Fairmont boys 3rd, girls 5th at True Team Section
MARSHALL — The Fairmont Cardinal boys team used four first-place finishes, along with eight top-five finishes, to take third overall at the True Team Section 2AA track & field meet in Marshall on Tuesday night.
The Fairmont girls placed fifth as a team with 483.5 points, including seven top-five finishes, while the Cardinal boys finished with a team total of 538.5.
Hayden Berhow claimed first in the high jump, Dylan Kennedy took gold in the 400-meter dash, Andrew Moeller finished atop the list in the 800-meter run and the Fairmont boys 4×400-meter relay team ended the meet with a 10-meter win.
Berhow cleared the bar at 6 feet even to take first, while Kennedy ran the 400 in 51.31 seconds to just beat out Luverne’s Jedidiah Dooyema, who finished in 51.47.
Hudson Artz also won his heat in the 400, timing in at 53.27 for ninth place.
In the 800, Moeller took the lead after the second turn of the final lap and held it, but Marshall’s Quentin Blomme caught up and ran stride-for-stride with Moeller through the final straightaway. Moeller pushed through to win with a time of 2:01.11, while Blomme crossed the finish line in 2:01.18.
In the final race of the meet, the Cardinal boys 4×400 team of Jordan Wolter, Artz, Moeller and Kennedy shined.
With Wolter leading off, Artz took the first handoff in third place, but worked his way to a five-meter lead before handing off to Moeller. Moeller maintained the lead through the lap, handing off the Kennedy with a lead of a couple of strides. Kennedy expanded the lead to about 10 meters before crossing the finish line in 3:27.2, less than three seconds behind the time of 3:24.38 the team of Dayton Pasch, Kennedy, Moeller and Wyatt Quiring ran at state last season for second place.
Fairmont head coach Bob Bonk said the 4×400 win was an exciting way to end a good meet.
“That was a tremendous 4×400, tremendous,” Bonk said. “The key in this meet is to not have an area where you mess up, you false start or you don’t get a measurement or you drop a baton. We didn’t have any mistakes like that. A lot of times it’s kind of deceiving what really makes the difference, like in the two mile, we had two guys (William Saari and Connor Artner) both sophomores, run huge personal bests. They weren’t in the top few, but they were in the top half with seven or eight guys right behind them. And that meant a lot of points. Those are the kind of things you don’t always notice and those are the kind of things that help you do well.”
The day began with the 4×800 relays. The Cardinal team of Rayah Quiring, Carissa Saxton, Brooklyn Pfeffer and Corene Moeller placed eighth with a time of 10:42.15, while Wolter, Dawson Gatewood, Connor Artner and Artz ran to a time of 8:36.89 for sixth in the boys’ race.
Ellie Hernes placed fourth in the high hurdles for Fairmont with a time of 17.17, while McKayla Chambers was close behind with a time of 17.69, good for seventh.
In the high hurdles, Shawn Oberbeck took 12th in 18.19, while Tony Nuss crossed the finish line in 18.53 for 16th.
In the throwing pit, Riley Chaffee (43-4) and Jacob Rahn (43-0.5) grabbed Fairmont a handful of team points when they finished fifth and sixth, respectively, while Cadence Becker heaved the discus 87-8 for eighth and Natalie Tonne sent the discus 82-6 for 12th in the girls competition.
Back on the track, Caden Baarts took eighth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.79, while Josh Heinze claimed 20th with a time of 12.4. Karalyn Closs finished 13th in the 100 with a time of 13.9 and Grace Higgins finished 15th with a time of 14.01.
The Cardinal boys 4×200-meter relay team of Brandon Williams, Kennedy, Nick Thate and Baarts took fourth with a time of 1:34.78, while the team of Mackenzie Householder, Jenna Gustafson, Higgins and Closs claimed eighth in 1:54.35, just behind Waseca’s seventh-place time of 1:54.15.
Laura Thompson took ninth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:25.93, while Tabitha Thatcher claimed 16th with her time of 5:51.8.
In the boys’ 1,600, Moeller battled down the final 100 meters with Worthington’s Christian Lietz to claim seventh. Lietz nearly passed Moeller, but after a quick look, Moeller turned on the jets to claim the spot with a time of 4:40.42 to Lietz’ 4:40.48.
“I knew I needed it (a strong finish),” Moeller said. “I passed a guy with 200 meters to go and I knew he and a couple guys would be finishing fast.”
In the jumping pit, Berhow took fifth in the long jump with a distance of 20-11.5, while Heinze claimed 10th with a leap of 19-10. Hernes claimed sixth in the girls’ long jump with a distance of 16-2.5, while Brooklyn Meyer took 15th at 14-10.75.
Through seven events, both the Cardinal boys and girls sat in fifth place.
Along with Berhow’s first-place finish, Moeller took 11th in the high jump when he cleared the 5-4 bar.
The Cardinal 4×100 relay team of Cadence Becker, Gustafson, Higgins and Closs took sixth with a time of 54.28, while the boys’ squad of Williams, Thate, Wolter and Heinze claimed fifth with a time of 46.24.
Bonk said the girls’ performance showed a lot of improvement and season bests.
“The girls had a lot of seasons best, personal bests. I thought we ran in the areas we weren’t as strong, we actually improved a lot. I can’t think of an event where we were real bad. … There’s still a real, real long shot that they could come out a wild card. … All in all, it was a good up and down meet.”
After the fifth-place finish in the 4×100, the Cardinal boys team moved into fourth overall, while the girls maintained position in fifth.
Joni Becker took fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.68, while Corene Moeller claimed 14th when she crossed the finish line at 1:04.76.
Tonne and Cadence Becker each finished top-five in the shot put. Tonne heaved the shot 34-0.5 for second, while Cadence Becker’s toss landed at 32-4.75 for fourth.
Hernes took sixth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 50.27, while Claire Nemmers turned in a 51.82 for 12th.
Nuss ran the 300 meter-hurdels in 45.75 for 11th, while Oberbeck finished the race in 47.12 for 17th.
Along with Moeller’s first-place time in the 800-meter run, Gatewood ran 2:12.41 for 16th. Thompson finished the 800 in 2:28.44, sharing ninth with Waseca’s Ella Dufault, while Emily Frank crossed the finish line in 2:46.89 for 19th.
Joni Becker completed the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.04 for 11th, while Gustafson crossed the finish line at 28.63 for 16th. Baarts took 23.35 to cross the 200-meter finish line for a tie with Waseca’s Tave Ball at sixth place, while Williams finished 14th with a time of 24.44.
Rahn (101-5) and Chaffee (90-9) finished 16th and 21st, respectively, in the boys’ discuss.
In the 3,200-meter runs, Thatcher took 13th with a time of 13:00.56, while Hannah Neusch crossed the finish line in 18th with her time of 13:12.86. William Saari and Connor Artner stayed together through the entire boys’ race, finishing within a second of each other. Saari took eighth with a time fo 10:41.97, with Artner right behind in ninth at 10:42.36.
Thate took fourth in the boys’ pole vault when he cleared the 11-6 bar, while Matthew Anderson claimed fourth when he made it past the 10-0 setting. Ellie Schultze claimed 18th in the pole vault when she made it over the 7-0 bar, while Householder took 22nd when she cleared 6-6.
All four Fairmont competitors finished top-10 in the triple jump.
Hernes claimed bronze with a leap of 35-3.5, while Quiring took seventh at 34-1.5. Berhow notched a fourth-place showing with a jump of 41-1.25 and Heinze placed sixth with a leap of 40-7. The two top-six places moved the Fairmont boys into third overall with only the 4×400 left to run.
In the final girls’ race of the day, the Cardinal 4×400 team of Closs, Thompson, Saxton and Becker finished fifth with a time of 4:16.57.
SECTION 2AA TRUE TEAM MEET
Team Standings: 1. Luverne 580 2. Waseca 578 3. Mankato East573.5 4. Belle Plaine 567 5. Fairmont 483.5 6. Marshall 445 7. St. Peter 431 8. Mankato West 400.5 9. Jordan 332 10. New Ulm 314 11. Worthington 223.5 12. Tri City United 199.
4×800: 1. Marshall 9:46.62; 2. Waseca 9:52.63; 3. Luverne 10:04.34.
Fairmont (Rayah Quiring, Carissa Saxton, Brooklyn Pfeffer, Corene Moeller) 8th, 10:42.15.
HH: 1. Jaylen Struck-Schmitz (BP) 15.8; 2. Madison Gehloff (WAS) 16.34; 3. Indya Campbell (West) 16.51.
Fairmont results: Ellie Hernes 17.14, McKayla Chambers 17.69.
100: 1. Odell Frye (WAS) 12.53; 2. Megan Geraets (East) 13.23; 3. Saphie McFarquhar (MAR) 13.45.
Fairmont results: Karalyn Closs 13.9, Grace Higgins 14.01.
4×200: 1. Mankato East 1:50.63; 2. Luverne 1:50.87; 3. Worthington 1:51.05.
Fairmont (Mackenzie Householder, Jenna Gustafson, Grace Higgins, Karalyn Closs) 8th, 1:54.35.
1,600: 1. Tenley Nelson (LUV) 5:12.14; 2. Madison More (SP) 5:13.77; 3. Ella Dufault (WAS) 5:15.4.
Fairmont results: Laura Thompson 5:25.93, Tabitha Thatcher 5:51.8.
4×100: 1. Luverne 52.27; 2. Waseca 52.36; 3. New Ulm 52.73.
Fairmont (Cadence Becker, McKayla Chambers, Brooklyn Meyer, Grace Higgins) 6th, 54.28.
400: 1. Lizzy Schmidt (BP) 58.91; 2. Lexi Herman (WAS) 59.3; 3. Megan Geraets (East) 59.45.
Fairmont results: Joni Becker 1:01.68, Corene Moeller 1:04.76.
300 H: 1. Jaylen Struck-Schmitz (BP) 44.45; 2. Regan Feit (LUV) 49.03; 3. Madison Gehloff (WAS) 49.16.
Fairmont results: Ellie Hernes 50.27, Claire Nemmers 51.82.
800: 1. Olivia Beschorner (East) 2:21.57; 2. McKenna Herrmann (BP) 2:22.91; 3. Brooklynn VerSteeg (LUV) 2:23.85.
Fairmont results: Laura Thompson 2:28.44, Emily Frank 2:46.89.
200: 1. Odell Frye (WAS) 25.46; 2. Megan Geraets (East) 26.18; 3. Jaylen Struck-Schmitz (BP) 26.63.
Fairmont results: Joni Becker 28.04, Jenna Gustafson 28.63.
3,200: 1. Tenley Nelson (LUV) 11:26.33; 2. Eve Anderson (East) 11:$5.19; 3. Jersey Leysen (MAR) 11:50.67.
Fairmont results: Tabitha Thatcher 13:00.56, Hannah Neusch 13:12.86.
4×400: 1. Luverne 4:08.99; 2. Belle Plaine 4:13.03; 3. Marshall 4:15.85.
Fairmont (Karalyn Closs, Laura Thompson, Carissa Ssaxton, Joni Becker) 4th, 4:16.57.
Long jump: 1. Odell Frye (WAS) 17-3.5; 2. Jaylen Struck-Schmitz (BP) 17-3.25; 3. Megan Geraets (East) 17-1.
Fairmont results: Ellie Hernes 16-2.5, Brooklyn Meyer 14-10.75.
High jump: 1. Olivia Owens (NU) 5-2; 2. Lexi Karge (East) 5-2; 3. Madison Gehloff (WAS) 5-0.
Fairmont results: Savanah Baker 4-10, Bethany Linse 4-10.
Discus: 1. MacKenzie Paul (WAS) 106-6.5; 2. Maggie Trnka (TCU) 105-10; 3. Rachel Clifford (East) 102-11.5.
Fairmont results: Cadence Becker 87-8, Natalie Tonne 82-6.
Shot: 1. Kristen Rasmussen (West) 34-2.75; 2. Natalie Tonne (F) 34-0.5; 3. Jocelyn Hart (LUV) 32-8.75.
Other Fairmont result: Cadence Becker 32-4.75.
Pole vault: 1. Jenna Sikel (West) 10-6; 2. Abby Olenius (West) 10-0; 3. Jessie Westman (JOR) 9-6.
Fairmont results: Ellie Schultze 7-0, MacKenzie Householder 6-6.
Triple jump: 1. Madi Kes (JOR) 36-7.75; 2. Mallory Thorson (LUV) 36-5.75; 3. Ellie Hernes (F) 35-3.5.
Other Fairmont result: Rayah Quiring 34-1.5.
Team Standings: 1. Jordan 630 2. Mankato East 583.5 3. Fairmont 538.5 4. Mankato West 515 5. Worthington 459.5 6. Waseca 455 7. Marshall 447 8. St. Peter 378.5 9. Luverne 356.5 10. Belle Plaine 350 11. Tri-City United 228 12. New Ulm 179.5.
4×800: 1. Worthington 8:22.76; 2. Jordan 8:24.4; 3. Waseca 8:26.6.
Fairmont (Jordan Wolter, Dawson Gatewood, Connor Artner, Hudson Artz) 6th, 8:36.89.
HH: 1. Caden Bruzek (JOR) 15.75; 2. Ben Larson (JOR) 15.87; 3. Dominique Sealy (West) 16.14.
Fairmont results: Shawn Oberbeck 18.19, Tony Nuss 18.53.
100: 1. Marlon Wiley (JOR) 11.32; 2. Jade Reicks (SP) 11.33; 3. Melik Davis (West) 11.5.
Fairmont results: Caden Baarts 11.79, Josh Heinze 12.4.
4×200: 1. Jordan 1:32.43; 2. Mankato West 1:32.53; 3. Worthington 1:33.78.
Fairmont (Brandon Williams, Dylan Kennedy, Nick Thate, Caden Baarts) 4th, 1:34.78.
1,600: 1. Jett Oachs (East) 4:29.85; 2. Symon Keiser (JOR) 4:31.33; 3. Eli Salisbury (MAR) 4:33.39.
Fairmont results: Andrew Moeller 4:40.42, William Saari 4:55.04.
4×100: 1. Jordan 43.72; 2. Mankato West 43.93; 3. Mankato East 45.16.
Fairmont (Brandon Williams, Nick Thate, Jordan Wolter, Josh Heinze) 5th, 46.24.
400: 1. Dylan Kennedy (F) 51.31; 2. Jedidiah Dooyema (LUV) 51.47; 3. Max Veplecha (JOR) 51.92.
Other Fairmont result: Hudson Artz 53.27.
300 H: 1. Jade Reicks (SP) 39.47; 2. Dominique Sealy (West) 39.98; 3. Ben Larson (JOR) 40.4.
Fairmont results: Tony Nuss 45.75, Shawn Oberbeck 47.12.
800: 1. Andrew Moeller (F) 2:01.11; 2. Quentin Blomme (MAR) 2:01.18; 3. Cole Halla (WAS) 2:01.91.
Other Fairmont result: Dawson Gatewood 2:12.41.
200: 1. Marlon Wiley (JOR) 22.5; 2. Jade Reicks (SP) 22.52; 3. Dominique Sealy (West) 22.81.
Fairmont results: Caden Baarts 23.35, Brandon Williams 24.44.
3,200: 1. Eli Salisbury (MAR) 9:46.75; 2. Adam Koller (WOR) 9:46.93; 3. Jett Oachs (East) 9:58.6.
4×400: 1. Fairmont (Jordan Wolter, Hudson Artz, Andrew Moeller, Dylan Kennedy) 3:27.2; 2. Waseca 3:28.23; 3. Mankato East 3:31.65.
Shot: 1. Marcus Hansen (WAS) 52-9; 2. Yahya Black (MAR) 48-11.75; 3. Garrett Shumski (West) 46-3.25.
Fairmont results: Riley Chaffee 43-4, Jacob Rahn 43-0.
Long jump: 1. Jonathan Sikel (West) 22-9.25; 2. Marlon Wiley (JOR) 21-8; 3. Thomas Dietel (JOR) 21-7.
Fairmont results: Hayden Berhow 20-11.5, Josh Heinze 19-10.
High jump: 1. Hayden Berhow (F) 6-0; 2. Jonathan Sikel (West) 6-0; 3. Muse Abdi (East) 5-8.
Other Fairmont result: Andrew Moeller 5-4.
Discus: 1. Garrett Shumski (West) 148-11; 2. Marcus Hansen (WAS) 143-0; 3. Carson Ekstedt (East) 131-10.
Fairmont results: Jacob Rahn 101-5, Riley Chaffee 90-9.
Pole vault: 1. Jackson Nesmoe (TCU) 13-6; 2. Alex Berg (East) 13-6; 3. Jedidiah Dooyema (LUV) 12-6.
Fairmont results: Nick Thate 11-6, Matthew Anderson 10-0.