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Track athletes named all-conference

By Staff | May 19, 2019

There are a multitude of Blue Earth Area tracksters who have qualified for All-Conference after they participated in the Big South Conference on May 11 in Luverne.

There were 10 boys who qualified and five girls who also qualified.

For the Buccaneer boys, the 4×100 meter relay team consisting of Waylen Douglas, Austin Thielfoldt, Gunnar Fering and Ben Babcock will be going on the All-Conference list for their second-place finish. They clocked a time of 46.32 at the Big South Conference meet.

Joining them will be the 4×400 meter relay team comprised of Carson Anderson (54.6), Tate Thielfoldt (58.9), Cameron Germain (58.3), and Brady Olsen (53.4). This relay team also placed second at the BSC with a combined time of 3:45.19.

Anderson’s efforts during the 200 meter dash and the long jump events solidified himself a spot for All-Conference honors, earning third place with a time of 23.91 in the dash, and finishing in second place in the long jump with a leap of 18-7.

Another Buccaneer who duplicated his successes was Gunnar Fering. Fering placed second in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 42.91, and third in the 110 meter high hurdles with a 17.17 time.

Brady Olsen also had two other top placings during the BSC. He placed second with a 6-0 jump in high jump, and placed third in the 400 meter dash with a time of 54.48 seconds.

Ben Babcock also did well in his other events, placing third in the triple jump with a 40-1/4 jump, and placing first in the long jump with a distance of 20-7 1/2 feet.

Grant Strukel earned second place in the 3200 meter run, with a time of 10:37.09, earning himself a spot in the All-Conference competition along with his BEA teammates.

Thomas Lindsey will be the final Buc boy earning All-Conference honors. He placed first in the pole vault with a 13-6 vault, a personal record for the junior.

As for the Maroon and Gold girls, topping the list with not only a first place win but a second place finish, as well, is Eloise Blair. She plowed through the 300 meter low hurdles, earning first place at the BSC with an effortless time of 48.68, a personal record for Blair. She also made a personal best time in the 100 meter high hurdles, where she placed second, with a time of 17.14.

Teammate Lauren Bleess was right behind Blair in the 300 meter low hurdles, earning third place and a spot on the All-Conference list with a time of 51.49, a personal best for the freshman.

Amanda Jacobson will be joining her fellow Buccaneers as an All- Conference trackster after she earned third place in the 400 meter dash with a time of 63.92.

Heidi Herrmann showed off her vaulting skills after placing second at the BSC with a vault of 8-0 also earning All-Conference honors.

Sophie Keister is the final BEA Buccaneer earning All-Conference honors. She was the only Buc to compete in the high jump and earned first place with a jump of 4-10.