200-meter dash and eighth-grader Jayden Styba did the same in the shot put for WCA as both finished second to contribute to the win.

"It was an incredible culmination of much hard work throughout the season thus far," Hanson said of the conference championship for his girls. "Many of our athletes exploded with personal records and school records. All of the girls deserve so much recognition, including several who were in quarantine during the meet, Halle Grosz and Jerie Valleramos."

Kyle Schill led the WCA boys with wins in the 1,600 (4:42) and 800 (2:09) runs. Alex Salwasser finished second by just .03 seconds in the 3,200 as Ortonville's Nathan Neu barely edged him to win that event.


100M DASH- 1st- Derrick Novotny 12.16; 3rd- Nathan Bauman 12.32; 200M DASH- 2nd- Bauman 24.07; 3rd- Novotny 24.38; 800M RUN- 3rd- Sully Wales 2:18.42; 3200M RUN- Micah Fossell 11:17.05; 110M HURDLES- 1st- Kobe Reiland 18:24; 3rd- Nathan Anderson 46.02; 4X100M RELAY- 1st- Cade Carlson, Dierk Goeden, Ryland Yeats, Nolan Bitzan 48.84; 4X200M RELAY- 1st- Novotny, Yeats, Carlson, Baumann 1:39.99; 4X400M RELAY- 3rd- Jake Rein, Bitzan, Wales, Reiland 3:59.67; 4X800M RELAY- 1st- Westley Siira, Zack Buck, Logan Froemming, Wales 9:50.81; SHOT PUT-2nd- Deklin Goeden 35-02; DISCUS- 3rd- Goeden 97-05; HIGH JUMP- T2nd- Rein 5-04; POLE VAULT- 1st- Novotny 8-06; 3rd- Dierk Goeden 7-06;



800M RUN- 3rd- Ashley Paulson 2:43.95; 100M HURDLES- 3rd- Valerie Deschene 19.78; 300M HURDLES- 3rd- Deschene 56.02; 4X100M RELAY- 2nd- Taylor Dingwall, Deschene, Courtney Brethorst, EmmaLee Brethorst 57.89; 4X200M RELAY- 2nd- Skylar Bitzan, Lucae Wales, Grace otto, E. Brethorst 2:02.90; 4X400M RELAY- 2nd- Paulson, Dingwall, C. Brethorst, E. Brethorst 4:51.59; 4X800M RELAY- 1st- Paulson, C. Brethorst, Wales, Otto 11:26.86; HIGH JUMP- 3rd- Dingwall 4-04; POLE VAULT- 2nd- Deschene 6-06; TRIPLE JUMP- 1st- Wales 32-11

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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