The Hamline Elite Meet in St. Paul has many of the top Class A and AA track and field athletes from around the state who qualify for this event, and Alexandria was well represented at this year’s meet that was held on Friday.
Senior Drew Olson led that charge for the boys as he continues his torrid start to this spring season. Olson won the 100-meter dash finals in a school-record-breaking time of 10.69 seconds, while freshman teammate Kristin Hoskins was sixth in the finals in 11.06 seconds.
Olson also ran in the 200-meter dash finals and finished fifth in a personal-record time of 22.10, and the Cardinals 4x100 relay of Hoskins, Cody Branson, Nolan Morical and Olson was third in 42.85 seconds.
On the girls’ side, senior Hannah Quitmeyer ran the 100-meter dash prelims and finished 18th (13.03), while Caitlin Bright ran the 1,600-meter run and took 16th (5:33.60).
Senior Kaye Paschka was kept busy by competing in three events. Her top finish came in the 100-meter hurdles as she took fourth in 15.06 seconds. Paschka was also eighth in the 300-meter hurdles (46.26) and seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 35-04.5.
The Alexandria throwers sent three to Hamline in the shot put. McKenzie Duwenhoegger won the shot with a throw of 43-05.50. Hailey Gill was seventh (39-08) and Mya Lesnar was right behind her teammate in eighth (39-05).
Duwenhoegger and Lesnar also threw the discus, with Duwenhoegger taking second (133-11) and Lesnar finishing third (133-04).Osakis’ Pahl throws
Osakis senior Elizabeth Pahl got a chance to see how she stacks up against the best discus throwers in the state.
Pahl, who made the Minnesota State High School League state meet in both the shot put and discus as a junior, finished ninth in the discus finals at Hamline with a mark of 120-03.