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Guelle and Francis qualify for state track meet

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The Hastings boys track team will be represented in two events at this weekend's state track meet at Hamline University.

Dan Guelle, a Hastings junior, has qualified for the state meet in the 400-meter run.

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Kyle Francis, a Hastings senior, has qualified for the state meet in the pole vault.

The pole vault is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Friday, June 5, at Hamline.

Francis sits in the middle of the pack in terms of the field.

Blake Weimerskirch of Robbinsdale Armstrong has the top height in the state at 14-2. Six competitors have cleared 13-11.

Francis has a qualifying mark of 13-0.

Guelle is one of 16 runners in the 400 at the state meet. His race will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday. Finals are Saturday.

Troy Pollard of St. Paul Highland has the top time at 49.26 seconds.

Guelle's official qualifying time for the state meet is 51.33, which he ran in the finals at the section meet. In the section prelims, though, he finished in 50.76.

As a team, the Raiders finished 10th out of 16 teams with 42 points.

Farmington won the meet with 136 points.

Results from the meet went like this:

• 100 meter dash: Derrck Gossett, 22nd, 12.01; Derrick Barsnes, 30th, 12.25;

• 200 meter dash: Dan Guelle, seventh, 23.37; Patrick Swanson, 22nd, 24.19;

• 400: Guelle, second, 51.33; Michael Schutt, 10th, 52.64.

• 800: Tim O'Brien, 11th, 2:03.35; Chase Keilers, 19th, 2:06.67;

• 1,600: Michael Rough, eighth, 4:40.10; Keilers, 17th, 4:52.34;

• 3,200: Rough, fifth, 9:44.72; Wyatt Behrends, 25th, 11:00.43;

• 4x100 relay: Hastings, ninth, 46.61;

• 4x200 relay: Hastings, fourth, 1:34.58;

• 4x400 relay: team of Keilers, Darius Wilkerson, O'Brien and Schutt, seventh, 3:37.37;

• 4x800 relay: team of Behrends, Dylon Helsper, Domingo Yandrasits and Jacob Rachuy, 13th, 9:00.70;

• High jump: Swanson, 13th, 5-8; Wilkerson, 13th, 5-8;

• Pole vault: Kyle Francis, first, 13-0; Trevor Lucking, 17th, 10-6;

• Long jump: Ellis Williams, 26th, 17-3.75; Matt Boetcher, 16-8.5;

• Triple jump: Boetcher, 24th, 36-0; Williams, 25th, 35-7;

• Discus: Dylan Myers, 15th, 125-2; Mitchell Barron, 21st, 110-11; and

• Shot put: Blake Reynolds, 18th, 40-7; Peter Schultz, 31st, 34-3.75.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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