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Running hot: State track and field


Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
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The Chatfield Gopher’s girls’ 4x100 and 4x200 squads competed at state, finishing 5th and 4th respectively. They are (left to right) Maddy Kammer, Autum Erickson, Head Coach Chris Frye, Erin Kammer, and Ashley Baker. It marked senior Erin Kammer’s (second from right) 6th straight trip to state in track. She’s been a part of 12 state relay squads. Photo provided by John and Sam Clemens

It’s always nice to get outside in the summer and run/compete under a warming sun; that is, so long as it’s not to warm. At the 2012 Minnesota high school track and field championships, it was probably just that. It wasn’t prime running weather. With temperatures in the 90’s, athletes were definitely affected. On day one, Cannon Falls long distance runner, Emi Trost, actually collapsed near the end of her 3,200-meter event. She finished the race, but did not finish the meet (Saturday’s 1,600-meter event).

As for the county’s eight athletes, Chatfield’s 4x100 and 4x200 relay contingent (Erin Kammer, Ashley Baker, Autumn Erickson, Maddy Kammer) probably were the most affected. They ran four races in two days (and in Maddy Kammer’s case, five races in two days). Coming in as the top seed (best time) in each event, the Gophers were right where they needed to be, where they expected to be, following Friday’s prelims. Each squad qualified for Saturday’s finals: the 4x100 finished second (00:50.19) to Annandale (00:49.91), the 4x200 first (1:45.50).

In the finals, it wasn’t that the girls didn’t run well. The 4x200 broke a 27-year old school mark (1:45.21) and bettered their prelim time. Three other teams, Osakis (1:44.78), Esko (1:45.17), and Sleepy Eye Unified (1:45.18), just ran better, bettered their prelim times. Finishing in 4th, the Gophers were just four-tenths-of-a-second back of second place. The 4x100 (00:50.59) fell off its qualifying pace and finished 5th behind sectional adversary Byron (00:49.76), Annandale (00:49.82), Pequot Lakes (00:49.99), and Lac Qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd (00:50.23), all of which improved their times from Friday to Saturday. Of those teams, only Pequot Lakes ran prelims/finals for both the 4x100 and 4x200 (like Chatfield). Only two of their runners were the same.

With those relays completed, the ‘Erin Kammer Era’ of track at Chatfield High School ends. She went to state six times in six years, was a part of (count them) twelve different state relay teams (five 4x100’s, five 4x100’s, and two 4x400’s). Her best finish was second (twice; the 4x100 and 4x200 each did it in 2008 when she was an 8th grader). She also was probably the county’s most decorated athlete through the 2011-2012 school year. Erin was a big part of a Sub-Section volleyball runner-up squad, a Section runner-up basketball squad, to go along with the track and field exploits. Sh .....
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Baseball play-offs

Mon, Jun 11th, 2012
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From Five to Two Day one of the areas baseball post-season brought no surprises. In S-S 1AA East, it was ugly in Plainview. The top seeded PEM Bulldogs (17-3) ended 8-seed GMLOK’s rough season (1-20) with an 18-1 whooping (five innings). Jacob R ..... 
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SB play-offs: Chatfield in section final

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
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Three Not The Charm The first two county squads to take the field for play-off softball action learned something; the third time is not the charm. Mabel-Canton (#8, 3-13) hosted Hope Lutheran (#9, 3-11). In the first inning, Patriot Tiahia Aune h ..... 
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Reversal of fortunes

Mon, May 28th, 2012
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One week after dropping three-straight, the Chatfield Gopher’s baseball team did an about-face. Against Southland, it was not pretty. Chatfield pitching surrendered 13 hits and two walks. Their defense committed four errors. Southland stranded 12 ..... 
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Around the diamonds

Mon, May 21st, 2012
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More spring sports, more diamond festivities! FC/L baseball ended a 6-game slide. Versus R-P, they began with six straight hits, five runs. After a Trojan comeback (5-4) Dan Gatzke (2-4, 2 RBI) capped the evening with a solo HR as the Falcons held o ..... 
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10 games, 3 days

Mon, May 14th, 2012
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Three double-headers, a miraculous comeback, an extra-inning Schneid-ending win, two pitchers racking up ‘W’s’, five HR’s including a grand slam, with Chatfield’s ball teams at the front of it all; county-on-county crime! Finally! The ..... 
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Much to their Lemay

Mon, May 7th, 2012
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It’s only a coincidence “Lemay” is a combination of the words lament and dismay. It’s only a coincidence. For Fillmore Central/Lanesboro softball, Wabasha-Kellogg’s Sophie was a bringer of both words. W-K’s chief hurler shut down the FC/ ..... 
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Malley two-hitter, FC/L SB 1-0

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
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Of the ten 3-Rivers softball teams, Fillmore Central/Lanesboro was the last to begin its season. They did so against Dover-Eyota. One really couldn’t tell the Falcons hadn’t played a game. FC/L put runs on the board in five of six innings. Tay ..... 
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Diamond Drubbings

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
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It was a week of intra-county beat-downs. Chatfield baseball started the blitzing. They jumped out 10-2 after two versus R-P. Seven more runs later and the 10-run-rule after five was in effect; 17-6 was the final. Collin Maki (3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 ..... 
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