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Bucs compete at Cardinal Relays

Girls finish in second place while the boys team takes home third

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Apr 25, 2021

The Blue Earth Area boys and girls track teams traveled west to Luverne on Friday, April 16, to participate in the Cardinal Relays.

BEA placed second in the girls portion of the meet with 65 points. Luverne won the meet with 118 points, Marshall was third with 57 points and St. James had an incomplete score.

“The conditions were overcast with temperatures in the 40s,” BEA head coach Tom Plocker said. “It really was not too bad.”

Addison Armstrong clocked a personal best time of 66.33 in the 400-meter dash to claim second place. Teammate Kate Armon also posted her best-ever time in the event, 69.30, to claim third place.

BEA placed two runners in the top-10 in the 100-meter dash. Téa Armstrong finished second with a time of 14.14. Lauren Bleess finished fourth in 14.64.

Téa Armstrong also had a top-10 finish in the 200-meter dash. Her time of 29.25 put her in third place.

The Buccaneers crossed the finish line first in the 4 x 200-meter relay with a time of 2:01.27. Members of the relay team were Addison Armstrong, Armon, Lizzy Uecker and Tailor Douglas.

BEA also won the 4×100 relay. Téa Armstrong, Sophie Keister, Bleess and Douglas turned in a time of 55.52 to earn the top spot.

Another relay team, comprised of Jackie Martinez, Addison Smith, Hope Goette and Sara Dohm, raced to a seventh-place finish with a time of 64.95.

The 4 x 400 meter relay team of Addison Armstrong, Smith, Calli Ferguson and Elizabeth Jacobson placed fourth with a time of 5:10.10 to take fourth place.

Jacobson, Leah Becker, Goette and Aubrey Hueper competed in the 4 x 800 meter relay and placed fourth with a time of 13:55.10.

Ferguson competed in her first-ever 1600-meter run and finished seventh with a time of 7:08.25.

The Bucs had two runners place in the 800-meter run. Becker finished eighth in 3:29.13 and Hueper was ninth in 3:29.77.

Eloise Blair made her season debut in the 100-meter hurdles and was victorious with a time of 18.13. Ella Survis placed third in 21.48.

Blair also ran well in the 300-meter low hurdles. Her time of 52.61 put her in second place. Bleess placed seventh in 60.38 and Survis was ninth in 66.31.

Four BEA girls finished in the top ten in the shot put. Téa Armstrong won the event with a toss of 31-9 1/2. Chloe Groe’s throw of 26-8 1/4, Taylor Ripley was seventh with a throw of 21-10 1/2 and Ella Survis recorded a throw of 21-9 3/4 to place eighth.

Groe had the top discus throw for BEA. Her toss of 64-6 earned a fourth place finish. Ripley placed fifth with a throw of 64-2.

Sophie Keister earned her second first-place finish of the year in the high jump. She cleared the bar at 4-10 to win the competition. Jazmyn Lunz cleared 3-10 to place ninth.

Lizzy Uecker’s jump of 12-11 1/2 was good for a sixth place finish in the long jump. Haley Kalis was tenth with a jump of 12-7 1/2.

Lunz finished third in the pole vault by clearing 8-0. Addison Armstrong finished fourth with a vault of 7-6 and Douglas was sixth at 6-0.

Boys results

The Buccaneer boys finished third with 57 points. Marshall claimed first place with 92 points, Luverne was second with 83 and St. James finished fourth with 35.

Austin Thielfoldt won the long jump competition with a leap of 18-8. Gabe Torres had a jump of 17-11 3/4 to finish third and Austin Stauffer was sixth with 16-10.

Stauffer also did well in the triple jump. His distance of 35-11 3/4 was good for third place. Arty Mwangi leaped 33-2 1/4 for seventh, Austin Skaden was eighth at 31-10 3/4 and Alex Dikken was 10th at 28-0.

In the pole vault, Derek Lium cleared the bar at 9-0 to place second.

Jacob Olson made his debut in the high jump and cleared the bar at 5-2, which put him in fourth place. Mwangi jumped 4-0 to earn sixth place.

Nick Frank had a throw of 39-2 1/2 to finish in fourth place in the shot put. Luke Norman’s throw of 37-11 1/2 put him in fifth place and Jack Norman finished in eighth place with a throw of 36-3 1/2.

Frank took first place in the discus with a fling of 114-7. Luke Norman was seventh at 88-10 and Blake Ripley was 10th at 80-10.

BEA took the top spot in the 4 x 100-meter relay. Waylen Douglas, Thielfoldt, Riley Anderson and Jack Norman claimed first place with a time of 47.48. The relay team of Skaden, Stauffer, Elijah Sanchez and Bruk Sonnicksen ran to a third place finish in 50.49.

The 4 x 200-meter relay team of Douglas, Jack Norman, Olson and Gabe Torres finished second with a time of 1:43.04.

Cameron Germain, Damion Mahlstedt, Blair Lunz and Zaire Morrow teamed up to place third in the 4 x 800-meter relay in 10:02.60.

Jack Norman, Torres, Morrow and Angel Martinez ran the 4 x 400-meter relay in 60.0 to earn third place.

Gabe Smith ran to a second-place finish in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 48.27. Olson finished fifth in 51.65 and Bryce Wirth finished sixth in 51.87.

Martinez had a personal-best time of 5:32.98 to claim sixth place in the 1600-meter run. Eli Paz took eighth in 6:48.79.

In the 3200-meter run, Lunz placed sixth in 13:48.57 and Mahlstedt was seventh in 14:23.53.

Riley Anderson raced to a second place finish in the 100-meter dash in 12.07. Wirth was ninth in 13.26.

Anderson finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.25. Sonnicksen placed sixth in 26.32.

Germain ran a time of 57.45 in the 400-meter dash which was good for a second place finish.