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Track and field: Osakis continues its dominance of the Prairie Conference

The Osakis boys and girls track and field teams pose for a photo with their Prairie Conference championship trophies after the conference meet on Wednesday at St. John's University. (Submitted photo)

The Osakis track and field teams continued a legacy of Prairie Conference dominance on Wednesday night, bringing home two more championship titles.

It was the girls team’s sixth conference championship in a row and its 16th title in the last 17 years. The girls won the meet with 224.3 points. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle came in a distant second place with 97.3 points.

This is the Osakis boys’ third conference championship in a row. They won with 182 points. Royalton followed in second with 104 point.

“Winning these team championships is what we are all about,” Osakis head coach Lee VanNyhuis said. “We had so many kids contribute in different ways. The coaches have done a great job in developing them.”

Senior Lauren Savageau and junior Elizabeth Pahl were both named the girls Prairie Conference Most Valuable Athletes.

Savageau won the 800-meter run (2:34.51) and the 1600-meter run (5:54.01). She took second in the 400-meter dash in 64.18 seconds. Savageau ran all three track events without much rest inbetween, VanNyhuis said.

“Lauren's triple was impressive,” VanNyhuis said. “She hasn't done that yet this year.”

Pahl swept the throws, making a 37-7 shot put toss and a 119-3 discus throw.

“Elizabeth's throws continue to impress,” VanNyhuis said. “Not very often a thrower gets the conference MVP.  They have to be dominant to do so. We had a bunch of throwers PR. When you can rack up a bunch of points in the throws, it just sets up the team for success.”

Senior Nicole Loverink took second in the discus throw (92-9) and senior Elizabeth Hiltner took second in the shot put (35-8.25).

Senior Jeran Baker took first place in the boys competition with a 48-5.5 throw. Baker also took second in the discus throw (119-7).

Junior Tianna Stanek took first place in both the 100-meter dash (13.34) and the 200-meter dash (27.26).

Senior Philip Mathews was first in 100-meter dash, beating Cole Wentland from Royalton by just .01 seconds (11.53). Wentland (23.05) beat Mathews (23.36) in the 200-meter dash, setting a meet record in the process.

Osakis freshman Destiny Dorman took first in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 14:34.34. Senior Grace Walter took first in the in 300-meter hurdles in 50.07.

Junior Jacob Backes swept the boys hurdles events. He finish the 110-meter hurdles in 16.34 and the 300-meter hurdles in 43.03.

The girls team of Heidi Laumeyer, Madi Nystrom, Lauren Scherr and Tianna Stanek took first place in the 4x100-meter relay (54.61).

The boys relay team of Garek Radtke, Luke Goodwin, Colton Waldvogel and Mathews took first place in the 4x100-meter race (46.93), while Radtke, Goodwin, Duncan Vandergon, Isaak Kluver took first in the 200-meter relay (1:41.01).

Senior Josh Peterka tied for first with a 5-6 high jump. Eighth-grader Alexis Johanson took second place in the high jump for the girls.

“Alexis had a great meet,” VanNyhuis said. “She went from a 4'0" jumper last year, to a 4'8" jumper this year. That's huge.”

Sophomore Camryn Hoffarth took first in the triple jump (31-6 ½ ) and senior Grace Walter followed in third (30-5). Eighth-grader Tessa Stanek took second in the long jump (15-3 ½ ).

“Our horizontal jumpers made some big improvements,” VanNyhuis said. “It helped that it was a little bit warmer. Philip getting over 20 feet was huge. Backes jumped well (triple and long) without putting in much time in practice. Getting over 30 (feet in the triple jump from Camryn and Grace) was nice. We've been waiting for that all season. Their patience with the process paid off.”

Mathews took second to Wentland again in the long jump after leaping 20-1.25, while Backes was second in the triple jump (38-5.5).

“After this week, we switch gears to what I call the individual portion of our season,” VanNyhuis said. “After this point, team scores no longer matter to us. Now it's about individual and individual relay performance.”

The Silverstreaks head to Minnewaska on May 24th for subsection competition starting at 11 a.m.

PRAIRIE CONFERENCE BOYS RESULTS - Osakis - 1st, 182; Royalton - 2nd, 104; Upsala-Swanville - 3rd, 82; Browerville - 4th, 74; St. John’s Prep - 5th, 54; Long Prairie-Grey Eagle - 6th, 31

PRAIRIE CONFERENCE GIRLS - Osakis - 1st, 224.3; Long Prairie-Grey Eagle - 2nd, 97.3; Royalton - 3rd, 72.3; St. John’s Prep - 4th, 58; Upsala-Swanville - 5th, 54; Browerville - 6th, 14

GIRLS TOP 5 FINISHERS - 100-meter dash - Tianna Stanek - 1st, 13.34; Tessa Stanek - 4th, 13.85; 200-meter dash - Tianna Stanek - 1st, 27.26; Tessa Stanek - 4th, 28.06; 400-meter dash - Lauren Savageau - 2nd, 64.18; 800-meter run - Lauren Savageau -1st, 2:34.51; Lexi Spychalla - 3rd, 2:39.51; 1600-meter run - Lauren Savageau - 1st, 5:54.01; Rachel Walsh - 3rd, 6:10.18; 3200-meter run - Destiny Dorman - 1st, 14:34.34; Hailey Hagedon - 3rd, 15:27.62; 100-meter hurdles - Grace Walter - 3rd, 17.40; 300-meter hurdles - Grace Walter - 1st, 50.07; 4x100-meter relay - Osakis - 1st, 54.61; 4x200-meter relay - Osakis - 3rd, 1:57.66; 4x400-meter relay - Osakis - 2nd, 4:47.42; 4x800-meter relay - Osakis - 1st, 11:08.73; Long jump - Tessa Stanek - 2nd, 15-3 ½ ; Lauren Savageau - 4th, 14-11 ¾ ; Triple jump - Camryn Hoffarth - 1st, 31-6 ½ ; Grace Walter - 3rd, 30-5; Shot put - Elizabeth Pahl - 1st, 37-7; Elizabeth Hiltner - 2nd, 35-8 ¼ ; Nicole Loverink - 4th, 29-6; Discus throw - Elizabeth Pahl - 1st, 119-3; Nicole Loverink - 2nd, 92-9; Morgan Moore - 4th, 84-2; High Jump - Alexis Johanson - 2nd, 4-8

BOYS TOP 5 FINISHERS - 100-meter dash - Philip Mathews - 1st, 11.53; Colton Waldvogel - 3rd, 12.00; 200-meter dash - Philip Mathews - 2nd, 23.36; Colton Waldvogel - 3rd, 24.39; 400-meter dash - Duncan Vandergon - 4th, 58.18; Isaak Kluver - 5th, 58.35; 800-meter run - Daniel Savageau - 3rd, 2:16.82; 1600-meter run - Daniel Savageau - 3rd, 4:57.56; 3200-meter run - William Alverson - 3rd, 11:23.99; 110-meter hurdles - Jacob Backes - 1st, 16.34; Shane Massmann - 3rd, 18.65; 300-meter hurdles - Jacob Backes - 1st, 43.03; Shane Massmann - 4th, 45.48; 4x100-meter relay - Osakis - 1st, 46.93; 4x200-meter relay - Osakis - 1st, 1:41.01; 4x400-meter relay - Osakis - 4th, 4:06.30; 4x800-meter relay - Osakis - 2nd, 9:38.84; Long jump - Philip Mathews - 2nd, 20-1 ¼ ; Jacob Backes - 3rd, 19-4; Triple jump - Jacob Backes - 2nd, 38-5 ½ ; Shot put - Jeran Baker - 1st, 48-5 ½ ; Ben Paulson - 4th, 38-7 ¾ ; Discus throw - Jeran Baker - 2nd, 119-7; Colton Waldvogel - 4th, 114-9; High jump - Josh Peterka - T1st 5-6; Jacob Wielenberg - 4th, 5-4

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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