Olivia Haug took first place in the discus.
Olivia Haug took first place in the discus.
The 1A Track and Field Section Championships were held May 28 and 30 at Paul Giel Field in Winona. For Lanesboro/Fillmore Central/Mabel-Canton, one athlete qualified for this week's state championships.

Competitors who placed first or second in individual events, first-place in relays, and those who achieved a standard time, distance or height will be going to St. Paul later this week.

Sophomore Olivia Haug took first place in discuss with a throw of 114-11.00, earning a trip to state.

There were a couple of close finishes for other L/FC/M-C athletes looking for a state berth.

Junior Gabe Decker tied for third place in pole vault, clearing the bar at 12-06.00.

L/FC/M-C eighth-grader Kiera Olson had the crowd on the edge of their seats. On Tuesday, she competed in the 3200M run, which is often an unexciting event once the leaders pull away from each other. Olson raced out to a 50-yard lead and stayed there through the first seven laps until the final lap (400M) when a couple of girls began to close the gap. Sylvia Lechnir of La Crescent caught her with about 100 yards to go. Kiera accepted the challenge and sped up. It became a three-girl race along with Shannon Strickland of Lourdes. With the stadium crowd in an uproar, the three girls gutted it out toward the finish line with many neutral fans probably rooting for the small eighth grader. In a race that is not usually close, there was only 35/100ths of a second between first and third places. With the top two qualifying for state, Olson unfortunately finished third. She did set a new personal record at 11:54.87.

Another high finish for the team was the boys' 4x800M relay. Brandon Breitsprecher, Zachary Case, Erik Peterson and Nathaniel Harrison took fourth, crossing the line in 8:33.72. That was a new personal record for that squad as well.

The women's 4x800M team also set a new personal record at 10:35. They took eighth place.

The State Tournament is June 7-8 at Hamline University in St. Paul.