By Tyler Ohmann
For the third consecutive year, the Pierz girls track and field team won Section 7A and will move on to the True Team State Meet.
The Pioneers hosted the meet, Tuesday, and rattled off several victories and high places to earn the third straight win. True team state is at Stillwater, May 20.
The 4×200 relay team won with a 1:49.9 finish.
Three individuals also took home top finishes: Beth-el Algarin won both the shot put (40-07) and the discus (124), the discus length was her season-long; Taryn Becker won the 100 hurdles (16.60) and Chelsie Kurtz won the high jump by clearing 5-00 feet.
The Pioneers boys did not move on to state, finishing in fourth place.
Colton Kasper did win the 800 meters with a 2:10 time. Senior Nathan Poster was the top vaulter as the first to clear 11-06.
Pierz was also at a meet in Pillager, May 4.
The girls team took second and the boys seventh.
Chelsie Kurtz won the 100 (13.21), 200 (27.29) and the high jump (5-02). Leah Fuhrman was second in the 200. Brenna Andres took second in the 400 meters.
Taryn Becker was a winner for Pierz in the 100 hurdles (16.71). Algarin again won the shot put (41-11) and the discus (113-05). Emma Kroska was second in the long jump.
The 4×200 relay team was first with a 1:48.07 time.
For the boys, Eugene Skiba was second in the 3200 meters.
Holdingford was also at the Pillager meet, and the girls team took third thanks to first place finishes from: Johanna Merten and Jordyn Patrick.
The Huskers boys won thanks to wins from Blake Patrick (100, 200), Lucas Ryan, Adam Ripplinger and Drew Dockendorf.
Holdingford also hosted its own True Team Section, Tuesday.
The Huskers boys won the meet, moving on to state with 687 points.
Blake Patrick had a perfect maximum of 80 points for his team after wins in the 100, 200, 400 and long jump.
The Huskers girls finished fifth.
The final True Team Section was attempted by Little Falls at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday.
The Flyers finished fifth on the boys side and sixth on the girls side.
Drew Peterson won the 400 meters (52.45). Hunter Zupko won the 800 (2:02.86). Senior Tyler Moore won the 3200 meters (9:55.31) and was second in the 1600 meters. Nick Maslowski was first in the shot put (53-05.5), Billy Winkelman was second, and Maslowski as second in the discus.
For the girls team, Amari Riley won the shot put (36-01) and Sophia Sowada was second in the high jump.
The Flyers also competed at the Sauk Rapids Mega Meet, Saturday, May 6.
Moore finished first for the Flyers boys in both the 1600 meters (4:23.58) and the 3200 meters (10:05.78). Maslowski was second in both the disc and shot put.
For the girls, Riley was second in both the disc and shot put, and Sowada was runner-up in the high jump.
Lastly, in a couple of one-off meets, Royalton was at St. John’s Prep (SJP), May 4, and USA was at Wadena, May 4.
The Patriots’ Lawrence Mettler’s 52.7 and runner-up finish in the 400 was a school record. He was also sceond in the triple jump and first in the 800 meters (2:12), which helped USA to a second place finish.
Wins from Isaac Guthrie in the discus (142-00) and John Muhlenkamp in the 1600 meters (5:04.21) also helped. Jarick Rieffer was second for USA in the high jump.
Peyton Guthrie won the 100 (27.25), 200 (1:04) and was second in the long jump for USA. Rebekah Muhlenkamp took second in the triple jump.
The Patriots girls took fifth place.
Royalton was at SJP, where both the boys and girls teams took third place.
For the boys team Jordan Malikowski won the 3200 meters (10:47.68), while Chris Borash was second in both the 1600 and 3200. Tanner Weaver was second in the discus.
On the girls side, eighth grader Jami Rudolph won the high jump by clearing 4-10. The 4×100 relay team also enjoyed a top time of 56.61.
Track and field contests for the follwoing week include: Little Falls at Albany, Tuesday; Pierz and Holdingford at Holdingford for CMC meet; USA and Royalton at St. John’s for Prairie Conference Meet.