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Guelle advances to state

High school senior Dan Guelle will compete in both the 200- and 400-meter dash at the state track and field meet. Guelle ran two qualifying times in the 200. In the preliminary heat he ran a 22.6, and he beat that time by .03 seconds in the final heat. He needed a 22.72 to qualify for state. He ran the 400 in 49.22 seconds in the section final, just under the 49.73 needed for state.

The state tournament will be held at Hamline University. The preliminary round will be Friday, June 11. Guelle will compete in the 400-meter at 11:15 a.m. and in the 200-meter at 12:29 p.m. If he qualifies for the final rounds, he would run the 400 at 11:11 a.m. and the 200 at 12:10 p.m. Saturday, June 12.

The level of competition in the 200 will make it a tough event for Guelle, but he could easily be a contender to win state in the 400, head coach Jason Koch said.

Guelle is the only Raider to advance to state, but others put in good showings at the section meet.

Senior Michael Rough placed fourth in the 3200-meter run. He ran a 9:51.97, about 30 seconds off the state qualifying time.

"It was his senior year and he wanted to make it back to state as much as anyone could," Koch said. "But it just wasn't supposed to be."

Chase Keillers and Austin Thom ran in a tough field in the 800.

"The 800 was one of the toughest events at the section meet this year," Koch said, explaining that many of the runners were finishing in two minutes flat.

"That's a fast field to compete with," he said.

Trevor Lucking took fourth in pole vault, vaulting a height of 12-06. The state qualifying height is 13-11.

As a team, the Raiders finished 12th out of 15 teams with 26.5 points. The leading team was Rosemount with 123 points.

As a team, the Raiders may not have placed as well as they would have liked, but they accomplished something Koch has been hoping for since he started coaching. At the end of the Lake City meet in May, the whole team came out to the bleachers in the pouring rain to cheer their relay teammates on.

"That right there was when I knew that these kids were starting to make track fun in the way that it should be," Koch said.

The fun and excitement, along with the knowledge that they're working hard and doing their best, is what Koch has wanted to bring to the Hastings track and field team.

"I want kids to have fun with track as a team sport, cheering on their teammates and knowing that it is bigger than just their own event," Koch had said at the beginning of the season.

Now that he's seen that happen, he's hoping the kids can built on this year's excitement and use it in future seasons.

"I think that's something we'll be able to take into the next few years," he said.

The section results went like this:

• 100 dash: Dustin Kimmes, 27th, 12.94;

• 200 dash (preliminary): Guelle, second, 22.6; Travis Cysiewsi, 25th, 25.05;

• 200 dash (final): Guelle, third, 22.57;

• 400 dash (preliminary): Guelle, second, 50.02; Cleshawn Hendrickson, 24th, 56.49;

• 400 dash (final): Guelle, first, 49.22;

• 800 run: Chase Keilers, 14th, 2:01.30; Austin Thom, 28th, 2:09.25;

• 1600 run: Rough, 10th, 4:36.72; Christian Weiland, 21st, 4:56.30;

• 3200 run: Rough, fourth, 9:51.97; Lukas Human, 13th, 10:19.43;

• 110 hurdles: Logan Shoen, 28th, 18.91; Toby Hansen, 30th, 19.23;

• 300 hurdles: Shoen, 23rd, 46.30; Hansen, 26th, 47.76;

• 4x100 relay: Hastings, 12th, 48.03;

• 4x200 relay: Hastings, 10th, 1:37.89;

• 4x400 relay: Hastings, seventh, 3:35.35;

• 4x800 relay: Hastings, 11th, 8:42.5;

• Pole vault: Trevor Lucking, fourth, 12-06; Brett Stricker, eighth, 11-06;

• Triple jump (preliminary): Guelle, ninth, 40-05; Matthew Boettcher, 24th, 36-10;

• Triple jump (final): Guelle, 10th, 40-05;

• Long jump: Boettcher, 24th, 17-04.75; Hendrickson, 28th, 16-08.5;

• Shot put: Peter Schultz, 29th, 35-06; Jon Sindt, 31st, 34-04.25; and

• Discus: Sindt, 22nd, 104-04.