Last Thursday, the Monte≠video High School boys track team captured the Section 3A championship at Redwood Falls.

 Last Thursday, the Monte­video High School boys track team captured the Section 3A championship at Redwood Falls.

Head coach Dave Schim­ming had this to say: “We had a  pretty incredible section meet for both boys and girls teams. We are taking more kids to the state meet than we possibly ever  have before. What a great way to end the season!”

Monte edged second- place Pipestone Area by one point, 113-112. Redwood Valley took third place with a score of 89.5. “The boys were not the favorites to win the section meet. We loaded relays to get to state, which allows for a team like Pipestone to take advantage of  their highly talented individuals,” said Schimming.

“For the most part, Pipestone did what they were supposed to do. We just had kids step up and achieve higher places than they were supposed to.”

Schimming commended his relay teams, saying, “Because of injuries, we ended up running subs in all four boys’ relays. We had subs prepared to go and they stepped up big time.

“Chase Pearson stepped into both sprint relays and did a great job. The 4x800 team set the tone for the day. We  had an injury in warm-ups and ended up running two eighth-graders and a ninth grader. They came in seeded seventh, ran a season best by five seconds, and ended up in fifth place.”

Schimming also noted several individuals. “Isaac Douglas came up big in the high jump. Ethan Schmitt set personal records and scored in both discus and shot put. Kurt TeBeest and Josh Tastad were warriors in the 1600, 800, and 4x400 when others succumbed to the heat. Every point mattered, especially when you end up winning by one point!”

The lady Thunder Hawks placed fourth out of 24 teams with a score of 67.5 points. First place went to Luverne, followed by Springfield in second, and Pipestone Area in third.

“For the girls, qualifying for state in six events is as many as I ever remember, going back to possibly the early ’90s at least,” said Schimming.

Claire Sulflow and Kurt TeBeest each had two first place finishes, with both winning the 800m and 1,600m runs.

As an added bonus, Monte head coach Dave Schimming was voted Section 3A Coach of the Year by his fellow coaches at the section meet.  

T-Hawks well represented at state track meet

The Thunder Hawks track team will be well represented at this year’s Class A State track meet Friday and Saturday. The meet will be held at Hamline University in St. Paul.

Competing individually for the girls will be Molly Reeves in the 100m dash, the 200m dash, and the long jump. Claire Sulflow will be running in the 800m run and 1600m run.

Girls competing in the 4x100 relay are: Anais Sorenson, Molly Reeves, Morgan Reidinger, and Jessica Tastad. Alternates for the 4x100 are Sydney Bednar and Katherine Knudson.

Competing individually for the boys will be Kurt TeBeest in the 800m run and the 1600m run. Adam DeZeeuw will run in the 110m hurdles.

Competing in the 4x100 relay are Adam DeZeeuw, Nate Heig, Preston Herfurth, and Reece Kuhlmann. Alternates are Denis Maldonado and Chase Pearson.

Competing in the 4x200 relay will be Denis Maldonado, Nate Heig, Preston Herfurth, and Adam DeZeeuw. Alternates are Chase Pearson and Hever Valenzuela.

Competing in the 4x400 relay are Hever Valenzuela, Kurt TeBeest, Josh Tastad, and Preston Herfurth. Alternates are Kaleb Ander­son and Chase Pearson.

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