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TRACK AND FIELD: Lumberjacks set school records, send one to finals at Class AA state meet

Maea Wall of Bemidji competes in the girls Class AA long jump during the Minnesota State Track and Field Meet on Friday in St. Paul. Michael Vosburg | Forum News Service

ST. PAUL — Bemidji senior Sam Carlson broke the school record in the 800 meter run and qualified for today’s finals at the Minnesota State Class AA Track and Field Championships at Hamline University in St. Paul.

Carlson ran the race in 1 minute, 54.63 seconds, finishing second in his heat. He beat Alex Schoneberger’s previous record of 1:54.95.

Carlson was one of five Lumberjacks participating in events Friday; he was the only one to qualify for the finals today.

Maea Wall placed ninth — just off the medal stand, in the long jump. She had a leap of 17 feet, 1.25 inches.

“Maea has some good quality jumps today,” BHS coach Steve Sneide said. “It was a deep field in the long jump this year.”

Roseville Area’s Tianna McKinney was just ahead of wall at 17-2.5. Minnetonka’s Mia Barron won the title at 19-1.5.

Wall also just missed out in the 400 meter dash.

“Maea got out perfect in her first 200 and came up just a bit short of the finals,” Sneide said. “She ran 58.65 and missed finals by .1 seconds.”

Jenna Truedson, running in the 3,200, took fifth with a time of 10:41.10. Emily Castanias of Chanhassen took first in the race with a time of 10:28.58.

The final BHS entry, the 400-meter relay consisting of Wall, Truedson, Megan Serratore and Amy Carey, also ran well but just missed out on the finals.

“The girls ran a new school record but just missed making the finals,” Sneide said. “They ran 3:58.64 and missed finals by .22 seconds.”

Truedson will return today for the 1,600 meter run today. The 2013 champion in the race, the junior is seeded fourth after finishing in 4:58.30 in the Section 8AA meet last week.

Carlson will also return for races today. In addition to the 800 finals, he will be running in the 1,600 as well.

Bagley-Fosston sends one to finals

In the Class A meet, the Bagley/Fosston team sent one athletes onto the finals.

Marrissa Carlson finished the 800-meter run with a time of 2:18.09 — sixth overall — to qualify for today’s finals.

Aside from Carlson, a few other Flyers ran on Friday.

Camille Mershman finished 24th in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.15 while Jaelen Moen finished 24th in the 3,200 with a time of 12:55.73.

The girls 4x200-meter relay team was a few places out of qualifying in 15th, with a time of 1:48.04.

On the boys side, the 4x200 meter relay team also fell short of qualifying, finishing 12th at 1:33.44.

Finally, Logan Thorson was 17th in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.59.

Carlson will run the 1,600 meter run today in addition to the 800. Also, Gina Balstad will compete in the pole vault event today.

The Class AA meet will begin at 9 a.m. today followed by the Class A events at approximatley 3:30 p.m.

Jack Hittinger

Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.

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