LFCMC track athletes medal in five events at state


KRISTI RUEN/NEWS LEADER Junior Kassidy Broadwater had an amazing season, placing 10th in the state in the pole vault.

KRISTI RUEN/NEWS LEADER Senior Josh Peters and his relay teammates were all named to the all-state team for their finish in the top nine in state.
By: 
S. Lee Epps

Five All-State Lanesboro/Fillmore Central/Mabel-Canton track athletes each brought home multiple medals from last weekend's Class A State Track and Field Championships at Hamline University in St. Paul.

Sophomore Carson Kiehne won a 400-meter dash medal for the second straight year, this spring finishing sixth while also part of a speedy foursome that ran third in the 4x400-meter relay and also seventh in the 4x200-meter relay. Those two-medal-winning relay teammates were seniors Josh Peters and Drew Wyffels plus another sophomore, Ben Snyder. All three schools contributed to those relay achievements.

Also medaling at state for a second straight year was junior hurdler Emma Breitsprecher, who finished third in the 300-meter hurdles and fourth in the 100-meter hurdles.

The program's sixth state qualifier, junior Kassidy Broadwater, missed a medal by the narrowest of margins — a tiebreaker in pole vault.

The top nine places earned team points as well as a medal and All-State credentials. As a team with 15 points, the LFCMC boys tied for 22nd with Section 1A neighbor Caledonia/Spring Grove among 82 teams that scored points. Jordan won the boys team championship

The LFCMC girls, with 14 points, finished 24th among 78 scoring teams. The Blake School took the team title.

"Great meet overall," said coach Alex Aiken.  "We went in with high expectations for all of our athletes, and they didn't disappoint."

Girls

Breitsprecher, in her third trip to state, was competing in both hurdle events for the second straight season. Coming off a section-record performance, she finished third in the 300-meter hurdles for the second straight year.

In the 100M hurdles, she brought home the fourth-place medal. Breitsprecher and freshman Shaina Zinter of Concordia Academy were the only two girls to medal in both hurdle events.

In both events, she had the eighth-best time in the prelims.  In the 100 prelims, she was timed at 15.95 seconds and then improved to 15.67 in the finals.

In the longer 300, she had 46.83 seconds in the prelims before improving to 44.91 in the finals. The latter was also an improvement from her third place at state 45.59 the previous year.

At 300M, the top six finishers all ran faster in the finals as they had in the prelims.

Broadwater, who had qualified at section with a career-best, second-place pole vault of 9 feet, 6 inches, cleared 10 feet even at state — again a career record. Three girls tied at that height for the final ninth-place medal. The tiebreaker placed her 10th.

It completed an impressive season progression for Broadwater, who began her vaulting career during the last half of the regular season and improved by two and half feet since mid-April. She is now just three inches short of the Fillmore Central school record

Boys

Kiehne placed sixth in the 400-meter dash after a seventh-place last year as a freshman. He had the fourth-best prelim time (51.06 seconds) but slipped to sixth place in the finals despite a faster time (50.88).

The relay boys improved on their 4x400M section championship time (3 minutes, 26.60 seconds) while running 3:25.95 in the state prelims and 3:25.49 in the state finals. They had the third best time in both the prelims and finals.

In the 4x200 relay, the boys finished seventh in the finals (1:32.57) after posting the eighth-best qualifying time (a faster 1:32.14).

"Making it to state is a huge accomplishment for many track athletes," added Aiken. "And there have been years when we don't send any athletes to the state meet, so we definitely don't take years like this for granted."

Four of the six LFCMC state qualifiers retain eligibility for 2020.