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Track and field: Bemidji gains valuable experience at Hamline Elite meet

ST. PAUL -- Jenna Truedson finished second in the 1600 and Sam Carlson was third in the 800 and the veteran runners led the Bemidji track and field athletes at Friday's Hamline Elite Meet.

Truedson completed the race in a school-record time of 4:56.65 and was only .29 seconds behind the winner, Anna French of Wayzata.

"It was an awesome race," said BHS girls coach Chris Lehman. "Jenna let French get just a little too far out but still almost caught her at the end."

Bemidji's girls 4x800 relay team of Claire Laakso, Truedson, Amy Carey and Megan Serratore was eighth in 4:10.19.

"All four girls had great splits and it was a great time," Lehman said.

Carlson completed his 800 in 1:56.30 and was less than two seconds out of second place.

"Sam finished very strong and was very excited after the race," Lehman said.

Carlson also teamed with Caleb Appleton, Payton Christofferson and Gunnar Nelson in the 4x800 and the quartet placed sixth in 8:14.22. That effort bettered the relay squad's seeding time by two seconds.