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Track and field: Area athletes qualify for Section 6A meet

Osakis' Jacob Wielenberg (left) and Kobie Lara (right) shake hands after the high jump on Thursday at the Subsection 21 meet in Morris. Both qualified for the Section 6A meet in the high jump by clearing 5-feet, 6-inches. (Brooke Kern / Forum News Service)1 / 7
Osakis' Ben Paulson throws in the shot put at the Subsection 21 meet in Morris on Thursday. Paulson was third in the shot put (44-05) and first in the discus (129-03) at subsections. (Brooke Kern / Forum News Service)2 / 7
Osakis' Jacob Wielenberg clears the bar in the high jump at the Subsection 21 Meet in Morris on Thursday. (Brooke Kern / Forum News Service)3 / 7
Osakis' Lauren Anderson (back) hands the baton to Madi Nystrom in the 4x800 relay on Thursday at the Subsection 21 meet in Morris. (Brooke Kern / Forumn News Service)4 / 7
Osakis' Kiana Kendall competes in the long jump during the Subsection 21 meet Thursday, May 23, in Morris. (Brooke Kern / Forum News Service)5 / 7
Osakis' Brently Boogaard (back) hands the baton to Jarron Kurth during the 4x800 relay at the Subsection 21 meet Thursday, May 23, in Morris. (Brooke Kern / Forum News Service)6 / 7
Osakis' Jarron Kurth (back) hands the baton to Carter Grove during the 4x800 relay on Thursday. Kurth and Grove joined Brently Boogaard and Daniel Savageau in breaking the school record in this relay with a time of 8:26.06. (Brooke Kern / Forum News Service)7 / 7

Spots at the Section 6A meet were up for grabs in Morris on Thursday as teams gathered for the Subsection-21 meet, and Osakis qualified plenty and set four school records in the process.

The top-five individuals and top two relays automatically qualify for the section meet in Fergus Falls on May 30. They also take the next two fastest relays from all three subsections with the 6A field. Ashby-Brandon-Evansville and Parkers Prairie also competed at the Subsection 22 meet to qualify athletes for the 6A meet.  

Osakis head coach Lee VanNyhuis said the Silverstreaks’ 4x200 boys relay of Elliot Dinkel, Luke Goodwin, Duncan Vandergon and Xavier Pahl will qualify by time after finishing third in 1:38.17. It was part of a big day for the Osakis relays as they qualified six total teams between the boys (four) and girls (two).

“We need to clean up a few things still, but qualifying was our main goal,” VanNyhuis said of the relays. “The boys 4x400 shaved a bunch of time off. Brently Boogard had an amazing anchor leg to edge Minnewaska. Brently also took about five seconds off his best split to start us off in the 4x800. He's had some really good performances lately.”

That 4x800 team of Boogaard, Jarron Kurth, Carter Grove and Daniel Savageau broke the school record set in 2010 by taking second at subsections in 8:26.06. Savageau broke the school record in the 1,600-meter run previously held by Grant Backes (2015, 4:39.85) after he finished second in 4:38.39. Carter Grove also broke Backes’ old record in the 3,200 (2013, 10:21.61) as he finished fourth in 10:18.81.

“Our distance runners had a great day,” VanNyhuis said. “Breaking three school records in one meet was outstanding. That's been a really good training group. They put the work in and are willing to give great effort at meets. Been fun seeing them have success.”  

In hurdles, Jacob Backes broke his own school record by taking second in 41.67 in the 300-meter race. Backes also won the pole vault to head to sections after clearing 13 feet.

Duncan Vandergon qualified in the 100-meter dash by taking third in 11.76 seconds. Eighth-grader Stewart Jones qualified for sections in the 110-meter hurdles by taking fourth in 18.11 seconds.

The 4x100 relay team of Garek Radtke, Luke Goodwin, Duncan Vandergon and Elliot Dinkel qualified by taking second in 47 seconds. The 4x400 group of Pahl, Kurth, Savageau and Boogaard was also second in 3:35.86.

In jumps, Jacob Wielenberg and Kobie Lara both qualified by clearing 5-feet, 6-inches in the high jump. Lara also qualified in the triple jump by taking fifth (36-11.5). Ben Paulson was third in the shot put (44-05) and first in the discus (129-03).

For the girls, senior Tianna Stanek (second, 27.01) and sister Tessa Stanek (third, 28.01) both qualified in the 200-meter dash. Tianna also won the pole vault by clearing 8 feet, while teammate Lauren Scherr was third by clearing 7-feet, 6-inches.

Tessa Stanek qualified in the long jump by winning with a mark of 15-11. Lexi Spychalla led Osakis in the 800-meter run by taking fifth (2:38.99) to qualify for sections.

Osakis’ 4x100 relay team of Tessa Stanek, Makenzie Lien, Scherr and Tianna Stanek finished second in 52.61 seconds. The 4x200 group of Tessa Stanek, Lien, Kiana Kendall and Tianna Stanek also qualified by finishing second in 1:50.15.

Kaylee Thompson led the Osakis high jumpers with a fourth-place finish (4-10). Elizabeth Pahl (first, 37-02) and Kiley Kranz (fourth, 32-10) qualified in the shot put, while Pahl (first, 122-04) and Noelle Bjerk (third, 107-00) advanced to the 6A meet in the discus.

“Noelle had an outstanding day, being consistent over 100 feet in discus,” VanNyhuis said. “Ali (Dewenter) had a huge PR and was over 31 feet (in the shot put). Kiley and Ben (Paulson) threw well in shot also. That throws group was solid again.”

Athletes who qualified will now be coming for spots at state when they head to Fergus Falls for the 6A meet on May 30.

AREA SECTION 6A QUALIFIERS BY TEAM

MINNEWASKA GIRLS - 100-METER DASH - Emily Kaiser - first, 13.07; Julia Kuehne - fourth, 13.84; 200-METER DASH - Kaiser - first, 26.78; Kuehne - fourth, 28.51; 400-METER DASH - Kristen Glover - first, 1:01.54; McKenzie Luetmer - second, 1:03.25; 800-METER RUN - Ellie Danielson - second, 2:27.01; Makena Thoen - third, 2:27.10; Bailey Schoen - fourth, 2:37.13; 1,600-METER RUN - Brooke Kolstoe - fifth, 5:59.84; 3,200-METER RUN - Sydnie Chevalier - fifth, 12:58.37; 100-METER HURDLES - Ava Chevalier - third, 17.93; 300-METER HURDLES - Emma Kovarik - first, 49.08; A. Chevalier - fourth, 52.25; 4x200 RELAY - first, 1:49.80; 4x400 RELAY - first, 4:13.63; 4x800 RELAY - first, 9:57.39; HIGH JUMP - Danielson - t-first, 5-00; POLE VAULT - Stephanie Langman - t-third, 7-06; LONG JUMP - Kaiser - second, 15-00; TRIPLE JUMP - Kovarik - third, 31-05; K. Glover - fifth, 31-00.75; DISCUS - Metaya Jergenson - second, 108-00

MINNEWASKA BOYS - 100-METER DASH - Jackson Meyer - second, 11.74; Tyson Meyer - sixth (qualified by time) 12.10; 200-METER DASH - Aiden Tank - fourth, 24.18; 400-METER DASH - Nathan Pitzen - fourth, 54.18; 110-METER HURDLES - Jackson Stadsvold - third, 17.03; Nathan Hauser - fifth, 18.61; 300-METER HURDLES - Stadsvold - fourth, 43.46; 4x100 RELAY - first, 45.02; 4x200 RELAY - first, 1:34.74; 4x400 RELAY - Third (qualified by time), 3:36.33; HIGH JUMP - Peyton Johnsrud - first, 6-04; Pitzen - second, 5-10; POLE VAULT - Mateo Arredondo - second, 11-06; LONG JUMP - Connor Johnsrud - fifth, 18-08; TRIPLE JUMP - C. Johnsrud - first, 41-03; SHOT PUT - John Helander - fifth, 39-04; DISCUS - T. Meyer - fifth, 112-11

WEST CENTRAL AREA GIRLS - 100-METER DASH - Kaylyn Ulrich - fifth, 13.89; 1,600-METER RUN - Terina Blascyk - third, 5:53.46; 3,200-METER RUN - Teagan Nelson - first, 12:21.54; Ella Van Kempen - second, 12:34.55; 4x800 RELAY - second, 10:40.16; HIGH JUMP - Brynn Fernholz - fourth, 4-10; LONG JUMP - Sydney Ulrich - fourth, 14-09.75; TRIPLE JUMP - Fernholz - second, 31-05.75; Morgan Woodle - fourth, 31-01.75; SHOT PUT - Taylah Schroeder - fifth, 31-08

WCA BOYS - 800-METER RUN - Kyle Schill - second, 2:07.14; Jack Van Kempen - third, 2:08.18; 1,600-METER RUN - Van Kempen - third, 4:39.24; Schill - fourth, 4:39.93; 3,200-METER RUN - Jacob Bright - second, 9:56.59; Alex Sawasser - third, 10:18.45; TRIPLE JUMP - Gage Staples - second, 39-04.5; DISCUS - Devin Stone - third, 113-10

ASHBY-BRANDON-EVANSVILLE GIRLS (FROM SUBSECTION 22 MEET) - 400-METER DASH - Aanika Anderson - fourth, 1:03.61; DISCUS - Cailey Schlosser - fourth, 92-02

A-B-E BOYS - 100-METER DASH - Cade Carlson - fourth, 12.13; 110-METER HURDLES - Eli Anderson - fifth, 17.72; HIGH JUMP - Jake Rein - fifth, 5-04

PARKERS PRAIRIE GIRLS - SHOT PUT - Olivia Long - fifth, 30-02.25

PARKERS PRAIRIE BOYS - 100-METER DASH - Mason Schroeder - third, 11.93; 200-METER DASH - Schroeder - second, 23.96; 1,600-METER RUN - Luke Geiser - fifth, 4:46.90; 3,200-METER RUN - Geiser - fifth, 10:27.94; TRIPLE JUMP - Jayden Gylsen - second, 39-10.50

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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