Owatonna boys win conference crown
The Owatonna boys’ track and field team proved just how deep their team is. Despite claiming just two first place performances and three second place finishes, Owatonna won the Big 9 Conference Track and Field Championships at Ted Nelson Track in Faribault on Friday.
Owatonna scored 256.5 team points, just ahead of Rochester Century who took second with 230.5 points. Mankato East (230 points) and Rochester John Marshall (226) rounded out the top four teams.
The Huskies two first place performances came from the same person in hurdler Jacob Johnson. He came out like he had something to prove in the 110-meter hurdles as he crushed his competition by setting a new conference record of 14.36 seconds. Later, he had another impressive run in the 300-meter hurdles, winning in a time of 40.17 seconds. To round out the meet, Johnson teamed with Ryan Guenther, Nick Raichley, and Jayden Dowhaniuk to place second in the 4x400-meter relay in a time of 3:28.77.
Earning all-conference honors with second place finishes were Raichley in the 400 meters (50.35) and Jake Borchardt in the high jump (5-08).
Owatonna earned the team championship by having a number of third, fourth, and fifth place showings. Lance Ulrich reached an all-conference time of 15.53 in the 110-meter hurdles and placed third. Braydon Kubat had a third place running in the 3200 meters (10:11.94) and both the 4x200 relay (1:33.82) and 4x800 relay (8:21.25) placed third.
Guenther was one of four Huskies to have fourth place finishes as he ran a time of 51.61 in the 400-meter dash. Also placing fourth in their respective events were Dalton Kubista in the triple jump (41-00.75), Brady Ruiter in the shot put (48-03.75), and Lane Thiesse in the discus (136-01).
Borchardt also earned a fifth place leap in the long jump at 19-feet, 4-inches. Bryce Goodwin’s time of 42.45 in the 300-meter hurdles and Ethan DeKam’s heave of 48-feet, 3.25-inches in the shot put were also good for fifth.
On the girls’ side, Owatonna set one conference record and had four more earn all-conference status as the team placed fourth with 197 points. Rochester Century won the team crown with 242 points with Red Wing (238.5) and Mankato East (237.5) close behind.
The quartet of Margo Achterkirch, Karissa Gregory, Steph Kretlow, and Sydney Schultz broke a 17-year old record by thrashing their competition by nearly three seconds in the 4x200-meter relay in a time of 1:44.35.
Syd Kretlow had Owatonna’s other first place performance when she ran a time of 2:22.54 in the 800 meters.
Achterkirch earned another all-conference honor with her second place run in the 200 meters in a time of 26.37. Schultz (12.79) and Steph Kretlow (12.88) reached the conference standard in the 100-meter dash to also claim additional all-conference status.
That same 4x200 foursome also teamed to claim second in the 4x100-meter relay in a time of 50.08.