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Last Thursday, Monte­video hosted the Section 3A Track and Field Champion­ships. The Thunder Hawks boys team captured the Section 3A title with a solid team effort. Monte outdistanced second place Lac qui Parle Valley by a score of 98.50 to 76.

The Lady T-Hawks placed a very respectable sixth out of 23 teams. First place in the girls division went to Luverne.

The top two finishers in each event advance to the State Track and Field Championships starting tomorrow (Friday) and continuing on Saturday at Hamline University in St. Paul.  Athletes can also qualify for the state meet by meeting state standards in each event.

For the girls, Molly Reeves had a spectacular day, qualifying for the state meet in three events. Reeves won the 200 meter dash and 300 hurdles. She also placed second in the 100 dash, and her time of 12.76 beat her own school record of 12.84 which she set last year.

Thomas O’Malley blew the competition away in discuss with a near-school record throw of 153-11 to win first place.

Other individual state qualifiers for the boys include: Billy Etrheim, second place 110 hurdles; Chase Pearson third place 100 dash (qualified by time); Josh Tastad first place 1600 run; and Christian Riley second place high jump.

Also qualifying  were the first place 4x200 relay team of Ibrahim Carson, Trent Dreyer, Jose Pacheco, and Chase Pearson (alternates Billy Etrheim and Josh Kinman); the second place 4x400  relay team of Kaleb Anderson, Josh Tastad, Will Bosch, and Jose Pacheco (alternates Ibrahim Carson and Christian Riley); and the second place 4x800 relay team of Connor Osbon, Kaleb Anderson, Jakob Christopherson, Will Bosch (alternates Bryce Nelson and Josh Tastad).

Head coach Dave Schimming was proud of his teams. “This is one of the bigger groups we have sent to state. We qualified in eight events for the boys and three events for the girls. I think we qualified for nine events in 2003, a year in which we brought home the 3rd place team trophy.”

Last week’s section meet also saw a section record fall as Ty Woelber of Pipestone Area set a new mark of 22-07.75.

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