Girls 2nd at State team meet
It came down to the final event and the Buc girls track and field team would need a big effort if they hoped to take home a trophy from the State Class A True Team meet held Saturday, May 17, at Stillwater.
Heading into the 4 x 400-meter relay, BEA was in fourth place and needed to finish ahead of Esko and Staples-Motley.
The foursome of Sara Warmka (63.7), Miranda Murray (62.3), Rylee Wagner (63.2) and Kate Hassing (60.5) didn’t disappoint their teammates and Buc track fans.
Their winning time of 4:09.96 launched the team into second place with 410 points, behind champion Luverne with 440.
Three other BEA relays had strong showings and picked up valuable points for their team.
Meghan Mittelstadt, Annemarie Hoyt, Carolin Oswald, and Lexi Holland passed the baton in 53.19 to nab second in the 4 x 100-meter relay.
Taking the bronze in the 4 x 800 in a season’s best of 10:09.73, was the quartet of Courtney Grandgenett (2:29.2), Sara Warmka (2:37.6), LaNay Walker (2:34.5) and Miranda Murray (2:28.3).
The Bucs took the fourth spot in the 4 x 200 when Mittelstadt (28.9), Hoyt (28.6), Oswald (29.2) and Holland (27.4) were clocked in 1:53.17.
Senior Meagan Grandgenett earned four individual medals on the day.
Her time of 15.34 in the 100-meter high hurdles earned her first place and also a new school record. Grandgenett took second in the 300-meter lows with a 48.08 and third in the 200-meter dash with 27.20. Her leap of 15-11 in the long jump was the second overall best in the competition.
Sophomore Kate Hassing captured two firsts and a second. Her 26.97 was the fastest time in the 200-meter dash and a mark of 33-4 1/2 in the triple jump topped all other competitors. In the 400-meter dash, Hassing claimed runnerup honors with a time of 61.70.
Sara Warmka recorded a personal best of 32-2 to take third place in the triple jump. Her leap also moves her to the No. 5 spot all-time on the outdoor honor roll list.
In the shot put, Oswald’s toss of 32-11 1/4 was good enough for fifth place and that also puts her No. 6 all-time on the outdoor honor roll.
Team scores: Luverne 440, BEA 410, Esko 407.5, Staples-Motley 401.5, Paynesville Area 323.5, Rushford-Peterson/Houston 316.5, St. Croix Lutheran 299.5, Breckenridge/CT 206, West Marshall 128.5
Other BEA results:
100-meter high hurdles –Kelly Aukes 18.40 (13th).
300-meter low hurdles — Marissia Hagedorn 55.47 (15th).
100-meter dash — Holland 13.53 (7th); Mittelstadt 13.74 (11th).
400-meter dash — Sara Warmka 63.28 (7th).
800-meter run — Wagner 2:34.78 12th); Murray 2:36.38 913th).
1,600-meter run — Wagner 5:48.59 (9th); Mandy Warmka 5:58.45 (14th).
3,200-meter run — Courtney Grandgenett 12:32.01 (6th); Mandy Warmka 13:22.93 (11th).
High jump — Wagner 4-10 6th); Oswald 4-8 (8th).
Pole vault — Hagedorn 8-6 (ties school record, 6th); Walker 7-6 (13th).
Long jump — Holland 14-9 1/2 (6th).
Shot put — Bethany Pecholt 27-2 1/2 (17th).
Discus — Hoyt 86-11 (8th); Katie Krieger 83-2 (10th).