The Alexandria boys and girls track and field teams had already captured a section true team title together in the same season this spring. Now for the second straight season, they both finished as Central Lakes Conference outdoor champions.
The Cardinals were in Brainerd for the CLC meet on Tuesday as they left little doubt in winning the titles. In total, the boys and girls had 12 CLC champions, 27 All-CLC honors, 17 honorable-mention honors, 15 personal bests and seven season bests.
The boys scored 146.5 points, with second-place finisher St. Cloud Apollo at 114. The girls created even more separation from the pack, scoring 196.333. Brainerd was a distant second at 113.333. For the girls, it was their sixth straight CLC championship.
"This team is powerful and we have depth as we scored points in 16 of the 18 events on the track and in the field," girls coach Meghan Orgeman said. "Overall, we brought in 11 personal bests, seven season bests, 19 All-Conference (eight of which were CLC Champions), and eight all-conference honorable mentions."
The two new CLC records came from seniors McKenzie Duwenhoegger and Kaye Paschka. Duwenhoegger broke the conference record in the shot put set by teammate Mya Lesnar in 2018. Duwenhoegger won the shot put with a mark of 43-10.5, while Lesnar was second (42-9.5) and Hailey Gill was third (38-1.5).
Top three individuals and top two relay teams earn all-conference recognition, and athletes placing fourth through sixth in individual events and third and fourth in relays are honorable-mention All-CLC.
Paschka set a CLC record in the 300-meter hurdles that had stood since 1988. Her time of 44.47 seconds won her a CLC title and also set the new school record.
It was part of Paschka's usual big day in multiple events as she also finished first in the 100-meter hurdles (15.14), second in the long jump (17-3.25) and fourth in the triple jump (34-6.5).
Wins came from up and down the girls' lineup. The 4x800 relay team of Jaelyn Miller, Myah Kremer, Bethany Miller and Aleah Miller won in 9:41.50, while the 4x400 team of Addison Rodel, Aleah Miller, Meg Shercliffe and Kremer won in 4:07.96.
Rodel added an individual win in the 400-meter dash. She finished in 61.04, with Shercliffe right behind her in second place (62.37). Caitlin Bright led the distance runners with a win in the 3,200 (11:38.73), and the throwers were dominant again.
In addition to the top-three finishes in the shot put, they added top-three finishes in the discus. Duwenhoegger won it with a mark of 145-3. Lesnar was second at 144-4 and Christina Palmer was third at 125-10.
Boys continue their standout season
The Alexandria boys had four CLC champions and eight others earn All-CLC honors.
Senior Drew Olson has established himself as one of the best sprinters in the state this season, and he cruised to wins in the 100 (11.11) and 200 (22.32) dashes in Brainerd. Olson also anchored the 4x100-meter relay team with Kristen Hoskins, Cody Branson and Nolan Morical to win that CLC title in 43.24 seconds. Senior thrower Jaymeson Wolkow added a big personal-best throw in the discus to win Alexandria's final championship with a mark of 158-8.
Up next for the Cardinals is the section meet where they will look to secure multiple spots in the state meet at Hamline University on June 7-8. Day one of the 8AA meet is May 29 in Fergus Falls starting at 3 p.m. Day two is June 1 in Willmar, starting at 9:30 a.m.
ALEXANDRIA GIRLS - ALL-CLC FINISHERS - 4x800 RELAY - Jaelyn Miller, Mya Kremer, Bethany Miller, Aleah Miller - first, 9:41.50; 100-METER HURDLES - Kaye Paschka - first, 15.14; 100-METER DASH - Hannah Quitmeyer - second, 12.19; Micah Summer - third, 13.21; 4x200 RELAY - Quitmeyer, Anna Doherty, Addison Rodel, Summer - second, 1:45.71; 1,600-METER RUN - Emma Ecker - third, 5:24.62; 400-METER DASH - Rodel - first, 61.04; Meg Shercliffe - second, 62.37; 300-METER HURDLES - Paschka - first, 44.47; 3,200-METER RUN - Caitlin Bright - first, 11:38.73; 4x400-METER RELAY - Rodel, Aleah Miller, Shercliffe, Myah Kremer - first, 4:07.96; LONG JUMP - Paschka - second, 17-3.25; TRIPLE JUMP - Hailie Kent - second, 36-5.5; DISCUS - McKenzie Duwenhoegger - first, 145-3; Mya Lesnar - second, 144-4; Christina Palmer - third, 125-10; SHOT PUT - Duwenhoegger - first, 43-10.5; Lesnar - second, 42-9.5; Hailey Gill - third, 38-1.5
ALL-CLC HONORABLE MENTION FINISHERS - 100-METER HURDLES - Sydney Gray - sixth, 17.16; 4x100 RELAY - Quitmeyer, Christina Drown, Doherty, Whitly Netland - fourth, 51.46; 400-METER DASH - Erika Roderick - fifth, 63.43; 300-METER HURDLES - Lexi Cole - fifth, 48.66; 200-METER DASH - Micah Summer - fifth, 27.37; Doherty - sixth, 27.45; 3,200-METER RUN - Taelor Dummer - fourth, 11:58.81; TRIPLE JUMP - Paschka - fourth, 34-6.5
ALEXANDRIA BOYS - ALL-CLC FINISHERS - 110-METER HURDLES - Joshua Kietzmann - third, 16.36; 100-METER DASH - Drew Olson - first, 11.11; 4x100 RELAY - Kristen Hoskins, Cody Branson, Nolan Morical, Olson - first, 43.24; 400-METER DASH - Ethan Schroeder - third, 51.46; 300-METER HURDLES - Kietzmann - second, 41.46; 200-METER DASH - Olson - first, 22.32; Hoskins - third, 22.91; 4x400 RELAY - Caden Schuenert, Graham Peterson, Jack Theien, Schroeder - second, 3:28.75; LONG JUMP - Branson - second, 21-05.75; Derrek Piepho - third, 21-03; TRIPLE JUMP - Kietzmann - second, 43-01.75; DISCUS - Jaymeson Wolkow - first, 158-08
ALL-CLC HONORABLE MENTION - 4x800 RELAY - Myles Sansted, Dane Galloway, Ben Borden, Evan Schneiderhan - third, 8:55.10; 110-METER HURDLES - Daniel Jantzen - fourth, 16.39; 100-METER DASH - Nolan Morical - fourth, 11.81; 4x200 RELAY - Morical, Branson, Piepho, Peterson - third, 1:34.44; 400-METER DASH - Caden Scheunert - fourth, 52.34; Jack Theien - fifth, 52.65; LONG JUMP - Kietzmann - sixth, 20-10; DISCUS - Beau Granning - sixth, 128-10; SHOT PUT - Wolkow - fourth, 46-05