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N-K and L.M. finish final day of state track and field meet

Saturday marked the third and final day of the Iowa state track and field meet on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines.

Several athletes from the Lake Mills and Northwood-Kensett teams competed for the chance to etch their names in school history.

The Bulldogs competed in three events on Saturday. Junior Mason Fritz ran in the finals of the 800-meter run, ultimately coming in 15th place with a time of 2:00.88. Fritz was just over five seconds behind the winner, who finished in 1:55.67.

Fellow junior Carson Rygh ran in the 1600-meter run, where he finished in 13th place with a time of 4:39.06. The winner of the event finished with a time of 4:17.82.

The final event had the relay team of seniors Tommy Kaktis and Cael Boehmer, and junior Tyler Helgeson and Bennett Eaton coming in fifth place in the shuttle hurdle relay with a time of 1:02.06.

The Northwood-Kensett boys’ teams had two athletes compete on the final day. Senior Logan Benjegerdes finished his track and field career with a third-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.45, just .65 seconds behind the winner.

After picking up a state title on Friday afternoon, freshman Wyatt Willand competed in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter wheelchair races, finishing as the runner-up in each race.

Willand had times of 19.05 in the 100-meter, 33.14 in the 200-meter and 1:02.08 in the 400-meter.

The Vikings girls’ team also had two runners competing on Saturday. Senior Josie Einertson finished the 800-meter run in 18th place with a time of 2:32.78 and the 1500-meter run in 19th place with a time of 5:18.76.

Junior Lindsey Davidson came in 15th place of the 1500-meter run with a time of 5:12.56.

Of the 11 Bulldogs who qualified for a state event, only two were seniors. Of the 17 Vikings who qualified for state, six were seniors.

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Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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