Girls fourth, boys 10th at State True Team Track

Kendall Stettler runs with the pack during the two-mile race at the State True Team meet. KRISTI RUEN/NEWS LEADER

Jeremy O'Connor runs the two-mile race at the State True Team meet on Saturday, May 19. Earlier in the week, he took first place in the two-mile at the conference meet. KRISTI RUEN/NEWS LEADER

Carson Kiehne runs his leg of the 4x800 relay at the State True Team meet. RENEE OLSON/NEWS LEADER

Bailey Ruen takes to the air for the Burros in the State True Team triple jump. KRISTI RUEN/NEWS LEADER
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For the first time in history, both the Lanesboro/Fillmore Central/Mabel-Canton boys and girls track teams took part in the State Class A True Team Meet on Saturday, May 19.  The meet was sponsored by the Minnesota Track Coaches Association at Pony Stadium in Stillwater. The Burro girls advanced as Section 1A True Team champions for the second straight year, and the boys earned one of the four wildcard entries.

The Burros finished fourth in the girls team standings (out of 12 teams) while the boys finished 10th at state (also 12 teams).

With two athletes per team and 12 teams, there were 24 athletes eligible in each individual event. Everyone scored - 24 points for first place through one point for 24th place.  Relays were valued higher, with the first place team earning 36 points decreasing by three points for each place. The strategy of the True Team meet is to not necessarily use the team members at their very best events, but instead strategically place athletes to achieve the highest points.  The coaches spend many hours drafting potential line-ups and analyzing the competition by studying results of section meets.


Standout hurdler Emma Breitsprecher came away with the lone individual first-place finish for either Burro team, winning the 300M hurdles in 47.36 seconds.

The 4x200-meter relay, which also came in first with a time of 1 minute, 51 seconds, was run by Alida Berg, Macayla Brogle, Brielle Ruen and Breitsprecher.

The 4x100M relay team took second in 52.91 seconds, just .67 seconds behind the first-place team from Concordia Academy. That team included Berg, Brogle, Ashley Miner and Aubrey Norby.

L/FC/MC placed fifth in the 4x800M relay and sixth out of 12 teams in the 4x400M event.

Breitsprecher also took third in the 100M hurdles, finishing the race in 16.22, less than three-tenths of a second behind the winner from Crookston.

But the team's highest scoring individual event (39 points) was the 400-meter dash where Bailey Ruen was fourth and Brielle Ruen seventh.

A close second was the 38 points scored in the 1600-meter run where Kaylee Arndt placed fifth and Katelin Prinsen seventh. That duo also combined for 29 points at 800 meters.

Pole vault was another strong event for the team (34 points) with Ashley Miner and Alison Freese. Miner took second place at 10 feet even.

Altogether 18 girls contributed to the team effort.

100M - Miner & Norby

200M -Miner & Berg

400M Bailey Ruen & Brielle Ruen

800M - Arndt & Prinsen

1600M - Arndt & Prinsen

3200M - Kendall Stettler, Malia Tessum

100M hurdles -

Breitsprecher & Kelly Ristau

300M hurdles -Ristau & Breitsprecher

high jump -Breitsprecher & Ristau

4x100 - Berg, Brogle, Miner, Norby

4x200 - Berg, Brogle, Brielle Ruen, Breitsprecher

4x400 - Morgan Pickett, Prinsen, Norby, Bailey Ruen

4x800 - Madison Simon, Tessum, Brielle Ruen, Bailey Ruen

pole vault - Miner & Freese

long jump - Brogle & Brielle Ruen

triple jump - Bailey Ruen & Norby

shot put - Sydney Taylor & Elif Ozcon

discus - Taylor & Ashlyn Guenther


TEAMS - GIRLS: Maple Lake 523, Concordia Academy 497, Minnewaska Area 487.5, L/FC/MC 487.5, Canby 458, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 451.5, Pelican Rapids 434, Minn. Valley Lutheran 399, Osakis 391, Crookston 383, Blue Earth 343, Pillager 279


The highest individual finisher for the Burro boys was Carson Kiehne, who finished second in the 400-meter dash in 52.49 seconds. And with Joshua Peters sixth, the 400M was the most profitable event for the L/FC/MC boys (42 points).

Kiehne (fifth place) and Drew Wyffels combined for 29 points in the 200-meter dash.

JT Rein (eighth place) and Connor Ruen brought in 27 points in the 300-meter hurdles.

Pole vault earned 26 points with Caleb Kunz and Trent Chiglo both clearing 10-feet even.

In relays, the 4x200M boys and the 4x800M guys both placed fifth among 12 teams. The 4x400M team was ninth; the 4x100 Burros were 10th.

In all, 20 athletes competed for L/FC/MC in the meet.

100M - Wyffels & Peters

200M - Kiehne & Wyffels

400M - Kiehne & Peters

800M - Mathew Lutes & Ben Snyder

1600M - Lutes & Tyler Raaen

3200M -

Jeremy O'Connor & Carson Ruen

110M hurdles -

Connor Ruen & Caleb Kunz

300M hurdles - Rein & Connor Ruen

4x100 - Eric Kunz, Devan Schmidt, Sebastian Kuehn, JT Rein

4x200 - Eric Kunz, Kuehn, Carter Clarke, Wyffels

4x400 - Kuehn, Lutes, Clarke, Peters

4x800 - Nathaneal Betz, Raaen, Snyder, Kiehne

high jump -Greysen Higbe-Harrah & Frank Ochtrup-Dekeyrel

pole vault - Caleb Kunz & Chiglo

long jump - Peters & Kiehne

triple jump - Wyffels &


shot put - Schmidt &

Dominic Merkel

discus - Merkel & Schmidt


TEAMS - BOYS: Holdingford 522, Montevideo 489, Morris-Chokio-Alberta 484, St. Charles 481.5, Ada-Borup/Norman Co. 481, Wadena-Deer Creek 474, Lewiston-Altura 432, Redwood Valley 386.5, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 373.5, L/FC/MC 358.5, Pillager 339, Mankato Loyola-Cleveland 313