Track teams take second at sub-section meet

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Lucas Howard rounds the track for GMLOKS in the 4X800-meter relay.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Three GMLOKS girls compete in the 100-meter dash at the sub-section meet. At left, is Kassidy Kirtz and next to her is Isabelle Olson. Lauren Buchholtz is second from the right.
Chad Smith

The Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland/Southland track teams took a road trip to Stewartville for the Sub-Section 1A track meet. Both squads had fantastic meets and finished second in the team competitions.

Stewartville swept the sub-section team titles, winning the boys’ competition with 225 points while GMLOKS scored 123 points. Stewartville won the girls’ title with 194 points and GMLOKS was second with 177 points.

There are three ways athletes can qualify for the section meet. The first is a top-three finish in any event. Individuals and relay teams can also advance by beating a section-standard time, distance or height. Any athlete whose time, distance, or height was among the top eight out of all four sections also moves on to the section meet.

Girls’ results

The GMLOKS girls wound up winning four events. Hailey Hindt was a two-time winner, taking first in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles. She won the 100-meter hurdles in 16.27 seconds, beating the section-standard time of 16.82. Hindt finished the 300-meter hurdles in 48.49 (section-standard of 48.90).

The 4X100-meter relay team set a sub-section meet record with a time of 50.34 seconds (the old meet record was 51:00). Team members included Lauren Buchholtz, Anika Reiland, Isabelle Olson and Kassidy Kirtz.

Buchholtz won the long jump at 16 feet, 3.75 inches, beating the section-standard of 16-03. Kirtz was second at 16-02, while Isabelle Olson was sixth (14-10.5).

Buchholtz also took second in the 100-meter dash in 13.20 seconds (section-standard of 13.31). Kirtz was fourth (13.51) and Olson finished sixth (13.56).

Reiland was second in the 200-meter dash with a standard-beating 27.01 seconds. Riley Queensland was third (27.79) and Ellie Buchholtz was fourth (28.47).

The other three girls’ relay teams all took second in their events. The 4X200-meter squad finished in 1 minute, 46.64 seconds, beating the section standard with a team of Buchholtz, Queensland, Reiland and Hindt. The 4X400-meter team broke its season-best time by finishing in 4:24.03, with Shelby Beck, Jordyn Glynn, Maddy Bhend and Kendyl Queensland running each leg. The 4X800-meter squad of Bhend, Sydney Alstat, Kendyl Queensland and Beck finished in 10:50.68.

Beck finished second in the pole vault with a personal best of 8 feet, 4 inches. Jordyn Glynn was second in the triple jump at 31-11.

Ellie Buchholtz was fifth in the 400-meter dash at 1 minute, 7.45 seconds. Anna Oehlke was sixth (1:08.84 PR) and Maddie Snitker was seventh (1:08.54 PR).

Kendyl Queensland took third in the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 34.41 seconds, setting a personal best.

Aubrie Schreiber was fifth in the 1600-meter run at 5 minutes, 52.56 seconds (PR). Alstat set a personal best by finishing sixth (6:13.29). Schreiber also finished fifth in the 3200 in 13:25.69.

Riley Queensland was third in the high jump at 4 feet, 11 inches (state-standard at 4-09). Hindt was right behind in fourth with a personal best of 4-09.

Glynn finished second in the triple jump at 31 feet, 11 inches.

Greta Warmka finished fifth in the discus at 98 feet, 2 inches. Callie Kiefer was seventh (90-01).

Boys’ results

The GMLOKS boys won three events, starting with the 4X400-meter relay team of Blake Ludemann, Christian Hjelman, James Howard and Lucas Howard, who set a personal record of 3 minutes, 37.42 seconds.

Zach Hauser finished first in the high jump at 5 feet, 8 inches. James Howard was fourth at 5-04. Ethan Gilbert was seventh (5-00).

James Howard won the 200-meter dash in 24.65 seconds. Luke Speer was fourth (25.23) and Morgan Jasper set a personal record by finishing eighth (25.98).

The other three boys’ relay teams all finished second. The 4X100-meter team of John Hegge, Ludemann, Luke Speer and Lucas Howard set a season-best mark of 46.79 seconds. The 4X200-meter squad finished in a season-best time of 1:37.34 with Hegge, Ludemann, Speer, and James Howard running the individual legs. The 4X800-meter relay team blew past its season-best mark to finish second, coming in at 8:54.71. Its previous season-best mark was 9:07.02. Team members included Lucas Howard, Kerrins, Brendan Kennedy and Hjelman. 

Trent Hungerholt was fifth in the 110-meter hurdles in 19.61 seconds. George Bird finished sixth (21.60).

Jacob Kerrins was fifth in the 400-meter dash with a personal best of 55.52.

Hjelman finished second in the 800-meter run with a personal record of 2 minutes, 8.68 seconds.

Brendan Kennedy was third in the 1600-meter run in 5 minutes, 12.27 seconds (PR). Matt Scaglione was fourth (5:25.33) and Ethan Gilbert was sixth (5:30.76 PR).

Noah Watson was fifth in the discus with a personal-best of 128 feet, 6 inches. He was sixth in the shot put at 39-3.50. Riley Paul was seventh (38-07).

Kerrins took fifth in the long jump at 17 feet, 6 inches. Zach Hauser finished seventh (16-10).

Lucas Howard finished third in the triple jump at 36 feet, 9 inches. Hjelman was eighth with a personal record of 35-04.


The GMLOKS track section qualifiers are off to the two-day Section 1A meet on Tuesday, May 28, at Winona Cotter. Finals events will take place Thursday, May 30. Qualifiers are off to the state track meet June 7 to 8 at Hamline University in St. Paul.