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BEA hosts quadrangular track meet at Wilson Field

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Apr 18, 2021

BEA’s Sophie Keister, pictured above, took first place in the high jump in the team’s first track meet of the season. She cleared 4-8 and was a State competitor two years ago as an eighth grader.

The Blue Earth Area track teams had their first competition of the season on Thursday, April 8, at Wilson Field in Blue Earth.

In addition to BEA, the other teams competing were Fairmont, Luverne and Jackson County Central.

The girls portion of the meet was won by Fairmont with a score of 122.7 followed by Luverne with 73.3. The Bucs had 39.2 points to finish in third place and JCC finished fourth with 33.8.

The relay team of Téa Armstrong, Sophie Keister, Lauren Bleess and Tailor Douglas raced to first place in the 4 x 100 meter relay with a time of 55.7. BEA’s other relay team finished fifth with a time of 66.1. Its members Ruby Ziegler, Jackie Martinez, Hope Goette and Sara Dohm.

The 4 x 200 meter relay saw the team of Addison Armstrong, Kate Armon, Lizzy Uecker and Douglas finish second with a time of 2:02.4.

Calli Ferguson, Hope Goette, Leah Becker and Aubrey Hueper combined their talents to finish fifth in the 4 x 400 relay with a time of 5:37.0.

Three BEA girls participated in the 400-meter dash with Addison Armstrong sprinting to a first place finish in 66.8. Armon took fourth in 71.3, Elizabeth Jacobson’s time of 75.1 was good for eighth place.

Téa Armstrong took second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.5. Grace Schavey took 11th place, running the race in 16.2.

Uecker was the top performer for the Bucs in the 200-meter dash. Her time of 31.5 was good for sixth place. Schavey clocked a time of 35.4 for 12th place, Ruby Allis finished 13th in 36.3 and Allie Cervantes was 14th in 42.4.

The 800-meter run saw Ferguson finish in fifth place with a time of 3:00.2. Becker’s time of 3:22.5 was good for eighth place and Hueper was ninth in 3:28.7.

Téa Armstrong recorded a personal best in the shot put with a throw of 32-3 to take second place. Chloe Groe had a toss of 26-1 to finish seventh, Ella Survis placed 11th with a throw of 23-1 and seventh grader Taylor Ripley placed 12th with a throw of 20’8.

Groe had the top toss in the discus at 65-9 which was good for third place. Marianna Rincon took seventh at 60-1 and Ripley’s throw of 57-8 was good for ninth.

Keister’s jump of 4-8 put her in first place in the high jump. Allis cleared the bar at 3-6 to place 10th.

Armon took seventh place in the triple jump with a leap of 24-9 1/2.

Uecker’s leap of 12-5 was good for 13th place in the long jump, Goette took 17th with a jump of 9-7. Ally Caldwell was 18th with 8-8 and Allie Cervantes was 20th with a jump of 6-10.

Jazmyn Lunz claimed fourth place in the pole vault when she cleared 7-0.

Boys results

Fairmont also took first place in the boy’s portion of the meet with a score of 82.3. They were followed closely by JCC who tallied 78.6. Luverne took third with 76 and BEA was fourth with 23.

BEA’s Cameron Germain ran to a third place finish in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:19.3. Eli Paz was seventh in 3:18.8, Marcus Eckles finished eighth in 3:32.0 and Gibson Haase was ninth with a time of 3:48.8.

The Bucs’ 4 x 200 meter relay team of Jacob Olson, Aaron Lorenz, Austin Skaden and Austin Stauffer placed fourth with a time of 1:48.3.

Waylen Douglas, Jacob Olson, Riley Anderson and Jack Norman dropped a baton but still finished fourth in the 4 x 100 meter relay with a time of 51.3. Another squad of Julian Rodriguez, Eckles, Parker Stauffer and Carson Meyers earned sixth place with a time of 58.2.

The 4 x 800 meter relay team of Zaire Morrow, Damion Mahlstedt, Blair Lunz and Angel Martinez finished in third place with a time of 10:02.4.

In the 4 x 400 relay, the BEA team of Germain, Mahlstedt, Lunz and Martinez finished the race in 4.00.8 to claim third place.

The Bucs had three runners in the 100-meter dash. Riley Anderson took third place in 11.9, Bruk Sonnicksen was eighth in 12.7 and Travis Hefner-Reiniking was 14th in 13.8.

Sonnicksen took fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.6. Hefner-Reiniking was 12th in 29.0 and Rodriguez took 14th in 30.4.

Morrow was the only Buc to compete in the 400-meter dash. He finished fourth with a time of 60.8.

Gabe Smith ran the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 48.7 to finish in third place.

Nick Frank’s throw of 40-3 1/2 earned him a second place finish in the shot put. Jack Norman had a personal best throw of 37-0 to take seventh place. Luke Norman finished in eighth place with a throw of 36-11. Zach Bensen threw 29-5 to finish 16th, Carson Meyers threw 25-3 to finish 19th and LaVerne Thorson’s throw of 21-9 put him in 20th place.

Frank also had the top discus toss for BEA with a throw of 103-5 which put him in fourth place. Luke Norman took fifth with a toss of 102-0. Blake Ripley threw 87-3 to take 10th place, Jack Norman was 11th with 77-7, Benson was 14th with 64-8, Thorson recorded a throw of 53-0, and Meyers was measured at 52-2.

Austin Stauffer took third place in the triple jump with a leap of 34-9 1/2. Alex Dikken was ninth with 28-5 1/2.

Austin Skaden finished ninth in the long jump with a leap of 14-9. Sonnicksen was 10th with 14-4, and Parker Stauffer was 12th with 9-7.

Derek Lium finished seventh in the pole vault when he cleared 6-6.