High school highlights for Thursday, May 25, 2023
Top performances for area high school players.
BOYS TRACK AND FIELD
BIG NINE CONFERENCE MEET
• Century’s Nathan Nelson had a career day in the pole vault, the senior star soaring 15-feet-10 in the Big Nine Conference meet in Winona. That was easily good for first and is also the best mark in Class AAA this season. Nelson’s previous best had been 15-3. Red Wing’s Thomas Lamkin had another big day, this time winning the 100 (10.94) and finishing second in the 200 (22.34). Mayo, which also got first-place individual finishes from Carter Holcomb (110 hurdles, 14.94), Adam Myren (high jump, 6-4) and Ryan Gwaltney (1,600, 4:21.28), finished third in the 12-team meet with 188 points. Owatonna was first with 291.16. Second place finishes came from Mayo’s Lucas Olson (800, 1:59.62), Century’s Aaron Zhao (1,600, 4:21.29), Century’s Josh Kyei-baffour (110 hurdles, 15.24), Holcomb (300 hurdes, 40.62), Mayo’s Lucas Peterson (pole vault, 13-4) and Century’s Shaun Wysocki (triple jump, 42-6 1/4). The Century 4x400 relay team of Wyatt Lundstrom, Reid Weckwerth, Zhao and Gavin Vogel turned in a sizzling 3:27.37 time in winning the 4x400 relay.
• Tor Lunaas won the discus (169 feet) and the shot put (48-2), and Carter Anderson won the high jump (6-4) and the triple jump (40-11 1/2) to help Stewartville to the team title in a triangular meet at Kasson.
GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD
BIG NINE CONFERENCE MEET
• Mayo’s Hannah Hanson dominated in the hurdles once again in the meet in Winona, winning the 110s in 14.73 and the 300s in 46.29. Hanson also ran the lead leg on the Mayo’s winning 4x400 relay (4:00.47). Century finished second as a team in the 12-team meet with 223 points. Mankato East edged the Panthers for first with 275.33 points. Mayo was second (163.5). John Marshall senior sprinter Alana Acker captured the 100 title in 12.75. Century’s Megan Lund had the same time in a race that was a photo finish. JM also got a first place from distance-runner Abigail Tri. She won the 3,200 in 11:30.52. Century’s Sophia Comfere won the 400 with a strong time of 58.31. Mayo’s Sofia Haakenson was second there in 59.83. Century got a great throw from Elise Jensen in the discus, sailing it 137 feet for first place. There were some great long jump distances. Mankato East sophomore Rylie Hansen won it by going 18-2 1/2. Just behind her was Century’s Madison Habberstad, clearing a season-best 17-8 3/4. Century’s Lund went 17-7 1/2 for third. The Century 4x100 relay team of Favor Omoijuanfo, Habberstad, Clara Gerhard and Lund roared to that title in a season-best 48.88. Austin’s Olivia Walsh was second in the high jump (5-2) and the triple jump (35-5).
• Arabella Knudson won the 100 (13.36) and the 200 (27.09) in guiding Kasson-Mantorville to a narrow team title in its own triangular meet. K-M scored 72 points, Stewartville 69.5. The Tigers got a pair of wins from star Haylie Strum. She won the 100 hurdles (16.15) and the 300 hurdles (45.48). It was Strum’s first time running the 100 hurdles this season. Stewartville’s Audrey Shindelar won the high jump (5-0) and ran a swift 59.51 400 for second place.
SECTION 1AAAA SECOND ROUND
• Samantha Bogen and Zoie Roush both hit a home run and drove in three runs and No. 2 seed Owatonna pushed across a run with one out in the bottom of the ninth to slip past No. 6 Century 7-6 in the second round in winner's bracket play. Morgan Erickson went 3-for-5 with an RBI for Century, Ava Frost was 2-for-4 and Madelynn Feakes drove in two runs. Then in an elimination game, No. 4 Northfield blanked Century 2-0.
• Courtney Graff went 2-for-3 with a double, home run, three RBIs and three runs scored for Northfield and Jaime Triplett went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI as the fourth-seeded Raiders defeated No. 8 John Marshall 13-3 in an elimination game. Taylor Adams went 1-for-2 and scored two runs for JM.
• No. 3 seed Lakeville South received strong pitching to slip past No. 7 Mayo 2-1 in an elimination game. Tiegan Mancuso was 2-for-3 with a pair of stolen bases and a run scored for Mayo. Meagan Putzier pitched the first 5 2/3 innings for Mayo and she allowed two earned runs on nine hits.
• Jayden Dahl went 4-for-4 and Keagan Coulson allowed just one earned run as Dover-Eyota beat Zumbrota-Mazeppa 4-2 to win a Sub-Section 1AA title.
• Zumbrota-Mazeppa bounced back to remain alive in the top four in Section 1AA. Cora Ohm performed in the circle and at the plate to help deliver a 14-2 win over Blooming Prairie. Ohm finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored and allowed two runs in five innings for the victory.
• Wabasha-Kellogg scored in the seventh and eighth innings to complete a comeback victory over Goodhue. The Falcons overcame a 5-0 deficit, roaring out to a 9-5 lead after two, before Goodhue took a 10-9 lead after six. Mackenzie Paddock went 3-for-4 with a triple and double, while Lexi Metcalf also tripled in a multi-hit effort for the Falcons. Emma Voth and Ava Wallaker each had three hits for Goodhue.
BIG NINE CONFERENCE
• Ethan Loos went 3-for-5 with a double and four RBIs and Adam Hegrenes was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored as John Marshall outscored Austin 12-8 in the regular-season finale for both teams. Brayden Bishop went 2-for-2 with a double, triple, RBI and two runs scored for the Packers while Ethan Anderson was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
BIG NINE CONFERENCE MEET
• Owatonna shot a 330 to defeat runner-up Northfield by nine strokes to claim the team title at the Big Nine Conference Meet. Ava Fevold carded an 83 and Bailey Glandon added an 84 as they guided John Marshall to a fourth-place finish with a 358. Flora Bolster shot an 82 to help Mayo place sixth with a 366 score.