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Girls track and field: Alexandria wins home tri ahead of true team

Alexandria's Joanna Kietzmann clears a final hurdle at the Cardinals' home triangular on Tuesday. Kietzmann finished 11th in the 100-meter hurdles (20.06) and sixth in the 300-meter hurdles (52.89). (Eric Morken / Echo Press) 1 / 3
Alexandria's Cameo Neuman (front), Olivia Kopp (middle) and Greta Kremer (back) run in the 800-meter race during Tuesday's home triangular for the Cardinals. Neumann finished 11th (2:52.73), Kopp was 13th (2:58.02) and Kremer was 16th (3:01.66). (Eric Morken / Echo Press)2 / 3
Alexandria girls track and field head coach Meghan Orgeman encourages one of her athletes during a distance race at the Cardinals home triangular on Tuesday evening. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)3 / 3

The Alexandria girls track and field programs used Tuesday’s home triangular as the final warmup before state true team on Friday, and the Cardinal girls came away with a first-place finish in the process.

Alexandria scored 89 total points, while Willmar was second at 61 and Sartell-St. Stephen rounded out the field with 36 points.

The Cardinals got plenty of first-place finishes, including in the 100-meter hurdles from senior Sydney Gray (16.28) and in the 100-meter dash from senior Kaye Paschka (13.18). Paschka also won the 200-meter dash in 26.33 seconds and the triple jump with a mark of 35-09.50.

Myah Kremer added a win in the sprints by taking the 400-meter dash in 1:01.18, and Sierra Cory won the longer hurdles event by taking the 300 in 50.07 seconds.

The Cardinals once again dominated in the throws by taking the top four spots in each of the shot put and the discus. McKenzie Duwenhoegger won the discus at 137-07, with Mya Lesnar (128-11), Christina Palmer (121-07), Summer Gerhardt (117-10) and Hailey Gill (107-07) rounding out the top five. In shot put, Lesnar won with a throw of 43-02, while Duwenhoegger (43-00), Gill (38-06.5) and Palmer (38-04) were right behind her to fill out the top four spots.

The Cardinals will head to Stillwater now on Friday for the Class AAA state true team meet. Field events get going at 3:10 p.m. that day, with running events starting at 4.

ALEXANDRIA TRIANGULAR

ALEXANDRIA TOP-FOUR FINISHES - 100-METER HURDLES - Sydney Gray - first, 16.28; 100-METER DASH - Kaye Paschka - first, 13.18; Erika Roderick - second, 13.37; Anna Doherty - third, 13.63; 4x200 RELAY - second, 1:50.14; 1,600-METER RUN - Emma Reineke - third, 5:54.96; 4x100 RELAY - second, 51.07; 400-METER DASH - Myah Kremer - first, 1:01.18; Aleah Miller - second, 1:02.28; Bethany Miller - third, 1:03.44; Jaelyn Miller - fourth, 1:03.72

300-METER HURDLES - Sierra Cory - first, 50.07; Alexis Cole - third, 52.07; 200-METER DASH - Paschka - first, 26.33; Doherty - second, 27.00; Christina Drown - fourth, 27.57; 3,200-METER RUN - Taelor Dummer - third, 12:46.66; 4x400 RELAY - second, 4:13.92; HIGH JUMP - Addison Rodel - second, 4-10; Cory - fourth, 4-08; POLE VAULT - Bria Luepke - third, 7-09; LONG JUMP - Meg Shercliffe - second, 16-03.50; Doherty - fourth, 15-05.5; TRIPLE JUMP - Paschka - first, 35-09.5; DISCUS - McKenzie Duwenhoegger - first, 137-07; Mya Lesnar - second, 128-11; Christina Palmer - third, 121-07; Summer Gerhardt - fourth, 117-10; SHOT PUT - Lesnar - first, 43-02; Duwenhoegger - second, 43-00; Gill - third, 38-06.5; Christina Palmer - fourth, 38-04.5

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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