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Girls fourth, boys fifth at Waseca

Both track teams also competed at the New Ulm Invitational

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | May 2, 2021

The Blue Earth Area track teams competed at the Waseca Invitational on Tuesday, April 27.

Fairmont finished first in the girls portion of the meet with 146 points. Waseca was second with 94, Jackson County Central was third with 62, BEA finished fourth with 36 and New Ulm was fifth with 31.

Elizabeth Jacobson had an eighth-place finish in the 400-meter yard dash with a time of 1:15.02. In the 800-meter run, Cali Ferguson finished eighth in 3:08.38 and Aubrey Hueper was ninth in 3:28.44.

Leah Becker had a seventh-place finish in the 1600-meter run with a time of 8:01.82.

In the 300-meter hurdles, sophomore Eloise Blair took third place in 53.32 while freshman Lizzy Uecker was eighth in 1:00.67.

Blair also had a third-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.15. Lauren Survis had a time of 20.75 to place ninth.

BEA’s 4×100-meter relay team of Téa Armstrong, Sophie Keister, Lauren Bleess and Tailor Douglas ran to a third-place finish with a time of 56.85.

The Bucs claimed first place in the 4×200-meter relay with a team of Téa Armstrong, Bleess, Kate Armon and Addison Armstrong running the race in 1:58.10.

The quartet of Addison Armstrong, Armon, Douglas and Uecker took fourth place in the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 4:46.44.

Téa Armstrong had a throw of 32-6 to take second place in the shot put. Chloe Groe finished seventh with a toss of 26-7.

In the discus, Groe finished sixth with a throw of 74-3 while Marianna Rincon was 10th with a throw of 65-3.

Keister took first place in the high jump when she cleared the bar at 4-8.

Addison Armstrong finished eighth in the pole vault by clearing the bar at 6-6 while teammate Douglas was ninth with a vault of 6-0.

Boys results

The boys team from Fairmont finished in first place with 120 points, Waseca was second with 108, Jackson County took third with 55, New Ulm was fourth with 46 and BEA finished fifth with 37.

Riley Anderson brought home a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.75. Bruk Sonnicksen ran the race in 25.92 to finish fifth.

Jacob Olson took second place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.11. Aaron Lorenz was ninth in 1:03.34.

The 800-meter run saw BEA’s Angel Martinez clock a time of 2:26.24 to take fourth place.

Gabe Smith ran the 300-meter hurdles in 48.65 to take fourth place. Bryce Wirth was seventh in 51.76.

Waylen Douglas, Austin Thielfoldt, Anderson and Jack Norman ran the 4×100-meter relay in 47.81 to finish in second place.

Gabe Torres, Cameron Germain, Smith and Sonnicksen finished fourth in the 4×200-meter relay with a time of 1:43.85.

Germain, Smith, Norman and Martinez ran the 4×400-meter race in 4:00.29 to take fourth place.

Luke Norman took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 39-05 to finish fourth. Nick Frank was sixth with a toss of 38-11 and Jack Norman had a throw of 38-05 to finish seventh.

Luke Norman finished fourth in the discus throw at 113-06. Frank was eighth at 105-07.

Jacob Olson tied for fourth place in the high jump when he cleared the bar at 4-09. Arty Mwangi tied for seventh with a jump of 4-09.

Derek Lium was fifth in the pole vault. The senior went over the bar at 8-06.

Thielfoldt leaped to a second-place finish in the long jump with a distance of 18-04. Torres was ninth at 16-08 and Adam Stauffer was 10th at 16-05 1/4.

Stauffer also competed in the triple jump and finished seventh with a distance of 32-09 1/2. Austin Skaden was 10th at 31-10.

New Ulm Invitational

The Blue Earth Area track teams headed north to New Ulm on Thursday, April 22 to participate in the New Ulm Invite.

In addition to the host school and BEA, the other teams participating were St. Peter, Windom and Worthington.

The skies were sunny but the winds were breezy with temperatures in the 50s.

Girls results

Eloise Blair placed first in both the 100 and 300-meter hurdles.

In the 100-meter high hurdles Blair took first with a time of 18.03. Lauren Survis finished sixth in 21.38.

Blair’s winning time in the 300-meter hurdles was 51.85. Lizzy Uecker raced to sixth place in 63.11 and Survis was 10th in 71.53.

Téa Armstrong raced to a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 14.08.

In the 400-meter dash, Elizabeth Jacobson took third place in 71.93.

Lauren Bleess was the top BEA runner in the 200-meter dash. Her time of 31.55 was good for sixth place.

Calli Ferguson ran her first 3200-meter run and took fifth place in 15:26.73.

The Bucs had two top-10 runners in the 1500-meter run. Leah Becker finished ninth with a time of 8:05.11 and Aubrey Hueper placed 10th in 8:18.78.

Addison Armstrong ran to a fourth-place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:45.35. Addison Smith competed for the first time in the 800 and finished 10th in 3:26.56.

Téa Armstrong’s throw of 33-11 was good for a second-place finish in the shot put and put her in seventh place all-time on the BEA Outdoor Honor Roll. Chloe Groe had a throw of 29-1 which was good for sixth place. Sophie Keister finished in 10th place with a toss of 25-4 1/2.

Groe’s discus throw of 67-9 1/2 was good for ninth place. Marianna Rincon finished in 10th place with a toss of 63-9.

Keister’s leap of 4-10 was good for second place in the high jump. Smith cleared the bar at 4-0 to finish eighth and Jazmyn Lunz placed ninth by clearing 3-6.

Lizzy Uecker had a jump of 13-8 1/2 to take seventh place in the long jump. Haley Kalis finished ninth with a leap of 12-10.

Lunz soared over 7-0 in the pole vault to grab second place. Addison Armstrong cleared 7-0 for fourth place and Tailor Douglas finished fifth by clearing 6-6.

In the 4×200-meter relay, the Bucs’ team of Bleess, Kate Armon, Uecker and Douglas placed second with a time of 2:00.83.

The 4×100-meter squad of Téa Armstrong, Keister, Bleess and Douglas ran to a second place finish in 55.68.

Addison Armstrong, Téa Armstrong, Armon and Jacobson combined to take fourth place in the 4 x 400-meter relay in 4:33.73.

The 4×800-meter team of Ferguson, Becker, Hueper and Hope Goette finished fifth in 13:40.69.

Boys results

Nick Frank and Luke Norman took first and second place in the shot put. Frank had a personal-best heave of 43-1 while Norman was slightly behind at 42-6. Jack Norman’s toss of 36-6 1/2 was good for fifth place and Blake Ripley finished 10th with a throw of 32-5 1/2.

Frank had a toss of 114-1 in the discus throw to take second place.

Three BEA sprinters cracked the top 10 in the 100-meter yard dash.

Riley Anderson raced to a second place finish in 12.20. Bruk Sonnicksen placed fifth in 12.66 and Elijah Sanchez was ninth in 13.5.

Sonnicksen took fourth place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.36.

The 400-meter dash saw Aaron Lorenz clock a time of 61.38 which was good for eighth place.

Moving on to the distance runners, Angel Martinez cruised to a third place finish in the 3200-meter run with a time of 12.11.30.

Cameron Germain had a time of 5:28.70 to finish in sixth place in the 1600-meter run.

Sophomores Damion Mahlstedt and Blair Lunz had top-10 finishes in the 800-meter run. Mahlstedt was sixth in 2:31.04 and Lunz was ninth in 2:36.34.

The 300-meter intermediate hurdles saw Gabe Smith finish fourth in 47.78 and Bryce Wirth place fifth in 52.34.

The 4×100-meter relay team of Waylen Douglas, Austin Thielfoldt, Jacob Olson and Jack Norman won the race with a time of 47.95.

In the 4×200-meter relay, the quartet of Douglas, Olson, Anderson and Gabe Torres cruised to second place finish in 1:42.15.

Germain, Torres, Olson and Smith took third place in the 4×400 relay with a time of 3:57.60.

Thielfoldt won the long jump competition with a leap of 19-6. Torres nabbed fourth place with a jump of 18-4 1/2. Austin Stauffer was sixth with a jump of 17-1 1/4 and Austin took ninth with a 15-8.

Stauffer recorded a leap of 35-2 in the triple jump to place sixth. Arty Mwangi was 10th with a measurement of 32-9.

Derek Lium cleared 9-0 in the pole vault competition to finish in second place.

Olson cleared 5-0 in the high jump to take seventh place. Mwangi’s jump of 4-6 was good for 10th place.