Belle Plaine’s BPXC Track Club competed in the Region 8 Junior Olympic Track & Field Meet last weekend in Fargo, North Dakota, for the chance to compete at nationals in Sacramento, California, during the week of July 22.
In order to qualify for nationals, athletes needed to place among the top five in their events. Of the six athletes Belle Plaine sent to compete at the region meet, three qualified for the national meet in California.
Qualifying for not one but three events was McKenna Herrmann, who took first in the women’s 800m with a time of 2:20.99. She also took first in the women’s 1500m with a time of 5:05.39. Herrmann also qualified for nationals with a third-place finish in the women’s 400m dash with a time of 1:00.66. Herrmann narrowly missed qualifying in the 200m dash as well, with a sixth-place finish with a time of 27.58.
Hurdler Jaylen Struck-Schmitz took home nationals-qualifying results in two events. In the women’s 100m hurdles, Struck-Schmitz earned a fifth-place finish with a time of 15.53 and also a first-place finish in the women’s 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.30.
The youngest national qualifier representing Belle Plaine was Aria Jamison, who took home a first-place finish in the girls’ 15-16 3000m race walk with a time of 20.01.79. Jamison also competed in the hammer throw and landed a 12.81m throw.
Also competing from Belle Plaine were Madison McGrane, who took eighth in women’s discus with a toss of 30.41m.
Hayley O’Brien took seventh in the girls’ 15-16 division of the 100m hurdles with a time of 17.78.
Alaina Herrmann took home seventh in the girls’ 15-16 division of pole vault with a height of 2.55m.