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Hastings track and field starts season with home time trials

Junior Isaac Huntington is one of two returners who were part of last year's 4x800-yard relay that went to state for the Raiders. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 4
Junior Mallory Brake made the switch from softball to track and field this spring. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
Senior Amar Thomas is a returning sprinter for the Raiders. Here he runs a leg of a relay during Thursday's indoor time trials with Red Wing and Park. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
Senior Megan Tietjen throws shot put at the far end of the gym during the March 28 indoor meet at HHS. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

The Hastings Raiders boys' and girls' track and field teams started their season Thursday night, March 28, when the hosted Red Wing and Park for indoor time trials at Hastings High School. While results were not officially kept, it offered the teams the opportunity to compete against others besides their own teammates and simulate a real meet.

Some events were omitted due to space concerns like the discus, long and triple jumps and full-length sprints. Instead, the sprinters made due with 50 meters or so, shot put took over half the gym inside of the track and they even found room to do some basic high-jumping.

Both teams are next in action on April 12 when they travel across the border to Hudson, Wis., for a meet at Hudson High School. After that meet, it's fast and furious through April and May for the Raiders until sections at the end of May at Lakeville South and then the state meet in June.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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