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Girls track and field preview: Five to watch

Rochester Lourdes' C.J. Adamson and Zumbrota-Mazeppa's Natasha Sortland highlight a strong bunch of Section One girls track and field athletes this season.

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Zumbrota-Mazeppa’s Natasha Sortland runs in the 1,600-meter run final during the Class A State Track and Field Meet on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Hamline University in St. Paul.

C.J. Adamson, Jr., sprints, Lourdes: It seems as though Adamson has already been around forever, and she’s just a junior. She also gets better every year. Adamson was second at state in the 200 two years ago and third in the 100. She also ran the anchor leg on Lourdes’ winning 4x100 relay team.

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Natasha Sortland, So., long distance, Zumbrota-Mazeppa: Sortland was the Section 1A cross country champion this past fall. Sortland finished fourth in the 3,200 at the 2019 state track meet and sixth in the 1,600.

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Ashley Veronen, Sr., high jump, hurdles, Lake City: Veronen burst onto the scene as a freshman when she already was clearing 5-feet-4. Look for her to make another leap this year. She is also one of the area’s top hurdlers.

Lilly Meincke, Jr., 400, Lake City: Meincke is a heck of an athlete, also one of the top basketball players in southeastern Minnesota. As an eighth-grader, she ran a 59.36 400.

Jaci Winchell, Sr., jumps, Cannon Falls: Winchell was one of the top triple jumpers in the area as a sophomore, finishing second in the Section 1A meet with a 34-6 3/4 clearance. She went 34-8 3/4 at state, landing eighth.

Related Topics: TRACK AND FIELD
Pat has been a Post Bulletin sports reporter since 1994. He covers Rochester John Marshall football, as well as a variety of other southeastern Minnesota football teams. Among my other southeastern Minnesota high school beats are girls basketball, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls track and field, high school and American Legion baseball, volleyball, University of Minnesota sports (on occasion) and the Timberwolves (on occasion). Readers can reach Pat at 507-285-7723 or pruff@postbulletin.com.
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