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June 18, 2019

5/31/2019 8:33:00 AM
Eagles' Smith sets new section record, advances in two events; Bucher also heads to state

Section 3A Meet
Two Windom Eagle athletes were the only state qualifiers from the area from Thursday's Section 3A Meet, held in Luverne.

Windom's girls placed seventh in the team standings with 41 points. Mt. Lake Area-Comfrey was 20th with five points. Westbrook-Walnut Grove/Red Rock Central was 22nd with 2-1/3 points. Luverne won the girls team championship with 120 points.

For the boys, Windom placed 11th with 21 points. MLAC was tied for 15th with 15 points. WWG/RRC was 21st with five points. Lac Qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd won the team title with 81 points.

Windom's girls had two individual state qualifiers, led by sophomore Delaney Smith, who was a two-event champion. Smith opened the day by winning the discus with a throw of 120-7. She then went to the shot put, where she broke her own school record and set a new section meet record on her first throw of the day with her winning toss of 42-11¾.

The previous section record was 42-8½, held by Fulda's Jenna Wendorff.

The other Eagle state qualifier was sophomore Gracie Bucher, who placed second in the 800-meter run with a career-best time of 2:22.38.

Lucy Stevens added a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter dash (1:03.19). The team of Stevens, Mikalah Konz, Bucher and Shiro Ogeka placed fourth in the 4x200 relay (1:51.57). They then juggled the lineup, with the team of Bucher, Konz, Ogeka and Stevens finishing fifth in the 4x400 relay (4:21.82).

The Eagle boys were led by senior Andres Cazares-Reyes, who placed third in the shot put (46-11¾). Cazares-Reyes sat in second place until the final round of throws, when eventual champion Carl Swedzinski of Wabasso moved into first place with his final throw of the day.

Freshman Alex Altman placed fifth in the discus (122-7) with junior Oliver Ball sixth in the event (119-1). Josh Samdal added a ninth-place finish in the long jump (19-1¼).

The Eagles' 4x800 relay team of Gil Parent, Cameron Alm, Eathan Wilson and Patrick Green, which placed fourth with a time of 8:46.45. The lineup changed order, with the team of Parent, Green, Alm and Wilson placing sixth in the 4x400 relay (3:40.44).

MLAC's top individual finish of the day came in the boys 100-meter dash, where a tight race came down to the wire. Senior Eli Samuelson finished in fourth place with a time of 11.53 seconds, finishing .03 seconds behind the section runner-up for a state berth.

Senior Ryan Blomgren added a sixth-place finish in the 1,600-meter run (4:51.72). Junior Sam Paulson placed sixth in the 300-meter hurdles (43.69).

The team of Jordan Toll, Eli Karschnik, Samuelson and Paulson placed sixth in the 4x200 relay (1:36.12). The team of Karschnik, Samuelson, Toll and Paulson took eighth in the 4x100 relay (46.40).

MLAC's girls were led by eighth-grader Tiegan Meyer, who placed sixth in the high jump, clearing 4-10.

Freshman Haily Green added a seventh-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles (50.69).

The day's top finish for WWG/RRC came in the boys 3,200-meter run, where senior Dalton Piotter capped his career with a fourth-place time of 10:45.15.

WWG/RRC's girls were led by Elizabeth Strock, who placed eighth in the 200-meter dash (28.23), and Kennedy Vold, who tied for eighth in the pole vault (7-6). The Charger team of Vanessa Kedl, Hunnter Bloch, Strock and Kelsey DeSmith added an eighth-place finish in the 4x200 relay (1:53.86).

Next meets: Check for updates after each meet.
Windom: at Class A State Meet (Hamline University, St. Paul), June 7-8

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