Fairmont 8th-grade girls tracksters capture invitational

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont eighth-grade girls track & field lineup pocketed first-place honors, while the Cardinal eighth-grade boys team captured second-place accolades during the St. Peter middle school invitational on Friday.

Fairmont’s seventh-grade girls roster claimed third place, while the Cardinal seventh-grade boys squad netted fourth.

Hannah Goerndt and Jazlyn Geerdes each produced gold-medal performances to pace the Cardinal eighth-grade girls’ winning ways. Goerndt broke the tape in the 400-meter dash in 1:16.0, while Geerdes cleared 28 feet, 2nd inches to top the triple jump field.

Lily Higgins, Bethany Thatcher and Anna Utermarck all contributed second-place showings to the Fairmont eighth-grade effort. Higgins placed second behind Goerndt in the open 400 in 1:21.1, Thatcher ran a 3:23.0 time in the 800-meter run, while Utermarck cleared 27-10 1/2 in the triple jump.

Emma Scheppmann, Mia Acosta and Utermarck each netted third on the track, while teammate Abi Cihoski nailed down third in the two throwing events. Cihoski heaved the shot 29-5 to take the bronze, and added a discus toss of 59-10 for third place.

Scheppmann crossed the finish line in the open 100 in 14.75, Acosta finished in 1:22.94 in the 400, while Utermarck netted third in the 100-meter hurdles in 18.78. Scheppmann also grabbed fourth in the open 200 (31.53), Geerdes finished fourth in the 100 hurdles in 18.99, while Utermarck generated a pace of 34.03 in the 200 hurdles.

James Johnson produced a 1-2-3 individual finish to help propel Fairmont to a second-place team finish in the eighth-grade boys division.

Johnson garnered first place in the open 200 with a 26.14, placed second in the open 100 with a 12.47, while capturing third in the long jump by spraying the sand at 15-1 1/2.

Trey Tumbleson added scoring punch by netting second in the 100 hurdles in 17.38, posted a third-place time of 1:04.84 in the 400, while clearing 5-0 in the high jump for fourth place for the Cardinals.

Gabe Berg won the open 400 with a time of 1:02.23 and placed fourth in the triple jump by clearing 30-4, while Sawyer Tordsen tallied second in the shot put (36-5 1/2) and garnered third in the discus (98-6). Kyler Wolters added a third-place triple jump of 32-8 1/2.

Alexa Bush compiled a 1-2 showing in the throws to pace the Fairmont seventh-grade girls’ third-place showing out of seven teams. Bush won the shot put with a heave of 28-0, while capturing second by hurling the discus to 62-5.

Hope Klanderud generated three second-place showings for Fairmont. Klanderud ran a 30.54 in the open 200, crossed the finish line in 1:11.15 in the open 400 and cleared 4-2 in the high jump.

Shaye Dietz pocketed second in the 100 hurdles in 19.02, Elayna Anderson finished fourth in both the 200-meter run (31.5) and 400 (1:13.9), while Andrea Rojo placed fourth in the open 100 (14.79).

Ethan Geerdes and Taylor Austin each contributed a pair of top-four performances to top the Fairmont seventh-grade boys’ fourth-place team showing.

Geerdes won the 200 hurdles in 31.03 before claiming fourth in the 100 hurdles (18.68). Austin cleared 4-4 to take home second place in the high jump before running a 2:41.0 in the 800-meter event to finish fourth.

Isaiah Lockwood placed third in the 200 hurdles in 33.3, Connor Gronewald finished fourth in the open 100 (13.55), while Isaac Sheard claimed fourth in the triple jump (27-6).

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