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Track and field: Luverne, Pipestone Area win section true team titles

DAILY GLOBE PIPESTONE -- Strong performances in the field events and distance races helped propel the Luverne Cardinals to a repeat Section 3A True Team track and field championship Monday and the host Pipestone Area boys utilized their all-aroun...

DAILY GLOBE

PIPESTONE - Strong performances in the field events and distance races helped propel the Luverne Cardinals to a repeat Section 3A True Team track and field championship Monday and the host Pipestone Area boys utilized their all-around depth to win a tightly-contested three-way team chase for the boys’ title.
Luverne’s girls racked up a total of 746 points to convincingly earn a trip to the State True Team Meet at Stillwater on May 21.
The Cardinals took the top two places in the shot put, discus and 1,600-meter run, while also having the first-place finisher in the triple jump, 800 and 3,200.
Pipestone’s total of 699.5 points was 37.5 points better than runner-up Luverne’s score of 662. Murray County Central was a very close third with 658.5 points.
The state-bound Arrows were paced by stellar multiple-event performers Eli Stevens and Tyl Woelber, who were each coming off of sparkling performances at the Howard Wood-Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls over the weekend.
Stevens - who placed fifth in the all-class 400-meter dash in Sioux Falls with a time of 50.40, after zipping a 50.09 in the prelims - won all three dashes (100, 200, 400) Monday.
Woelber had first-place performances in both the high jump and triple jump Monday, after leaping a remarkable fourth-place distance of 44-1.5 in Howard Wood’s triple jump competition.
The Arrows helped their cause by winning three of the four relays Monday, getting first in the 4x100, 4x400 and 4x800.
Southwest Christian/Edgerton edged Pipestone Area, 593-585, for runner-up honors in the girls’ meet.
Both the SWC/E girls and the Luverne boys have a chance to advance to the state meet, depending upon the results of a computerized “wild card” between the eight section runner-ups.
Canby/Minneota was fourth - among 13 teams - in the girls’ final standings with 552 points, followed by Springfield/Cedar Mountain/Comfrey (524), Lakeview (485), MCC (450), Windom Area (393.5), Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (393), Hills-Beaver Creek (337.5), Westbrook-Walnut Grove/Red Rock Central (284), Heron Lake-Okabena (259.5) and Adrian (253.5).
C/M was also fourth in the boys’ meet with 517 points, followed by SWC/E (508.5), Windom (502), Lakeview (435.5), Adrian (384), H-BC (383), W-WG/RRC (353), S/CM/C (319.5), T-M-B (262.5) and HL-O (82).

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