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BHS relay team takes sixth place at state track and field meet

Allie Heifort releases a throw in the qualifying round of the Class AA girls shot put at Hamline University on Saturday morning. Her best throw in qualifying was 34-6. Forum Communications Co. Photo/Rand Middleton

Bemidji's 4x800-meter relay team bettered its state qualifying time by more than one second and finished sixth in a very fast field at Saturday's state track and field meet at Hamline.

The Lumberjacks were seeded third in the state field by virtue of their Section 8AA winning time of 7:58.50. Saturday Bemidji's relay unit of Matt Lee, Jake Urban, John Buckanaga and Alex Schoneberger shaved more than a second off that time as they completed the race in 7:57.04.

Even though Saturday's effort was faster than their seeded time, the Jacks fell to sixth at state.

"The guys ran their hearts out," said BHS boys coach Steve Sneide. "Every one of them had a very good time."

Lee's split was 1:58 while urban ran his leg in 2:03, Buckanaga in 1:59 and Schoenberg in 1:56.

"They ran their best race of the year but it was a very fast pace," Sneide said. "You can only control how you do and we did very well. You can't control what anybody else does."

The top eight finishers at state are awarded medals and Bemidji's relay team will return with hardware.

"The best thing about this weekend was that the guys experienced the state meet," Sneide said. "They performed their best and earned a spot on the podium. This experience will only make them better."

Allie Heifort also competed Saturday and the freshman threw the shot put 34-6 in the event preliminaries. That distance was not enough to vault Heifort into the shot put final, however.

At the section meet Heifort took first place with a throw of 36-6.75.

In the?Class?A?Tournament, Bagley/Fosston finished strong.

Analisa Huschle took the triple jump title with a leap of 38-3 and finished second in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.42 seconds.

The Flyers 4x200 relay team of Huschle, Emily Julin, Kyli Day, Lynsey Bardwell and?Huschle took second with a time of 1:45.05

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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