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Track and Field: Several area athletes advance to Saturday’s finals

Osakis senior Kayla Sorenson crosses the 100-meter hurdles finish line with a time of 15.59, which was enough for the ninth and final spot to get into Saturday's finals at day two of the state meet at Hamline University. (Ryan Pietruszewski | Echo Press)1 / 3
Minnewaska's Mariah Beckius sprints the 100 at the state meet Friday at Hamline University. Her time of 12.79 was enough to advance to the finals in eighth, and she also took eighth in the 200 to advance. (Ryan Pietruszewski | Echo Press)2 / 3
Gage Larson crosses the 4x100 relay finish line Friday to stop the timer at 44.29, which was good enough for ninth place to advance to Satuday's finals. (Ryan Pietruszewski | Echo Press)3 / 3

The Alexandria girls 4x100 relay had the highest finish out of the many area athletes competing at the track and field state tournament at Hamline University on Friday, taking fourth place with a time of 48.96. Hanna Quitmeyer, Syri Williams, Kaye Pashka and Kelby Olson-Rodel will compete in the finals at 11:05 Saturday.

Pashka advanced individually in the 300-meter hurdles, crossing the line at 45.50 for eighth place.

Also competing for the Cardinals on Saturday are the field athletes. Mya Lesnar and McKenzie Duwenhoegger are set to compete for the girls in the shot put, while Bryce Ludwig is in the discus around 10:15.

Senior JeAnna Miller competed in two events on Friday as she took 17th in the high jump after a 5 foot jump. Nyalaam Jok of Osseo won the high jump with a 5-08. Miller also jumped 16-07.75 in the long jump. Anna Keefer of St. Michael-Albertville won that event with a 18-10.50. Williams also competed in the long jump with a 15-05.75.

Olson-Rodel missed qualifying for the finals in the 100 and 200 dashes after finishing in 12.98 in the 100 and 26.34 in the 200. Williams and Paschka finished in 15.86 and 15.66 seconds, respectively, in the 100-meter hurdles. Williams also ran a 46.23 race in the 300 hurdles.  

Alexandria's Preston Bowden also competed on the boys' side and ran the 300-meter hurdles in 40.99 seconds. 

Osakis sent two events to the finals. The boys 4x100 relay team of Jacob Jones, Phillip Mathews, Colton Waldvogel and Gage Larson finished with a time of 44.29, which barely made the cut in ninth place, while senior Kayla Sorenson also took ninth in the 100-meter hurdles (15.59).

Osakis' Lauren Savageau ran the 800-meter run in 2:22.60 but didn't qualify for Saturday's finals. The 4x100 relay of Tessa Stanek, Makenzie Lien, Grace Walter and Tianna Stanek also ran and finished in 50.34. 

Jessica Bliese competes Saturday afternoon in the shot put, while Minnewaska’s Jackson Johnsrud is in the high jump.

Minnewaska’s Mariah Beckius advanced with eighth place finishes in both the 100 and 200 with respective times of 12.79 and 26.08.

The Lakers' Ellie Danielson missed qualifying for the finals in the 800-meter run in 2:26.74. Danielson also had a 4-10 jump in the high jump and joined up with Kristin Glover, Emma Kovarik and Beckius to run the 4x400 relay in 4:09.90. 

Check back after Saturday’s finals for complete results.