It’s two — True Team Champs!
It was a sweep for the girls and boys track and field teams with both squads coming out on top at the Section 2A True Team Track Meet held in Mapleton on Thursday.
The meet, which was postponed from Tuesday, was held under cloudy, overcast, windy, and cool conditions.
The girls, who claimed their fifth consecutive section true team crown, won by a comfortable margin of more than 100 points and will return to Stillwater on May 22 to defend the state title they won last year.
While the girls won by a comfortable margin, the boys needed every point they could get as they claimed first place by a mere nine points. This will mark the boys first trip to the State True Team meet since 2006.
“This was very gratifying, we figured the boys competition would be tight and that’s what happened” says Buc Coach Tom Plocker. “Everybody did their part. We asked a lot from different people and they went above and beyond in their performances.”
Courtney Grandgenett paced the Bucs’ distance runners finishing first in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:43.98 and second in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:16.67.
Mandy Warmka’s time of 6:10.99 was good enough for 12th place in the 1,600 and LaNay Walker finished the 3,200 meter run in 10th place in 13:09.03
Lexi Holland tied for third place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.97, while teammate Meghan Mittelstadt took 10th in 13.97.
Kate Hassing took second in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 27.89 with Jenny Smith finishing seventh in 28.93.
Kate Hassing and Rylee Wagner both finished in the top 10 in the 400-meter dash. Hassing had a time of 60.30 to tie for second place. Wagner’s time of 64.79 put her in ninth place.
Krista Hassing returned to action after a five-week injury lay off and captured third place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:28.21. Wagner finished in 10th with a time of 2:44.03.
A time of 16.58 by Marissia Hagedorn in the 100-meter hurdles was good for second place and Kelly Aukes finished 10th with 18.14.
Hagedorn finished third in the 300-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 50.65. Cassie Thompson clocked a time of 54.11 for a ninth place finish.
The 4 x 800 squad of Cassie Thompson, LaNay Walker, Sierra Halvorson, and Sara Warmka turned in a time of 10:32.71 to take third.
Meghan Mittelstadt, Katie Krieger, Ashley Olson, and Lexi Holland claimed first place in the 4 x 200 relay with a time of 1:53.44.
Mittelstadt combined with Annemarie Hoyt, Olson, and Holland to grab second place in the 4 x 100 with a time of 53.50.
BEA took first in the final running event of the evening with the team of Rylee Wagner, Krista Hassing, Sara Warmka, and Kate Hassing running the 4 x 400 in a time of 4:14.90.
Rylee Wagner cleared the bar at 4 feet 6 inches to finish seventh in the high jump and Jastin Meyer’s jump of 4-4 put her in 10th place.
Marissia Hagedorn claimed the top spot in the pole vault at 9 feet and teammate LaNay Walker finished second with a vault of 8 feet.
In the long jump, Lexi Holland’s leap of 14 feet, 6 and 1/2 inches was good for fourth place. Cassie Thompson came in 17th at 12 feet, 10 inches.
Kate Hassing’s leap of 33 feet, 11 1/4 inches was good for first place in the triple jump. Sara Warmka came in fourth with a distance of 30 feet 7 inches.
In the throwing events, Sydney Ristau scored a personal best of 36 feet, 9 1/2 inches to claim third place in the shot put and move her into second place on the all-time Blue Earth honor roll. Katie Krieger finished seventh with a throw of 33 feet, 11 inches.
Annemarie Hoyt took third place in the discus with a toss of 99 feet, 8 inches. Krieger finished ninth with a throw of 86 feet, 5 inches.
On the boys side, Zach Tvedten ran a time of 12.08 to finished third in the 100-meter dash, while JT Roe was sixth at 12.24.
Nate Carr clocked a time of 23.68 to take second place in the 200-meter dash. and Trey Dyslin grabbed sixth place with a time of 24.59.
Dyslin ran a 53.45 in the 400-meter dash to take second place and Jake Zebedee ran a 54.56 to finish sixth.
The 800-meter run gave the Bucs another second place finish with Jonas Hamperl finishing in 2:05.61. Jacob Olson ran a 2:16.59 to finish 17th.
Hamperl took fifth place in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:49.75 and Jake Wagner’s time of 5:06.96 was good for 18th place.
Micah Zastrow and Wagner battled each other in the 3200 meter run with Zastrow pulling ahead of Wagner in the final stretch to finish 15th with a time of 11:23.08 followed by Wagner with a time of 11:24.48.
Carr claimed the top spot in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.69, while Nick Lee took ninth place in 17.69.
Carr also won the 300-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 41.54. Steven Plocker’s time of 48.50 was good for 15th place.
In the first running event of the meet, the relay team of Jake Zebedee, Jacob Olson, Abi Vasquez and Micah Zastrow ran to a fifth place finish in the 4 x 800 meter relay with a time of 9:05.49.
The Bucs took first in both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 meter relays.
The winning time of 46.48 in the 4 x 100 was run by Zach Tvedten, Daniel Plocker, Isaac Darrington, and Nick Lee.
The 4 x 200 team of JT Roe, Daniel Plocker, Darrington, and Trey Dyslin took first with a winning time of 1:38.61.
Jake Zebedee, Jacob Olson, Daniel Plocker, and Jonas Hamperl took third place in the 4 x 400 meter relay with a time of 3:40.39 in the final running event of the evening.
A jump of 5 feet, 10 inches gave Nate Carr second place in the high jump. Isaac Darrington cleared the bar at 5 feet, 8 inches for fourth place.
The pole vault competition was also won by the Bucs. Jake Zebedee’s vault of 11 feet, 6 inches gave him first place. Zach Tvedten tied for third place at 10 feet, 6 inches.
JT Roe and Santos Flores finished 13th and 14th in the long jump with leaps of 16 feet, 9 inches and 16 feet, 8 inches respectively.
Flores earned a sixth place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 37 feet, 1 1/2 inches. Daniel Plocker finished ninth at 35 feet, 4 inches.
Nick Lee and Taylor Andrews turned in fine performances in the shot put. Lee took second place with a throw of 48 feet, 6 inches. Andrew’s throw of 43 feet, 3 inches was good for fourth place.
Lee was the top Buc in the discus competition taking fifth place with a toss of 119 feet, 8 inches, while Jared Brown’s toss of 98 feet, 6 1/2 inches was good for 17th place.