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TRACK: Truedson, boys 4x800 relay team win titles at Hamline

ST. PAUL — Bemidji’s Jenna Truedson won the 1,600 meter run and the boys 4x800 relay team outlasted Perham for the victory during Friday’s Hamline Elite track and field meet.

Truedson was seeded fifth heading into the race and with one lap to go was in fourth place in a tightly-bunched top-five field.

“When she got to the back stretch Jenna got by the pack and took the lead,” said BHS distance coach Ryan Aylesworth. “Jenna was in the mix with the best runners in the state the entire way and it was fun to watch her perform against this type of competition.”

“Jenna just outkicked the field in the last 200 meters,” said BHS girls track coach Chris Lehman.

Truedson completed the mile in 5 minutes, 04.18 seconds, edging Samantha Nielsen of Roseville who placed second in 5:04.94.

The boys 4x800 unit rallied to trim Perham, finishing in 8:03.03. The Yellowjackets took second in 8:09.

“Perham had the lead after the first two legs but in the third leg Sam Carlson almost caught his guy,” Aylesworth. “Our first three runners ran great races and set the table for Elias (Hendrickson). And Elias caught up and pulled away at the end.

“It was a great race by all four runners.”

The Lumberjacks placed fourth in the boys 4x200 behind the efforts of Brady Schmidt, Adam Loisel, Gubbels and Wakinyan Moore. They finished in 1:33.7, trimming two seconds off their previous top effort.

Schmidt also finished 10th in the 100 with a time of 11.33.

The boys 4x400 relay squad, which included Gubbels, Nelson, Moore and Hendrickson, also ran very well, placing in the middle of the field with a time of 3:30.0.

Individually, Hendrickson continued to drop time in the 800. Friday he ran a personal best of 1:57.3. Carlson also competed in the two-mile and posted a time of 9:50.

In the girls 4x400 Claire Laakso, Dani Gronhovd, Truedson and Maea Wall were sixth in 4:06.

“They all improved their personal best times and Maea had a tremendous split of 57.9,” Lehman said. “It was a wonderful race.”

Allie Heifort competed in the shot and the discus, placing fourth in the shot with a heave of more than 42 feet. She also threw the discus 122-1.

Amber Peterson placed in the top six in the pole vault after clearing 10-4.

“All of the kids competed very well,” Lehman said. “It was a very fun and productive day.”

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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