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State track and field: Pahl, Bumgardner both finish fifth for area girls

Osakis junior Elizabeth Pahl focuses on her discus throw during Friday's Class A state tournament at Hamline University. Pahl finished fifth in the state after a throw of 124-07. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)1 / 4
Minnewaska's Emily Kaiser runs during Friday's 100-meter dash prelims. Kaiser finished 15th in a time of 13.25. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)2 / 4
Osakis' Grace Walter runs in the 300-meter prelims during Friday's Class A state meet. Walter finished 13th in a time of 47.75. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)3 / 4
Osakis junior Tianna Stanek runs the anchor in the 4x100-meter relay on Friday. Stanek joined Tessa Stanek, Makenzie Lien and Grace Walter in finishing sixth in that event to qualify for Saturday's finals. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)4 / 4

Osakis’ Elizabeth Pahl was all smiles as she stepped to the podium on Friday night at Hamline  University in St. Paul to accept her fifth-place medal.

Pahl has anchored a good Silverstreaks throwing crew all season, and she took advantage at her first shot at state in the discus with a throw of 124-07. Julie Overton won the Class A state title with a throw of 130-08.

“I’m definitely happy with that, getting on the podium in my first time going down to state,” Pahl said. “I felt pretty good going in. I wish I could have gotten a few more feet. That would have been preferred, but definitely happy with where I ended up.”

Pahl came in with the second best seed mark of 127-10 and would have loved to stay around that distance. The weather was OK for the athletes, but wind did play a little factor in discus with one of Pahl’s throws getting caught by the wind and knocking it down.

She wasn’t dwelling on it after the meet. Pahl still has another chance to throw in the shot put, and she is looking forward to trying to earn another shot at a top-nine finish on Saturday.

“I’m going to try as hard as I can,” she said. “Hopefully finish on the podium again, but we’ll see.”

Stanek, 4x100 advance to finals

Osakis junior Tianna Stanek will race in two final events on Saturday after qualifying in the 200-meter dash and with her teammates in the 4x100 relay.

Stanek came across in 27.14 seconds in the 200 on Friday, good for ninth place and the last spot in the finals. She also anchored the 4x100 with Tessa Stanek, Makenzie Lien and Grace Walter to finish sixth in prelims. They crossed the finish line in 50.95 seconds, with the winning team from Rockford finishing in 50.01.

That same Osakis foursome also ran in the 4x200 relay at the prelims but came up short of the finals in a time of 1:47.46, good for 12th place.

Walter also got to run in the 300-meter hurdles as a senior at state. She finished her career in that event with a 13th-place finish in 47.75.

WCA’s Bumgardner fifth in high jump, Lakers compete in prelims

West Central Area senior Demara Bumgardner finished off her career in fashion on Friday as she finished tied for fifth in the high jump.

Bumgardner came in with a seed height of 5 feet, 2 inches and that’s exactly what she cleared at state. Nyalaam Jok of Annandale, a freshman, won the state title by clearing 5-09. Minnewaska sophomore Ellie Danielson also competed in the field and tied for 20th after clearing five feet.

Minnewaska eighth-grader Emily Kaiser ran in the 100-meter dash and finished 15th in a time of 13.25. The Lakers’ 4x400-meter relay team of Emma Kovarik, Makena Thoen, Emily Kaiser and Kristen Glover also ran Friday, taking 11th in a time of 4:08.42.

The finals of the Class A meet get going at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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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