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This Week at Bemidji High School: Jacks ready for state track meet; baseball game postponed to Tuesday

The state high school track and field meet begins Friday at Hamline University in St. Paul and Bemidji High School will be represented by five athletes.

Sam Carlson is the lone BHS boy who qualified for state and the senior will run in the 800 and the 1600. Carlson won both events Saturday at the Section 8-2A meet in Thief River Falls and he hopes to continue that success at Hamline.

Based on section times, Carlson is seeded fourth in the 800 and 12th in the 1600. At the section meet Carlson was challenged in the 800 and his time of 1:56.18 edged Josh Peterson of Rocori by 0.21 seconds. His 1600 time of 4:26.69 was more than three seconds faster than his nearest pursuer, Connor Danielson of Fergus Falls.

The fastest section time among the state qualifiers belongs to Cal Lawton of Eden Prairie who clocked a 1:52.52 time. Also seeded ahead of Carlson are Matthew Rosen of Bloomington Jefferson (1:54.67) and Lucas Trapp of Elk River (1:56.02).

The top seed in the 1600 belongs to Ali Obsa of Richfield who posted a time of 4:11.57 in his section meet.

Carlson will run the 800 at 12:06 p.m. Friday while the 3200 will be held at 10:55 a.m. on Saturday.

Bemidji will compete in five events at the girls state, including the 4x400 relay where Amy Carey, Megan Serratore, Jenna Truedson and Maea Wall will return to the state starting line at 12:48 p.m. on Friday. Last spring Carey, Serratore, Truedson and Wall placed ninth at state.

This year the relay team was second at the Section 8-2A meet after posting a time of 4:02.51 and will be seeded 12th at state. The top time in the state field belongs to Minnetonka which won its section meet in 3:54.97.

Individually, Truedson will compete in the 3200 on Friday and the 1600 on Saturday while Wall earned a trip to the state meet in the 400 and the long jump.

Truedson is the defending state champion in the 1600 as she avoided a fallen runner last spring and won in 4:59.75. During the section meet the junior bettered her state time by going 4:58.30 and finishing third. She qualified for state by bettering the state standard time.

The top two section times among the state’s 1600 qualifiers are Bethany Hasz (4:56.10) and Megan Hasz (4:56.17) of Alexandria. The Hasz sisters went 1-2 at the Section 8-2A meet and have been competing against Truedson for years.

Bethany Hasz also won the section 3200 race. Megan Hasz was second and Truedson third and the trio owns three of the top five state qualifying times.

Last year Truedson finished third in the 3200 at the state meet.

Wall was slowed by illness during the section competition but was able to complete her goals of qualifying for the state in her two events.

On Friday she will compete in the long jump at 9 a.m. and in the 400 at 11:16 a.m.

A year ago Wall was eighth in the 400.

Jacks face Brainerd

Monday’s action in the Section 8-3A baseball tournament was postponed until Tuesday because of rain in St. Cloud and the forecast for more.

Tuesday’s weather is predicted to be clear and moisture-free so section officials made the switch.

Bemidji (16-4) is seeded second in the field and Brainerd (19-3) is ranked first and they are the two teams remaining in the winners’ bracket of the tournament. The Lumberjacks and the Warriors will meet about 1 p.m. Tuesday in St. Cloud and the winner will gain the upper hand in the section tournament by advancing to the championship series.

The loser will drop into the elimination round and would have to bounce back with three consecutive victories to claim the crown.

In Tuesday’s early elimination games No. 8 St. Michael (12-10) will face No. 6 St. Cloud Tech (14-8) and No. 3 Alexandria (16-6) will square off against No. 5 Moorhead (13-10). Those losers will be eliminated while the winners will tangle at 1 p.m. today for the right to face the Bemidji-Brainerd loser.

The section tournament will continue Wednesday in St. Cloud with the elimination round final at 5 p.m. and the championship game at 7 p.m. If a second championship game is needed it will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Williams also headed to state

Morgan Williams of Bemidji was fourth among the individual section 8-3A golf qualifiers who were not on the Alexandria squad which won the section team title and she will represent the Lumberjacks at the state meet.

The Class 3A tournament will be June 10-11 at Bunker Hills.

Williams was on the bubble after her first round of the 36-hole section meet and she dropped more ground after shooting 44 on her first nine holes on the second day.

An attitude adjustment was required and Williams made the switch.

“I just told myself that I was starting over. I didn’t think about the first nine holes,” she said.

Williams followed the 44 with a stellar 38 and her two-day total of 80-82-162 at Greystone Golf Course in Sauk Centre was low enough to qualify for state.

“This is my first time going to the state high school meet and I am excited,” Williams said. “Hopefully, I’ll shoot better than I did at sections.”

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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