All five track qualifiers medal during successful trip to state

Freshman Carson Kiehne finished strong in the 400m, earning seventh in a field of older runners. KRISTI RUEN/NEWS LEADER
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The Lanesboro/Fillmore Central/Mabel-Canton track teams sent five athletes to the State Track and Field Meet on Saturday, June 9, at Hamline University in St. Paul. The Burros had a very productive day as all five earned team points and brought home medals, which makes them All-State athletes in track and field.

Sophomore Emma Breitsprecher placed third in the 300-meter low hurdles while senior Ashley Miner earned the sixth-place medal in the pole vault.

Among the other top Burro finishers, the 4x400-meter relay girls placed seventh with legs run by Miner, Breitsprecher, senior Bailey Ruen and eighth-grader Brielle Ruen. For the boys, freshman Carson Kiehne ran seventh in the 400-meter dash.

Breitsprecher, in the state 300M hurdles for the second-straight year, had a prelim time of 46.27 seconds and then improved to 45.59 to place third in the finals.

Competing in three different events at the state meet, she just missed advancing (by 11 hundredths of a second) to the finals in the 100M hurdles with a prelim time of 15.99.

Miner, after pole vaulting 9-feet, 11 inches at the section, went 10 feet even at state. Thanks to no misses on the way to that height, she won the tiebreaker with five other girls who all vaulted 10 feet.

Miner was also very busy, competing in three events. She was eliminated in the prelims of the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.15 seconds.

Kiehne, as a freshman, was the only 400-meter boy younger than a junior. He ran the race in 51.02 seconds in the prelims and improved to 50.67 in the finals to place seventh, just missing a medal. However, both times at state were better than his qualifying time at section (51.09).

The girls 4x400M relay team had a preliminary time of 4 minutes, 1.37 seconds before being timed at 4:03.00 while taking seventh place in the finals. It was a repeat appearance for Miner, Breitsprecher and Bailey Ruen as all three had run on the sixth-place team at state in 2017.

The top nine places earned team points and medals. The L/FC/MC girls, with 15 points, tied for 21st among 71 schools that scored team points at state.

Blake High School won the girls team title with 46 points. The boys title went to Pequot Lake (39 points) despite having only one boy competing.