MANKATO - Competing with a freshman and sophomore, the Minnesota Valley Lutheran (MVL) boys 4x100 meter relay team earned a trip to the state track and field meet, finishing second at the Section 2A meet Saturday at Mankato West.
Seniors Adam Schnobrich and Matt Tessmer, sophomore Seth Kroells and freshman Lukas Borgwardt were clocked in a season-best 44.8 seconds in the race. Jordan finished first in 44.66 seconds.
For Tessmer, it meant little time to rest - maybe five minutes or so - before he competed in the 400 meter dash. Tessmer finished a close third in 50.83 seconds, just missing a state meet trip. Fairmont's Mark Fruechte was second in 50.8. Greg Ober of Glencoe-Silver Lake won in 50.67. Tessmer needed a 50.33 time to qualify for the state meet by time.
Staff photo by Fritz Busch
Minnesota Valley Lutheran 4x100 relay team runner Matt Tessmer, second from left, leans at the finish of the race, helping the Chargers finish second only to Jordan and earning a state track meet trip.
"I was looking for another gear in the 400 dash but it wasn't there," Tessmer said. "But I'm really happy that our relay team made it to the state meet. It'll be my first trip to the state meet on a relay team."
Seth Wiechmann, an MVL sophomore, finished sixth in the 400 dash in 52.65.
The Chargers had another chance to earn a state meet trip in the final event of the day, the boys 4x400-meter relay. They finished fourth in an unofficial time of 3:33. The official time was unavailable.
Other area athletes earning state meet trips included Sibley East's Megan Eckberg, who won the girls 100 meter hurdles in 15.87. Her teammate, Nick Bruss, was very close in the boys 110 meter hurdles in 15:73. The state qualifying standard was 15.71.
Aryn Eckstrom of St. James won the 3,200 meter run in 11:32.62 and was second in the 1,600 meter run in 5:17.85. Jonathon Surber of St. James was second in the 3,200 run in 9:59.13.
Lucas Hesser of Lake Crystal-Nicollet was second in the high jump at 6-2. Zach Brandts and Miquel Gonzalez of St. James were third and fourth at six feet.
Evan Guffey of Lake Crystal-Nicollet was second in the boys long jump at 21 feet, 2.75 inches; Emily Hurley of St. James was second in the girl's discus at 124-2.5. Blake Collier of St. James was the only boys shot put wheelchair competitor, winning with seven feet, 7.5 inches.
Other top four finishers were the Sleepy Eye Unified (SEU) girls 4x200 relay team, third in 1:48.5; SEU fourth in the 4x100 girls relay, 51.74; Sleepy Eye's Nikki Carr, fourth in the 200 dash, 27.0; Lake Crystal-Nicollet's Kyle Holbeck, fourth in the 200 dash, 23.41; Maggie Rauh, MVL, fourth in the girls long jump, 15 feet, nine inches; SEU's Jessica Schmitz, fourth in the triple jump at 34 feet; and Lake Crystal-Nicollet's Alayna Thiessen, fourth in the girls shot put, 36 feet, six inches.
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