Boys third, girls fourth at State True Team Championships


KRISTI RUEN/NEWS LEADER Seventh grader Kammry Broadwater participates in the triple jump.

KRISTI RUEN/NEWS LEADER Senior Josh Peters helped lead the team to a third place finish with his long jump and also ran in three events.
By: 
S. Lee Epps

The Lanesboro/Fillmore Central/Mabel-Canton track teams and their Section 1A rivals had a highly successful trip to the 2019 True Team State Track and Field Championships at Stillwater on Saturday morning, May 18. As wild card entries, the boys finished third at state among 12 teams ahead of seven section champions while the wild card girls tied for fourth ahead of four section champions. The girls had also placed fourth a year ago. The boys were also repeat qualifiers, having finished 10th in 2018.

One highlight for the girls was a new Lanesboro school record in the 200-meter dash where freshman Brielle Ruen ran a record time of 27.06 seconds.

Section 1A claimed three of the four wild card berths in the boys division and swept the top three places at state. Wild card St. Charles won the state title (573.5 points) just ahead of section champion Lewiston-Altura (543) and wild card LFCMC (504). Wadena-Deer Creek was a close fifth (500).

The boys' third Section One wild card, Rushford-Peterson/Houston, came in sixth (449.5) ahead of five section championship teams.

The LFCMC girls tied Canby/Minneota for fourth place with 448.5 points behind champion Minnewaska Area (549.5), Maple Lake (505.5) and Section One champ Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland/Southland (463).

In a 12-team field, there are 12 relay teams and 24 individuals (two from each team) in individual events. Each athlete in individual events scores team points - from 24 points for first place down to one point for 24th place.

LFCMC boys

The Burros had a very strong showing in the four relays where - with two second places - they scored more total points (114) than any other team except St. Charles (117).

Running second (33 points) in the both the 4x100-meter relay and the 4x200 were Jared Peterson, Ben Snyder and Carter Clarke. They were joined by Drew Wyffels in the 4x100 and by Josh Peters in the 4x200.

The fourth-place 4x800-meter relay featured Nate Betz, Jake Gathje, Carson Schwichtenberg and Carson Kiehne.

Coming in sixth in the 4x400-meter relay were Peterson, Schwichtenberg, Clarke and Snyder.

In individual events, LFCMC had its best showing in the 200-meter dash (41 points) with Kiehne finishing second and Wyffels sixth.

Right behind that (40 points) was the 400-meter dash with Kiehne third and Peters seventh.

Collecting 34 points in the 300-meter hurdles were JT Rein (sixth place) and Connor Ruen (10th).

Triple jumpers scored 32 points with Wyffels sixth and Frank Ochtruop-Dekeyrel placing 12th.

Sprinters scored 31 points in the 100-meter dash with Wyffels fifth and Peters 14th.

The 110-meter hurdlers brought in 29 points where Ruen ran 10th and Rein 11th.

Other notable efforts came with Greysen Higbe-Harrah placing third in pole vault and Hadrian Williams fourth in shot put.

LFCMC girls

The highest scoring event for the girls was pole vault where Kassidy Broadwater was second and Madison Simon 11th.

The team scored a strong 35 points in three different events - discus, 100-meter dash and 400-meter dash. Sydney Taylor had the meet's best discus distance of 110 feet, 9 inches while Emily Snyder placed 14th.

Ruen was fourth at 100 meters with Emma Breitsprecher 11th. At 400 meters, Ruen was again fourth with Kammry Broadwater 11th.

Next with 32 points were the 100-meter hurdlers: Breitsprecher was second and Kelly Ristau 16th.

The team received 30 points in the 200-meter dash with Ruen a record-breaking fourth and Alida Berg 16th.

There were 27 points scored in the 300-meter hurdles where Breitsprecher came in first. Other notable achievements included a sixth place for Kaylee Arndt at 1600 meters and a ninth-place triple jump by Kammry Broadwater.

The best relay finish came with a fourth place in the 4x200 (27 points) with legs run by Berg, Kammry Broadwater, Lauren Brogle and Macayla Brogle.

Running fifth in the 4x100 were Berg, Brogle, Brogle and Kassidy Broadwater.

Taking sixth place in the 4x800-meter relay were Simon, Halle Norby, Katelyn Kleiboer and Katelin Prinsen.