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Despite good finishes, girls track season ends at sections

Brittney Huneke clears the high jump at the section 1AA track meet. (Rivertowns Newspaper Group photo by Matt Steichen)

Hastings High School's girls track and field team put up some good times at the section 1AA meet June 3 and June 5, but they weren't enough to get any of the girls a spot at the state meet.

Alicia Alverson won her heat in the 400-meter dash and had the fourth-best time out of all the runners. She ran a 1:01.32, but needed a 57.55 or faster to qualify for state. Alverson also placed third in the final heat in the long jump with a distance of 16-11, but needed a 17-06 for state.

Kelly Pechous also placed well in the 1600 and had the third-best time in the event. She ran a 5:15.64 but needed a 5:04.41 or better to qualify for state.

Brittney Huneke placed ninth in the high jump, but was four inches short of the state qualifying height.

As a team, the girls scored 23 points and placed 12th out of 15 teams. Lakeville North earned the most points, 109.


• 100 dash (preliminary): Allison Nolan, 28th, 14.39; Savannah Fultz, 29th, 14.66;

• 200 dash: Sophia Kneen, 25th, 29.19; Fultz, 27th, 29.33;

• 400 dash: Alverson, fourth, 1:00.89; Johannah Kneen, 12th, 1:02.91;

• 800 run: Clarese Mancl, 11th, 2:27.49; Nicole Gaertner, 30th, 2:56.92;

• 1600 run: Kelly Pechous, third, 5:15.64; Maddy O'Brien, 24th, 5:54.11;

• 3200 run: Pechous, sixth, 11:30.60; Brianna Strandberg, 16th, 12:26.82;

• 100 hurdles: Emily Hughes, 19th, 18.62; McKensie Hollar, 25th, 19.08;

• 300 hurdles: Hughes, 18th, 51.56; McKensie Hollar, 25th, 53.46;

• 4x100 relay: Hastings, 15th, 56.70;

• 4x200 relay: Hastings, 12th, 1:55.14;

• 4x400 relay: Hastings, sixth, 4:11.95;

• 4x800 relay: Hastings, 10th, 10:29.32;

• High jump: Huneke, ninth, 5-00; Nicole Hollar, 12th, 4-10;

• Long jump (preliminary): Alverson, second, 16-11; Huneke, 21st, 14-06.75;

• Long jump (final): Alverson, third, 16-11;

• Triple jump (preliminary): Huneke, 17th, 31-04.75; Hughes, 29th, 27-07.25;

• Pole vault: Mackenzie Klimek, 23rd, 7-07; Ashley Addison, 25th, 7-01;

• Discus (preliminary): Hanah Martin, 21st, 83-03; Becky Church, 27th, 72-08; and

• Shot put (preliminary): Martin, 26th, 28-05.5; Kelsey Myers, 28th, 27-04.