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Track teams take 6th at Irondale meet

McKensie Hollar clears a hurdle while running in a meet Thursday afternoon at Hastings High School. She is a sophomore.

The Hastings boys and girls track teams took a road trip to Irondale for a unique Friday night meet. Hastings placed sixth at the meet.

"We were hoping to finish in the middle of the pack," Hastings girls coach Greg Sandkamp said. "There were some really good teams there."

The meet combines the boys and girls events, and all the results are put together for one team score.

"Our kids really love this meet," Sandkamp said. "It was really a fun meet."


Highlights from the meet included:

• A third-place finish in the 300 hurdles by Jessica Wagner, McKensie Hollar, Josh Gagne and Dan Guelle;

• A third-place finish in the triple jump, which included Erin Haglund and Carlin Bunting from the girls team;

• A second-place finish in the 3,200-meter run, which included Kelly Pechous and Maddy O'Brien from the girls team;

• A first-place in the high jump from Taylor Goergen and Haglund. Goergen cleared 5-2, and Haglund went 5-0; and

• A third-place finish in the 4x400 co-ed relay. Bunting and Hollar ran for the girls. Guelle and Mike Schutt ran for the boys.

"That was really exciting," Sandkamp said. "It was a close race. The top three teams were in a tight bunch coming down the stretch."

The combined sprint medley relay teams had the highlight of the night as they placed first and set a new meet record. The team, in fact, shattered the old meet record by 10 seconds.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings 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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