Last Saturday, June 15, eleven of Belle Plaine’s junior and senior high school track and field athletes competed in the USA Track and Field-Minnesota Junior Olympic Championships at Lakeville South High School.

Belle Plaine’s athletes took four first place finishes over two age groups.

Aria Jamison took home a first place and a meet record in the 3000m race walk in the 15-16  age bracket with a time of 20:50.76. Jamison also took second in the hammer throw.

Belle Plaine rising senior McKenna Herrmann took home a pair of first place finishes in the meet’s 17-18 age group in the 800m and the 1500m. She took sixth in the 400m and seventh in the 200m dash.

Herrmann’s younger sister, Alaina, took sixth in the 15-16 age division of the pole vault.

Jaylen Struck-Schmitz took first in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.96. She took second in the 100m hurdles.

Fellow hurdler Hayley O’Brien took home fifth place in the 15-16 age division of the 100m hurdles.

Cassidy DeYoung took third and sixth in the 13-14 age divisions of the 200m and 100m hurdles, respectively.

Noah Dauwalter took fourth and eighth in the 17-18 age division of shot put and discus, respectively.

Fellow thrower Madison McGrane finished fifth in both discus and shot put.

Sydney Weiland ran a 13:34.27 to take third place in the 15-16 age division of the 3000m.

Thomas Weiland, the youngest athlete from Belle Plaine competing last weekend, took second in the 80m hurdles.

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