Many advance to Section
It was a good day for the Blue Earth Area girls and boys track teams at the Sub-Section Track Meet held in Fairmont on May 27.
The Buccaneer girls qualified 14 individuals and three relays, while the guys qualified 16 individuals and three relays for the Section Meet June 5 in Mankato. The top four finishers in individual events and the top two teams in each relay event move on to sections.
Kate Hassing took top honors in the triple jump with a school record leap of 35 feet 7 and 3/4 inches. Marissia Hagedorn was the only other individual to grab first place in an individual event, winning the pole vault by clearing the bar at 10 feet.
Hagedorn also qualified in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles with second place finishes in each event. She clocked a 15.71 in the 100-meter hurdles and a 49.17 in the 300-meter hurdles.
Kelly Aukes also advanced to sections in the 100 meter hurdles with a personal best time of 17.55 – which was good for a fourth place finish. Joining Hagedorn at sections in the 300 meters will be Cassie Thompson who finished third, with a personal best time of 49.91.Thompson also qualified in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 4 inches.
Kate Hassing and Rylee Wagner finished first and second in the 400-meter dash with times of 60.99 seconds and 62.97 seconds, respectively.
Courtney Grandgenett ran to a first-place finish in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:44.91.
Moving on to sections in the high jump is Rylee Wagner, clearing the bar at 4 feet, 10 inches to claim a fourth-place finish.
BEA will be sending three different girls to sections in the throwing events.
Annemarie Hoyt was fourth in the discus with a throw of 97 feet, 9 inches.
Katie Krieger and Sydney Ristau both qualified in the shot put. Krieger’s personal best throw of 34 feet, 2 inches was good for second place, while Ristau was right behind in third place with a toss of 34 feet, 1 inch.
The 4 x 800-relay team of Kate Hassing, Courtney Grandgenett, Sierra Halvorson and Mandy Warmka finished with a second-place time of 10:23.69 to qualify for sections.
A time of 53.13 seconds was good for a second-place finish for the 4 x 100 team of Meghan Mittelstadt, Annemarie Hoyt, Ashley Olson and Lexi Holland.
The girls saved their most exciting effort for the final event of the day.
Kate Hassing took the baton for the final leg of the 4 x 400, trailing a Fairmont runner. She narrowed the gap through the backstretch until she was on her opponent’s heels in the final curve. Hassing made her passing move as they came out of the final curve and pulled away for the victory.
Joining Hassing on the team were Rylee Wagner, Sara Warmka, and Courtney Grandgenett with a winning time of 4:09.71.
Nate Carr finished first in both the 110-meter hurdles (15.59) and the 300 meter hurdles (41.88) to move on to sections. Joining Carr with a first place finish in the running events was Jonas Hamperl who clocked a time of 2:05.74 in the 800-meter run.
Other individuals qualifying for sections in the running events include Nick Lee with a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash, in a time of 11.42 seconds. JT Roe ran a personal best 24.40 seconds to take third in the 200-meter dash. Jake Wagner’s time of 11:07.86 was good for third place in the 3,200-meter run.
The boys had a stellar day in the throwing events. The Bucs took three of the top four spots in the shot put.
Nick Lee took second with a toss of 45 feet, 5 inches, while Sam Lee was third place with 42 feet, 9 3/4 inches. Taylor Andrews was right behind with a fourth place toss of 41 feet, 4 inches.
Two Bucs also qualified for sections in the discus, with Nick Lee placing first with a toss of 127 feet, 6 1/2 inches. Josh Johnson took fourth with a personal best throw of 114 feet, 6 inches.
Jake Zebedee and Santos Flores both qualified in the pole vault. A vault of 12 feet gave Zebedee second place finish and Flores finished third with a vault of 11 feet.
Issac Darrington leaped to a second place finish in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5 feet 10 inches.
Taylor Olson recorded a personal best in the long jump, taking in third with a leap of 18 feet, 2 inches.
Two more Bucs made their way to sections in the triple jump.
Flores finished third with a distance of 37 feet, 8 1/4 inches, while Daniel Plocker grabbed fourth place with a leap of 37 feet, 3/4 inches.
Three relay teams all qualified with second place finishes.
The 4 x 200 team of JT Roe, Daniel Plocker, Issac Darrington and Trey Dyslin recorded a time of 1:36.53 to finish second.
Zach Tvedten, Daniel Plocker, Isaac Darrington and Nick Lee made up the 4 x 100 team that took second with a time of 45.82 seconds.
Just like the girls side of the meet, the most exciting relay came down to the final event of the day. The boy Bucs were running in second place as the final leg started.
Nate Carr closed the gap and passed the Fairmont runner on the final curve only to have the Fairmont runner retake the lead in the final stretch. The Bucs finished second in the 4 x 400 with a time of 3:31.61.
Joining Carr on the team were Jake Zebedee, Jonas Hamperl and Trey Dyslin.