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Track teams open season at All-American meet

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The Hastings boys and girls track teams started their season last weekend at the All American Invite in River Falls, Wis., their only indoor meet this spring.

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Hastings invited Park of Cottage Grove and Red Wing to an indoor time trials meet last week, but that was just an opportunity for the students to experiment with the events, and none of the scores counted, Hastings girls coach Greg Sandkamp said.

Seventeen girls teams and 18 boys teams from Minnesota and Wisconsin competed at the River Falls meet.

"It's a big meet," Sandkamp said.

The Raider girls team score of 16 points placed them 12th out of 17 teams.

The Anoka girls had the top spot with 67 points, Lakeville North High took second with 65, and Mounds View and Stillwater tied for third with 60.

The boys had 12 points and took 16th of 18 teams. The La Crosse Central boys won the meet with 68 points, Hudson placed second with 63.5, and Osceola took third with 62.

Partly responsible for Hastings' low scores is the fact that spring break took up one of the two weeks Hastings had to practice before the meet.

Neither coach was too concerned about the results.

"In the long run, it's not going to matter too much," boys coach Jason Koch said.

Sandkamp called the meet something of a novelty, and more an opportunity for the kids to get experience competing indoors and at a college facility.

Because it's still early in the season, the boys were able to mix up their events a bit.

"We didn't put some of our kids in their best events," Koch said.

Doing so lowered their scores, but gave the kids a chance to try something different.

On the girls team, senior Kelly Pechous pulled out the only Hastings first-place for the day, running the 3200 in 12:15.22 and beating Stillwater's Cassie Pratt by about 18 seconds.

Pechous, with senior Maddy O'Brien, freshman Bri Strandberg, and senior Clarese Mancl, placed sixth in the 4x800 relay in 10:49.37.

Another good performance came from junior Sophia Kneen. Kneen jumped 31-08.75 in the girl's triple jump, earning her the sixth-place spot.

"That was a pretty good performance by her," Sandcamp said.

On the boys team, senior Dan Guelle secured a second-place finish in the 400 with a time of 52.37.

"He ran a pretty solid time for this early in the season," Koch said.

Guelle also ran the preliminary 55 dash in 6.75 seconds and qualified him for the final event, which he ran in 7.3 seconds.

Koch also noted senior Michael Rough, who ran a 4:46.58 in the 1600 run, placing eighth out of 29.

"He ran pretty well," Koch said.

Girls

The results of the meet went like this for the girls:

• 4x800 relay - Hastings, sixth, 10:49.37;

• 55 hurdles (prelims) - Emily Hughes, 20th, 10.81; Ashley Bayne, 25th, 12:42;

• 55 dash (prelims) - Alicia Alverson, 20th, 8.04; Sophia Kneen, 25th, 8.23;

• 1600 run - O'Brien, 22nd, 6:10.50; Pechous, 27th, 7:16.33;

• 800 run - Mancl, 12th, 2:41.18; Strandberg, 20th, 2:46.56;

• 200 dash - Sophia Kneen, 23rd, 30.26;

• 3200 run - Pechous, first, 12:15.22;

• 4x400 relay - Hastings, 10th, 4:29.44;

• Shot put - Hanah Martin, 16th, 26-11.75; Kelsey Myers, 19th, 25-08.75;

• Triple jump - Sophia Kneen, sixth, 31-08.75; Brittney Huneke, 13th, 29-02.75;

• Long jump - Alverson, 12th, 14-06.0; and

• High jump - Huneke, 15th, 4-06.0; Johannah Kneen, 22nd, 4-03.0.

Boys

The results of the meet went like this for the boys:

• 4x800 relay - Hastings, seventh, 9:17.32;

• 55 dash (prelims) - Guelle, fourth, 6.75; Spencer Saccoman, 30th, 7.53;

• 1600 run - Rough, eighth, 4:46.58; Chase Keilers, 21st, 5:06.84;

• 4x200 relay - Hastings, 13th, 1:47.86;

• 400 dash - Guelle, second, 52.37; Jake Koenig, 29th, 1:02.87;

• 55 dash - Guelle, eighth, 7.30;

• 800 run - Domingo Yandrasits, 18th, 2:20.74; Riley Tarrant, 20th, • 2:23.63;

• 200 dash - Cleshawn Hendrickson, 33rd, 27.60;

• Shot put - Dylan Myers, 26th, 34-03.5;

• Triple jump - Matt Boettcher, 17th, 37-05.5;

• Long jump - Hendrickson, 17th, 17-00.5; Boettcher, 21st, 16-07.5;

• High jump - Mitch Hoffman, 15th, 5-03.0; and

• Pole vault - Trevor Lucking, 10th, 10-00.0; Dan Gove, 10th, 10-00.0.

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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
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