MC Record All-Area Girls Track and Field Team

Distance

Mattia Hendrickson, senior, Little Falls

Hendrickson closed her career as one of the Flyers’ premier distance runners by helping lead Little Falls to its first Granite Ridge Conference championship. She anchored the Flyers’ title-winning 4×800-meter relay team and was the runner-up in the 3,200 (12:06.27), then added a pair of top-10 finishes at the Section 8AA meet.

 

Throws

Amber Hines, senior, Little Falls

Hines formed one half of Little Falls’ all-area throwing duo this season, excelling in both the shot put and the discus. Hines was the Granite Ridge runner-up in the discus (120-feet, 11-inches) and third-place finisher in the shot put (34-feet, 7-inches), closing her career by placing sixth in the discus at sections.

 

Throws 

Emily Stark, senior, Little Falls

Stark teamed up with Amber Hines to help power Little Falls to the Granite Ridge title, amassing 11 points herself with a pair of top-four throwing finishes at the conference meet while also playing a key role as a sprinter. Stark went on to place fifth in the shot put (34-feet, 7.5-inches) at the Section 8AA meet.

 

Pole Vault/Sprints/Jumps 

Rachelle LeBlanc, junior, Little Falls

LeBlanc, the Record Girls Athlete of the Year, put together another dominant spring for the Flyers, once again qualifying for state in the pole vault, where she placed 11th with a height of 10-feet, 6-inches. She also placed seventh in the conference in the long jump and took first in the pole vault (11-feet, 3-inches).

 

Middle Distance

Maria Hauer, junior, Little Falls

Hauer garnered a trio of Granite Ridge Conference championships this spring, winning the open 800 (2:26.06) and 1,600 (5:35.56) while leading off the first-place 4×400 relay team (4:17.2). She also placed sixth in the 800 (2:26.56) and eighth in the 1,600 (5:28.19) at the Section 8AA meet.

 

Middle Distance

Kaitlin Preusser, senior, Holdingford

Preusser delivered an elite season as a mid-distance runner for the Huskers, highlighted by a trip to state as the anchor for the 4×400-meter relay team. She also claimed the Central Minnesota Conference title in the 800 and took third in that event at the Section 5A meet (2:26.2).

 

Hurdles/Sprints

Summer Storm, freshman, Holdingford

In addition to being a dynamic hurdling force this spring, securing a pair of top-six finishes in the conference and a fifth-place performance at the Section 5A meet (49.01), Storm also ran the opening leg for the Huskers’ state qualifying 4×400-meter relay team.

 

Jumps/Sprints

Makenna Peterson, senior, Upsala-Swanville Area

Peterson’s versatility netted her and the Patriots big points throughout her career, as she routinely finished near the top in sprints, relays and jumps. She attained All-Prairie Conference honors once again in the long jump (16-feet, 8.25-inches) and anchored the honorable mention 4×200 relay team.

 

Jumps/Sprints/Hurdles

Bridget Bednar, junior, Pierz

Bednar filled in wherever needed in the Pierz lineup this spring, competing in hurdles, sprints and jumps, with top-12 finishes in each at the Central Minnesota Conference meet, including a championship in the high jump (5-feet). She also went on to place ninth in the high jump at sections.

 

Sprints

Abby Duevel, sophomore, Royalton

Duevel turned in another consistent spring as one of the area’s premier sprinters to lead the Royals. Duevel placed fifth in the 200 and 400 in the Prairie Conference, closing the spring with a fourth-place effort in the Section 5A meet in the 400 (1:02.18).

 

Honorable mention

Kallie Baumgartner, senior, Little Falls

Chelsea Rutz, senior, Little Falls

Katie Yorek, junior, Little Falls

Melanie Dorn, freshman, Little Falls

Alyssa Boser, senior, Pierz

Raychel Virnig, junior, Pierz

Stephanie Koetter, sophomore, USA

Brooke Westrich, sophomore, USA

McKenzie Schulte, freshman, Holdingford

Arianna Vasilj, eighth-grader, Holdingford

 

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