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Track and field: Osakis gets in its outdoor opener at Minnewaska

Osakis senior Jacob Wielenberg clears the bar in the high jump at Minnewaska on April 5. Wielenberg finished third in the event as he helped the Silverstreaks to a third-place finish overall as a team. (Brooke Kern / Forum News Service)1 / 5
Osakis freshman Tessa Stanek competes in the long jump during the meet at Minnewaska on April 5. Stanek finished second in the event with a mark of 14-feet, 8-inches. (Brooke Kern / Forum News Service)2 / 5
Osakis' Kobie Lara (left) and Jacob Wielenberg prepare for their turn in the high jump during the meet at Minnewaska on April 5. (Brooke Kern / Forum News Service)3 / 5
Osakis freshman Tessa Stanek (back) hands the baton to her sister, senior Tianna Stanek, during the 4x200-meter relay in Minnewaska on April 5. (Brooke Kern / Forum News Service)4 / 5
Osakis' Elliot Dinkel (back) hands the baton to teammate Duncan Vandergon during the 4x200-meter relay in Minnewaska on April 5. (Brooke Kern / Forum News Service)5 / 5

There is more snow in the forecast for later this week, which could put a damper on spring sports, but the Osakis track and field team was able to get in its outdoor opener on April 5 when the teams went to Minnewaska.

The Silverstreaks came home with third-place team finishes in both the boys and girls competitions, while Minnewaska won both divisions. Osakis scored 112 points in the girls meet and 120.5 in the boys. Both were eight-team fields.

“Historically, getting a meet in during the first week of April doesn't happen often, so it was good having the opportunity to compete,” Osakis head coach Lee VanNyhuis said. “We'll keep on moving things around to figure out the identity of the team. We don't get too excited about times, distances and team scores this time of year. Generally, we just want to see effort and who is willing to get after it.”

VanNyhuis let a large contingent of young athletes run in relays for the girls as Kiana Kendall ran in the 4x400 and 4x200, and Bria Hoffarth, Lauren Anderson, Madelyn Anderson and Hailey Walker teamed up in the 4x800 relay to take third. All of them are seventh-graders.

“Those young girls did a nice job,” VanNyhuis said.

The head coach wants to build depth throughout the lineup and was happy to see how they performed. VanNyhuis knows what he has at the top of his lineup with some experienced veterans for the girls. Senior Tianna Stanek got a first-place finish in the 200-meter dash in 27.67 seconds.

Freshman Lexi Spychalla got a third-place finish in the 1,600-meter run in 6:12.97. Other top-three finishes from relays came in the 4x100 (Tessa Stanek, Camryn Hoffarth, Lauren Scherr, Tianna Stanek; first place, 55.18) and the 4x200 (Kiana Kendall, Madison Nystrom, Tessa Stanek, Tianna Stanek; second place, 1:53.62).

Kaylee Thompson paced Osakis in the high jump by taking second after clearing 4-feet, 8-inches. Tessa Stanek was second in the long jump with a mark of 14-feet, 8-inches, and Tianna Stanek (8-06) and Scherr (7-06) took first and second in the pole vault.

Senior Elizabeth Pahl dominated the discus by winning with a mark of 120-01. Megan Radermacher was second with a mark of 101-05. Throwers did not compete in the shot put with the ground still thawing.

“Ellie Pahl and Tianna Stanek put out some marks that were impressive for this time of year,” VanNyhuis said of two of his seniors. “How they prepare in practice shows in meets.”

In the boys throws, VanNyhuis was impressed with the way sophomore Ben Paulson competed. Paulson won the discus with a mark of 125-10, almost seven feet further than Ortonville’s Jacob Hoernemann.

Senior Jacob Backes got a win in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.82 and in the 300-meter hurdles in 44.96 seconds.

Junior Daniel Savageau had a big meet by placing second in the 800-meter run (2:11.62) and first in the 1,600-meter run (5:00.60). Carter Grove added a fourth-place finish in the 800 (2:13.99) and third-place finish in the 1,600 (5:01.23).

“Daniel and Carter work well together as a tandem,” VanNyhuis said. “I like the potential that we have there in the mid-distance with some other guys too.”

Senior Jacob Wielenberg added a third-place finish in the high jump by clearing 5-feet, 6-inches. He was also seventh in the long jump and sixth in the discus.

“Jacob is a good utility guy in the field events,” VanNyhuis said. “His size and power translate well into any jump or throw.”

Freshman Elliot Dinkel finished second in the pole vault by clearing nine feet.

“It’s good to see some underclassmen helping us out in different areas,” VanNyhuis said. “They give us some options.”

The Silverstreaks will now go to Morris Area on April 9 at 4 p.m.

MINNEWASKA INVITE

OSAKIS GIRLS TOP-EIGHT FINISHERS - 200-METER DASH - Tianna Stanek - first, 27.67; 400-METER DASH - Kiana Kendall - sixth, 1:10.51; Natalie Schlosser - seventh, 1:10.85; 800-METER RUN - Lexi Spychalla - seventh, 2:43.68; 1,600-METER RUN - Spychalla - third, 6:12.97; Destiny Dorman - fifth, 6:15.01; Larissa Hoffarth - seventh, 6:22.55; 3,200-METER RUN - Dorman - fourth, 13:56.17; 4x100 RELAY - Tessa Stanek, Camryn Hoffarth, Lauren Scherr, Tianna Stanek - first, 55.18; 4x200 RELAY - Kiana Kendall, Madison Nystrom, Tessa Stanek, Tianna Stanek - second, 1:53.62; 4x400 RELAY - Tessa Stanek, C. Hoffarth, Natalie Schlosser, Kendall - fourth, 4:38.91; 4x800 RELAY - Bria Hoffarth, Lauren Anderson, Madelyn Anderson, Hailey Walker - third, 11:45.83; HIGH JUMP - Kaylee Thompson - second, 4-08; Alexis Johanson - T-fourth, 4-06; POLE VAULT - Tianna Stanek - first, 8-06; Lauren Scherr - second, 7-06; LONG JUMP - Tessa Stanek - second, 14-08; TRIPLES JUMP - Alexis Johanson - eighth, 28-00; DISCUS - Elizabeth Pahl - first, 120-01

OSAKIS BOYS TOP-EIGHT FINISHERS - 100-METER DASH - Jacob Backes - first, 11.82; Duncan Vandergon - fourth, 12.00; 200-METER DASH - Garek Radtke - eighth, 26.47; 400-METER DASH - Xavier Pahl - fifth, 56.64; 800-METER RUN - Daniel Savageau - second, 2:11.62; Carter Grove - fourth, 2:13.99; Jarron Kurth - eighth, 2:22.29; 1,600-METER RUN - Savageau - first, 5:00.60; Grove - third, 5:01.23; Kurth - seventh, 5:19.92; 300-METER HURDLES - Backes - first, 44.96; 4X100 RELAY - Elliot Dinkel, Garek Radtke, Matt Peikert, Duncan Vandergon - fourth, 51.40; 4X200 RELAY - Dinkel, Vandergon, Radtke, Xavier Pahl -  third, 1:42.39; 4x400 RELAY - Backes, Jarron Kurth, Kobie Lara, Savageau - fourth, 3:52.51; 4x800 RELAY - Brently Boogaard, Joey VanAcker, Isaac Loverink, Ivan Bererra - fourth, 10:11.65; HIGH JUMP - Jacob Wielenberg - third, 5-06; Kobie Lara - fourth, 5-02; POLE VAULT - Elliot Dinkel - second, 9-00; Radtke - fifth, 7-00; LONG JUMP - Wielenberg - seventh, 17-06; DISCUS - Ben Paulson - first, 125-10; Wielenberg - sixth, 97-03.

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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