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Bemidji's 4x400 relay team advances to finals

Michael Vosburg | Forum Communications Co. Bemidji's Maea Wall competes in the long jump during Friday's state Class AA track and field meet at Hamline University.

ST. PAUL - Bemidji's 4x400 relay team of Amy Carey, Megan Serratore, Jenna Truedson and Maea Wall finished sixth during Friday's preliminary race and the foursome expects to be in the hunt for a championship when the Class 2A state championship race is held today at Hamline University.

Individually, Allie Heifort placed seventh in the discus with a school-record toss of 136-9 while Wall went 15-5 in the long jump and was 14th overall in the 400 with a time of 1:00.43.

In Friday's Class 2-A boys competition Brady Schmidt missed today's cut in the 100 as he finished with a time of 11.43.

"Brady ran a little tight," said Bemidji boys coach Steve Sneide. "I don't think he ran a relaxed race but running against this type of competition was a good experience and will help him next year."

The race followed a blistering pace and leading the group of eight who made today's final was Quinton Coleman of Duluth with a time of 10.74. A whisker behind was Dmonte Farley of Park in 10.75.

In today's boys meet Bemidji's 4x800 relay team of Scott Hulsebus, Gunnar Nelson, Sam Carlson and Elias Hendrickson hopes to challenge for a state championship. The group will hit the starting line at 9:25 a.m.

Jacks girls coach Chris Lehman was impressed with the performance on his 4x400 relay team on Friday and believes that the group has a legitimate shot at being among the leaders today.

"We ran a 3:59.23 and that is only .02 behind our school record," Lehman said. "Our goal on Friday was to make it to Saturday's finals and we did that.

"Every one of the girls ran the race we wanted," Lehman said.

"Each of them ran past the people in front of her and Maea had a very strong finish in our anchor leg. On Saturday we'll give it our all again and see what happens."

Today's other action sees Heifort competing in the shot put and Truedson running the mile. The freshman is seeded 10th in the mile but expects to finish higher while Heifort is seeded 11th in the shot.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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