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TRACK AND FIELD: Bemidji matches wits with elite competition in St. Paul

The Bemidji High School track and field teams faced stiff competition at the Hamline Elite Meet in St. Paul on Friday, with select Lumberjacks testing their skills against some of the best athletes in the state.

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Bemidji's 4x400 relay team of, from left, Josie Aitken, Mary Beth Mathews, Regan DeWitt and Lauren Berg placed seventh in the event at the Hamline Elite Meet on Friday, April 29, 2022, in St. Paul.
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ST. PAUL – The Bemidji High School track and field teams faced stiff competition at the Hamline Elite Meet in St. Paul on Friday, with select Lumberjacks testing their skills against some of the best athletes in the state.

The Jacks sent competitors to the meet in the boys 4x800 relay, boys 110-meter hurdles, girls 300-meter hurdles and girls 4x400 relay.

Jacob Kelly finished seventh of 10 competitors in the 110 hurdles, clocking a time of 15.54. In the 4x800, the Bemidji foursome of Bryce Kondos, Ashton Niemi, Issak McDonald and Paul Louvar crossed the line in 8:14.88 to finish ninth of 12 groups.

Lauren Berg finished seventh of eight racers in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 46.07, and the 4x400 team of Josie Aitken, Regan DeWitt, Mary Beth Mathews and Berg placed seventh of nine relays at 4:10.50.

Bemidji returns to the track for the Sartell-St. Stephen invite at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, in Sartell.

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