The Alexandria track and field teams were in Stillwater on Friday at the Class AAA state true team meet, and that atmosphere brought out the best in them.
Both the boys and girls had school record-setting performances. Senior Kaye Paschka broke her own school record in the 300-meter hurdles as she took second in Stillwater with a time of 44.79 seconds. The boys 4x100 relay team of Kristen Hoskins, Cody Branson, Nolan Morical and Drew Olson broke a school record that had stood since 2001 by winning the true team title in 42.50 seconds. Olson also broke Alexandria’s 200-meter record with a time of 21.73 that put him in second place after also taking second in the 100-meter dash in 10.91 seconds.
The Alexandria girls came into the state meet projected to finish in ninth place but climbed all the way to fourth. They scored 983.5 points. Rosemount was first at 1,137.5 and Wayzata (1,123.5) and Stillwater (1,004) finished off the top three.
The Alexandria boys were ninth overall with 718 points. Hopkins won the championship with 1,243 points, and Wayzata (1,180.5) and Mounds View (1,093.5) were second and third.
The Alexandria girls racked up huge points in their throws again.
Mya Lesnar won the shot put with a throw of 46-05.25, while McKenzie Duwenhoegger was second (43-04.25) and Hailey Gill was fourth (38-07.75). Lesnar also took second in the discus (145-00). Duwenhoegger was third (131-00) and Christina Palmer was sixth (119-04).
Top-10 finishes at this meet mean big points, and Alexandria had plenty of them. Hannah Quitmeyer was eighth in the 100 dash (13.03), while Addison Rodel was ninth in the 400 (59.96).
Bethany Miller got the distance events going with a fourth-place finish in the 800-meter run in 2:23.41), while sister Jaelyn Miller was 10th (2:25.03).
Paschka’s day included a third-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.26, a fifth-place finish in the triple jump (35-05) and a sixth-place finish in the long jump (17-01.50). Hailie Kent was also eighth in the triple jump with a mark of 34-07.50.
In relays, Alexandria was eight in the 4x100, eighth in the 4x200, seventh in the 4x400 and fourth in the 4x800.
The sprinters have led the Alexandria boys throughout the spring, and they helped pave the way again on Friday.
Hoskins was not far behind Olson in the 100 as he took sixth in 11.09 seconds. Ethan Schroeder then finished seventh in the 400 dash in 51.18.
In addition to the win in the 4x100, Alexandria’s 4x200 relay team took ninth (1:32.40), the 4x400 finished third (3:27.78) and the 4x800 was 12th (9:13.90). Derrek Piepho also added a top-10 finish by taking ninth in the long jump with a mark of 21-03.
Full results of the entire Class AAA true team meet can be found here.