Megan Wiener, senior, Royalton
Wiener, The Record’s Athlete of the Year, was on another level from her competition throughout the spring, culminating in the highest area finish at the state meet, a seventh-place leap of 16-feet, 5.25-inches in the long jump. Wiener also earned All-Prairie Conference honors in four events, winning the triple jump (32-feet, 11-inches) and finishing as the runner-up in the 100 (13.09), 200 (27.03) and long jump (16-feet, 3.5-inches) and took fourth at sections in the 100 (13.27).
Makenna Peterson, junior, Upsala-Swanville Area
After missing most of the regular season, Peterson came back to lead Upsala-Swanville Area in its biggest meets to end the year. She led the Patriots at the Prairie Conference meet with third-place leaps in the long jump (16-feet) and triple jump (32-feet) and provided the final kick for the Patriots’ sub-section champion 4×200 relay team (1:54.57), which also placed fourth at the section meet (1:52.07), while adding a fifth-place finish in the long jump (15-feet, 7.5-inches).
Alli Ruprecht, eighth grader, Holdingford
Ruprecht was the leading contributor for a standout distance contingent for the Huskers this spring. Her individual success was highlighted by a pair of Central Minnesota Conference titles in the 1,600 (5:33.2) and the 3,200 (12:22.7), which she followed up with a section championship in the 4×800 relay in 9:46.89 to qualify for the state meet. Ruprecht also earned fourth in the 3,200 at sections (11:43.28).
Chelsea Gerads, senior, Holdingford
Gerads capped her career as one of the premier throwers in the area with one final strong season. She helped lead the Huskers to second place at the Central Minnesota Conference meet with individual championships in the shot put (36-feet, 11-inches) and discus (111-feet, 1-inch), and earned third in the shot put (36-feet, 10.25-inches) and fourth in the discus (114-feet, 9-inches) at the section meet.
Rachelle LeBlanc, sophomore, Little Falls
LeBlanc put together another dominant season in the pole vault, winning the Granite Ridge Conference Championship with a height of 10-feet, 6-inches and repeating as section champ. She placed 12th at the state meet and broke her own school record at Princeton, May 22, with a height of 11-feet, 6-inches, while also anchoring the 4×200-meter relay team throughout the season.
Amber Hines, junior, Little Falls
Hines posted big points throughout the spring for the Flyers in both throwing events, including All-Granite Ridge Conference honors with a second-place finish in the discus (119-feet, 7-inches) and third-place mark in the shot put (35-feet). Hines also came in fourth place at the Section 8AA meet in the discus (119-feet, 4-inches) and took sixth in the shot put (35-feet, 3-inches), while earning first in the discus and second in the shot put at the true team section meet.
Maria Hauer, sophomore, Little Falls
Hauer was a reliable force for Little Falls this spring on the track, from anchoring the 4×400-meter relay to leading the pack in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. Hauer attained All-Granite Ridge Conference honors with a third-place finish in the 1,600 (5:31.44) and earned fourth place in the 1,600 at the true team (5:33.37) and individual section (5:25.89) meets.
Mattia Hendrickson, junior, Little Falls
Hendrickson teamed with All-Area teammate Maria Hauer to provide a dynamic distance duo for the Flyers. She garnered All-Granite Ridge Conference honors in the 3,200 with a third-place time of 12:09.14 and led off the third-place 4×800 relay (10:26.48). Hendrickson also earned ninth at the section meet in the 1,600 (5:31.6).
Alyssa Boser, junior, Pierz
The Pioneers benefitted immensely from Boser’s versatility this season, as she thrived on the track in the hurdles and in the field in the shot put. Boser helped lead Pierz to second at the true team section meet with a trio of top-four finishes in the shot put, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, then followed that with a second-place finish at the Central Minnesota Conference meet in the shot put (33-feet, 8-inches) and fourth-place effort in the 100 hurdles (18.0). She also placed fifth in the shot put at the section meet (33-feet, 7.25-inches).
Chelsea Rutz, junior, Little Falls
Emily Stark, junior, Little Falls
Cassie Stangl, senior, Pierz
Tracy Wimmer, senior, Pierz
Bridget Bednar, sophomore, Pierz
Katie Schmitt, senior, Royalton
Abby Duevel, freshman, Royalton
Marissa Evans, junior, USA
Danica Cheney, freshman, USA
Brooke Westrich, freshman, USA
Katie Posch, senior, Holdingford
Kaitlin Preusser, junior, Holdingford
Megan Auger, sophomore, Holdingford
Emily Wolter, freshman, Holdingford
Jo Merten, seventh grader, Holdingford