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Prep track and field: Groen, Johnson are triple-winners in Luverne

LUVERNE -- Southwest Minnesota Christian/Edgerton junior Chantel Groen and Redwood Valley senior Cade Johnson each won three individual events at Luverne's nine-team Early Bird Invitational high school track and field meet Tuesday at Cardinal Fie...

LUVERNE - Southwest Minnesota Christian/Edgerton junior Chantel Groen and Redwood Valley senior Cade Johnson each won three individual events at Luverne’s nine-team Early Bird Invitational high school track and field meet Tuesday at Cardinal Field.
Groen was the meet’s outstanding girls’ performer as she won the 100-meter dash (13.60 seconds), the 200 (28.06) and the long jump (15 feet, nine inches). Groen finished her day by anchoring SWC/E’s second-place 4x400-meter relay team.
Johnson won three boys’ events and finished a close second in a fourth. He had first-place performances in the long jump (20-7), the 400 (52.52) and the 200 (23.14), while placing second behind Hills-Beaver Creek junior Zach Scholten in the high jump. Both Scholten and Johnson cleared 6-2, but Scholten won the event on the basis of fewer misses.
Johnson’s 38 points, along with RV’s dominance in the distance races, propelled the Cardinals to the boys’ team title. Sweeping the top three places in the 3,200-meter run, winning the 1,600-meter run and finishing first in the 4x800-meter relay, RV racked up a total of 177.33 points.
Luverne, paced by double-winners Mitchell Muller and Logan Stratton, was second in the boys’ team standings with 151 points, followed by Hills-Beaver Creek (71.83), Canby/Minneota (67), SWC/E (67), Jackson County Central (48), Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (41.33), Adrian (35) and Ellsworth (30.5).
Muller won the 110-meter high hurdles (17.47) and the 300-meter intermediates (44.51), while Stratton had the best distances in both the shot put (47-10) and discus (121-8). Muller also ran a leg on Luverne’s winning 4x200-meter relay.
Luverne won two relays and five individual events on its way to the girls’ team title with an impressive total of 214 points. SWC/E was second with 138.5 points, followed by RV (119), JCC (86), T-M-B (57), C/M (40), H-BC (24.5) and Adrian (13).
Luverne junior Madi Schandelmeier won both the pole vault (8-0) and the 800-meter run (2:31.64) to lead the Cardinals, who also received first-place performances from Courtney Siebenahler (triple jump, 34-10.25), Morgan Edwards (shot put, 34-9), Kami Sawtelle (discus, 107-9), the 4x200 relay (1:54.80) and the 4x400 relay (4:25.03).
Siebenahler, who placed second in the long jump (15-5), anchored Luverne’s winning 4x200 team. Schandelmeier ran the leadoff leg on the Cardinals’ 4x400 relay.
Other individual winners in the girls’ meet included JCC’s Annika Lilleberg (400, 1:06.00), RV’s Lauren Karnitz (1,600, 5:47.52), RV’s Haylee Sovell (3,200, 13:20.71), SWC/E’s Sommer Schaap (100-meter high hurdles, 17.57), SWC/E’s Lydia Homandberg (300 lows, 49.74), T-M-B’s Kendra Ludeman (high jump, 5-0) and Luverne’s Bergin Flom (who also cleared 8-0 in the pole vault).
RV won the 4x100 relay with a time of 55.03 and SWC/E finished first in the 4x800, clocked at 11:17.41.
H-BC’s Isaiah Vis won the boys’ 100-meter dash (12.36), SWC/E’s Dillon Mulske was first in the 800 (2:15.40), RV’s Carter Menz won the 1,600 (4:53.43), RV’s Marshal Quast was first in the 3,200 (11:14.96), Canby’s Isaac Hennen won the triple jump (38-10.25) and Luverne’s Matt Hup had an impressive performance in the pole vault, clearing a winning height of 12-6.
On the track, H-BC sprinted to victory in the 4x100 relay (48.79), Luverne won the 4x200 (1:39.03), SWC/E was first in the 4x400 (3:53.46) and RV ran a winning time of 9:03.79 in the 4x800.

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