State track and field: Throwers finish top three in discus, Card runners secure spots in finals
Friday at the state track and field meet in St. Paul was mostly designated for prelim events, with a few finals for local athletes also taking place at Hamline University.
Alexandria's Mya Lesnar and McKenzie Duwenhoegger qualified for both the shot put and discus events at the state meet, and the two already have podium finishes in the discus. Lesnar set a new personal record on Friday as she took second with a throw of 145-01. Duwenhoegger finished right behind her in third place with a mark of 142-03, while Michaela Hawkins of Roseville Area won the discus title with a throw of 156-00.
Alexandria senior Jaymeson Wolkow also finished off a strong season by throwing in the shot put at state on Friday. He was 12th overall with a mark of 48-00.25. Maxwell Otterdahl won the boys shot put with a PR mark of 64-04.
Alexandria will be well represented in Saturday's finals after good showings in Friday's prelim races. Top-nine finishers in the prelims qualify for the finals.
Kaye Paschka made the finals of both the 100 and 300-meter hurdles. She was fifth in Friday's prelims in the 100 hurdles (14.60) and third in the 300-meter race (43.85, PR).
Fellow senior Drew Olson also put himself in the running to compete for a championship on Saturday. He was seventh in the 200-meter dash (22.17) and first in the 100-meter dash prelims with a time of 10.70.
Olson also ran the anchor in the 4x100 relay with Kristen Hoskins, Cody Branson and Nolan Morical to finish in 42.19 seconds. That was good for second place in prelims.
The Alexandria boys 4x200 relay team of Derrek Piepho, Branson, Morical and Graham Peterson were fourth in prelims with a time of 1:28.82. The 4x400 group of Ethan Schroeder, Jack Theien, Peterson and Caden Scheunert just missed qualifying for the finals after taking 10th in prelims at 3:25.84.
Saturday's Class AA finals at Hamline University in St. Paul get going at 9 a.m. with the girls 4x800-meter relay. Alexandria's Jaelyn Miller, Aleah Miller, Bethany Miller and Myah Kremer have the fourth fastest seed time entering that final after running a 9:26.99 at sections.