TRACK: Bemidji will send 13 athletes to state meet
SARTELL – Bemidji will be well represented at the Class 2A state high school track and field meet as the Lumberjacks added to their state meet quota Friday in the second day of the section meet here.
“It was a great day for Bemidji track and field,” said BHS boys coach Steve Sneide. “We have six girls and seven guys going to state and, when you count the coaches and alternate athletes, we’ll send 25 people to state.”
The road to the state meet began Wednesday’s in the opening day of the Section 8-2A competition. The girls team had event victories by Allie Heifort and Jenna Truedson. Heifort claimed the discus with a throw of 125-10 and Truedson captured the 3,200 in 11:00.43.
The top two finishers in each event earned state berths and in Wednesday’s boys action Brady Schmidt punched his ticket to state by placing second in the long jump with a leap of 21-0.75.
Friday in Sartell Heifort and Truedson continued their winning ways as Heifort won the shot put (42-3) and Truedson claimed the 3,200 (5:09.37).
Joining them on the first place podium Friday was Amber Peterson who won the pole vault by soaring 10-11.
Maea Wall also earned a trip to the state meet as she finished second in the 400 with a time of 59.10.
Bemidji’s 4x400 team of Amy Carey, Megan Serratore, Truedson and Wall added an exclamation point to Friday’s action as they combined to win the event with a school-record time of 3:55.89.
Bemidji also finished second to Alexandria in the team totals. The Cardinals had 86 points while BHS compiled 85.
“We had a wonderful day,” said Jacks coach Chris Lehman. “Many of our athletes had personal bests and I don’t think we’ve ever finished this high in the team standings. The difference between winning the title and finishing second came down to a crossbar or a scratch.
“We would have liked to win the team championship but our ultimate goal was to send as many kids to state as we could,” the coach added.
Peterson had to overcome a major obstacle on way to her pole vault win. At 9-5 she stalled but she was able to clear the height on her third and final attempt.
“After Amber made 9-5 she kept on going,” Lehman said. “At 10-5 there was only Amber and another girl remaining and Amber made it all the way to 10-11.”
Heifort won the discus for the third straight spring and bested her nearest challenger by almost four feet.
Strategy helped Truedson win the 1,600 as she hung with the leaders for three laps and then sprinted past the field in the final stages.
In the 400 dash the competitors finished into a strong wind and, considering the conditions, the times were excellent, according to Lehman.
“Maea ran a phenomenal race and Megan Serratore’s performance gave her confidence going into the 4x400. It was a great race by both girls.”
Amy Carey and Serratore ran the first two legs of the 4x400 and put the Lumberjacks into the perfect position for Truedson and Wall. During the final 300 meters Wall ran past her competitors and the Jacks had the victory.
The Lumberjacks also continued their success in the boys division as Elias Hendrickson and Sam Carlson were event winners along with the 4x800 and 4x400 relay teams.
Hendrickson is among the premiere 800 runners in Minnesota and he lived up to that standard on Friday as he won the section title with a time of 1:58.29. His closest pursuer was Zachariah Bartholomeo of Alexandria who completed the race in 2:00.32.
The Lumberjacks have built a tradition of strength in the distance races and Sam Carlson added to the reputation by winning the mile in 4:31.15.
“Sam did what he needed to do in order to win,” Sneide said. “He ran a smart race by staying in the pack and, when he made it to the last lap, by pulling away from everyone.”
Carlson also was part of the winning 4x800 relay team as he handled the third leg in the four-man race. Gunnar Nelson and Nick Gubbels set the tone and, after Carlson completed his leg, Hendrickson finished. The foursome combined for a championship time of 8:01.31. Moorhead finished second in 8:05.57.
“When we went out all we wanted to do was win the race,” Sneide said. “The guys knew they had other races to run so they wanted to save some energy for later in the meet.”
Among those later races was the 4x400 and the strategy of saving some energy paid dividends as Wakinyan Moore, Gubbels, Adam Loisel and Hendrickson won in a school-record time of 3:25.53.
“It was a very exciting race,” Sneide said. “The boys went after it. We led for most of the race but it was dicey down the stretch because all of the leading teams had fast anchors.”
Bemidji also had talented runners in the event as Moore and Loisel finished their legs in about 51 seconds while Gubbels and Hendrickson were about a second faster.
“It was an impressive performance by all four of them,” Sneide said.
The state meet will be Friday and Saturday at Hamline University in St. Paul.
Section 8-2A Track Meet
*-Qualified for state meet
Pole vault: 1-*Amber Peterson (Bem) 10-11; 2-LeBlanc (Little Falls) 10-5. Other Bemidji: 10-Hope Hickman 7-11
Shot put: 1-*Allie Heifort (Bem) 42-3; 2-Nielsen (D.Lakes) 38-7.5. Other Bemidji: 7-Callie Johnson 33-7.5; 40-Brylee Colligan 27-4
1600: 1-*Jenna Truedson (Bem) 5:09.37; 2-Sunstrom (Sauk Rapids) 5:13.66. Other Bemidji: 42-Amber Smith 6:47.96
4x400: 1-*Bemidji (Amy Carey, Megan Serratore, Jenna Truedson, Maea Wall) 3:58.89 (BHS school record); 2-Willmar 4:00.08
400: 1-Heinecke (D.Lakes) 58.71. Bemidji’s results: 2-*Maea Wall 59.10; 7-Megan Serratore 1:02.92
Triple jump: Rasmusson (Fergus Falls) 35-1. Bemidji’s results: 36-Maura Chadwick 28-11
4x800: 1-Rocori 9:28.74. Bemidji’s results: 16-Bemidji (Atomic Thorson, Madison Maki, Leanne Oakes, Jordan Mills) 12:12.88
100 hurdles: 1-Meier (Sartell) 15.64. Bemidji’s results: None
100: 1-Johnson (Alexandria) 12.03. Bemidji’s results: None
4x200: 1-Detroit Lakes 1:44.79. Bemidji’s results: 8-Bemidji (Carey, Nicole Hendrickson, Adriane Rickert, Dani Gronhovd) 1:52.70
4x100: 1-Alexandria 49.60. Bemidji’s results: 14-Bemidji (Emily Falldorf, Brittney Beck, Alexa Greendahl, Rickert) 54.61
300 hurdles: 1-Biermaier (Thief River Falls) 43.71. Bemidji’s results: None
800: 1-Kosobud (Brainerd) 2:18.89. Bemidji’s results: None
200: 1-Jackson (Willmar) 26.80. Bemidji’s results: None
NOTE: During Wednesday’s first day of the section meet Jenna Truedson qualified for state by winning the 3200 in 11:00.43 and Allie Heifort qualified for state by winning the discus with a throw of 125-10
4x800: 1-*Bemidji (Gunnar Nelson, Nick Gubbels, Sam Carlson, Elias Hendrickson) 8:01.31; 2-Moorhead 8:05.57
800: 1-*Elias Hendrickson (Bem) 1:58.29; 2-Bartholomeo (Alexandria) 2:00.32
1600: 1-*Sam Carlson (Bem) 4:31.15. Other Bemidji: Billy Freyholtz 4:57.5; Seth Neubeck 5:00
4x400: 1-*Bemidji (Wakinyan Moore, Nick Gubbels, Adam Loisel, Elias Hendrickson) 3:25.53 (BHS school record); 2-Rocori 3:26.49
High jump: 1-Haima (Alexandria) 6-3. Bemidji’s results: No one made the qualification height
Discus: 1-Asprey (Brainerd) 150-9. Bemidji’s results: 28-Joe Krotzer 102-0; 39-Aaron Hulsebus 76-7
110 hurdles: 1-West (St. Cloud Apollo) 15.46. Bemidji’s results: None
100: 1-Reuer (Brainerd) 11.57. Bemidji’s results: 3-Brady Schmidt 11.60
4x200: 1-Monticello 1:32.11. Bemidji’s results: 5-Bemidji (Wakinyan Moore, Nick Gubbels, Adam Loisel, Schmidt) 1:34.01
4x100: 1-Brainerd 43.94. Bemidji’s results: 11-Bemidji (Will Annette, A.J. Jirik, Isaiah Moore, Logan Hatfield) 46.19
400: 1-Lawrence (Moorhead) 48.83. Bemidji’s results: None
300 hurdles: 1-Peck (Alexandria) 39.97. Bemidji’s results: None
200: 1-Cunningham (Willmar) 23.18. Bemidji’s results: 6- Schmidt 24.02
Triple jump: 1-Lieberg (Sartell) 42-9.5. Bemidji’s results: None
NOTE: During Wednesday’s first day of the section meet Brady Schmidt qualified for state by placing second in the long jump with a leap of 21-0.75