June 1: Section Meet @ Mankato West


Out of 22 teams, the Belle Plaine girls’ track and field team emerged as the victors of the Section 2A Meet on Saturday, June 1, and will send five athletes and two alternates to the state meet over six events, which include the 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, long jump, discus, the 800m, and the 4x400m relay, this weekend.

4x400m relay

The relay team made up of  Jaylen Struck-Scmhitz, McKenna Ziemke, McKenna Herrmann, and Tavashia Hill took first place at the section meet with a time of 4:04.93, beating out seven other teams in the process.

Beating Fairmont, their next closest competitor by nearly six seconds, the team sailed into victory. The relay team will enter the state meet with the third seeded time behind Stewartville and Plainview-Elgin, respectively.

Alternates for Belle Plaine are Lizzy Schmidt and Malina Koepp.


McKenna Herrmann bested her competition at West last Saturday and posted a 2:20.38 for the first place finish, over a second faster than Madison Daly of St. Claire / Immanuel Lutheran.

Herrmann’s time earned her a third seed at the state meet, behind Ava Hill of Mesabi East  and Grace Drietz of Canby/Minneota, among 16 competitors overall.


Madi McGrane threw a 110-06 toss to earn herself a second place finish behind Makena Larson of Martin County West.

The junior will enter the state meet as the 12th seed out of 16 athletes in the field.

100m Hurdles, 300m Hurdles and Long Jump

Defending 300m hurdle champ, Jaylen Struck-Schmitz is looking to defend her title in the event as the top seed in a tight field. Emma Brietsprecher of Lanesboro/Fillmore with a qualifying time of 44.99 will, on paper, give Struck-Schmitz the most trouble.

Struck-Schmitz will enter state as the 16th seed in long jump, after tying for first at sections.

She will also enter as the sixth seed of 16 in the 100m high hurdles.


The boys held their own in a field of 26 teams.

Aside from Jordan, who walked away with the section title with 141 team points over the next closest in Fairmont with 78, Belle Plaine was near the top. With 33 team points, the Tigers took home eighth place and will send Drew Hastings to represent Belle Plaine at the state meet.

Hastings won the 1600m run around four seconds ahead of Chase Baker in second. With a time of 4:32.42, Hastings earned his spot in a field of 16 athletes as the 10th seed.

The MSHSL State Track and Field Meet runs June 7-8 at Hamline University in St. Paul. Drew Hastings  is set to run Saturday, June 8. All Belle Plaine girls’ preliminary events will take place Friday, June 7.

BPHS Track and Field

Schedule and Results

Thur., Apr. 4: Invitational B.P. Athletic Complex - Girls 1st, Boys 4th

Tue.,  Apr. 9: Quad, B.P. Athletic Complex - Girls 1st, Boys 1st.

Mon., Apr. 15: Meet @ St. Peter - Girls 1st, Boys 3rd

Tue., Apr. 16: MRC meet @ Le Sueur-Henderson - Girls 1st, Boys 3rd

Tue., Apr. 23: MRC meet, @ B.P Athletic Complex - Girls 1st, Boys 1st

Thur., Apr. 25: Invitational @ Delano - Girls 1st, Boys 5th

Thur., May 2: Meet @ Mankato East - Girls 1st, Boys 7th

Tue., May 7: True Team Sectional - Girls 4th, Boys 10th

Thur., May 16: Conference Championship @ Tri-City -  Girls 1st, Boys 2nd

Sat., May 18: True Team State @ Stillwater

Thur., May 23: Subsections, B.P. Athletic Complex - Girls 1st, Boys 2nd

Sat., June 1: Girls 1st, Boys 8th

Fri., June 7-8: State Tournament @ Hamline University

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