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Girls capture third consecutive track title

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The Luverne girls’ track team captured its third consecutive team title during the Section 3A Track and Field Championships staged Thursday in Luverne.
The Cardinals turned in a 103-point performance to best second-place Redwood Valley (66 points) and the rest of the squads in a 24-team field.
Along with winning the team championship, seven Cardinals earned the right to compete at the state meet Friday and Saturday at Hamline University in St. Paul.
LHS will be represented in six events at the state meet as the Cardinals won five section championships and placed second in one event to earn automatic berths into the state classic.
Junior Morgan Edwards and senior Tayla Peterson experienced extremely successful days for the Cardinals.
Edwards won section titles in the shot put and discus with respective 37-8 ¾ and 121-3 distances.
Peterson won the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.99, which is a new school record in the event.
Debi Hoogeveen set the former school standard of the event in 1989 with a time of 26.1.
Along with her success in the 200, Peterson ran a leg with Luverne’s section-title-earning 800-meter relay.
Freshman Sierra Schmuck and seniors Naomi Dooyema and Kynzie Smedsrud teamed up with Peterson to win the race with a time of 1:47.26.
Luverne eighth-grader Gabrielle Ferrell won a section championship in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:59.25.
Sophomore Courtney Siebenahler placed second in the triple jump after registering a distance of 34-8 ¼.
Peterson will run in preliminary races in the 200 and with the 800-meter relay Friday with hopes of qualifying for Saturday’s finals.
Ferrell runs in the 3,200 finals Friday evening, while Edwards competes in the shot put on Friday with the discus competition set for Saturday.
Siebenahler competes in the triple jump on Saturday.
Smedsrud and Ferrell made bids to advance to state in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles before placing third in the events with respective 16.29 and 48.55 efforts.
Ferrell placed third in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:25.46, and the 400-meter relay consisting of Schmuck, Dooyema, Joci Oye and Peterson placed third in 51.6.
Kami Sawtelle placed fourth in the shot put and discus with respective 34-1 and 110-1 distances, and Dooyema placed fifth in the 200-meter dash in 27.36.
Other individuals turning in point-producing efforts include Sydney Biever (sixth in the 400 in 1:05.54) and Tianna Doppenberg (seventh in the 100 in 13.36 and seventh in the long jump with a distance of 14-6).
Here is a look at the rest of Luverne’s results from the section meet.
10th place: Jaidyn Elbers, 300 hurdles, 50.97; Bergin Flom, pole vault, 8-0; Oye and Schmuck tied for 10th in the 100 with 13.5 times.
11th place: Ivy Hudson, 400, 1:06.97.
12th place: Elbers, 100 hurdles, 18.13.
13th place: Mackenzie Petersen, 300 hurdles, 52.9.
14th place: Madison Reisdorfer, 3,200, 13:26.29.
16th place: 1,600 relay (Elbers, I.Hudson, Gracie Hudson and Biever), 4:43.18.

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