Track and field: Duwenhoegger, Lesnar secure state spots, with many more making Saturday’s finals
The Alexandria girls track and field team will be well represented in Saturday’s Section 8AA finals and also at the state meet already.
The Cardinals had two throwers already qualify for state on June 7-8 through the first day of the section meet in Fergus Falls on Wednesday. Senior McKenzie Duwenhoegger won the discus and junior Mya Lesnar was second. Both athletes qualified for state with those top-two finishes but also by the state-qualifying distance standard.
“This is a 17-team section meet, so the competition is tremendous,” Alexandria head coach Meghan Orgeman said of the field overall.
Alexandria is sitting in second place to Willmar in overall team points after day one, but that’s only with four of 18 events being final (discus, high jump, long jump, 3,200-meter run). The Cardinals sit in good position to chase an overall team title during Saturday’s finals in Willmar that start at 9:30 a.m.
Christina Palmer joined Duwenhoegger and Lesnar in scoring points for Alexandria on Wednesday by taking third in the discus, and Caitlin Bright did the same by finishing fourth in the 3,200-meter run finals.
Alexandria athletes who qualified for Saturday’s finals through prelims include Kaye Paschka and Sydney Gray (15.62) in the 100-meter hurdles. Paschka set a PR and new school record in that race with a time of 14.70 seconds. She also set a new school record in the 300-meter hurdles (44.31) and will be joined in the finals of that event by teammates Sierra Cory (48.08) and Lexi Cole (48.19).
Hannah Quitmeyer (12.75) qualified in the 100-meter dash, while Addison Rodel and Erika Roderick did the same in the 400 dash. Myah Kremer (2:19.53, PR), Aleah Miller (2:19.56, PR) and Bethany Miller (2:24.16) qualified for the 800-meter finals and Micah Summer will run in the 200-meter finals after qualifying through the prelims in 26.55 seconds, a new PR.