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Lourdes’ Johnson soars at section track meet

Post-Bulletin staff

Rochester Lourdes’ Kayla Johnson qualified for state in a pair of events Tuesday in the Section One, Class A track and field meet at Stewartville High School.

Tuesday’s girls and boys action was mostly preliminaries for Thursday’s finals. But a handful of events were run as finals.

That included the long jump and high jump for girls. Johnson won the long jump, going 16-feet, 4-1/4 inches. She was third in the high jump, with a 5-4 clearance. The top two finishers in each event automatically qualify for state, but athletes can also make it by reaching the state standard. Johnson hit that in the high jump.

The high jump winner was Rushford-Peterson/Houston’s Danielle Luhmann, going 5-6.

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Another highlight among girls finals came in the discus, where Rushford-Peterson/Houston’s Melissa Smith won with a stellar throw of 131-5.

Four boys events were run as finals. One of them, the 3,200, saw four athletes qualify for the state meet, all of them bettering the state standard of 9:47.07. Winona Cotter’s Donny Wasinger was the winner in 9:25.87.

Stewartville standout triple jumper Dan Smelter came through with a personal best in winning his event. He cleared 44-6, which is believed to be the top triple jump in state Class A this season.

Defending state shot put champion Justin Smith of Rushford-Peterson/Houston’s won that event with a 53-6-3/4 throw.

Thursday’s finals begin at 4:30 p.m. at Stewartville.

SECTION 1A TRACK MEET

GIRLS

INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

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(Top qualifying for state; *qualified by standard)

3,200 — 1. Kyle Blakeslee (Cannon Falls) 11:49.15; 2. Kelsey Torchia (Lourdes) 11:0.64; 3. Mollie Rea (Lourdes) 12:11.36; 4. Alexa Zerbe (Byron) 12:13.23; 5. Karli Beissel (Cannon Falls) 12:19.80; 6. Carlye Guzman (La Cresent) 12:23.50. High jump — 1. Danielle Luhmann (Rushford-Peterson/Houston) 5-6; 2. Maranda Dohrn (Lake City) 5-4; *3. Kayla Johnson (Lourdes) 5-4; 4. Anne Guthrie (La Crescent) 5-2; 5. Marie Sheely (Stewartville) 5-2; 6. Lexi Burnikel (Cotter) 5-0. Long jump — 1. Kayla Johnson (Lourdes) 16-41⁄4; 2. Danielle Luhmann (Rushford-Peterson/Houston) 16-4; 3. Andrea Fasching (Plainview/Elgin-Millville) 16-01⁄2; 4. Samantha Wermager (Caledonia/Spring Grove) 15-71⁄2; 5. Andrea Venzke (Stewartville) 15-71⁄4; 6. Lindsay Blahnik (Stewartville) 15-7. Discus — 1. Melissa Smith (Rushford-Peterson/Houston) 131-5; 2. Rebecca Stier (Grand Meadow/Le Roy-Ostrander/Southland) 118-7; 3. Breanna Davis (Plainview-Elgin-MIllville) 117-4; 4. Yvonne Freese (Lanesboro/Fillmore Central) 116-11; 5. Nicole Brown (Rushford-Peterson/Houston) 115-6; 6. Danielle Ruberg (Rushford-Peterson/Houston) 107-2.

BOYS

INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

(Top qualifying for state; *qualified by standard)

3,200 — 1. Donny Wasinger (Cotter) 9:25.87; 2. Dustin Franta (La Crescent) 9:29.29; *3. Travis Beniak (Zumbrota-Mazeppa) 9:34.39; *4. Tom Pesch (Plainview-Elgin-Millville) 9:37.49; 5. Kyle Buck (Kenyon-Wanamingo) 9:56.80; 6. Alex Thornton (Byron) 10:14.35. Pole vault — 1. Ethan Carlson (Plainview-Elgin-Millville) 13-2; 2. Karl Novak (Lake City) 12-8; 3. Chris Finley (Chatfield) 12-8; 4. (tie) Tanner Ties (Lewiston-Altura) 12-2; Jacob Pedretti (Chatfield)12-2; 6. Ethan Hackbarth (Lewiston-Altura) 12-2. Triple jump — 1. Dan Smelter (Stewartville) 44-6; 2. Jordan Jarland (Lanesboro/Fillmore Central) 42-11; 3. Andrew Taubel (Wabasha-Kellogg) 41-7; 4. David Hodgman (Zumbrota-Mazeppa) 40-53⁄4; 5. Matt Badzinski (Kasson-Mantorville) 40-51⁄4; 6. Anthony Thompson (Stewartville) 39-81⁄4. Shot put — 1. Justin Brown ( (Rushford-Peterson/Houston) 53-63⁄4; 2. Gerard DeWet (Lewiston-Altura) 52-81⁄2; 3. Aaron Thauwald (Kingsland) 52-61⁄2; 4. Jandre DeWet (Lewiston-Altura) 51-1; 5. Ryan Gebhardt (Hayfield) 49-21⁄4; 6. Paul Meyers (Plainview-Elgin-Millville) 48-91⁄2.

  • Report compiled by Pat Ruff.
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