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Track and field: Strese, Anderson named A-B-E MVPs

The Ashby-Brandon-Evansville track and field programs honored Aanika Anderson and James Strese with their MVP Awards to wrap up the spring season. Strese, a senior, was A-B-E's lone representative at the Class A state meet this year. He placed 15...

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Senior James Strese throws the shot put at Osakis on May 1. Strese was named the A-B-E boys MVP this season after winning the conference title in the shot put and discus and qualifying for state in the discus. (Emily Myrin / Echo Press)

The Ashby-Brandon-Evansville track and field programs honored Aanika Anderson and James Strese with their MVP Awards to wrap up the spring season.

Strese, a senior, was A-B-E's lone representative at the Class A state meet this year. He placed 15th overall with a throw of 125-01 in the discus. Strese was also the conference champion in both the shot put and the discus.

Anderson, a junior from Ashby, also earned the Team Award after she led the girls in the sprints. She won the conference title in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dash, while also advancing to sections in both the 100 and 200 races.

Senior Jacey Schlosser was named the A-B-E girls most dedicated athlete. Schlosser was fourth in the shot put and discus at sections after winning the conference title in both of those events.

Eighth-grader Catherine Koefod earned the girls' Most Improved Award. She won the 300-meter hurdles at the conference championship and went to sections in both the 100 and 300-meter hurdles, finishing sixth in the 300-meter race.

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Eighth-grader Celi Nelson wrapped up the girls awards by being named the Rookie of the Year. Nelson was part of the 4x400 relay team with Koefod, Olivia Otto and Kylie Hanson that finished second at the conference meet.

Sam Heeter, another eighth-grader, earned that Rookie of the Year Award for the boys. Nathan Baumann got the Most Improved Award, while freshman Cade Carlson wrapped up the boys' awards by bringing home two honors - earning the Team Award and the Most Dedicated Award.

Baumann was part of the 4x100 relay team with Jake Rein, Derick Novotny and Morgan Storey that took second at the conference meet. As a team, the A-B-E girls finished second at that conference championship and the boys were third.

In the classroom, Schlosser, Anderson, Hanson and Cailey Schlosser were academic all-state award recipients. The A-B-E boys earned a Silver Academic Award as a team.

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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