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Rebels Send Fifteen Individuals and Two Relay Teams to Track and Field Sections

Aaron Johnson and Maverick Beckmann win events at Sub Sections

LUVERNE - Ten Rebel boys and five Rebel girls qualified for individuals events at the upcoming Section 3A Track and Field Meet in Montevideo on Thursday, May 31st.  Both the boys and girls will also send their 4x800 meter relay teams to the event.  Athletes qualified in Luverne on the 24th by either placing in the top four of each event or by earning a wildcard spot by posting one of the four best times outside of the top four places amongst the three subsection events held across the area.  The east schools had a meet in Redwood Falls while the northwest teams battled it out in Montevideo on the same day.  While the main focus is now on the individual events, team scores were still tallied on Thursday.  The Rebels boys were third amongst eight teams while the Rebel girls placed fifth.  The Southwest Minnesota Christian/Edgerton boys and Luverne girls won the team titles.

Aaron Johnson picked up one of two Rebel individual wins on Thursday as the sophomore was best on the day in the 110 meter hurdles (16:09).  Not only was his time the best in Luverene, it was tops amongst all three subsections and Johnson will be the number one seed in Montevideo on the 31st.  Johnson also earned a wildcard entry in the 300 meter hurdles.  Maverick Beckmann was the winner of the 3200 meter race as the freshman finished near a personal best in 11:01.28 and will compete at the section meet as the sixth seeded runner.  Senior Zach Aanenson was 3rd in the 300 meter hurdles (43.37) and also advances to sections with a third place finish in the pole vault (9-05).  Ethan Swanson was the only Rebel to advance in three different events.  The junior was third in the long jump with a leap of 18-10.50, fourth in the 100 meters at 12.02 and also earned a wildcard entry in the 200 meters dash.  Justin Clarke will be the fifth seed at sections in Montevideo as the sophomore was runner up in Luverne in the 1600 meter events.  His 4:55.75 finish is just five seconds off the pace from the top seeded runners.  Both Tyler Winter and Rylan Behnke earned starting spots in Montevideo as well.  Winter was third in the high jump at 5-07 while Behnke was fourth in the pole vault at 8-11.  The 4x800 relay team of Beckmann, Behnke, Josh Lemcke and Cale Engelkes qualified with a  third place finish of 9:32.64.  Also extending their season for at least one more meet were wildcard qualifiers Brayden Ahlers in the 110 meter hurdles, Josh Lemcke in the 800 meters and Colin Christensen in the high jump.

Senior Erica Gervais was the top Rebel girls finisher in Luverne as she will compete at the section meet via a runner up finish in the pole vault (6-11).  Anna Mathiowetz and Ryanna Schreier scored a pair of third place finishes on Thursday to advance also.  Mathiowetz was third in the 100 meter hurdles (18.27) while Schreier will be running the 300 meter hurdle event thanks to a finish of 52.29.  Schreier will also be a part of the Rebel girls 4x800 meter relay team as she and Kat Katholm, Josie Harms and Emily Kathman got one of the automatic entries with a fourth place finish of 11:03.83.  Wildcard spots went to Amanda Overgaauw in the 1600 meters and Kathman in the 3200 meter run. 

Pipestone Area’s Tyl Woelber had a spectacular day as he not only qualified in four events (high jump, long jump, triple jump, 300 meter hurdles), but also qualified via the state standard in three of those events.  Teammates Carter Nesvold and Michelle Neece qualified in three events each for the Arrows.  HLO/Fulda’s Morgan Gehl was the winner of the 1600 and 3200 meter events at the Redwood Falls event and will most likely be the favorite in both events at the section meet.  Also in Redwood Falls, WWG/RRC’s Nathan Runck won the 3200 meters while Dalton Piotter was runner up in the 1600 meters.  Camryn Bunting was tops for WWG/RRC in the 100 meter hurdles while teammate Lina Vue won the pole vault competition.  Southwest Minnesota Christian/Edgertons Kaitlyn Schaap was first overall in the pole vault in Luverne and will be the top seed and clear favorite at sections in Montevideo. 

The competition gets considerably stiffer in Montevideo.  To earn a trip to state, an athlete will need to be one of the top two in each event, or finish with a state standard qualifying time, to earn a trip to Hamline University the second weekend in June to compete with the state’s best.