Track and field: Osakis breaks four school records at subsections
Spots at the Section 6A meet were up for grabs in Morris on Thursday as teams gathered for the subsection-21 meet, and Osakis qualified plenty and set four school records in the process.
The top-five individuals and top two relays automatically qualify for the section meet in Fergus Falls on May 30. They also take the next two fastest relays from all three subsections with the 6A field.
Osakis head coach Lee VanNyhuis said the Silverstreaks’ 4x200 boys relay of Elliot Dinkel, Luke Goodwin, Duncan Vandergon and Xavier Pahl will qualify by time after finishing third in 1:38.17. It was part of a big day for the Osakis relays as they qualified six total teams between the boys (four) and girls (two).
“We need to clean up a few things still, but qualifying was our main goal,” VanNyhuis said of the relays. “The boys 4x400 shaved a bunch of time off. Brently Boogard had an amazing anchor leg to edge Minnewaska. Brently also took about five seconds off his best split to start us off in the 4x800. He's had some really good performances lately.”
That 4x800 team of Boogaard, Jarron Kurth, Carter Grove and Daniel Savageau broke the school record set in 2010 by taking second at subsections in 8:26.06. Savageau broke the school record in the 1,600-meter run previously held by Grant Backes (2015, 4:39.85) after he finished second in 4:38.39. Carter Grove also broke Backes’ old record in the 3,200 (2013, 10:21.61) as he finished fourth in 10:18.81.
“Our distance runners had a great day,” VanNyhuis said. “Breaking three school records in one meet was outstanding. That's been a really good training group. They put the work in and are willing to give great effort at meets. Been fun seeing them have success.”
In hurdles, Jacob Backes broke his own school record by taking second in 41.67 in the 300-meter race. Backes also won the pole vault to head to sections after clearing 13 feet.
Duncan Vandergon qualified in the 100-meter dash by taking third in 11.76 seconds. Eighth-grader Stewart Jones qualified for sections in the 110-meter hurdles by taking fourth in 18.11 seconds.
The 4x100 relay team of Garek Radtke, Luke Goodwin, Duncan Vandergon and Elliot Dinkel qualified by taking second in 47 seconds. The 4x400 group of Pahl, Kurth, Savageau and Boogaard was also second in 3:35.86.
In jumps, Jacob Wielenberg and Kobie Lara both qualified by clearing 5-feet, 6-inches in the high jump. Lara also qualified in the triple jump by taking fifth (36-11.5). Ben Paulson was third in the shot put (44-05) and first in the discus (129-03).
For the girls, senior Tianna Stanek (second, 27.01) and sister Tessa Stanek (third, 28.01) both qualified in the 200-meter dash. Tianna also won the pole vault by clearing 8 feet, while teammate Lauren Scherr was third by clearing 7-feet, 6-inches.
Tessa Stanek qualified in the long jump by winning with a mark of 15-11. Lexi Spychalla led Osakis in the 800-meter run by taking fifth (2:38.99) to qualify for sections.
Osakis’ 4x100 relay team of Tessa Stanek, Makenzie Lien, Scherr and Tianna Stanek finished second in 52.61 seconds. The 4x200 group of Tessa Stanek, Lien, Kiana Kendall and Tianna Stanek also qualified by finishing second in 1:50.15.
Kaylee Thompson led the Osakis high jumpers with a fourth-place finish (4-10). Elizabeth Pahl (first, 37-02) and Kiley Kranz (fourth, 32-10) qualified in the shot put, while Pahl (first, 122-04) and Noelle Bjerk (third, 107-00) advanced to the 6A meet in the discus.
“Noelle had an outstanding day, being consistent over 100 feet in discus,” VanNyhuis said. “Ali (Dewenter) had a huge PR and was over 31 feet (in the shot put). Kiley and Ben (Paulson) threw well in shot also. That throws group was solid again.”
Athletes who qualified will now be coming for spots at state when they head to Fergus Falls for the 6A meet on May 30.