NRHEG sends 3 events to state

Published 4:30 pm Sunday, June 3, 2018

MANKATO — The NRHEG and United South Central boys’ and girls’ track and field teams competed at the Section 2A meet Saturday afternoon for their opportunity  to qualify some events for the state track and field meet.

NRHEG was able to bring 13 events to the section meet after qualifying them at the sub-sectoin meet earlier this week.

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Of those 13 events, three of them were able to move onto the state meet.

United South Central junior Derek Christenson passes a competitor early in the 400-meter dash. Christenson would just miss out on a trip to state, finishing in third place with a time of 51.96. Tyler Julson/Albert Lea Tribune

Senior Ryan Hannegrefs was the only Panther to win an event, taking first place in the triple jump with a jump of 44-02.

Hannegrefs also competed in the high jump, where he took ninth place with a jump of 5-08.

Senior Brady Agrimson was the only other Panthers to qualify for state, taking second place both the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles. Agrimson finished with a time of 15.33 in the 110-meter hurdles and 40.82 in the 300-meter hurdles.

Other Panthers that competed at the section meet were Lonnie  Wilson who finished 12th in the long jump and just barley missed a shot at state by taking fifth place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.11.

Junior Alex Buckmeier and senior Nathaniel Techau competed in the throwing events, with Techau taking fifth in the shot out with a throw of 45-03 and Buckmeier finishing in 12th in the discus with a throw of 114-02.

The lone girl to qualify for the section meet was sophomore Jade  Mely in the 3200-meter run. She would finish the race in 16th place with a time of 14:48.19.

Hannegrefs and Agrimson will start their state meet events on Friday with the triple jump scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m., the 110-meter hurdles to start at 3:40 p.m. and the 300-meter hurdles to start at 5:35 p.m.

United South Central

The United South Central track and field teams were able to qualify seven events to the section meet, but unfortunately none of them would meet the mark to qualify for state.

Junior Derek Christenson would come the closest of all the Rebels, missing state by just one spot in the 400-meter sprint. He came in third place with a time of 51.96.

Christenson also competed in the 200-meter dash, in which he placed fourth with a time of 23.79.

Senior Hunter Malwitz also competed in two events taking 14th in the high jump and 15th in the 3200-meter run.

Junior Roel Perales took sixth place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.65. Perales also competed in the 4×100-meter relay along with senior Cody Cory and Chris Martens, and sophomore Jackson Martens.

The team would finish the event in eighth place with a time of 46.62.

Just like the Panthers, the Rebels were only able to qualify one female event to the section meet.

Senior Beth Stevermer competed in the 1600-meter run, in which she finished in ninth place with a time of 5:35.30.

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Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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