A number of area athletes have earned the opportunity to compete at the MSHSL State Track and Field Meet Thursday through Saturday, June 6-8, 2924 at St. Michael-Albertville High School.

Section 1AA was hosted by Ted Nelson Track in Faribault with Stewartville winning the boys and Winona the girls team title.  Faribault finished third in boys with 123.5 points, Stewartville finished with 190, Winona was second with 164.

Faribault was also third in girls amassing 106 points.  Winona had 145 and Northfield finished with 141 points.

The Falcons are sending three boys to state in the 110 meter hurdles. Barak Barner, junior, won the meet with a 14.49 time,  He ran 14.38 in preliminaries Thursday, May 30, 2024,  The finals were Saturday, June 1, 2024.  Carter Johnson, senior, finished second running 14.90 and Aaron Plunkett, junior, was 4th, is also heading to state after achieving 15.03.

Cristian Escobar, senior, won the 300 meter hurdles at 39.93.  Plunkett was second and will also compete at state after a personal record time of 40.60.

Two Falcons are heading to state in pole vault.  Faribault High School record holder Cooper Leichtnam, senior, won the section meet with a leap of 13 feet 6 inches (his best is 14 feet 7 inches).  Nolan Vogelsberg, junior, cleared 12 feet 11 inches to finish 4th and also qualified for state competition.

Three boys relays are also going to St. Michael-Albertville.  4x100 finished third at section (43.32), 4x200 third (1:29.93), 4x400 second (3:26.62).

4x100 team consists of J.J. Schrot, junior, Escobar, Barner and Derrick Sando, senior

4x200 Falcons relay includes Preston Berger, senior, Cullen Cox, sophomore, Schrot, Escobar

4x400 starts with Schrot, then Cox, Finn Larson, junior and Plunkett

Faribault girls going to state include Brooklyn Becker, junior, finished second in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:16.17, she ran a personal best 2:16.12 during prelims.

Miller Munoz, senior, ran personal record 15.70 to finish 5th at section meet and qualify for state competition in the 100 meter hurdles.

Brynn Beardsley, sophomore, was second in 1600 meter run with a personal best time of 5:18.40 and Claire Wisdo, freshman, finished third in the event at 5:21.44, also a personal best.  They did not qualify for state.

Stella Carlin, sophomore paced 5th in high jump by clearing 5 feet 1 inch and qualified for state.

The Faribault girls 4x800 meter relay team of Beardsley, Becker, Annika Voit, freshman, Aubrie Newport, sophomore, placed third with a time of 9:44.06 to qualify for state.

Northfield finished 6th in boys with team score of 57.  Stephen Feig, junior, was second in pole vault at 13 feet 3 inches to qualify for state.

The boys 4x400 meter relay is going to state also after placing 5th in Section 1AA.  Their time was 1:28.91.  Jaden Hietala, senior, starts them off followed by Benjamin Flory, soph., Samuel Swedin, senior,  and McCoy Weitz, freshman.  Their time was         3:28.73.

4x200 relay also qualified to move on after winning the event in Faribault.  Flory runs first followed by Talan Meredith, soph. ,Swedin and Emmett Norrie, junior.  Winning time was 1:28.91.

State qualifying girls include, Sydney Livingston, freshman, 100 meter hurdles time of 15.69, placing 4th.  Alaina French, junior, 3rd in discus at 120 feet 1 inch.  Inga Johnson, senior, 5th also qualified with a throw of 113 feet 11 inches.

Amber Mahal, soph. finished second in high jump at 5 feet 1 inch.  Tegan Madow, soph. was also second achieving the same height so both move to state.

Livingston was 3rd in long jump with state qualifying leap of 16 feet 9.5 inches,  Judith Prensa Aupetit came in 4th at 16 feet 8.5 inches, also state qualifier.

Ani Gottfried, junior, placed 2nd in pole vault by clearing 10 feet 3 inches and will be joined at state by Erika Nesseth, senior, clearing 10 feet 1 inch.

French won section shot put title with a 40 feet 7 inches mark and will be joined at state by Inga Johnson, senior, 36 feet 9 inches.  Both ladies achieved personal bests,

Raiders 4x800 relay placed 2nd and will compete at state after posting a 9:41.42 time.  Josie Hauck, senior, Peyton Quaas, freshman, Claire Forbord, freshman and Makayah Petricka comprise the relay team.

Kasson-Mantorville boys finished 5th, girls 6th at Section 1AA meet.

Arabella Knudson, senior, scored the most pointsin the meet with 38.5.  Firsts in 100 meter dash (12.28), 200 meter dash (25.49), long jump (17 feet 3.5 inches), all state qualifying marks.  She also anchored the KoMets 4x100 meter relay which placed 2nd and goes to state.  Karlynn Gustafson, junior, Alexis Awe, freshman, Delaney Awe, junior run ahead of Knudson.  Their time 49.55.

K-M boys advancing to state include Jonah Coleman, soph. 400 meter dash with time of 49.83, a personal record and Emmett Ricke, senior, high jump of 6 feet 1 inch.

David Obst, soph. won 3200 meter run with time of 9:53.40 but did not meet state qualifying standard.

Section 1A meet was hosted by Triton High school in Dodge Center.  Pine Island won boys competition with 133 points, Caledonia/Spring Grove had 112 points.  Cotter/Hope Lutheran is girls champion with 104 points followed by Grand Meadow/Leroy-Ostrander/Kingsland/Southland 98 points.

Elena Hartung, junior, won 100 meter hurdles with personal best 15.50 to qualify for state.  CJ Tree, senior, finished 2nd in boys 110 meter hurdles with personal record and state qualifying 15.30,  Tree won 300 meter hurdles 40.70 to go to state. Jacob Carter, junior, placed 6th in 400 meter dash at 51.22 which is a state qualifier.

Ben Northrop, senior, was 3rd in discus with heave of 155 feet 4 inches, good enough to go to state.  Tree also won pole vault clearing 12 feet 10 inches, will compete at state.

Blake Schiltz, junior, captured shot put title 51 feet 6 inches and does go to state.

Reese Koenen, senior, won girls triple jump 35 feet 6.75 inches, a personal best ans state qualifier.

4x100 meter girls relay placed 3rd with state qualifying time of  50.67.  Zoe Njus, junior, runs first followed by McKinley Sorum, freshman, Lyndee Northrop, junior, and Reighley Sorum, junior.

4x100 meter boys relay was 2nd at state qualifying time of 43.85.  Bentley Lujero, senior, Abe Ferber, junior, Owen. Harstad, sophomore, Peyton Loftus, freshman.

4x200 meter boys 2nd with 1:31.17 time, good enough to advance to state,  Lujero, Ferber, Harstad and T. Gibson.

4x400 meter boys going to state after finishing 3rd at section with time of 3:30.65.  R Schmidt, T Gibson, Blake Schiltz, junior, Jacob Carter, junior.

Pierce Petersohn, soph. Triton placed 2nd in high jump clearing 6 feet 6 inches.  He has the best mark in the state this spring at 6 feet 10 inches.  He is also competing at state in 400 meter dash after finishing 4th in sections with qualifying time of 49.93.

Cobras Olivia Weber was 3rd in 300 meter hurdles with state qualifying time 47.12.

Craig Knutson, junior, was 5th in discus with throw of 149 feet 2 inches which is good enough to go to state.

Kenyon-Wanamingo/Goodhue senior Hayley Lentsch, qualified in 200 meter dash 26.10 while placing 5th at Section 1A meet.  She won the 400 meter dash with personal record 57.87, will go to state.  Lentsch also won the long jump 17 feet 5.5 inches and qualifies for state.

Audrey Haugen, sophomore, finished 2nd  in 1600 meter run 5:14.92 to be a state qualifier and won 400 meter dash with a personal best 57.87 which did not meet state standard.

Medford sends Jackie Cole, senior to state in 100 meter dash 12.59 after placing 2nd and goes to the big show in the 200 meter dash after finishing 3rd 25.51.

Jesse Ortiz, senior won boys 200 meter dash 22.00 to make it to state. He finished 3rd in 100 meter dash 11.30 which missed state standard.

Owatonna boys won Section 1AAA meet  in Lakeville with 223 points.  Nearest challenger Rochester Mayo had 149 and Lakeville South was next with 133 points.

Huskies girls were 3rd with 135 points with Lakeville South and Lakeville North ahead of them with 216 and 145.5 points respectively.

Owatonna junior Lucas Webber wins section with state qualifying 10.95 in 100 meter dash.  Keenan Larson, senior, was 2nd 11.12 did not meet state standard.  Webber also won 200 meter dash 22.03, good enough for state competition.

Seth Johnson, won 110 meter hurdles 14.33 and will compete at state.  He placed 2nd in 300 meter hurdles with state qualifying time of 39.23.

4x200 meter boys relay won sections 1:28.50 which qualifies them for state.  Garrett Karsten, senior, Nolan Ginskey, junior, Webber and Larson make up the team.

Owatonna girls going to state are Carsyn Brady, senior, in 800 meter run after finishing 2nd with state qualifying time of 2:15.36.  Kyleah Miller, sophomore, is going to state for shot put after finishing 3rd with a toss of 39 feet 3 inches.

Halle Theis, junior, won long jump at 17 feet 4.5 inches, but did not meet state standard.

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