Sophia Vinje, Aleah Miller, Will Heydt qualify for state after first day of Section 8-2A meet

Many other Alexandria athletes qualify for Saturday's finals in Fergus Falls.

Alexandria's Will Heydt jumps at a home meet for the Cardinals on May 28, 2021. Heydt qualified for the Class AA state meet after finishing second in the triple jump finals at Sartell during day one of the Section 8-2A meet on June 9, 2021. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

Day one of the Section 8-2A track and field meet that took place in Sartell on June 9 is mostly preliminary events ahead of Saturday’s finals in Fergus Falls, but a few state-meet spots were up for grabs.

Alexandria took three of those as Aleah Miller (3200, first place), Sophia Vinje (discus, first place) and Will Heydt (triple jump, second place) all qualified for the state meet. Four of the 18 events on Wednesday were finals with the top two athletes from those events advancing to state. Top eight athletes in the preliminaries advance to the section finals.

Alexandria athletes qualifying for day two of the section meet are: Lexi Cole (100-meter hurdles, 300 hurdles), Hailie Kent (100-meter dash), Nolan Morical (100-meter dash), Elena Fuglestad (400-meter dash), Miah Wessel (400 dash), Marisa Rousu (400 dash), Jack Theien (400 dash), Sophia Korynta (300 hurdles), Gavin Ashmore (300 hurdles), Myah Kremer (800 run), Emma Ecker (800 run), Giselle Jahner (800 run) and Jisella Haskamp (200-meter dash).

Through the first four events that ran as finals on Wednesday, the Alexandria girls are tied with Willmar for the team-score lead with 32 points. Moorhead leads the boys with 45 points, with Alexandria in sixth place with 13 points.

The final day of the Section 8-2A meet starts Saturday in Fergus Falls at 9:30 a.m. for field events and 10 a.m. for track events.


ALEXANDRIA ATHLETES PLACING TOP 8 IN FINAL EVENTS FROM JUNE 9: Taelor Dummer - 3200 run, fifth place; Joel Brault - 3200 run, seventh place; Nicholas Huss - pole vault, sixth place; Elena Fuglestad - long jump, sixth place; Hailie Kent - long jump, seventh place; Amaria Sowada - discus, sixth place

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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