For the eighth straight year, the Blue Earth Area girls track and field team is heading to the State True Team competition.
And, the boys team will be going with them. Both teams placed first at the Section AA True Team meet on Tuesday, May 7 at Maple River High School.
Head coach Tom Plocker comments, "For True Team every event is worth the same (points). Everybody has two people and one relay, so the importance of balance is really key."
He balanced his teams in a way he had never done before.
"We had Krista Hassing do something we probably haven't had any athlete do in my 20 plus years of coaching," admits Plocker. "And that's run the mile, the 400 and the 800. That's difficult in and of itself and she did spectacularly well, along with the triple jump, which she won. She scored over 100 points just herself."
Plocker has a continual goal to have at least two players in the top ten for each event. The girls team achieved this in nine events.
"The boys did extremely well," adds Plocker. "Our sprint core was a strength."
He cited the final event of the day, 4x400 relay, as exciting.
During this relay, in the third leg, Derek Johnson tripped up and has an injured hip now. But, he made it through the rest of his leg to hand the baton off to the anchor, Isaac Miranda.
Miranda was able to get ahead of a couple of other schools' runners to secure a five-point lead for BEA, ensuring a spot for the State True Team event.
State True Team is scheduled for Saturday, May 18 at Stillwater High School, beginning at 10 a.m.
Later in the season, the individual qualifying rounds will determine which individuals will continue on to the Minnesota State High School League State competition.
Girls team results
BEA 664, USC/AC 628, St. James 551.5, NRHEG 539.5, MCW 502.5, WEM 471, LCWM/N 436, MVL 425, Loyola/Cleveland 411.5, Maple River 404, LSH 350, St. Clair 321 and JWP 228.
3rd, 1:51.74 Paige Darrington, Miranda Johnson, Frannie Tetzlaff, Anne Franta.
2nd, 52.40 Paige Darrington, Miranda Johnson, Frannie Tetzlaff, Skylee Bell.
1st, 4:14.33 Taylor Grandgenett, Shayna Stevermer, Paige Darrington, Karli Olsen.
Krista Hassing, 61.04, 1st; Karli Olsen, 61.45, 2nd.
Skylee Bell, 13.21, 3rd; Anne Franta, 13.52, 7th.
Skylee Bell, 27.42, 2nd; Anne Franta, 27.48, 5th.
Rowan Hacken, 6-6, 10th; Melissa Hagedorn, 5-6, 16th.
Paige Darrington, 4-10, 3rd; Taylor Grandgenett, 4-8, 6th.
Mariah Twedt, 25-9, 19th; Emma Olson, 25-0, 21st.
Jennifer Quintero, 72-0, 16th; Emily Hynes, 66-11, 22nd.
300-meter int. hurdles
Taylor Grandgenett, 47.54, 1st; Shayna Stevermer, 50.85, 3rd.
110-meter high hurdles
Taylor Grandgenett, 16.99, 1st; Melissa Hagedorn, 18.69, 8th.
Miranda Johnson 14-10 1/2, 2nd; Skylee Bell, 14-9, 3rd.
Krista Hassing, 33-1/2, 1st; Nyla Anderson, 28-7 1/2, 10th.
Krista Hassing, 5:32.49, 4th; Kaitlyn Olsen, 6:09.70, 15th.
Mariah Halvorson, 13:54.14, 13th; Jenna Stevermer, 14:22.05, 18th.
Krista Hassing, 2:25.33, 1st; Karli Olsen, 2:34.13, 5th.
8th, 10:50.02 Shayna Stevermer, Sierra Halvorson, Alissa Norman, Lindsey Norman.
BEA boys take first
The Blue Earth Area boys track and field team leapt into first place at the AA True Team meet at Mapleton on Tuesday, May 7.
Boys team results
BEA 587, Loyola/Cleveland 582, LCWM/N 573, USC/AC 541.5, MVL 537.5, Maple River 485, St. James 476, MCW 458, LSH 457.5, St. Clair 376, NRHEG 331.5, JWP 262.5, WEM 257.5.
1st, 1:35.65 Taylor Olson, Alberto Ocampo, Derek Johnson, Bailey Olson.
1st, 45.71 Taylor Olson, Justin Ritter, Nick Shure, Nick Beattie.
7th, 3:47.00 Bailey Olson, Camden Bowers, Derek Johnson, Isaac Miranda.
Alberto Ocampo, 53.03, 3rd; Bailey Olson, 54.91, 15th.
Nick Beattie, 11.40, 1st; Taylor Olson, 12.15, 6th.
Nick Beattie, 23.07, 1st; Alberto Ocampo, 24.14, 5th.
Brandon Olson, 10-0, 7th.
Fabian Balzer, 5-10, 4th; Derek Johnson, 5-4, 14th.
Steven Plocker, 47-7 3/4, 2nd; Brad More, 41-9 1/4, 11th.
Danny Krieger, 105-8, 12th; Brad More, 84-2, 22nd.
300-meter int. hurdles
Brandon Olson, 17.71, 7th; Jacob Johnson, 48.48, 14th.
110-meter high hurdles
Brandon Olson, 17.71, 7th; Jacob Johnson, 19.13, 16th.
Nick Shure, 19-5 1/2, 2nd; Taylor Olson, 18-6 1/2, 4th.
Nick Shure, 39-5 1/2, 2nd; Camben Bowers, 36-2 1/4, 8th.
Chris Sanders, 5:05.50, 10th; Isaac Miranda, 5:13.92, 14th.
Chris Sanders, 11:03.13, 12th; Jakob Thomsen, 11:20.34, 14th.
Isaac Miranda, 2:19.45, 17th; Camden Bowers, 2:23.07, 21st.
10th, 9:54.89 Jakob Thomsen, Kyle Mercer, Zach Vaske, Ethan Rorman.