Class A State Track

Plainview-Elgin-Millville sophomore Kyler Bade wins the 400-meter dash final during the Class A state Track and field meet on Saturday at Hamline University in St. Paul.

P-E-M’s Bade forces state to take notice

ST. PAUL — Nobody knew who Kyler Bade was last season.

The Plainview-Elgin-Millville sophomore was just another nondescript freshman track and field athlete a year ago.

His favorite event was the 400-meter dash, but he wasn’t dazzling anybody yet with his seventh-place finish in the Section One, Class A meet and his 53.67 time.

That was then.

On Saturday, Bade did the full unveiling of himself as a new guy, though he’s been more than hitting at it all season.

It happened as the P-E-M sophomore emerged as a champion in the Class A state track and field meet at Hamline University.

He won the 400 in 50.15 seconds, just off the 49.98 time he had in Friday’s preliminaries and his winning 49.78 time in the Section 1A meet.

So, how’d he do this?

“I worked with my teammates all summer, lifting and running almost every morning,” Bade said. “We’d do it five days per week. With it, my times kept going down.”

They went down low enough to win himself a state title. Bade is nondescript no more. He’s also not done transforming.

“I don’t know if it’s quite hit me yet that I won,” he said. “But what I really want now is to just keep getting my times down.”


One of the top track and field athletes over the last three years in Southeastern Minnesota has been Lake City’s Ethan Heitman.

Heitman won the high jump a year ago with a 6-feet-6 leap. In 2017, he was third in the high jump (6-4) and the long jump (22-1 1/2).

Saturday, in his final state meet, the senior didn’t have his very best stuff, but he was still a star. Heitman landed third in the high jump (6-5) and the long jump (21-11 1/4).

“I came out here today and wanted to just smile and do what I do,” Heitman said.

Heitman was part of a dominant crew of Section 1A performers in the high jump Saturday.

While he was third, Pine Island’s Josh Navratil was fourth (6-5), Lewiston-Altura’s Marcus Weaver fifth (6-4) and Evan Daley sixth (6-3), and St. Charles’ Dalton Balcome eighth (6-2).

The winning jumper was Mounds Park Academy’s Yahya Madar, with a Class A state meet record 6-feet-10 height.

• Section 1A also showed well in the long jump. While Heitman was third, Byron’s Austin Freerksen was sixth (20-9 1/2) and L-A’s Daley seventh (20-6).


Caledonia/Spring Grove’s Jack Beardmore was regarded as one of the top handful of sprinters entering the Class A state meet.

The senior lived up to that, finishing second in the 100 (11.4) and fifth in the 200 (22.68).

Providence Academy’s Max Peckenschneid won both races (11.0, 22.11).

“I knew (Peckenschneid) was someone I needed to pay attention to,” Beardmore said. “He was the only one who’d run a sub-11 second 100 in the preliminaries. I had a good start today in the 100, but my top-end speed was not quite there.”


In the wheelchair races, Lewiston-Altura’s Peyton Gunnarson continued to make his mark.

Gunnarson won the 100, was second in the 200 and 1,600.

• The Lanesboro/Fillmore Central/Mabel-Canton 4x400 relay team of Drew Wyffels, Josh Peters, Ben Snyder and Carson Kiehne had a strong showing. They were third in 3:25.49.

The Stewartville 4x100 relay team of Elton Myhre, Josh Buri, Nathan Smidt, Austin Malone was fourth in 44.04.

• Dover-Eyota's Joe Callahan managed a fifth place in the discus. The junior threw it 149-2.


Team totals

(Top 10 and Section 1A places)

1. Jordan 87, 2. Providence Academy 58, 3. Pierz 36, 4. Waseca-Deer Creek 32, 5. Pipestone 28, 6. St. Peter 28, 7. Perham 26, 8. Stewartville 24, 8. Plainview-Elgin-Millville 24, Greenway/Nashwauk/Keewatin 24, Morris/Choko-Alberta 24, 19. Lake City 16, 21. Pine Island 15.5, 19. Lanesboro/Fillmore Central/Mabel-Canton 15, 22. Caledonia/Spring Grove 15, 26. Lewiston-Altura 13.5, 40. Dover-Eyota 8, 44. Chatfield 7, 49. St. Charles 5, 52. Byron 4, 58. Zumbrota-Mazeppa 3, 58. Rushford-Peterson/Houston 3, 76. Triton 1.

Individual events

(First place, Section 1A finishers)

(#—Denotes meet record)

Running events

100 — 1. Max Peckenschneid (Providence Academy) 11.0; 2. Jack Beardmore (Caledonia/SG) 11.4; 7. Brady Glynn (Dover-Eyota) 11.33; 9. Fernando Bugarin (Triton) 11.57. 200 — 1. Max Peckenschneit (Providence Academy) 22.11; 5. Jack Beardmore (Caledonia/SG) 22.68. 400 — 1. Kyler Bade (Plainview-Elgin-Millville) 50.15; 6. Carson Kiehne (LFCMC) 50.88. 800 — 1. Luke Olson (Ely) 1:55.48; 7. Cole Peters (Zumbrota-Mazeppa) 2:00.27. 1,600 — 1. Geno Uhrbom (Greenway/Nashwauk) 4:18.22; 8. Luke O’Hare (Rushford-Peterson/Houston) 4:32.89 15. Eric Wittlief (Pine Island) 4:43.37. 110 hurdles — 1. Jayson Ekiyor (Providence Academy) 14.96. 9. Triton Meldahl (Rushford-Peterson/Houston) 16.24. 300 hurdles — 1. Jade Reicks (St. Peter) 38.54. 100 wheelchair — 1. Peyton Gunnarson (Lewiston-Altura) 17.70. 200 wheelchair — 1. Aidan Gravelle (LCWM-Nicollet) 31.12; 2. Peyton Gunnarson (Lewiston-Altura) 31.89. 1,600 wheelchair — 1. Aidan Gravelle (LCWM-Nicollet) 4:13.84; 2. Peyton Gunnarson (Lewiston-Altura) 4:14.55.


4x100 — #1. Jordan (Jerry Powell, Thomas Dietel, Bryce Sievers, Marlon Wiley) 42.79; 4. Stewartville (Elton Myhre, Josh Buri, Nathan Smidt, Austin Malone) 44.04; 7. Chatfield (Carson Larrabee, Ben Muller, Jack Tuohy, Chance Backer) 44.78. 4x200 — 1. Jordan (Jerry Powell, Thomas Dietel, Bryce Sievers, Caden Bruzek) 1:29.25; 6. Chatfield (Ben Muller, Jared Baker, Jack Tuohy, Chance Backer) 1:32.30; 7. LFCMC (Drew Wyffels, Josh Peters, Ben Snyder, Carson Kiehne) 1:32.57. 4x400 — 1. Fairmont (Jordan Wolter, Hudson Artz, Andrew Moeller, Dylan Kennedy) 3:23.96; 3. LFCMC (Drew Wyffels, Josh Peters, Ben Snyder, Carson Kiehne) 3:25.49. 4x800 — 1. Nova Classical Academy (Theo Andre, Noah Johnson, Tavin Zeise, Dare Akimusire) 8:03.05; 5. Pine Island (Eric Wittlief, Danny Langworthy, Connor Bailey, Mark Quintero) 8:07.09; 6. St. Charles (Axel Daood, Andrew O’Hara, Bryan Chavez, Korigan Diercks) 8:18.15.

Field events

High jump — #1. Yahya Madar (Mounds Park Academy) 6-10; 3. Ethan Heitman (Lake City) 6-5; 4. Josh Navratil (Pine Island) 6-5; 5. Marcus Weaver (Lewiston-Altura) 6-4; 6. Evan Daley (Lewiston-Altura) 6-3; 8. Dalton Balcome (St. Charles) 6-2; 10. Cole Peters (Zumbrota-Mazeppa) 6-0. Long jump — 1. Christian David (Providence Academy) 22-8 3/4; 3. Ethan Heitman (Lake City) 21-11 1/4; 6. Austin Freerksen (Byron) 20-9 1/2; 7. Evan Daley (Lewiston-Altura) 20-6. Discus — 1. David Roddy (Breck) 162-5; 5. Joe Callahan (Dover-Eyota) 149-2; 13. Shane Byrne (Stewartville) 132-7. Discus wheelchair — #1. Luke Johnson (Medford) 50-4; 5. Peyton Gunnarson (Lewiston-Altura) 36-10.

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