Foursome qualifies for State
Four Blue Earth Area athletes took part in the Class A state track and field meet held Friday and Saturday at Hamline University in St. Paul.
Junior Kate Hassing competed in the 400-meter dash and freshman Courtney Grandgenett participated in the 1,600-meter run.
On the boys side, junior Nate Carr qualified for state in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, while senior Jake Lee earned his way in the shot put event.
The foursome qualified for the state meet by each placing second at the Section 2A Meet held May 30 in Mankato.
In each event the top two individuals received state bids and the first-place relay team also advanced. In addition, the top six finishers in each event received medals and earned All-Section honors.
The Bucs girls finished third overall in the 26-team competition with 61.5 points, behind first-place Belle Plaine/Holy Family Catholic (110) and United South Central/Alden-Conger (66). Trophies were awarded to the top two teams.
The boys were 11th with 35.5 points. Glencoe-Silver Lake took top honors with 113 points.
Hassing set another school record in the 400. The Buc speedster was clocked in 58.44 seconds.
Krista Hassing just missed winning a medal by taking seventh in 61.85.
In the 1,600-meter run, Grandgenett covered the four laps in 5:26.46.
Lexi Holland was fifth in the 100-meter dash in 13.61 seconds and part of two relay teams that finished second and fifth.
Holland anchored the 4 x 200 relay that included Meghan Mittelstadt, Annemarie Hoyt and Sara Warmka that took second with a time of 1:50.03.
She also was the final leg of the 4 x 100 team that included the same trio that was fifth in 52.30 seconds.
Hassing and Grandgenett combined with Krista Hassing and Rylee Wagner for a second-place finish time of 4:08.81 in the 4 x 400 relay.
In the 200-meter dash, Katie Krieger posted the seventh best time in 29.37 second.
Marissia Hagedorn was eighth in the 100-meter high hurdles in 17.49 seconds and 12th in the 300-meter lows with a 51.94.
In the field events, Kate Hassing leaped to a fifth-place jump of 33 feet, 6 inches in the triple jump, while Sara Warmka finished the day 15th with a mark of 28 feet, 11 inches.
Hoyt was 11th in the discus with a distance of 94 feet, 2 inches, while Krieger took 15th with 83 feet, 7 inches.Sydney Ristau led the way for BEA in the shot put with a toss of 33 feet, 4 1/2 inches to finish ninth. Krieger was 15th with a distance of 27 feet, 2 inches.
Wagner cleared the bar at 4 feet, 8 inches to grab 10th in the high jump.
Hagedorn went over 9 feet to earn fifth place in the pole vault and LaNay Walker soared 8 feet, 6 inches for seventh place.
In the boys competition, Carr was second in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 40.66 seconds and fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles in 16.41 seconds. He added a sixth-place finish in the high jump, clearing a height of 5 feet, 10 inches.
Lee’s toss of 47 feet, 3 1/2 inches was the second best in the shot put. The senior was 12th in the discus with a mark of 114 feet, 7 1/2 inches.
In the 100-meter dash, Zach Tvedten crossed the finish line in 12.18 seconds for fifth place. He was 12th in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet.
In other field events, Santos Flores’ 36 feet, 2 inches was 14th overall in the triple jump, while Jake Zebedee cleared 10 feet, 8 inches to finish 12th in the pole vault competition.
The 4 x 200 relay of Tvedten, Daniel Plocker, Matt Dulas and JT Roe was seventh in a time of 1:38.08.
Zebedee, Jacob Olson, Plocker and Eduardo Vega combined for a time of 3:47.72 for a sixth-place finish in the 4 x 400.