The Alexandria boys track and field team proved to be a force in the Central Lakes Conference and section fields this season, meaning the Cardinals had a lot to honor during their season-ending awards banquet.
Drew Olson leaves the Cardinals as a state champion in the 100-meter dash and as a member of the 4x100 relay team, and he was named Alexandria's most valuable sprinter/hurdler. Olson set Section 8AA records in both the 100 and 200 dashes, along with finishing All-Central Lakes Conference in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay.
Fellow senior Jaymeson Wolkow was named the Cardinals' most valuable field event athlete. He helped anchor the throws group for the boys and earned a trip to the state meet in the shot put, where he finished 12th overall. Wolkow was also All-CLC in the discus.
The Most Valuable Distance Award went to junior Dane Galloway. Galloway is one of six athletes already named a team captain for 2020. He was part of the 4x800 relay team that finished with All-CLC honorable-mention status.
The final team award went to senior Wade Odland as he took home the Coaches' Award. Odland suffered a season-ending injury in football during the fall and fought his way back to get back on the track during Alexandria's home relay meet on May 2.
Like the girls' team, the Alexandria boys saw their season filled with accomplishments.
The Cardinals were ninth at true team state and sixth at the season-ending state meet at Hamline University. They won the CLC Outdoor and Indoor meet, along with taking second in the Section 8AA field.
Alexandria earned a team academic gold award. Daniel Jantzen, Odland, Olson, Wolkow, Cody Branson, Joshua Kietzman, Graham Peterson, Derrek Piepho and Jack Theien were academic all-state students.