Two relay teams, two individuals advance to state

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Zach Hauser of GMLOKS clears the bar in the high jump at the section meet.

Shelby Beck came in at No. 10 of the section pole vault with a mark of 8 feet, 6 inches.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Lucas Howard runs a leg of GMLOKS’s 4x800-meter relay at the section meet.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Lauren Buchholtz finished third in the 200-meter dash, just missing qualifying for state. However, the GMLOKS senior will be competing at state in the long jump.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Anika Reiland on the winners’ stand at the section meet.
Chad Smith

Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland/Southland will participate in four events at the state track meet this weekend.

The boys’ and girls’ track teams took part in the two-day Section 1A track meet May 28 and May 30 at Paul Giel Field in Winona. The girls’ squad finished third in the team standings, behind first-place Stewartville and second-place Rochester Lourdes. The boys’ team didn’t take as many athletes and wound up finishing 18th out of 23 teams. Pine Island won the boys’ team title.

The first and second-place finishers in each event qualify for the State Class A Track Meet. Athletes who meet or exceed state-qualifying standards in each event also qualify for the state meet. The GMLOKS girls wound up with four state qualifiers, including two relays and two individual events.

Girls’ results

Hailey Hindt qualified for the state meet in the 300-meter hurdles. She took second in the event with a time of 45.09 seconds, nine-tenths of a second behind Emma Breitsprecher of Lanesboro/Fillmore Central. She also beat the state-standard qualifying time of 46.64.

Hindt is also going to the state meet as a member of the section champion 4x200-meter relay team. Hindt, Anika Reiland, Lauren Buchholtz and Riley Queensland won the event in 1 minute, 45.18 seconds, which also beat the state-qualifying time of 1:46.42.

The second-place 4x100-meter relay team from GMLOKS is also heading to the state track meet. Isabelle Olson, Reiland, Kassidy Kirtz and Buchholtz ended the race in 49.67 seconds, beating the state-qualifying time of 50.68.

Buchholtz is also heading to state in the long jump. She finished third in the section at 17 feet, 1.5 inches, but met the state-qualifying mark of 16-11.

Reiland just missed qualifying in the 200-meter dash. She came in third in 26.16 seconds, only 14-100th of a second out of second place. She also missed the state qualifying time by one-tenth of a second (26.06).

Hindt was seven-tenths of a second out of qualifying for the state meet in the 100-meter dash. She finished third in 15.68 seconds, right behind Ashley Vernon of Lake City (15.61). Hindt was also just over one second shy of the qualifying time of 15.51.

Buchholtz finished sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.02 seconds.

The 4x800-meter relay team of Maddy Bhend, Sydney Alstat, Kendyl Queensland and Shelby Beck was seventh in 10 minutes, 28.42 seconds.

Riley Queensland was just two inches away from a state-qualifying high jump. She took sixth in the event with a jump of 5 feet-even, two inches out of second place, as well as two inches shy of making the state-qualifying mark (5-02).

Freshman Beck wound up in the top 10 of the section pole vault, coming in at No. 10 with a mark of 8 feet, 6 inches.

Boys’ results

The highest-finishing boys’ event was the 4x800-meter relay team. Jacob Kerrins, Brendan Kennedy, Christian Hjelman and Lucas Howard finished fourth in the event at 8 minutes, 41.79 seconds.

James Howard had the highest individual finish, taking eighth in the 200-meter dash in 24.23 seconds.

Hjelman finished 11th in the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 12.12 seconds.

Kennedy was 13th in the 1600-meter run in 5 minutes, 2.99 seconds.

The 4x200-meter relay team of John Hegge, Blake Ludemann, Luke Speer and James Howard was seventh in 1 minute, 36.22 seconds.

The 4x400-meter relay team of Ludemann, Hjelman, Lucas Howard and James Howard finished eighth in 3 minutes, 38.5 seconds.

Zach Hauser was 14th in the high jump at 5 feet, 5 inches.


The GMLOKS girls’ qualifiers head to the State Class A Track Meet at Hamline University in St. Paul on June 7 and 8.