GMLOKS girls track has a number of very good athletes. Former state discus qualifier, Kingsland graduate Aaron Thauwald, walked into a good situation when he took over the head position this year. In their second meet, the girls notched their second team win. GMLOKS (165) topped RPH (128) at the Tro-Canes’ first invite of the year. Chatfield also competed, taking fifth (of six). Relays and the athletes in them were strong for the victors. The 4×200 (Lauren Buchholtz, Jordyn Glynn, Emily Hovden, Katelyn Luthe), 4×400 (Buchholtz, Glynn, Riley Queensland, Amelia Staat), and 4×800 (Staat, Sydnie Bissen, Jenna Bentzin, Andrea Mettler) all took first, the 4×100 (Luthe, Kassidy Kirtz, Molly Haslam, Hovden) second. Queensland, just a freshman, had quite a day with three individual top twos as well (1st H-Jump, 2nd 200 and 400). Buchholtz, (1st 400, 3rd L-Jump), Staat (1st 800), Glynn (1st T-Jump), Luthe (2nd 100-H), and Hovden (3rd 100) scored top three finishes elsewhere. Hailey Hindt (1st 100-H, 2nd 300-H) was strong in the hurdles. The RPH squad (Alyvia Eide, Jenny Albrecht, Kjersta Hinz, Ashley Agrimson) won the 4×100. Agrimson (L-Jump), Olivia Hoff (300-H), and Nicole Blagsvedt (Shot) had other first place finishes. Hinz (H-Jump), Emily Didier (3,200), and Lauren Lawston (L-Jump) had seconds. Jordyn Holland (1st Disc, 2nd Shot) had both. Mariah Bell (200) and Grace Friederichs (P-Vault) took first for Chatfield. The Gopher 4×200 (Megan Hopp, Macy Pederson, Kyra Dokken, Bell) took second. The guys teams finished four (GMLOKS), five (Chatfield), and six (RPH). Quality over quantity described their exploits. GMLOKS’s Drew Lewison was the meet’s top performer with four firsts (100, 110-H, H-Jump, T-Jump). Peter Torkelson had two firsts (1600, 300-H) while track newbie, football and wrestling state champion, Christopher Bain (2nd 100, 3rd 200) showed well in the sprints. Chatfield’s 4×200 (Austin Swancutt, Ben Muller, Kevin Bradt, Gage Tuohy) and 4×400 (Isaiah Froese, Bradt, Muller, Tuohy) teams each took first for the second straight meet. Bradt and Tuohy went one-two in the 400-meters. Nathan Clarke took second in the discus. For RPH, Noah Carlson did just the Long Jump. He leapt 23’1”. In the first meet of the year, Carlson broke his own personal best set at state last season (23’0 ¼”). Teammate Jake Paulson was second. Dylan Linder (3,200) and Cullen Olson (Shot) also scored seconds for RPH.
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