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Track and field: Osakis controls the Prairie championships again

Jacob Backes1 / 2
Elizabeth Pahl2 / 2

The Osakis track and field teams have owned the Prairie Conference over the years, and nothing changed on Wednesday at St. John’s University.

The Silverstreak boys won the Prairie championship for the fourth straight season and the girls took home the title for the seventh year in a row and for the 17th time in the last 18 seasons.

“This is always one of our favorite meets,” head coach Lee VanNyhuis said. “I like how focused the kids were today. It was apparent how important it is for them to win this meet.”

The Osakis boys scored 175.5 points, well in front of second-place finisher Royalton at 131.5.

“We have enough talent on the boys team where any number of boys can step up and have a big day to help the team out,” VanNyhuis said.

The girls were equally as dominant with 197 points. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle were second with 123 points. Osakis was represented with MVPs for both the boys and the girls. Senior Jacob Backes joined Royalton’s Christopher Borash in earning that honor for the boys and senior Elizabeth Pahl did the same with LPGE’s Megan Och for the girls.

Backes broke a Prairie Conference championship meet record in the 300-meter hurdles that had stood since 1999. He won that race by more than five seconds with a time of 42.05. He added a win in the 110-meter hurdles in 16.13 and was second behind teammate Duncan Vandergon (11.59) in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.71.

“Duncan blew away his previous best time,” VanNyhuis said. “He surprised a lot of people, including his coaches.”

The Osakis relays also continue to rack up big points for the Silverstreaks. The 4x200 team of Garek Radtke, Luke Goodwin, Vandergon and Xavier Pahl won in 1:40 and the 4x800 team of Brently Boogaard, Jarron Kurth, Isaak Loverink and Ivan Bererra won in 9:42.16.

In the jumps, Kobie Lara took home a win with a mark of 36-5.75.

Throwers lead the girls

The Osakis girls were led by their throwers in another dominant display.

They finished 1-2-3 in both the shot put and discus as Pahl won both with throws of 38-2 in the shot put and 123-10 in the discus. Eighth-grader Kiley Kranz was second in the shot put (30-10) and third in the discus (92-4). Junior Ali DeWenter was third in the shot (28-8) and freshman Noelle Bjerk finished second in the discus (96-9).

“When you can get that kind of showing from one event group, it really helps propel the team,” VanNyhuis said.

Senior Tianna Stanek got a win in the 200-meter dash in 26.76 after just barely falling to second in the 100-meter dash (13.04) behind Och (13.03) from LPGE.

The Silverstreaks dominated the relays by winning three of four. The 4x100 team of Tessa Stanek, Makenzie Lien, Lauren Scherr and Tianna Stanek won that race in 52.62. Kiana Kendall, Madelyn Anderson, Madi Collins and Natalie Schlosser won the 4x400 in 4:40.01 and Hailey Walker, Alexis Ziesmer, Kiana Kendall and Makenzie Lien took the 4x200 in 1:54.90.

Tessa Stanek, a freshman, won the long jump with a finals mark of 16 feet to round out the overall winners for Osakis.

The Silverstreak boys will now head to Stillwater for the state true team meet on Saturday. Class A field events start at 10 a.m. that day, with running events beginning at 10:15. An awards ceremony will wrap things up at about 2:40.

PRAIRIE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

BOYS TEAM SCORES - Osakis - 175.5; Royalton - 131.5; Upsala-Swanville - 88; Browerville - 53; LPGE - 42; St. John’s Prep - 37

OSAKIS TOP-FIVE FINISHERS - 100-METER DASH - Duncan Vandergon - first, 11.59; Jacob Backes - second, 11.71; Elliot Dinkel - fourth, 12.12; 200-METER DASH - Jacob Wielenberg - third, 25.54; Xavier Pahl - fifth, 25.66; 400-METER DASH - Brently Boogaard - third, 55.40; Pahl - fifth, 56.21; 800-METER RUN - Daniel Savageau - third, 2:14.84; Jarron Kurth - fourth, 2:15.21; Carter Grove - fifth, 2:16.34; 1,600-METER RUN - Savageau - second, 4:41.62; Grove - third, 4:53.22; 110-METER HURDLES - Backes - first, 16.13; Ryan Milhausen - second, 19.40; 300-METER HURDLES - Backes - first, 42.05; Milhausen - fourth, 50.60; 4x100 RELAY - Garek Radtke, Luke Goodwin, Matt Peikert, Jacob Wielenberg - third, 48.98; 4x200 RELAY - Garek Radtke, Luke Goowin, Duncan Vandergon, Xavier Pahl - first, 1:40; 4x400 RELAY - Jarron Kurth, Adam Petrich, Ivan Bererra, Brently Boogaard - second, 3:56.67; 4x800 RELAY - Brently Boogaard, Jarron Kurth, Isaak Loverink, Ivan Bererra - first, 9:42.16; LONG JUMP - Savageau - second, 18-6.5; Wielenberg - fourth, 18-4; Dinkel - fifth, 18-0; TRIPLE JUMP - Kobie Lara - first, 36-5.75; Kurth - fifth, 34-6.75; SHOT PUT - Ben Paulson - second, 42-11; DISCUS - Paulson - second, 133-2; HIGH JUMP - Wielenberg - fifth, 5-2

GIRLS TEAM SCORES - Osakis - 197; LPGE - 123; Upsala-Swanville - 75; St. John’s Prep - 72; Royalton - 37; Browerville - 13

OSAKIS TOP-FIVE FINISHERS - 100-METER DASH - Tianna Stanek - second, 13.04; Tessa Stanek - third, 13.45; 200-METER DASH - Tianna Stanek - first, 26.76; Tessa Stanek - third, 27.62; 400-METER DASH - Kiana Kendall - second, 66.41; Hatti Schmidtbauer - fourth, 67.96; Natalie Schlosser - fifth, 70.06; 800-METER RUN - Lexi Spychalla - fourth, 2:44.03; 1,600-METER RUN - Lexi Spychalla - fourth, 6:05.83; Destiny Dorman - fifth, 6:13.30; 3,200-METER RUN - Dorman - third, 13:44.93; 100-METER HURDLES - Mara VanNyhuis - third, 19.15; Kaylee Thompson - fourth, 19.30; Bria Hoffarth - fifth, 20.24; 300-HURDLES - B. Hoffarth - fourth, 56.59; VanNyhuis - fifth, 57.48; 4x100 RELAY - Tessa Stanek, Makenzie Lien, Lauren Scherr, Tianna Stanek - first, 52.62; 4x200 RELAY - Hailey Walker, Alexis Ziesmer, Kiana Kendall, Makenzie Lien - first, 1:54.90; 4x400 RELAY - Kiana Kendall, Madelyn Anderson, Madi Collins, Natalie Schlosser - first, 4:40.01; 4x800 RELAY - Larissa Hoffarth, Lauren Anderson, Alexa Lien Madison Nystrom - second, 11:22.80; LONG JUMP - Tessa Stanek - first, 16-0; TRIPLE JUMP - Camryn Hoffarth - second, 30-8.75; Bria Hoffarth - fifth, 27-11.5; SHOT PUT - Elizabeth Pahl - first, 38-2; Kiley Kranz - second, 30-10; Ali DeWenter - third, 28-8; DISCUS - Pahl - first, 123-10; Noelle Bjerk - second, 96-9; Kranz - third, 92-4; HIGH JUMP - Kaylee Thompson - second, 4-10; Alexis Johanson - fifth, 4-4

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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