Track and field: Luverne close second at True Team State Championship

Les Knutson Daily Globe STILLWATER -- Trailing by a mere 10.5 points heading into the 4x400-meter relay -- the final event of Saturday's Class A state high school True Team track and field meet -- the Luverne girls had a chance to win another sta...

Les Knutson

Daily Globe

STILLWATER -- Trailing by a mere 10.5 points heading into the 4x400-meter relay -- the final event of Saturday’s Class A state high school True Team track and field meet -- the Luverne girls had a chance to win another state team championship.
Through 17 events, Osakis had racked up 370.5 points, while the Section 3A champion Cardinals had a total of 360.
At the state True Team meet, relays are scored 27-24-21-18-15-12-9-6-3 for the nine participating teams.
Luverne needed to outscore the Silverstreaks by 12 points (four places) to win the state title. The Cardinals did their part as the quartet of Brooklynn VerSteeg, Regan Feit, Gracie Zewiski and Jadyn Anderson blazed a winning time of 4:21.41, giving them 27 more points.
Osakis, however, finished a close fourth (4:28.10), right behind Frazee (4:28.07) and just ahead of Maple Lake (4:28.87) as the Silverstreaks added 18 points to their total and finished the meet with a score of 388.5, a mere 1.5 points better than Luverne’s final total of 387.
“It was close all day long,” summed up first-year LHS head coach Pete Janiszeski, who has been a big part of Luverne’s recent success as the program’s distance-running coach. “We performed very well in adverse weather conditions and scored big in several of the events. It was cold and, at times, very windy, while it rained steady during most of the meet.”
Lanesboro/Fillmore Central/Mabel-Canton finished third in the girls’ final team standings with 371.5 points, followed by Maple Lake (354), Pierz (351.5), Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (313), Frazee (300), Park Rapids (277.5) and defending team champion Blue Earth Area (189).
Pine Island (375), St. Charles (371) and Ada/Norman County West (364) finished second, third and fourth, respectively.
Luverne, paced by a 64-point scoring performance from senior Griffin Ahrendt, finished a solid fifth with 334 points. Wadena-Deer Creek (281), BEA (267), Maple Lake (262) and Moose Lake/Willow River (216) completed the elite nine-team field.
Sprinter Tianna Doppenberg scores 51 points
Senior sprinter Tianna Doppenberg finished the day with a team-leading 51 points for the Cardinal girls as she won the 100-meter dash (18 points) with a time of 13.19, finished fifth in the 200 (27.80), placed sixth in the long jump (14-6.25) and anchored Luverne’s second-place 4x100-meter relay (53.79).
Sierra Schmuck, Sydney Biever and Ivy Hudson ran the first three legs on the 4x100. The Cardinals were third in the 4x200 (1:56.47) with the quartet of Schmuck, Biever, Zewiske and Meghan Mollberg.
Luverne’s 4x800 (VerSteeg, Gabi Ferrell, Autumn Nath and Madi Schandelmeier) clocked a second-place time of 10:19.09 as the Cardinals racked up a total of 96 points in the four relay races.
Individually, Anderson (1:02.14) and VerSteeg (1:02.36) tallied 35 points with a 1-2 finish in the 400-meter dash. Anderson tacked on 17 more with a second in the 800 (2:31.24) and Tenley Nelson added 27 points by finishing fourth in the 3,200 (12:28.40) and seventh in the 1,600 (5:39.76).
Kammon Sawtelle placed third in the discus (103-11) and seventh in the shot put (33-8) for 28 more points, while Mallory Thorson scored 16 points with a third-best leap of 32-1.5 in the triple jump and contributed 12 more by placing seventh in the long jump (14-3.5).
Mackenzie Petersen placed in three events and contributed a total of 25 points with an eighth in the high jump (4-8) and 12ths in both hurdle races (18.90 in the 100 highs and 56.42 in the 300 lows).
Ahrendt, Hup, Stratton lead Cardinals boys
Ahrendt had an exceptional all-around day as the lanky senior placed high in four events. He was second in the triple jump (39-11.75) third in both the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (43.60) and the 200-meter dash (23.74), while finishing fourth in the 110-meter high hurdles (16.80).
Matthew Hup contributed 39.5 points for the boys by placing second in the pole vault (14-0), seventh in the 100 (12.25), 13th in the 200 (25.35) and running the leadoff leg on Luverne’s 4x100-meter relay (48.49). Jordy Thone, Andrew Reisch and Riley Siebenahler completed the 4x100 for the Cardinals.
Logan Stratton placed second in the discus (115-9) and third in the shot put (49-0) for a total of 33 points, while Dylan Thorson scored 15 points with a fourth in the shot put (45-8.75).
Jeremiah Dooyema tacked on 23 points for the Cardinals by placing third in the pole vault (12-6) and 12th in the 400 (57.64), while Eli Haugom contributed 15 points with a fourth-place in the high jump (5-6) and Jedidah Dooyema scored 11 points by finishing eighth in the 400 (55.73).
Luverne’s 4x200 relay (Reisch, Dooyema, Dooyema and Thone) finished fifth, clocked at 1:39.66.
Siebenahler placed sixth in the triple jump (37-3.5) and Brandon Winter finished ninth in the 800 (2:17.22). Austin Winter and Dalton DeSollar each completed a distance double for the Cardinals. Winter was 10th in the 800 (2:17.91) and 14th in the 1,600 (5:13.96), while DeSollar finished 13th in the 1,600 (5:10.21) and 14th in the 3,200 (11:18.36), contributing 14 and 11 points, respectively.

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