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Big South track: Stevens, Stratton shine

DAILY GLOBE REDWOOD FALLS -- Pipestone Area senior Eli Stevens and Luverne junior Logan Stratton each won two individual events in the seven-team Small School Division of the Big South Conference high school track and field meet Saturday at Redwo...

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REDWOOD FALLS - Pipestone Area senior Eli Stevens and Luverne junior Logan Stratton each won two individual events in the seven-team Small School Division of the Big South Conference high school track and field meet Saturday at Redwood Valley’s Stephen P. Inglis athletic complex.
Competing on a cool and windy day, Stevens won the boys’ 400-meter dash (53.39) and the 200 (22.69), while Stratton had the best distances in both the shot put (48-9.5) and discus (151-0) events. Stevens also anchored PA’s winning 4x400-meter relay.
Redwood Valley, paced by 32 individual points from senior all-around athlete Cade Johnson, won the boys’ team title with 155.5 points. Johnson was first in both the high jump (6-4) and long jump (21-10.5). He finished third in both the 100 (11.52) and the 200 (23.07).
Pipestone was a very close second with 153 points, as the Arrows won two relays and had five individual first-place performances.
The girls’ team championship was even closer as Blue Earth Area nipped Luverne by a mere half a point, 144.5 to 144.
Redwood Valley was a strong third in the girls’ meet with 132 points, followed by PA (103), Jackson County Central (71), St. James (63.5) and Windom Area (31).
Luverne’s boys were third with 116 points, followed by BEA (100), St. James (66), Windom (50.5) and JCC (49).
Five Luverne girls earned individual conference gold medals as junior Madi Schandelmeier was first in the 1,600-meter run (5:27.01), senior Morgan Edwards won the shot put (36-8), junior Courtney Siebenahler had the best distance (33-2) in the triple jump, freshman Jaydn Anderson finished first in the 800 (2:31.21) and junior Bergin Flom won the high jump (4-10).
The Cardinals started the meet with a victory in the 4x800-meter relay (10:18.00) with the team of Schandelmeier, Anderson, Autumn Nath and Gabi Ferrell exchanging the baton.
Pipestone Area’s quartet of Michelle Neece, MacKenzie Haroldson, Zoe Velde and Claire Femrite won both the 4x200 (1:53.25) and 4x100 (53.51) relays.
Neece, a freshman, paced a 1-2 finish for the Arrows in the girls’ 100-meter high hurdles, clocked at 16.12. Senior teammate Maria Spanier was second (16.81), giving PA 18 points in that event. Spanier contributed again for the Arrows by placing third in the 300-meter low hurdles (51.85).
PA junior Livia Wallace won the 3,200 (11:57.54), Windom senior Amy Muller topped the field in the pole vault (9-6) and St. James’ senior sprinter Amelia Collier was first in both the 100 (13.21) and 200 (26.53).
JCC freshman Aleigha Henderson was second in the 100 (13.60) and triple jump (33-1), while the Huskies also received a second-place finish from sophomore Jessica Christoffer in the 800 (2:35.44). JCC’s 4x100 team (Dalen Bouakham, Henderson, Kailey Koep and Alyssa Post) was a close second with a time of 53.57.
PA sophomore Michael Suda cruised to an impressive win in the boys’ 3,200 (10:10.90), while junior Justin Kooiman won the 110-meter high hurdles (16.50) and finished second in the 300-meter intermediates (42.40.
Arrow sophomore Tyl Woelber had a big day in the field events, scoring 20 points for the Arrow with a trio of all-conference performances. He won the triple jump by a long ways, soaring 42-2, and placed second (behind Johnson) in both the high jump (6-2) and long jump (21-3.5).
Woelber also ran the leadoff leg on PA’s winning 4x400 (3:34.56). Carter Nesvold, Devin Tinklenberg and Stevens completed the mile relay for the Arrows. Earlier, the team of Lucas Griebel, Tinklenberg, Matthew Kennedy and Suda had won the 4x800 with a time of 8:43.39.
JCC (Easton Bahr, Nico Feroni, Ryan Salzwedel and Matthew Strom) clocked a winning time of 48.06 in the 4x100 relay, winning a close race over Pipestone (48.20) and Windom (48.27).
Individually, Windom’s John Irwin won the 1,600 (4:46.52) with Kennedy finishing second (4:51.63). Luverne’s Matt Hup took top honors in the pole vault (12-0) and Windom’s Issac Tade won a close 800-meter race, clocked at 2:06.75.
JCC’s Damien Van Westen finished second in the 400 (54.61) and Luverne’s Brennan Hart placed second in the discus (149-3).

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