The Mankato Free Press
---- — STILLWATER — Taylor Grandgenett and Krista Hassing won individual titles Saturday, helping Blue Earth Area to a fifth-place finish in the Class A State True Team Track and Field Meet. Esko was first with 414.5 points and the Bucs scored 336.5.
Grandgenett won the 300-meter hurdles in 47.44 and Hassing took the triple jump at 33-feet-9. The Bucs’ 4x400 relay also finished first in 4:15.86.
Grandgenett was third in both 100 hurdles (17.44) and the high jump (4-6). Hassing placed third in both the open 400 (60.51) and open 800 (2:30.68) and was fifth in the 1,600 meters (5:40.32),
Teammate Skylee Bell was third in the 100 meters (13.72) and fifth in the 200 meters (28.07). Karli Olsen was fourth in the 400 meters (61.47) and Anne Franta took fifth in both the 100 meters (13.93) and 200 meters (28.07).,
The Bucs were fourth in the 4x1 relay (54.03) and fifth in the 4x2 relay (1:55.08).
True Team Boys: Nick Beattie turned in a pair of championship performances Saturday, leading Blue Earth Area to a sixth-place standing in the Class A Boys State True Team Track and Field Meet. Winona Cotter won with 429 points and BEA scored 301.
Beattie was first in oth the 100-meter dash (11.78) and 200-meter dash (22.93). Teammate Nick Shure was fourth in the long jump (19-6) and Steven Plocker was fourth in the shot put (46-8).
Fairmont Invite: The Cardinals won both halves of their own track and field meet Friday, scoring 140 points in the boys field and 186 in the girls field.
Mankato Loyola/Cleveland was second among the boys (66), followed by New Ulm (58) and Blue Earth Area (4).
The Crusaders won two relays as Wyatt Elmer, Chandler Burris, Andrew Murray and Landon Javens clocked a 9:01.1 in the 4x800-meter relay and Elmer, Dennis Hoppe, Bryce Omtvedt and Murray turned in a 3:38.0 in the 4x4.
Omtvedt also won the open 800 in 2:00.0 and teammate Josh Bruender took the long jump at 17-feet-6.25.
In the girls competition, New Ulm was second with 60 points and Loyola/Cleveland was third with 18.
The Crusaders’ quartet of Danielle Vetter, Katerina Vetter, Eaden Javens and Kayl Haas won a pair of relay races. They took the 4x8 in 10:22.3 and the 4x4 in 4:18.4.