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Track and field: Streaks sweep Prairie titles

Osakis senior Brady Roos throws the shot put in a home meet on May 2. Roos finished sixth in the shot put (35-7) and second in the discus (126-7) at the Prairie Conference championship on Wednesday to help his team to the title. (Ryan Pietruszewski | Osakis Review)1 / 4
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One just has to look at the athletes named Prairie Conference MVPs to realize how things went for Osakis at the conference meet on Wednesday at St. John’s.

Seniors Gage Larson and Jacob Jones of the Silverstreaks shared that honor on the boys side, while Osakis senior Kayla Sorenson was named the girls’ MVP with Abigail Ecker of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. It made for another big day for these teams as the boys won with 174.5 points. Royalton was a distant second at 134, while the Osakis girls dominated with 238 points to LPGE’s 93 in second place.

“I knew we'd be the favorites coming in, but the amount of points we were able to put up was impressive,” head coach Lee VanNyhuis said of his girls team. “We weren’t looking past this meet at all. The girls were very business-like in their approach.”

It’s the 15th Prairie Conference championship for this team in the last 16 years. The girls won 12 events as sophomore Tianna Stanek got them started with victories in the 100 (12.98) and 200 dash (26.87).

Sorenson showed off her versatility again through multiple events and broke a school record in the process. She bested Aftin Long’s record of 15.95 from 2006 in the 100-meter hurdles by winning in 15.88 seconds. Sorenson added a win in the triple jump (32-2.5) and the high jump (5-0), while adding a runner-up finish to teammate Grace Walter in the 300 hurdles. Walter won in 48.88 seconds, while Sorenson was right behind in 48.99 seconds.

Senior Jessica Bliese continued to cement herself among some of the top throwers in this program’s history by breaking her own school record and Prairie Conference meet record in the shot put. The previous meet record she set in 2016 was 37-0.5. Bliese flew past that after a throw of 40 feet, 8 inches, while senior teammate Kari Didier was second in the shot at 35-5.5.

“It was hard not to get emotional after seeing her celebrate that throw,” VanNyhuis said of Bliese. “Kari also threw her best today.”

Osakis sophomore Elizabeth Pahl won the discus (102-10) as Bliese took second in that event.

Junior Lauren Savageau had a big day in the distance events. She won both the 800 (2:29.04) and 1,600 (5:58.11) runs, while Osakis eighth grader Destiny Lene took the 3,200 race in 13:19.91. Savageau was also second in the long jump at 14-6.

Osakis’ lone relay win came in the 4x800 as Hatti Schmidtbauer, Natalie Schlosser, Alexa Lien and Hannah Lien won in 11:03.

“We'll enjoy this, then get back to business (Thursday) preparing for the True Team State Meet,” VanNyhuis said.


The Osakis boys are showing their talent within the conference field as they wrapped up their second straight Prairie Conference championship.

“I’m glad to see these guys get this conference championship,” VanNyhuis said. “That was one of our goals of the season. They've worked hard.”

Larson, a senior, led things in the sprints as he won the 400-meter dash (52.94), was second in the 200 (23.43) and third in the 100 (11.636). He also took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 36-2. Larson’s 400 time was about three seconds faster than his previous season best as he just edged Lawrence Mettler of Upsala-Swanville at 53.07.

“Those sprints were fun to watch,” VanNyhuis said. “Lots of fast guys out there.”

Jones was all over the place for Osakis as he won three events. He took the 110-meter hurdles in 16.34 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 43.01. His long-jump win came after a leap of 19-2.5. Jones also finished third in the high jump at 5-6.

The Silverstreaks added wins in both the 4x100 and 4x800 relays. Logan Wolf, Max Schwartz, Colton Waldvogel and Philip Mathews teamed up in the 4x100 to win in 46.88 seconds. The 4x800 team of Will Alverson, Isaak Kluver, Xavier Pahl and Shane Massmann won in 9:11.67.

Osakis won the meet by showing off its depth throughout many events. The Silverstreaks had three finishers in the top five in the 200 dash, 800 run and the long jump. Josh Peterka (18-9.75) was third in that event, while Mathews (18-7.5) took fourth.

“Our long jumpers had their best jumps of the season,” VanNyhuis said. “After a good start in the field, we built upon it on the track.”

The Osakis girls will now turn their attention to the state true team meet on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Stillwater, while the boys’ next meet is subsections on May 25 in Pequot Lakes.


GIRLS TEAM RESULTS - Osakis - 238; LPGE - 93; Upsala-Swanville - 71; Royalton - 65; St. John’s Prep - 35; Browerville - 14

OSAKIS TOP-FIVE FINISHERS - 100 DASH - Tianna Stanek - first, 12.98; Tessa Stanek - third, 13.36; 200 DASH - Tianna Stanek - first, 26.87; Tessa Stanek - third, 28.01; Mackenzie Lien - fourth, 28.45; 800 RUN - Lauren Savageau - first, 2:29.04; Jordyn Stroup - second, 2:32.16; Lexi Spychalla - third, 2:38.41; 1,600 RUN - Savageau - first, 5:58.11; Stroup - second, 6:01.91; Hattie Schmidtbauer - fifth, 6:15.64; 3,200 RUN - Destiny Lene - first, 13:19.91; Mackenzie Fiskness - fifth, 14:44.58; 100 HURDLES - Kayla Sorenson - first, 15.88; Grace Walter - fourth, 17.07; 300 HURDLES - Walter - first, 48.88; Sorenson - second, 48.99; 4x100 RELAY - Tessa Stanek, Makenzie Lien, Lauren Scherr, Tianna Stanek, second, 52.66; 4x200 RELAY - Scherr, Lien, Camryn Hoffarth, Watler, second, 1:52.75; 4x400 RELAY - Lexi Spychalla, Natalie Schlosser, Mara VanNyhuis, Hannah Lien, third place, 4:31.69; 4x800 RELAY - Schmidtbauer, Schlosser, Alexa Lien, H. Lien, first, 11:03; LONG JUMP - Savageau - second, 14-6; TRIPLE JUMP - Sorenson - first, 32-2.5; Karlee Hoffarth - third, 30-1; SHOT PUT - Jessica Bliese - first, 40-8; Kari Didier - second, 35-5.5; Elizabeth Hiltner - third, 32-0.5; DISCUS - Elizabeth Pahl - first, 102-10; Bliese - second, 96-1; HIGH JUMP - Sorenson - first, 5-0

BOYS TEAM SCORES - Osakis - 174.5; Royalton - 134; USA - 87; Browerville - 60; St. John’s Prep - 39.5; LPGE - 24

OSAKIS TOP-FIVE FINISHERS - 100 DASH - Philip Mathews - second, 11.60; Gage Larson - third, 11.636; 200 DASH - Larson - second, 23.43; Mathews - fourth, 23.46; Colton Waldvogel - fifth, 23.69; 400 DASH - Larson - first, 52.94; 800 RUN - Ethan Eckel - third, 2:10.22; Daniel Savageau - fourth, 2:18.85; Isaak Kluver - fifth, 2:23.11; 1,600 RUN - Eckel - second, 4:49.30; Savageau - fourth, 4:57.02; 3,200 RUN - William Alverson - fourth, 11:08; 110 HURDLES - Jacob Jones - first, 16.34; Shane Massmann - fifth, 19.35; 300 HURDLES - Jones - first, 43.01; Massmann - fourth, 48.56; 4X100 RELAY - Logan Wolf, Max Schwartz, Waldvogel, Mathews, first, 46.88; 4X200 RELAY - Wolf, Josh Peterka, Waldvogel, Schwartz, second, 1:38.90; 4x400 RELAY - Isaak Kluver, Xavier Pahl, Savageau, Eckel, third, 3:51.51; 4x800 RELAY - Alverson, Kluver, Pahl, Massmann, first, 9:11.67; LONG JUMP - Jones - first, 19-2.5; Josh Peterka - third, 18-9.75; Mathews - fourth, 18-7.5; TRIPLE JUMP - Peterka - fourth, 35-2.5; SHOT PUT - Larson - fourth, 36-2; DISCUS - Brady Roos - second, 126-7; Waldvogel - fourth, 107-3; HIGH JUMP - Jones - third, 5-6

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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