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Vikings advance 14 events to state track meet

The Northwood-Kensett boys’ and girls’ track and field teams entered their district meet at Nashua-Plainfield on Thursday knowing they had a good shot at sending a handful of events to the state meet. However, after having only three events automatically qualify, they would have to wait and see if any more events would make the cut.

After a night of waiting, the Vikings received the good news that 11 additional events made the cutoff, bringing their total to 14 events and 17 athletes making the trip to state.

Opposed to other classes where a top-two finish will earn a spot at state, the only way to guarantee a trip to the state meet in Class 1A is to win the event outright at the district meet.

The Vikings grabbed wins in three events — one boys’ and two girls’ events. Junior Logan Benjegerdes won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 58.13, which qualifies him in 16th place at the state meet.

On the girls’ side, senior Raquel Robinson won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:10.26, qualifying her in 10th place, and the shuttle hurdle team of Robinson, Peyton Pangburn, Kayla Senne and Taylor Jorgensen won with a time of 1:10.99.

The other events were selected as the best times or distances in the state that didn’t win their event outright.

Benjegerdes would claim another two spots with a second-place finish in the 110-meter high hurdles and as a part of the third-place shuttle hurdle team, along with Spencer Smith, Caden Schrage and Kole Parks. Schrage would also qualify in the 400-meter hurdles after a second-place finish.

Junior Marquise Berry qualified in the high jump and long jump with successful attempts at 5-10 and 19-5, respectively.

Robinson would punch her ticket a third time, along with 4×400 relay teammates of Josie Einertson, MacKenzie Duvall and Ivy Rollene.

Sophomore Lindsey Davidson took third in both the 1,500-meter run and 3,000-meter run, qualifying her in both events. Jorgensen would qualify in her second and third events with a second-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles and as a part of the distance medley relay with Duvall, Rollene and Jaela Parks.

Senior Dusti Bratrud would qualify in the shot put with a throw of 36-0 1/2.

The Iowa State track and field meet begins Thursday and continues through May 19.

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Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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