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BHS boys, girls teams capture first place at Little Amik II

Bemidj's Dani Gronhovd takes the baton from Kim Truedson during Tuesday's 4x400 relay race at the Little Amik II meet. Bemidji won the event in 10:02.33 and broke the fieldhouse record by three seconds. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

The Bemidji High School track and field teams capped their indoor campaigns Tuesday by capturing the titles at the Little Amik II meet at the Bemidji State University Rec Center.

The Lumberjacks took the girls crown with 98.5 points while Bagley-Fosston finished second with 77.

In the boys division BHS edged Pillager 85-81.

The meet attracted 29 boys and 29 girls teams.

Bemidji claimed three events in the girls division and the Jacks set the tone by winning the 4x800 relay race.

The tandem of Bailey Drewes, Jenna Truedson, Kim Truedson and Dani Gronhovd set a fieldhouse record by completing the race in 10:02.33. That time and the event championship came as no surprise to BHS coach Chris Lehman.

"At last week's Paul Bunyan meet the girls were three seconds off the fieldhouse record," Lehman said. "Before this meet we talked about breaking the record and the girls went out and did it.

"At the Paul Bunyan they were three seconds behind the record. Today they beat the record by three seconds. It was a very good run," Lehman added.

Drewes also captured the 800 in 2:28.27 while Allie Heifort won the discus with a toss of 95-9.

Heifort also was second in the shot (38-4) as was Kim Truedson in the 1600 (5:39.08).

Rachel Becker added a third in the triple jump (31-7.25) while contributing fourths were Amanda Hunt in the high jump (4-10), Josie Spry in the long jump (15-3.25), Blake Bardwell in the 200 (29.21) and Amber Peterson in the pole vault (8-0).

The 4x400 relay unit also placed third (4:31.7).

"Tuesday our concentration was on speed work," Lehman said. "We concentrated on the shorter races and we looked at this meet as a quality practice more than a meet.

"The kids performed well and now our job is to get ready for the outdoor season."

Analisa Huschle of Bagley-Fosston was awarded the Most Valuable Athlete award in the girls division as the senior was a four-event winner.

Huschle opened her night with a win in the 60 (7.89) and then helped the Flyers capture the 4x200 (1:53.35). She also set the pace in the long jump (17-6.5) and the triple jump (35-5.75).

The Lumberjacks captured only one event in the boys division, the 4x400 relay (3:37.89), but they were able to use their depth to full advantage.

BHS added top-five performances in eight events to continually collect points.

The Jacks were second in the 4x800 (9:16.20) while Brady Schmidt was the runnerup in the 60 (7.32) and Cole Bardwell fourth in the event (7.40).

Alex Schoneberger contributed a fourth in the 400 (54.09) and Isak Sommer was second in the 1600 (4:45.66).

Richard Seado contributed a fifth in the 800 (2:13.36) as did Brady Schmidt in the long jump (18-3.5).

Dan Clemenson was second in the 3200 (10:39.0) and the Jacks capped the night with their first and a fifth in the 4x400 relay.

Wes Delong of Pillager was named the boys MVP as he won the 800 and was second in the 400.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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