Relay team defends title as GMLOKS has successful state meet

LEIF ERICKSON/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE The GMLOKS girls’ 4x200-meter relay team defended its state title from 2018 with a near state record in 2019. The girls with their first place medals on the podium are, from left, Hailey Hindt, Lauren Buchholtz, Anika Reiland and Riley Queensland.

LEIF ERICKSON/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Lauren Buchholtz of GMLOKS takes a leap in the long jump at the state track meet.

LEIF ERICKSON/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE The GMLOKS 4x100-meter relay team took third place at state. From left, are Isabelle Olson, Kassidy Kirtz, Lauren Buchholtz and Anika Reiland.

LEIF ERICKSON/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Isabelle Olson hands the baton off to GMLOKS teammate Anika Reiland in the 4x100-meter relay at the state meet.

LEIF ERICKSON/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Hailey Hindt clears a hurdle during state track meet competition in the 300-meter hurdles. The GMLOKS competitor finished fourth in the state.

LEIF ERICKSON/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Hailey Hindt on the stand at the state track meet where she took fourth place in the 300-meter hurdles.
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The Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland/Southland girls’ track team finished 10th out of 78 teams that scored points at the Class A State Track Meet over the weekend at Hamline University in St. Paul.

The Bulldogs won a state championship in the 4X200-meter relay event for the second-straight spring. Overall, the GMLOKS girls competed in four events with all the GMLOKS state competitors reaching the awards podium in some capacity.

The girls’ relay team won the 4X200-meter relay with a time of one minute, 44.47 seconds, less than a full second behind the Minnesota Class A state record. Eighth-grader Anika Reiland, sophomore Hailey Hindt, senior Lauren Buchholtz, and junior Riley Queensland ran in this year’s event. Queensland, Hindt, and Buchholtz were part of last year’s winning team.

Buchholtz took the lead in the third leg of the race and teammate Queensland put the finishing touch on the victory as she crossed the line with the baton.

The GMLOKS 4 x 100-meter relay team, which was disqualified in the finals of last year’s meet, took third place with a time of 50.14 seconds. The 2019 team was made up of Isabelle Olson, Reiland, Kassidy Kirtz and Buchholtz.

Hindt had a great run in the 300-meter hurdles, finishing fourth in the finals with a time of 45.36 seconds.

The other event for GMLOKS was the long jump, in which Buchholtz finished 18th with a final leap of 15 feet, 2 inches.