The BPHS boys’ track team finished atop the standings at the St. Peter Invitational. The Tigers took second to Fairmont at last week’s quadrangular meet at the Belle Plaine Athletic Complex.
The BPHS boys’ track team finished atop the standings at the St. Peter Invitational. The Tigers took second to Fairmont at last week’s quadrangular meet at the Belle Plaine Athletic Complex.
by Dan Ruud
The Belle Plaine High School boys’ and girls’ track and field teams competed in their third and fourth meets of the season this past week, both finishing second at last Tuesday quadrangular in Belle Plaine and winning in St. Peter.
Girls’ Belle Plaine     Quad Results
The Belle Plaine girls finished somewhere other than first in the team standings for the first time this season as a well-rounded and deep Fairmont team came to town last Tuesday and edged the Tigers by seven points (122½ to 115½) atop the team standings. The other two teams, Sibley East and Mayer Lutheran, were not even visible in the rearview with just 20 and 12 points, respectively.
The difference in the meet was that Belle Plaine scored no points in the throws (shot put and discus), while Fairmont rang up 21. The Tigers and Cardinals were one-two in all four relays, both winning two.
Belle Plaine’s victorious relays were the 4x100-meter team of Alyna Phongsavath, Sara Ferguson, Haley O’Brien and Tatum Pass (54.79); and the 4x800 squad of Cassie Stolt, Lizzy Schmidt, McKenna Herrmann and Malina Koepp (10:20.13).
Belle Plaine’s Selin Dikmen continued to pile up numerous team points, finishing first in the 100 dash (12.94), the 100 hurdles (16.60) and the triple jump (33-09). She was second in the 300 hurdles in 50.64, an event won by fellow Tiger Jaylen Struck-Schmitz in 49.45.
Also finishing first for the Tigers were Schmidt in the 400 dash (1:01.9) and Emily Berger in the 1,600 run (5:47.18), which was less than a second ahead of teammate Stolt.
Other top finishers for Belle Plaine were Haley Leger (second in the 800 run/2:31.21), Morgan Kruger (second in the high jump/4-8), Schmidt (second in the pole vault (9-0), Alexia Siegle (second in the long jump/14-09), Koepp (third in the 800 run/2:39.60), Ferguson (third in the 100 dash/13.69), Berger (third in the 200 dash/28.57), Herrmann (third in the 3200 run/12:51.02), Leger (third in the high jump/4-08) and Phongsavath (third in the long jump/14-05).
Girls’ St. Peter     Invite Results
Belle Plaine easily topped the field Monday (April 17). The Tigers won with 218½ points, well ahead of Minneapolis Southwest (144½), St. Peter (135½), St. Clair (48½), Minneapolis Edison (45), Bethlehem Academy (36) and GFW (34).
The Tigers dominated most every event. Selin Dickman won the 100-meter dash (13.14 seconds) and finished second in the 200-meter dash (26.90). Sara Ferguson finished second in the 100-meter dash (13.57) Alyna Phongsavth was fifth (13.84). Emily Berger took eighth in the 20-meter dash (28.84).
In the 400-meter dash, BPHS’s Lizzy Schmidt won the race in 1:02.15. Emily Krautkremer took third (1:05.33).
The 800-meter dash saw Belle Plaine’s Schmidt (2:29.90) win the race and Taylor Kruger (2:49.81) finish sixth.
In the 1,600-meter run, McKenna Herrmann took second (5:45.83) and Berger (5:54.93) fourth.
BPHS dominated the 3,200-meter run with three runners -- Cassie Stolt (12:41.48), Malina Koepp (13:08.38), Jordyn Williams (13:08.85) and Alaina Herrmann (14:03..89) all earning team points.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Dikman finished second (15.79 seconds). Jaylen Struck-Schmitz took fourth (17.07) for the Tigers.
Belle Plaine had three runners earning points in the 300-meter hurdles. Struck-Schmitz took second (48.35 seconds). Heley Leger (51.62) and Hayley O’Brien (52.31) finished fifth and sixth.
The Tigers thoroughly dominated the relay events, winning  all four of them, the 4-by-100 meter (54.63), the 4-by-200 meter (1:53.20), the 4-by-400 meter (4:16.16) and the 4-by-800 meter (10:09.10).
Leger took fourth in the high jump (4-feet-8), and Filiz Dikman was seventh (4-feet-6). Morgan Kruger was eighth (4-feet-6).
Struck-Smith finished second in the long jump (14-feet-8). Phongsavath took fourth (14-feet-4¼. Herrmann finished fifth in the long jump (13-feet-8 ½). Alexia Siegle finished eighth (13-feet-4).
In the triple jump, Dikmen finished second at 31-feet-5½. Koepp took 10th at 29-feet-8.
Rachel Fahey finished fifth in the shotput with athrow of 27-feet-1.
In the discus throw, Fahey finished third with a throw of 86-feet-11½. Madi McGrane was sixth with a throw of 72-feet-11.
Boys’ Belle Plaine Quad Results
Belle Plaine won three of four relays but it was not enough to offset Fairmont’s depth of scoring in the majority of events. The Cardinals finished with 121½ team points and Belle Plaine had 89¾. Mayer Lutheran was a distant third with 37¾, followed by Sibley East with 27.
First-place relays for the Tigers were the 4x100 team of Jack Larson, Max Ponath, Brenden Eyrich and Marcus Walsh (45.90); the 4x200 squad of Mason Ponath, Max Ponath, Nate Loegering and Walsh (1:34.79); and the 4x400 team of Mason Ponath, Kellen Bergs, Max Ponath and Loegering (3:33.90), which was a Belle Plaine Athletic Complex record and also places the 4x400 team on the state honor roll.
Fairmont easily won the 4x800 relay in 9:23.87. Belle Plaine was second in 9:49.29.
Drew Spellman took first place in both the shot put (45-04.50) and discus (124-09). Devin May was tops in the pole vault at 11-0. Kyle Siemon was first in the 3,200 run in 10:53.26.
Placing second for the Tigers were Walsh in the 200-meter dash (23.99) and long jump (19-04), Loegering in the 400 dash (53.07), Bergs in the 800 run (2:10.11) and Drew Hastings in the 1600 run (4:51.63).
Taking third were Eyrich in the 100 dash (12.11), Mason Ponath in the 400 dash (53.48) and May in the discus (113-11).
Ben Covington, Belle Plaine’s first wheelchair participant in program history, competed alone in the 100-, 200- and 800-meter events and the shot put. He was credited with picking up four team points.
Boys’ St. Peter    Invite Results
Belle Plaine won the boys’ competition, topping a seven-team field. BPHS finished with 161½ points and Minneapolis Southwest was second at 148.
The rest of the field included GFW (117½), St. Clair (89), St. Peter (80), Bethlehem Academy (51) and Minneapolis Edison (26).
Marcus Walsh was BPHS’s top runner in the 100-meter dash. He was second in 11.98 seconds. Brenden Eyrich was fifth in 12.22 and Mitchell Koepp took seventh in 12.49. Daniel Weaver (12.51), Jack Larson (12.56) and Melvin Arnold (12.66) all finished in the top 10 for the Tigers.
Mitchell Koepp finished seventh for BPHS in the 200-meter dash (25.72).
In the 1,600-meter run, Belle Plaine’s Drew Hastings (4:53.96) finished third and Elliot Rudd  (5:09.52) took fourth.
Kyle Siemon won the 3,200-meter run for the Tigers. His time was 10:31.62.
Belle Plaine’s Hunter Schmidt took third in the 110-meter high hurdles (20.36). Aiden Fogarty finished sixth (23.25). Schmidt was second in the 300-meter hurdles (47.16).
Like the girls, Belle Plaine dominated the boys’ relays. The Tigers won the 4-by-100 meter relay (49.56), the 4-by-200 meter relay (1:34.30), the 4-by-400 meter relay (3:36.35) and the 4-by-800 meter relay (8:44.25).
Daniel Weaver finished fifth in the high jump (4-feet-10). Walsh won the long jump (19-feet-4) and Weaver took eighth (16-feet-7).
The Tigers’ Drew Spellman finished second in the shot put with a throw of 42-feet-4). His teammate, Jack Larson, finished third (39-feet-7). Auatin Grapentine finished seventh (36-feet-4) and Alex Nowak (36-feet-2) finished seventh and eighth for the Tigers.
In the discus, Devin May took third (117-feet1). Teammates Drew Spellman (107-feet-6) finished fourth and Grapentine (99-feet-3½) took eighth for BPHS.