May 16: Minnesota River Conference Championship
Adding another team win to their already dominant catalogue, the Tigers took home the Minnesota River Conference title in no uncertain terms.
Beating out (in finishing order) Jordan, Tri-City United, LeSueur-Henderson, Norwood-Young America, Sibley East, Southwest Christian and Mayer Lutheran, the Tigers took home a whopping 12 first place finishes over 18 events.
In the 200-meter dash, Lizzy Schmidt set the stage for the Tigers with a win and PR with a time of 26.65. Schmidt took home another individual conference championship in the 400-meter dash.
Jaylen Struck-Schmitz took home nothing but first place finishes over four events, the maximum for high school athletes to compete in over a single meet. Most notable was Struck-Schmitz’s PR performance in the 100-meter high hurdles in which she ran a 15.09. She also competed in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, long jump and was the opening leg of the winning 4x400-meter relay team which consisted of her, McKenna Ziemke, Mckenna Herrmann and Schmidt.
In fact, each of Belle Plaine’s relay teams took home gold. In the 4x100-meter relay, Sydney Meyer, Elissa Moonen, Belle Haefner and Madi McGrane won by nearly two seconds. The 4x200 team, which substituted Moonen for Ziemke had a virtually identical result.
Belle Plaine’s 4x800-meter relay team (Savanna DeYoung, Malina Koepp, Jordyn Williams and Cassie Stolt) could simply not be caught and sailed into first around 17 seconds ahead of the second-place Tri-City United team.
On the field Sarah Lenz notched another winning effort in shot put with a toss of 32-08. Leah Lenz wasn’t far behind in third with a throw of 31-01.
McGrane, who is well-acquainted with the top spot, won the discus competition with a throw of 108-05.
With a number of other upper finishes that included Moonen with a second place finish in high jump, Koepp with a second-place PR finish in long jump and freshmen Sydney Weiland making her presence known in the 3200-meter race in third, the Tigers handily secured the team win and the conference title with 243.5 team points, over double Jordan in second.
The boys strung together a number of sensational performances to fight for a second place finish in the Minnesota River Conference, not remarkably far behind the champions in Jordan.
Drew Hastings battled with fellow cross-country standout in Le Sueur-Henderson’s Lane Schwarz until the very end of the 1600-meter race for the tight victory and new school record for Hastings. The time of 4:35.10 beat out the record set by Hastings last week. Hastings also took home the conference title in the 3200-meter race.
Hunter Schmidt in the 110 highs set a PR and landed fourth place finish in a tight field led by Caden Bruzek of Jordan.
Elliot Rudd set a personal record of his own in the 400-meter dash at 53.05 for the third place finish of a race that saw the top three competitors all pushing each other to personal records.
Senior Josh Hennes set a personal record in shot put with a toss of 43-07, which landed him in second place.
Noah Dauwalter took home third in discus with a throw of 121-00.
The 4x100-meter relay team (Nehemiah Juaire, Elliot Barnes, Max Larson and Daniel Cooper) took home second at 46.28 behind Jordan.
The 4x400 meter team (Josh Yeates, Ben Hunsader, Hunter Schmidt and Elliot Rudd) took home second again to Jordan in a hotly contested affair, with Belle Plaine ultimately falling by five seconds with a 3.39.73 finish.
Most frequently throughout the meet, Jordan took home first place finishes with Belle Plaine or another taking second. Altogether, though, final team scores were relatively flat at the top, with Belle Plaine falling behind Jordan, who had 194 team points, at 124.5 points. Next was LS-H with 110. In finishing order, TCU, Mayer Lutheran, Sibley East, Southwest Christian and Norwood-Young America split the remaining points.
The teams now move to the post-season with their sub-section meet taking place Thursday at the Belle Plaine athletic complex. Competition begins at 4 p.m., weather permitting.
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-CityGirls 1st, Boys 2nd
Sat., May 18: True Team State @ Stillwater, 3 p.m.
Thur., May 23: Sub-Sections, B.P. Athletic Complex, 4 p.m.
Sat., June 1: Sections @ Mankato West, 9:30 a.m.
Fri., June 7-8: State Tournament @ Hamline University, 3:30 p.m.