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Track teams finish near top of Metro East

Senior Ovie Embu (center) took second in the 100 meter dash. Also running are Josh Miser (right) and Avonte Bailey (left). Photo by Heidi Fierek

The Metro East Conference championships were held last week, May 23 (prelims) and May 25 (finals), at Tartan High School. Hastings hosted just the discus events due to difficulties resulting from the recent wet weather. The boys' team took second out of nine teams with 123 points, behind just Mahtomedi who won with 159 points. The girls' team took third with 106.5 points, behind North St. Paul in second (121.25) and Mahtomedi (136.75).

Competitors and teams from both teams had outstanding finishes for the Raiders. The boys' 4x200 relay of seniors Ovie Embu, Josh Miser and Alex King, and junior Avonte Bailey took first with a time of one minute and 31.06 seconds (1:31.06); Eighth-grader Linnea Urban won 1,600 meter run in 5:24.62; freshman Isaac Huntington finished first in the 800 (1:59.35); the 4x400 relay team of freshman Daniel Brown, sophomore Noah Kullman, junior Josh Lewanski and senior Jake Brown took first in 3:32.35 and freshman Reilly Johnson won the girls' high jump with a jump of five feet (5-00).

Second-place finishers were junior Miranda Hanson in the 300 meter hurdles (47.54) and the girls' 4x400 meter relay team of seniors Brianna Froehling, Jen Koudelka Lauren Tix and Hanson (4:09.94).

Those who took third place are the girls' 4x800 relay team of eighth-graders Emma Bratvold and Linnea Hanson, and freshmen Emily Biscoe and Johnson (10:20.72); junior Griffin Myers in the 3,200 meter run (10:05.46); the girls' 4x200 relay team consisting of junior Cecilia Carlson, Froehling, Koudelka and senior Rachel Klimek (1:47.70); Jake Brown in the 400 meter dash (50.83); Josh Miser in the high jump (6-00) and shot put (50-01 ½)); senior Ethan Kimmes in the pole vault (11-00) and sophomore Hannah Peterson in the long jump (15-09 ¾).

Others who placed in the top five were: the boys' 4x800 relay team of Daniel Brown, senior Daniel Williams, senior Sam Shepherd and senior Noah Brenny took fourth in 8:34.16; eighth-grader Avery Daley took fourth in the 3,200 (12:18.34); junior David Nogle also took fourth in the 3,200 (10:07.38) and 1,600 (4:42.31); freshman Jakub Youngstrom took fifth in the 1,600 (4:43.55) Hanson placed fourth in the 100 meter hurdles (17.11); the girls' relay team in the 4x100 (junior Haley Klimek, Rachel Klimek, freshman Liberty Larcholey and Cecilia Carlson) took fourth (51.33); the boys' 4x100 relay team of senior Nathi Gudissa, King, Kullman and junior Nathan Miller took fifth (46.96); Tix finished fifth in the 400 (1:00.78); senior Nick Sampson placed fourth in the 300 meter hurdles (44.28); Bailey took fifth in the 200 (23.78); juniors Emily Weldon (10-00) and Josie Pechous (9-06) took fourth and fifth respectively in the pole vault; junior Hayden Niebur took fifth in the triple jump (40-00 ½ ); junior Jack Tousignant placed fourth in the discus (132-10) and sophomore Haylee Yaeger took fifth in the shot put (32-07 ½).

Those outside of the top five but in the top-10 are: sophomore Megan Mattson took seventh in the 3,200 (12:44.87); Noah Brenny took sixth in the 3,200 (10:15.73); freshmen Ariana Green (18.04) and Rachel Hughes (18.37) finished seventh and eighth in the 100 meter hurdles; freshman William Johnson took eighth 110 meter hurdles (19.67); Embu (11.66) and Miser (11.77) finished sixth and seventh in the 100; Daley took seventh in the 1,600 (5:45.14); Myers finished seventh in the 1,600 (4:46.88); Froehling took eighth in the 400 (1:02.60); Lewanski placed eighth in the 400 (52.50); Johnson (2:29.58) and Bratvold (2:32.38) finished sixth and seventh for the girls' team in the 800; Koudelka took sixth in the 200 (26.99); King also finished sixth in the 200 (23.82); Hughes took sixth in the pole vault (9-00); Linnea Hanson took ninth in the long jump (14-08 3/4); Embu finished eighth in the long jump (19-04); Rachel Klimek finished eighth in the triple jump (31-10 1/2); Jake Brown took sixth in the triple jump (39-05); Yaeger placed eighth in the discus (87-09); junior Sawyer Levos also took eighth in the discus (122-07) and Jack Tousignant finished seventh in the shot put (45-07 3/4).

Sections for both teams will be at Lakeville South, with the prelims on June 1 and the finals on June 3.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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