Hannah Skluzacek, left, was among the Tigers competing in the 100 hurdles Thursday in Belle Plaine.
Hannah Skluzacek, left, was among the Tigers competing in the 100 hurdles Thursday in Belle Plaine.
by Dan Ruud
After claiming first place in the Minnesota River Conference Indoor Meet on March 31 in Mankato, the Belle Plaine High School girls’ track and field team has followed up with victories in its first two outdoor meets of the 2017 campaign, winning the Belle Plaine Invite on Thursday and the Tri-City United Titan Invitational on Saturday. The Belle Plaine boys squeezed past Jordan for first place in the Belle Plaine invite and was third at the TCU Titan Invitational.
Both teams were scheduled to compete in a meet in Belle Plaine Tuesday after this edition of the Herald went to press. Next up is the St. Peter Invitational next Monday.
Girls’ B.P. Invite Results
The Tigers, fueled by 10 first-place finishes, racked up 161 team points to easily win Thursday’s Belle Plaine Invitational. Jordan was second with 96.5 points, followed by Tri-City United (66), Delano (60.5) and Mayer Lutheran (19).
Individually, Jaylen Struck-Schmitz won two events – the 100-meter hurdles in 16.84 and the 300 hurdles in 49.79, the latter of which was almost three full seconds ahead of second-place teammate and returning state-qualifier Selin Dikmen. Dikmen won the 200 dash in 27.77.
The Tigers’ Sara Ferguson led a huge field in the 100 dash with a time of 13.55. Haley Leger was tops in the 400 dash in 1:04.05, while Lizzy Schmidt won the 800 run in 2:31.96. Cassie Stolt took first in the 3200 run in 12:55.08.
Victorious relays for Belle Plaine were 4x400 team of Struck-Schmitz, Schmidt, Leger and McKenna Herrmann with a time of 4:22.92; and the 4x800 team of Emily Berger, Herrmann, Schmidt and Leger (10:52.82).
Coming in second individually for the Tigers besides Dikmen were Berger in the 1,600 run (6:06.81), Mariena Hayden in the shot put (32-10) and Madi McGrane in the discus (94-02).
Girls’ TCU Invite Results
Belle Plaine mustered 165 team points to easily outdistance second-place Jordan’s 87 at Saturday’s eight-team TCU Titan Invitational in Montgomery. The rest of the field consisted of Sauk Rapids-Rice (71), Le Sueur-Henderson (67), TCU (67), Trinity School River Ridge (57), St. Clair (35) and Mankato Loyola/Cleveland (9).
Dikmen won the 200 dash in 27.66 and the 100 hurdles in 16.10. Struck-Schmitz and Dikmen were one-two in the 300 hurdles with the former taking first place in 48.82 and the latter second in 49.41.
Schmidt won the 400 dash in 1:03.09 and Leger was first in the 800 run in 2:23.99. Hayden was first in the shot put with a toss of 33-02.
First-place relays for Belle Plaine were the 4x100 team of Alyna Phongsavath, Ferguson, Haley O’Brien and Tatum Pass (54.66); the 4x400 squad of Taylor Kruger, Struck-Schmitz, Leger and Schmidt (4:14.98) and the 4x800 team of Herrmann, Stolt, Schmidt and Leger (10:15.66).
The 4x200 squad of Kruger, Phongsavath, Emily Krautkremer and O’Brien finished second in 1:56.14.
Finishing third for Belle Plaine were Phongsavath in the 100 dash (14.05), Kruger in the 400 dash (1:05.41), Struck-Schmitz in the 100 hurdles (17.10) and Schmidt in the pole vault (8-0).
Boys’ B.P. Invite Results
Nate Loegering took first place in three individual events as he propelled Belle Plaine to 131 team points, just three ahead of second-place Jordan’s 128. Rounding out the field were Delano (61), Tri-City United (58) and Mayer Lutheran (32).
According to Belle Plaine coach Josh Otto, the original results had Jordan winning the meet by seven points but Jordan’s 4x200 relay was disqualified for running out of the exchange, which was brought to Otto’s attention by Jordan’s head coach Friday morning.  After rescoring the meet, which is allowed up to 48 hours after the meet for clerical errors, the loss of points to Jordan and adding of points to Belle Plaine resulted in the new score.
Loegering’s firsts came in the 200-meter dash (23.89), 400 dash (53.30) and high jump (5-08). Teammate Drew Spellman won both throwing events – the shot put (44-08) and discus (116-09).
Belle Plaine also captured two relay events. Included were the 4x100 squad of Jack Larson, Max Ponath, Brenden Eyrich and Marcus Walsh (46.34); and the 4x800 team of Kellen Bergs, Loegering, Kyle Siemon and Drew Hastings (9:09.33).
Walsh picked up three second-place finishes for the Tigers – the 100 dash (11.71), 200 dash (23.92), which was 3/100th of a second behind Loegering), and the long jump (20-08). Also finishing second for Belle Plaine were Bergs in the 800 run (2:10.11), Siemon in the 1600 run (5:07.91) and Larson in the shot put (40-05).
Boys’ TCU Invite Results
Three MRC teams battled for first place in Saturday’s eight-team TCU Titan Invitational in Montgomery. Le Sueur-Henderson finished on top with 120 team points, followed by Jordan (110) and Belle Plaine (97). Rounding out the field were Sauk Rapids-Rice (82), TCU (53), St. Clair (45). Mankato Loyola/Cleveland (39) and Trinity School River Ridge (15).
Bergs won the 800 run in 2:11.11 and the 1600 run in 4:46.53.
First-place relays for Belle Plaine were the 4x100 team of Larson, Ponath, Eyrich and Walsh (46.36); and the 4x400 squad of Mason Ponath, Bergs, Max Ponath and Loegering (3:36.62). The 4x200 relay team of Eyrich, Max Ponath, Mason Ponath and Walsh finished second in 1:36.78.
Finishing second individually for the Tigers were Walsh in the long jump (19-10) and Spellman in the shot put (41-09). Taking third were Mason Ponath in the 400 dash (55.85), Hastings in the 3200 run (10:46.08) and Spellman in the discus (117-04).