Maddy Talamantes hands off to Chatfield teammate Ashley Baker in the 4 x 200 relay. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/CHATFIELD NEWS
Maddy Talamantes hands off to Chatfield teammate Ashley Baker in the 4 x 200 relay. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/CHATFIELD NEWS
The Gopher track and field teams began postseason competition last Thursday with the 1A sub-section meet, which was held in Chatfield. Both teams turned in a number of outstanding performances, combining to advance 10 athletes to the section meet this week.

The Gopher girls' team continued its dominance of the short distance runs that it has displayed all season, earning two firsts, a second, and a third place finish in the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter dashes. Maddy Kammer accounted for both of the first place finishes. She won the 200 meter with a time of 27.14 and the 400-meter with a time of 1:00.27. Both results earned her a spot in the section meet. Also advancing in the 200-meter dash was Ashley Baker, who placed third in the event, crossing the finish line in 27.9 seconds. Baker also qualified for the section meet in the 100-meter dash. Though she didn't finish in the top three, her time of 13.29 seconds, broke the section standard time and allowed her to advance in a competitive field of sprinters. Also among that field was Autum Erickson, whose second place finish with a time of 12.95 seconds earned her a spot in the 100-meter dash at the section meet as well.

That trio of sprinters, along with Maddie Talamantes, also advanced to the section meet in the 4x200-meter relay. They took first place in the event with a time of 1:48.59. Talamantes also advanced in the 300-meter hurdles, finishing third with a time of 48.48 seconds.

The two other Gopher girls to advance to the section meet in their respective events were Karen Gomez-Ruiz and Mikaela Bray. Gomez-Ruiz moved on in the 3200-meter run, finishing the race with a time of 12:47.45, which was good enough for second place. Bray earned her spot in the section meet by finishing second in the pole vault, clearing a height of 8'3".

On the boys' side, the Gophers excelled in the field events, with three competitors advancing to the section meet. Leading the way for that group was Jayme LaPlante, who placed first in both the shot put and discus. The senior won the shot put with a throw of 54'8" and set a new section meet record in the discus with a throw measured at 179'5", which was almost 13.5 feet farther than the previous record. Meanwhile, fellow thrower Julius General also advanced in the shot put, as his throw of 43'2 ½" was good enough for a third place finish.

In the triple jump, Jarrett Oakley earned himself a spot in the section meet, finishing second with a leap measured at 37'7 ½".

The Gophers had only one athlete advance in the running events, though several just missed the cut. Alex Haffner was the Chatfield runner to move on, finishing second in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 16.89 seconds. Freshman Kevin Bradt was among those to just miss out on advancing. He placed fourth in the 400-meter dash, finishing just 47 tenths of a second out of third place. Also falling just short of making it to the section meet was eighth-grader Austin Swancutt, whose time of 24.72 seconds in the 200-meter dash was only 51 tenths of second behind the third place finisher.

Up next

The 10 Gopher athletes left standing will compete in the section track meet, which will take place on Tuesday and Thursday of this week in Winona. There the Gophers will look to advance to the state meet in June.