Four boys, two girls qualify for state track meet

KRISTI RUEN/NEWS LEADER Kassidy Broadwater vaulted her way to a state berth at the section track meet in Winona last week, clearing 9-feet, 6-inches in a marathon vault competition.

KRISTI RUEN/NEWS LEADER Freshmen Brielle Ruen ran to a third-place finish in the 400, narrowly missing a trip to state. She placed eighth in the 100 and fourth in the 4x400 with her relay team.
S. Lee Epps

Lanesboro/Fillmore Central/ Mabel-Canton has qualified four boys and two girls for this week's Class A State Track and Field Championships, including Emma Breitsprecher who broke the Section 1A meet record in the 300-meter hurdles – her third straight section title in that event – along with another section crown in the 100-meter hurdles.

Four boys also advanced with a section championship in the 4x400-meter relay and a runner-up finish in the 4x200-meter event at the section meet at Winona on May 28 and 30.

The top two places at each section meet qualify for state along with any who meet or surpass a state standard time, height or distance. The top eight places at section earn team points with the top six also receiving medals.

Four LFCMC boys will compete at state in three events while two girls qualified in another three events.

Girls fourth, boys seventh

The LFCMC girls, with 67 points, placed fourth among 26 teams that scored team points. They were only four points behind third place Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland/Southland (71 points) but also only one point ahead of fifth-place Lake City (66). Stewartville was the section champ (88 points) with Rochester Lourdes second (77).

The LFCMC boys finished seventh among 23 teams at section. Pine Island, with 125 points, won the boys team title by a substantial 39-point margin.


Sophomore Carson Kiehne will appear in all three boys events – running on both relays plus qualifying individually with a second place section run at 400 meters.

Joining Kiehne in both the 4x200 and 4x400 relays is another sophomore Ben Snyder along with seniors Josh Peters and Drew Wyffels.

In the 4x200 relays, the boys had the fourth-best prelim time (1 minute, 33.25 seconds) but posted a better time (1:32.31) while finishing second in the finals.

The same foursome had the best 4x400M time in both the prelims (3:28.71) and the finals (3:26.60).

In the 400M dash, Kiehne had the second-best time in both the prelims and the finals (50.59 seconds).

Last spring as a freshman, Kiehne was also second at section before placing seventh at state.

Also scoring team points were Wyffels (seventh place, 100M dash), Tyler Raaen (sixth, 800M and eighth in 4x800M), Jared Peterson (seventh, 400M), Greysen Higbe-Harrah (seventh, pole vault) and JT Rein (seventh, 300M hurdles).

Joining Raaen on the eighth place 4x800M relay were Jake Gathje, Carson Schwichtenberg and Reid Crawford.

Others who qualified and competed at section were Jayce Kiehne (1600M), Hadrian Williams (shot put), Tate Pieper (pole vault) and Trenten Chiglo (pole vault).


Two juniors, Breitsprecher and Kassidy Broadwater, will represent LFCMC at state.

Breitsprecher is running at state for the second straight season in both hurdle events. Last year, she brought home the third-place medal at 300M.

It was a strong 300M showing this year at section when both Breitsprecher and runner-up Hailey Hindt of GMLOKS broke the previous section meet hurdle record that had stood for 30 years. Breitsprecher now owns the section record with a time of 44.99 seconds.

And a third 300M hurdler (Ashley Veronen of Lake City) also qualified for state with a state standard time.

In the 100-meter hurdles, first-place Breitsprecher (15.31 seconds) and runner-up Veronen both logged state standard times.

Broadwater and Breitsprecher were two of five pole-vaulters who cleared 9 feet, 6 inches at section. The tiebreakers awarded the fifth place medal to Breitsprecher and the second place, state-tourney ticket to Broadwater.

Freshman Brielle Ruen scored team points in three section events – running third in the 400-meter dash, eighth at 100 meters and as part of the fourth-place 4x400M relay.

Joining Ruen in that relay were Breitsprecher, seventh grader Kammry Broadwater and freshman Macayla Brogle.

Kaylee Arndt earned sixth place points in the 1600-meter run and placed seventh at 3200 meters.

The girls scored team points in three of the four relays. Running eighth in the 4x200 were Kammry Broadwater, Macayla Brogle, seventh grader Lauren Brogle and junior Alida Berg.

Earning eighth-place points in the 4x800M relay were senior Katelin Prinsen, sophomore Katelyn Kleiboer, freshman Halle Norby and eighth grader Madison Simon.

Others who qualified and competed at section were Morgan Pickett (400M), Kelly Ristau (high jump) and Sydney Taylor (discus).