Haley Leger, far left, was a member of Belle Plaine’s first-place sprint medley relay team at MSU Friday night. She also won the 800-meter run.
Haley Leger, far left, was a member of Belle Plaine’s first-place sprint medley relay team at MSU Friday night. She also won the 800-meter run.
The Belle Plaine High School girls’ track and field team did what it’s accustomed to each year as it easily captured Friday’s Minnesota River Conference Indoor Meet at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Belle Plaine boys took third.
Both the Belle Plaine boys’ and girls’ teams are scheduled to open the outdoor season with a five-team meet at the Belle Plaine Athletic Complex this Thursday afternoon. The Tigers will also host a meet next Tuesday.
Girls’ MRC Indoor Results
The Tigers took first place in eight events, including three relays, en route to piling up 235.5 points and first place. Le Sueur-Henderson was a distant second with 118 points, followed by Tri-City United (104), Jordan (66), Norwood Young America (43.5), Sibley East (41) and Mayer Lutheran (21).
Selin Dikmen picked up two individual firsts, winning the 200-meter dash in 29.21 and the 55 hurdles in 9.17. Fellow Tiger Jaylen Struck-Schmitz took first in the 55 hurdles in 8:48, which was more than a second ahead of LS-H’s Gabby Straub.
Lizzy Schmidt and Haley Leger accounted for Belle Plaine’s other individual firsts, the former capturing the 400 dash in 1:05.36 and the latter the 800 run in 2:38.81.
Victorious relays for the Tigers were the 4x400 team of Hayley O’Brien, Sara Ferguson, McKenna Herrmann and Emily Krautkremer (4:34.13); the 4x800 squad of Emily Berger, Cassie Stolt, Malina Koepp and Herrmann (10:47.72); and the 1600 sprint medley foursome of Leger, Krautkremer, Filiz Dikmen and Schmidt (4:37.72). The Tigers’ 4x200 team of Hayley O’Brien, Alyna Phongsavath, Ferguson and Madi McGrane finished second, just 2/100th of a second behind LS-H.
“Our girls had a strong meet,” said Belle Plaine coach Rich Foust. “We are a little stronger this year than we were last year at this time as many athletes showed significant improvement when compared to their 2016 indoor results. Our distance runners definitely showed what one more year of training can do.”
Boys’ MRC Indoor Results
The Jordan boys, a favorite to be at the top of the MRC when the outdoor season concludes later this spring, chalked up 188.5 team points to take the indoor 2017 MRC indoor title Friday at MSU. An improved Le Sueur-Henderson squad took second with 142.5 points, followed by Belle Plaine (125), Tri-City United (93.5), Sibley East (38), Mayer Lutheran (37) and Norwood Young America (9.5).
The Tigers mustered two individual first places and were tops in one relay. Taking first individually were Nate Loegering in the 400 dash in 54.36. Drew Spellman won the shot put with a toss of 41-06.75. The other first was turned in by the 4x400 relay team of Max Ponath, Mason Ponath, Loegering and Kellen Bergs in 3:44.27, which was nearly a full second ahead of Jordan.