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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Tracksters compete in MN true team meet

  • The Saints look like they’ve found themselves high jumpers for the next couple of years. Complementing Katy Hedlund’s efforts on the girls side, freshman Miguel Gonzalez won the boys high jump with a leap of 6 feet even.
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  •     The Saints boys and girls track teams competed in the Section True Team meet on Tuesday.
        This is a team meet where the top team from the section advances to the state team track meet and the second place finisher has a chance to advance to the state meet.
        There were a total of 13 teams competing in the section. The boys team finished seventh in this field with a total score of 476 points.
        The girls had an even stronger showing finishing third with a score of 551.50 points. BEA won the meet on the girls side and United South Central was second.
        Many of these events had 20 plus competitors  in them so winning an event or having a high finish is a significant accomplishment. It also helps with the team scoring.
        Saints senior Aryn Eckstrom had a win in the 3200 meter run with a time of 11.57.54, which was nearly 30 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Seventh grader Mackenzie Miest finished tenth in this event.   Aryn nearly won the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:24.23. She was three seconds behind the winner.
        Sister Aubrey Eckstorm finished ninth in the 400 meter dash.
        Freshman Amelia Collier continued with  her strong season when she finished third in the 200 meter dash with a time 27.44.
        Devon Flohrs finished second in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump. That sixth place finish was just 2.5 inches out of second.
        Sophomore Katy Hedlund finished second in the high jump with a lead of 5 feet even.
        Emily Hurley finished third in the discus and sixth in the shot put.
        The Saints finished third in the 4x100 meter relay dash. That team consisted of  Michaela Nordby, Katy Hedlund, Amelia Collier and Devon Flohrs.
        The girls finished fourth in the 4x400 meter run. That team was made up of Michaela Nordby, Allison Brandts, Aubrey Eckstrom and Amelia Collier.
        The boys team doesn’t have the depth the girls team has, and that shows in a meet where points are given for competitors who finish even as far back as 20th place in an event.
        The Saints look like they’ve found themselves high jumpers for the next couple of years. Complementing Katy Hedlund’s efforts on the girls side, freshman Miguel Gonzalez won the boys high jump with a leap of 6 feet even.
        Senior Johnathan Surber finished second in both the 1600 meter and 3200 meter races. His time in the 1600 meter was 4:34.07, which was just 1.01 seconds behind the first place finisher.
    Page 2 of 2 -     Surber’s time in the 3200 was 10:05.48, which was about five seconds behind the winning time.  
        The boys 4x800 relay team finished second in that event. That team consisted of senior  Carlos Marquez and underclassmen Noah Pinke, Luke Tonsager and Zuriel Chacon. The same relay team finished fourth in the 4x400 meter relay event.
        The Saints Head Track Coach Scott Allen said, “Overall, the girls did a fantastic job, but our lack of depth in a few events and being disqualified in the 4x200 prevented us from doing better.
        “Blue Earth Area and USC/AC girls are both very strong teams and have been the representatives out of this section for as long as I can remember.  So a finish right behind them is pretty good.   
        “On the boys side, we have many huge holes in some events where we didn't point very well. We have kids to perform in each event, but they didn't place very well.  
        “Everyone is important in a true team meet whether they finish 3rd of 15th.  Obviously we want everyone finishing as high as they can.  There were some great individual performances, but we need two great performances in each event.”
        In a weather shortened season, this was a good performance by both the boys and the girls.
        The boys and girls track teams host the South Central Conference meet next week.
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