LFCMC girls, boys return to State True Team as wild cards

KRISTI RUEN/NEWS LEADER Freshmen Morgan Pickett runs the 800-meter.

KRISTI RUEN/NEWS LEADER Freshman Malia Tessum runs the mile for Lanesboro/Fillmore Central/Mabel-Canton.

KRISTI RUEN/NEWS LEADER Senior Katie Prinsen ran the anchor leg of the winning 4x800-meter team, which was a great start of the meet.

KRISTI RUEN/NEWS LEADER Jared Peterson, a sophomore, runs his leg of the 4x200-meter relay. The team placed first

KRISTI RUEN/NEWS LEADER Hadie Williams takes the baton from Drew Wyffels in the 4x100 relay.

KRISTI RUEN/NEWS LEADER Carson Schwichtenberg runs the 800. The senior had an amazing day for LFCMC, running two great 800s.

KRISTI RUEN/NEWS LEADER Eighth graders Addie Miner and Madison Simon placed third and fourth in the two-mile last week.
S. Lee Epps

For the second straight season and the second time ever, both the Lanesboro/Fillmore Central/Mabel-Canton girls and the boys track teams will compete at the State True Team Championships. It is the first time, however, for both to be wild card qualifiers.

Among 15 teams in the May 7 Class A Section One True Team Meet at Dover-Eyota, the girls finished as a strong runner-up to Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland/Southland (GMLOKS); the boys were third behind Lewiston-Altura and St. Charles.

"Overall, it was a great meet," said coach Alex Aiken. "Lots of personal bests."

With the eight section championship teams automatically advancing to state, other teams await the results of a "paper meet" in which the times, heights and distances are compared statewide. The highest four scoring teams are able to join the eight section champs in the 12-team field at state.

Last weekend, the LFCMC girls heard they were at the top of that "wild card" list and will return to state for the third straight year.

The Section One boys dominated the on-paper competition, Grabbing three of the four statewide berths were the boys from St. Charles, LFCMC and Rushford-Peterson/Houston. This will be the eighth trip to state for the LFCMC boys, who were a wild card last spring as well. They placed 10th at state in 2018.

The local lads were Class A state champions for four consecutive seasons - 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995.

Last spring, the LFCMC girls won their second straight section title and went on to finish fourth at state after a third place finish the previous year.

The state meet returns to Stillwater with Class A competition on Saturday morning, May 18.

True Team format

At sections, every entrant in every event earned team points With 15 teams, there were a possible 30 athletes in each individual event (two from each team). First place earned 30 points, second place 29 points down to one point for 30th place.

For relays, entries were fewer (one per team) and point values more: 45 points for first place, 42 points second place, 39 for third place in three-point increments down to three points for 15th place.

Girls at section

LFCMC won the 4x800-meter relay with Halle Norby, Madison Simon, Katelyn Kleiboer and Katelin Prinsen.

The girls ran second in the 4x400-meters with Macayla Brogle, Morgan Pickett, Prinsen and Emma Breitsprecher.

The 4x200-meter girls took fourth place and the 4x100-meter team came in seventh.

The highest scoring individual event (55 points) was the 3200-meter run with Adeleine Miner coming in third and Simon fourth.

Close behind (54 points) was pole vault where Kassidy Broadwater placed third and Simon fifth.

Earning 52 points in the 400-meter dash were second-place Brielle Ruen and Kammry Broadwater eighth.

Distance runners ran very well again at 1600 meters (51 points) with Kaylee Arndt coming across in third place and Malia Tessum eighth.

Breitspecher won both the 100-meter hurdles in a season-best 15.83 seconds and 300-meter hurdles matching a season-best in 47.25 seconds with Kelly Ristau 17th at 100 and Lynsey Ruen 18th at 300.

The same two athletes performed well in high jump with Breitsprecher tied for fifth (4 feet, 8 inches) and Ristau 17th (4-04).

Brielle Ruen ran sixth and Kammry Broadwater 17th in the 100-meter dash. At 200 meters, Ruen was seventh and Alida Berg 13th. Ruen also had the ninth-best long jump (14-10) with Macayla Brogle 15th.

In the middle distance 800-meter run, Kleiboer ran 10th and Pickett 12th.

Boys at section

It was a 4x800 sweep as the LFCMC boys also won that event as well as another relay triumph in the 4x200-meters - both with state honor roll times.

The 4x800 was run and won by Carson Schwichtenberg, Nate Betz, Jake Gathje and Carson Kiehne.

The winning 4x200 runners were Jared Peterson, Carter Clarke, Josh Peters and Ben Snyder.

Snyder, Clarke and Peterson also placed third in the 4x400-meter relay along with JT Rein.

The boys came in seventh in the 4x100-meter relay.

The 400-meter dash and the 300-meter hurdles were the two highest-scoring events (55 team points), Carson Kiehne was first and Peters sixth at 400 meters while Rein was first and Connor Ruen sixth in the 300 hurdles. In the 110-meter hurdles (52 points), Rein ran fourth and Ruen again sixth.

LFCMC also excelled in the 200-meter dash (54 points) with Kiehne second and Drew Wyffels sixth. Triple jumpers added 51 points with Wyffels fifth and Frank Ochtrup-Dekeyrel seventh.

Ochtrup-Dekeyrel was sixth and Greysen Higbe-Harrah seventh in high jump (49 points). Higbe-Harrah was first in pole vault at 12 feet even.

The boys were also competitive (49 points) in the two longest distance runs. At 1600 meters, Jayce Kiehne ran fifth and Reid Crawford eighth, In the 3200, Mason Howard placed fourth and Jeremy O'Connor ninth.

In the 100M dash, Wyffels ran fifth and Peters 10th. At 800 meters, Schwichtenberg was seventh and Jake Gathje eighth.

Earning 45 points in long jump were Peters (sixth) and Snyder (11th).

This week and next

As this edition of the News Leader was going to press on Tuesday of the week, LFCMC was at the Southeast Conference Meet at Grand Meadow. And then it is on to State True Team.

Back to the traditional format, the sub-section track meet is at Chatfield on Thursday, May 23. Section is May 28 and 30 at Winona.