Fairmont sends 8 more to state track and field

ST. PETER — The Fairmont Cardinals will be sending eight more athletes to this year’s state track and field meet next week after Friday’s final day of the Section 2AA Track and Field Championships at Gustavus Adolphus College.

The Fairmont boys 4×400 relay team, although finishing fourth, met the qualifying standard time of 3:29.07 to earn a trip to the state tournament. The team consisted of Connor Gronewald, Jaydon Putney, Blaze Geiger and Nolan Schultze.

Nelson Remington will be heading to state also in three different boys wheelchair events. He finished first in the wheelchair 100 (17.2, PR), first in the wheelchair 400 (1:14.41) and first in the wheelchair 800 (2:20.46). Oliver Tordsen qualified for state in the boys discus by finishing third and passing the qualifying standard distance of 148 feet, 4 inches with a top throw of 154-07.

Ellie Perkins vaulted to state in the girls pole vault with a top vault and personal best 10 feet, 1 inch, finishing fourth overall and meeting the qualifying standard height of 10-1. Ellie Ortega qualified in the girls shot put by taking third and passing the qualifying standard of 36 feet with a top throw of 36-02.5.

All of these athletes will be joined at state by Wednesday’s qualifying teammates Macy Hanson (girls 3,200) and Gage Borntrager (boys pole vault).

Also for Fairmont on Friday, Macy Hanson took third in the girls 1,600 (5:14.87), while the boys 4×100 team of Elijah Johnson, Geiger, Allon Chen and Jeremiah Lebbi just missed out on state with a third-place finish (43.76), less than a second behind the second-place team from Mankato East (43.07). Cadence Leiding took third in the girls 300-meter hurdles (49.21) also on Friday for the Cardinals.


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