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Buc qualifiers at sub-sections

By Staff | Jun 3, 2018

Buccaneer Grant Strukel runs his leg of the 4x800 meter relay at the Sub-Section Track Meet last week. The relay team placed second and qualified for the Section Meet.

At the 2018 Sub-Section meet, the Blue Earth Area track and field teams qualified in nine individual events and three relays for the boys Section 2A Championship, while the girls team qualified in 11 individual events and three relays for Section 2A.

Though conditions were hot and sticky on May 24 at Fairmont High School, nothing could keep the BEA tracksters down.

In a season best, the 4×800 meter relay boys team placed second and qualified for the Section 2A Championship with a time of 8:54.86 due in part to Alex Reese (2:13.8), Adam Griffin (2:14.6), Julius Holzer (2:18.1) and Grant Strukel’s (2:08.2) efforts.

Another season best for the Bucs came from the 4×400 meter relay team. Adam Griffin (55.2), Alex Reese (54.9), Brady Olsen (54.2) and Clayton Johnson (53.1) earned second place and a trip to Sections as well for the Bucs, with a combined time of 3:37.59.

Adam Griffin (24.0), Austin Thielfoldt (24.3), Riley Anderson (25.2), and Cameron Anderson (25.3) also earned a spot at the Section 2A Championship as the 4×200 meter relay team for BEA. They placed second as well, with a time of 1:38.63.

Heidi Herrmann soars over the pole vault bar, and smiles as she sees she cleared it. Herrmann took second place behind teammate Nicole Lium and both are moving on to the Section Meet.

Individually, Rylee McGuire earned his trip to Sections by placing first in the pole vault event with a height of 12-0, while teammate Ben Babcock long-jumped his way to first place with a distance of 20-2 1/2. Cameron Anderson placed second in long jump, with a distance of 20 3/4, and will also be headed off to the Section 2A Championship.

Clayton Johnson warranted a second place win in the triple jump and a trip to Sections with a 42-9 1/4 leap, while teammate Brady Olsen jumped in the high jump, meriting a 5-8 and fourth place for a trip to Sections.

Grant Strukel put his cross countrying skills to work, earning first place in the 3200 meter run and a trip to Sections. He ran for first with a time of 11:09.15.

Runners Alex Reese, Ben Babcock, and Riley Anderson also all acquired spots at the Sections meet.

Reese ran a 44.20 in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles for fourth place. Babcock also placed fourth, but in the 100 meter dash, earning a spot in the Section 2A and fourth place. Anderson, also placing fourth, in the 200 meter dash, ran with a time of 24.69.

As for the girls, it seemed their success was almost duplicate.

All three of BEA’s girl relay teams placed second, giving the eight girls that comprise all three teams a chance at the Section 2A Championship.

The 4×200 meter relay team consisting of Amanda Jacobson (27.7), Sofie Blair (27.3), Alissa Norman (28.2), and Hannah Johnson (28.5) placed second with a combined time of 1:51.70, a season best for the quad.

BEA’s 4×100 meter relay team also had a season best. Ta Armstrong, Maddi Oelke, Alissa Norman and Lindsey Norman have been working quite well as a relay team this season, and the Sub-Sections was no different. The four girls clocked their second place, season best time at 52.18 to earn a trip to the big Section 2A Championship.

With a recorded time of 4:19.56, the Maroon and Gold 4×400 meter relay team, composed of Amanda Jacobson (64.6), Sofie Blair (64.7), Kaitlin Johnson (64.4) and Hannah Johnson (66.1) earned their trip to Sections.

In running events, Melissa Hagedorn crushed the hurdles, yet again. She warranted her place at Sections twice by obtaining a time of 17.12 and second place in the 100 meter highs and duplicated her second-place success in the 300 meter lows with a time of 49.55.

Heidi Herrmann earned fourth place and a trip to Sections in the 100 meter high hurdles, as well, with a time of 17.72, while teammate Eloise Blair won third place in the 300 meter low hurdles with a time of 51.01, which will also qualify her for the Section 2A Championship.

Pole-vaulting, high-jumping Nicole Lium attained first place in her vault with a height of 10-0, and second place in high jump with a 5-2.

Heidi Herrmann was able to nab second place in the pole vault with an 8-6 launch while teammate Maddi Oelke earned fourth place in the triple jump with a distance of 32-11 1/2.

Lindsey Norman not only merited a second place win in shot put with a launch of 36-0, she also nabbed third place in discus with a soaring 102-8 distance.

Other results:


4×100 meter relay: BEA (third, 46.55) Waylen Douglas, Cameron Anderson, Riley Anderson, Ben Babcock.

110 meter high hurdles: Gunnar Fering (17.77), Owen Naumann (19.52).

300 meter int. hurdles: Gunnar Fering (46.58), Owen Naumann (52.37).

100 meter dash: Waylen Douglas (12.84), Brady Bromeland (15.20).

400 meter dash: Carson Anderson (fifth, 57.36), Xavier Morrow (61.33).

200 meter dash: Carson Anderson (25.32), Nick Frank (28.39).

1600 meter run: Julius Holzer (5:33.45), Derek Lium (6:31.75).

800 meter run: Jacob Dikken (fifth, 2:17.60), Cameron Germain (2:21.61).

3200 meter run: Nate Phippen (13:21.63).

Pole vault: Thomas Lindsey (fifth, 10-6), Austin Thielfoldt (10-0).

Long jump: Jacob Dikken (17-2)

Triple jump: Xavier Morrow (35-8 1/2).

Shot put: PJ Christensen (33-1), Luke Norman (30-1).

Discus: Grant Madetzke (117-8), Johnny Hynes (89-3), Luke Norman (80-10).


100 meter dash: Ta Armstrong (fifth, 14.15).

400 meter dash: Kaitlin Johnson (fifth, 65.84), Lauren Bleess (69.45).

1600 meter run: Callie Stevermer (6:21.00).

800 meter run: Kiera Osmundson (2:34.59), Emma Germain (3:00.78).

Pole vault: Izzy Walker (7-0).

Long jump: Hannah Johnson (14-2 1/4).

Triple jump: Izzy Walker (26-8 3/4).

Shot put: Alyssa Ripley (27-7 1/4), Ta Armstrong (25-4).

Discus: Alyssa Ripley (74-9), Hayley Jahnke (61-9).