Moeller, Hernes tabbed track & field MVPs

FAIRMONT — Andrew Moeller and Ellie Hernes were announced as the most valuable tracksters for the Fairmont Cardinals’ 2019 track & field campaign.

Seven Cardinal individuals earned all-state honors by placing in the top nine at the state meet.

Dylan Kennedy earned all-state honors in the 4×400, 4×200 and open 400, while Moeller earned the honor in the 4×400, 4×200 and 800-meter run.

Hudson Artz joined the all-state roster in the 4×400 and 4×200, while Caden Baarts made it in the 4×200 and Jordan Wolter earned the honor in the 4×400.

Ellie Hernes earned all-state accolades for the triple jump, while Laura Thompson made the list in the 3,200-meter run.

Ten Cardinals earned academic all-state honors by making the track & field honor roll and finishing the school year with a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 or higher. Hayden Berhow, Connor Artner, Artz, Thompson, Grace Higgins, Joni Becker, Karalyn Closs, McKayla Chambers, Brooklyn Meyer and Hernes all made academic all-state.

Wolter and Thompson earned rookie of the year honors, while Josh Heinze and Natalie Tonne were announced as the outstanding field event performers.

Kennedy and Becker were named the outstanding running event performers, while Baarts and Jenna Gustafson earned the coaches’ great attitude award.

Artz and Kady Pedroza earned the Fairmont captains’ great teammate awards.

This season, the Cardinal boys team won its ninth consecutive sub-section title, captured the Sentinel Relays crown and finished seventh at the Class AA state True Team Meet.

The boys also won the Big South Conference’s big school division for the third time in the past four years, while 17 athletes qualified for sections. The Cardinal boys earned state medals in four events, including the state championship in the 4×400-meter relay.

The Fairmont girls won their ninth consecutive sub-section championship and won the Sentinel Relays.

The Cardinal girls also qualified 21 participants for the section meet and made it to state in six events, earning medals in two.