PREP BOYS AND GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD: Several athletes heading to state

REDWOOD FALLS – The Class A Section 3 track and field meet was filled with victorious elation and bitter disappointment as athletes battled for the top two qualifying slots for the 2014 state meet next week.

A total of 16 area individuals and two relay teams advanced to state during the intense competition Thursday in Redwood Falls. Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd is sending five individuals, led by Jacinta Roggenbuck, who won the 100-meter (13.10 seconds), 200-meter (26.38) and 400-meter (1:00.10) dash events.

“I’m feeling pretty happy,” Roggenbuck said. “I really wanted to go out there and get my fifth year at state, which I’ve been trying to do. It’s an ongoing thing because you want to get better and better. And this meet, was the best that I’ve ever done. I felt super proud of myself, but I really did it for my coaches who have been pushing me through everything. They’re the reason I’ve done so well. And my family supports me. I have my mom, dad, grandma and five out of seven of my older siblings here. They all support me, so it’s a really good cheering section.”

Roggenbuck placed sixth in the 400 last year at the state meet and is hoping to improve on her finish in all three events this season.

“They’re unrealistic goals, but I’m shooting for the stars,” she said.

Joey Lee advanced to state for the first time, winning the high jump after clearing 5-feet, 11 inches and placing second in the triple jump with a personal record of 42-1.

“Nathan Pavek and I tied at 5-11,” Lee said. “I think I missed less than he did, but I consider it a tie. High jump has been going pretty well for me. I think I got 6-1 last year and I haven’t quite got that this year, but hopefully I saved it for the last meet.”

While Lee has been to state with the Dawson-Boyd football team, competing as an individual is somewhat new to him.

“It’s nice as an individual, but I think I like the team sports better,” he said. “But it’ll be fun. I actually got my PR in triple jump, so that felt good. I guess I picked the right time to pull that one out.”

The Eagles’ Rachel Jensen also won the discus with a throw of 111-4. Kaitlin Connor took second in the triple jump (33-3), while Alaysia Freetly was second in the 1,600 run (5:12.90).

Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI advanced four individuals and both 3,200-meter relay teams. Morgan Citterman finished second in the shot put with a 34-0 effort.

“It feels great,” Citterman said. “It’s my first year going to state. I have nothing to lose and everything to gain, so I’m psyched and ready to do this.”

Coming into the competition, Citterman said she wanted to stay atop the throwers and keep improving each attempt. Combined with talent and determination, Citterman’s plan worked out.

“I wanted to stay up with the top few and keep scrapping to stay up there,” she said. “I know there were a lot of good throwers, so I just had to stay up there and keep fighting.”

Pavek qualified for state in three individual events after winning the 110 hurdles (15.74) and 300 hurdles (40.51) in addition to taking second in the high jump (5-11). Morgan Merritt will be joining Pavek in the hurdle events after taking first in the 100 hurdles (16.34) and finishing second in the 300 hurdles (47.43).

Wyatt Johansen made the state cut as well, finishing second in the 3,200 run in 10:27.94. Johansen also joined Nathan Cooper, McKinley Johansen and Travis Dinius on the winning 3,200 relay team that broke the school record. The foursome, who are often interchanged along with Mitchel Johansen, won the event in 8:21.52.

“It was great, to be honest,” Dinius said. “I was a little nervous before the day, but after we started the race, it was awesome. We got the school record by six seconds. That’s what we wanted to do since last year ended.”

The CML 3,200-relay team is also advancing to state after finishing second (10:03.36). Whle Sydney Sisk has been interchanged in the relay throughout the year, Leah Jessen, Natalie Dinius, Kalli Jelen and Emily Gillingham got the job done on Thursday.

“Both Mitchel and Sydney are interchangeable with the other four runners,” CML coach Beth Jessen said. “It’s nice to have five good runners. And it was nice that we got two relay teams to state right off the bat.”

Russell-Tyler-Ruthton’s Jada Carr is returning to the state competition in both her jumping events. Carr won the triple jump (35-1.50) and took second in the long jump (17-1.75).

Wabasso’s TJ Fulton advanced to state after winning the 100 dash (11.44).

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton had three athletes qualify, including Kendra Ludeman and Sammie Gervais, who went 1-2 in the high jump.

“I feel really excited,” Gervais said. “It’s been really close the last few years. I’ve been up there, so now it’s just a relief.”

Ludeman won the event after clearing 5-1, while Gervais made 4-11 to qualify.

“We always seem to be switching places,” Gervais said. “But that’s been our goal all year, to have both of us make it to state. It’s fun because we’re both competitive with each other but we want the best for each other at the same time. So it’s awesome that we’re both going to state.”

TMB’s Matt LaVoy qualified after taking second place in the 1,600 run (4:40.78).

Murray Country Central is sending two hurdlers to state. Paris Thomas finished second in the 100 hurdles (16.41) and Tyler Scotting was second in the 110 hurdles (15.89). While pleased that he qualified for state, Scotting had an unfortunate day.

“In the 110s, I was tied for second, so at the last step I kind of jolted forward too quickly and I hyper-extended my leg backwards,” Scotting said. “But I got second so that part was good.”

Scotting qualified for section competition in three individual events, but was unable to partake in the other two because of his injury.

“I tried to practice the shot put a little bit, but I just couldn’t do it,” Scotting said. “I didn’t even take an attempt. I also had to scratch the 300 hurdles, which I thought I would for sure go to state in.”

As a senior, it’s not the finale he had envisioned, but Scotting hopes to make the best of it.

“I believe I will be able to compete at state and hopefully I’ll make it to the second day, too,” he said. “If there’s a will, there’s a way.”

Yellow Medicine East senior Jacob Pederson’s season didn’t play out as he’d hoped either. Pederson suffered a hamstring injury recently and was nowhere near his best. Pederson participated in all four of his section events – the 100, 200 and 400 dashes and long jump – but didn’t place as well as he’d have liked. He did finish fifth in the long jump with a leap of 19-4.

“I’ve had such good luck in track the last few years,” Pederson said. “I’ve been to state the last two years, but not this year. Especially in the 200, which was my last high school race ever, I wanted to give it my all. But it really hurt. I think I got last in all of my running events.

Pederson’s track and field career is far from over, however, as he plans to run track at Hamline University – the location of the Minnesota State Track and Field meet – this fall.

Boys (Top two advance to State)

TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Montevideo 77.25, 2. Jackson County Central 76.5, 3. Luverne 75.25, 4. Mountain Lake Area 67.5, 5. Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI 64, 6. Redwood Valley 54, 7. Windom Area 41.75, 8. Springfield/Cedar Mountain/Comfrey 30, 9. (tie) Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd and Murray County Central 26, 11. Pipestone Area 23.5, 12. Central Minnesota Christian 22, 13. Yellow Medicine East 20.75, 14. Wabasso 20, 15. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 18.25, 16. BOLD/Buffalo Lale-Hector-Stewart 13, 17. Adrian 13, 18. Lakeview 11.5, 19. Fulda 11, 20. Westbrook-Walnut Grove/Red Rock Central 8, 21. Southwest Minnesota Christian/Edgerton 6, 22. Hills-Beaver Creek 0.75.

100 DASH: 1. TJ Fulton (W) 11.44, 3. Mitchell Fulton (W) 11.98.

200 DASH: 1. Dirk Thone (LU) 22.95, 6. TJ Fulton (W) 23.58, 7. Bas Laros (TMB) 23.69, 8. Levi Bunting (WWG) 23.70.

400 DASH: 1. Matthew VanEps (C) 50.47, 8. Travis Dinius (C/M/L) 54.11.

800 RUN: 1. Ryan Phillips (RV) 1:55.41, 5. Nathan Cooper (C/M/L) 2:08.31, 8. Jacob Carroll (YME) 2:09.70.

1,600 RUN: 1. Kurt TeBeest (M) 4:32.94, 2. Matt Lavoy (TMB) 4:40.78, 4. Jack Erickson (MCC) 4:49.87, 7. McKinley Johansen (C/M/L) 4:59.82.

3,200 RUN: 1. Spencer Sulflow (M) 10:24.43, 2. Wyatt Johansen (C/M/L) 10:27.93, 3. John Wagner (L/DB) 10:34.88, 5. Cole Bassett (MCC) 10:43.53, 6. Mitchel Johansen (C/M/L) 10:44.69, 7. Clayton Hartle (MCC) 10:48.81.

110 HURDLES: 1. Nathan Pavek (C/M/L) 15.74, 2. Tyler Scotting (MCC) 15.89, 8. Alden Salfer (W) 16.57.

300 HURDLES: 1. Nathan Pavek (C/M/L) 40.51, 8. Taylor Johns (MCC) 43.55.

400 RELAY: 1. Redwood Valley 44.77, 8. Murray County Central 47.17.

800 RELAY: 1. Luverne 1:32.12, 7. Yellow Medicine East 1:39.21.

1,600 RELAY: 1. Redwood Valley 3:29.29, 3. Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI 3:36.22, 7. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 3:42.19.

3,200 RELAY: 1. Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI 8:21.52, 3. Yellow Medicine East 8:36.57, 4. Murray County Central 8:43.14.

DISCUS: 1. Cody Rofshus (LU) 153-9, 5. Josh Hoernemann (Y) 130-0.

HIGH JUMP: 1. Joey Lee (L/DB) 5-11, Nathan Pavek (C/M/L) 5-11, 7. (tie) Branson Moen (C/M/L) and Tyson Velde (Y) 5-7.

LONG JUMP: 1. Victor Ogeka (WA) 20-0 1/2, 5. Jacob Pederson (Y) 19-4, 7. Joey Lee (L/DB) 18-9 1/4, 8. Nathan Pavek (C/M/L) 18-6 1/2.

POLE VAULT: 1. Niko Berge (B/BLH) 12-7, 3. Asa Nelson (TMB) 12-1, 4. Anthony Bossuyt (L) 11-1, 6. Derek Christians (WWG) 10-7.

SHOT PUT: 1. Cody Rofshus (LU) 54-1, 3. Cory Schreier (L) 48-4 3/4, 6. Josh Hoernemann (Y) 45-9.

TRIPLE JUMP: 1. Victor Ogeka (WA) 43-11 3/4, 2. Joey Lee (L/DB) 42-1.

Girls (Top two advance to State)

TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Luverne 83.5, Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd 82, 3. Montevideo 71, 4. Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI 55, 5. Redwood Valley 44, 6. Pipestone Area 39.5, 6. Pipestone Area 39.5, 7. (tie) Mountain Lake Area and BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 32, 9. Central Minnesota Christian 29, 10. Murray County Central 27, 11. Southwest Minnesota Christian/Edgerton 25.5, 12. (tie) Tracy-Milroy-Balaton and Springfield 25, 14. Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 24, 15. Jackson County Central 17, 16. Adrian 16, 17. Southwestern United 15, 18. MACCRAY/Renville County West 11, 19. Windom Area 10, 20. Wabasso 9, 21. Hills-Beaver Creek 8, 22. Hendricks 7.

100 DASH: 1. Jacinta Roggenbuck (L/DB) 13.10.

200 DASH: 1. Jacinta Roggenbuck (L/DB) 26.38, 3. Jada Carr (RTR) 26.91.

400 DASH: 1. Jacinta Roggenbuck (L/DB) 1:00.10, 3. Mikayla Salfer (W) 1:01.32, 6. Kalli Jelen (C/M/L) 1:03.93.

800 RUN: 1. Kayla Huhnerkoch (RV) 2:17.60, 3. Alaysia Freetly (L/D) 2:25.56, 5. Sierra Van Iperen (MCC) 2:29.40, 7. Lynn York (MCC) 2:31.52, 8. Sydney Sisk (C/M/L) 2:31.98.

1,600 RUN: 1. Kayla Huhnerkoch (RV) 5:09.35, 2. Alaysia Freetly (L/DB) 5:12.90, 6. Joise Olsen (H) 5:34.73, 8. Natalie Dinius (C/M/L) 5:50.45.

3,200 RUN: 1. Nicole Slater (A) 11:48.94, 5. Joise Olsen (H) 12:25.97, 6. Leah Jessen (C/M/L) 12:35.97.

100 HURDLES: 1. Morgan Merritt (C/M/L) 16.34, 2. Paris Thomas (MCC) 16.41, 7. Ashley Balfany (Y) 17.24.

300 HURDLES: 1. Maria Spanier (PA) 46.73, 2. Morgan Merritt (C/M/L) 47.43, 4. Paris Thomas (MCC) 48.55, 6. Sarah Ludwig (W) 51.15, 7. Stephanie Pickthorn (L) 51.28.

400 RELAY: 1. Luverne 51.74, 5. Murray County Central 53.18, 8. Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI 54.05.

800 RELAY: 1. Luverne 1:47.66.

1,600 RELAY: 1. Redwood Valley 4:08.43, 7. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 4:20.77, 8. Lac qui Parle/Dawson-Boyd 4:23.74.

3,200 RELAY: 1. Luverne 9:49.03, 2. Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI 10:03.36, 4. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 10:30.41, 5. Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd 10:33.58, 7. Yellow Medicine East 10:43.79.

DISCUS: 1. Rachel Jensen (L/DB) 111-4, 4. Morgan Citterman (C/M/L) 101-1.

HIGH JUMP: 1. Kendra Ludeman (TMB) 5-1, 2. Samantha Gervais (TMB) 4-11, 6. Melanie Kedl (WWG) 4-9, 7. (tie) Samantha Lecy (Y) and Meghan Travis (C/M/L) 4-9.

LONG JUMP: 1. Danielle Wubben (C) 17-4 1/2, 2. Jada Carr (RTR) 17-1 3/4, 4. Katarina Kuhlmann (L/DB) 15-5 3/4, 5. Hannah Schmidt (MCC) 15-4 3/4, 6. Morgan Merritt (C/M/L) 15-3 1/2.

POLE VAULT: 1. Josie Lilja (B/BLH) 11-1, 6. (tie) Meghan Travis (C/M/L) 7-8.

SHOT PUT: 1. Morgan Edwards (LU) 35-9 3/4, 2. Morgan Cittermam (C/M/L) 34-9.

TRIPLE JUMP: 1. Jada Carr (RTR) 35-1 1/2, 2. Kaitlin Connor (L/DB) 33-3, 3. Sydney Wittnebel (L/DB) 33-1, 5. Katarina Kuhlmann (L/DB) 32-7 1/4.