The Becker Bulldog girls track team took part in a four team meet at Big Lake May 26. Monticello captured first place with a score of 116, Cambridge -Isanti had 96, Becker had 35 and Big Lake had 26.5.
“It was a very windy day which affected times but our athletes competed well,” said Becker Coach Trish Kealy.
Regan Hausmann was Becker’s top scorer, getting a second place finish in the 300 hurdles (52.92), where she consistently pushes herself every meet. She also placed fifth in the 100 hurdles (18.27) where Sarah Woelfel placed third (18.23).
Cassidy Pleoger placed fourth in the 100M after she tweaked her ankle during the long jump. She also came back to place sixth in the 200 and third in the 4x100 relay along with Abby Atwood, Jessica Gruenes, and Sarah Woelfel.
Lexi Rose took fourth in the 1600 with a time of 5:57.73.
Kayla Gruenes earned a personal best time of 2:43.93 in the 800 and placed third with a gutsy finish. Also in the 800, Katelyn Brower was sixth (2:55.43).
Alea Briggs was third in the 400 with a personal best time of 66.61.
Olivia Babler placed fifth with a time of 13:35.70 in the 3200.
Becker’s 4x800 relay team of Lexi Rose, Alea Briggs, Kayla Gruenes and Brooklyn Karel placed second with a time of 10:51.95.
The 4x400 relay team of Rose, Gruenes, Hausmann and Briggs was fourth in 4:37.49.
Evelyn Kreft took home a pair of third place finishes in the shot put (30’4” personal best and earns her a place on Becker’s honor roll) and discus (89’9”).
Lauren Woelfel placed third in the pole vault equalling her personal best with a mark of 8’6”.
At North Branch
The Becker girls had five girls earn All Conference Honors and five more earn Honorable Mention at the M8 Conference meet in North Branch June 2.
“We are proud of the progress our kids have made this year and the team had six season best marks and seven PR performances at this meet,” said Kealy.
Becker started off the meet with an all conference performance by their 4 x 800 relay team. The girls placed second to an outstanding team from Monticello.
“Our girls turned in their season best time by cutting 15 seconds off their previous best time and each ran outstanding legs in this race,” said Becker’s head coach.
The team consisted of Meghan Swanson, who started Becker off with a very strong run and handed off to Kayla Gruenes, who always runs a gutsy race. Becker’s third leg was Alea Briggs, who extended the gap between BHS and the third place team. Lexi Rose ran the fastest split of the season to bring home all conference awards for the team. Their time in the race was 10:29.81.
Rose also took home all conference honors in the 1600. She ran her personal best time and had a very strong finish, overtaking three other runners in the final 200 meters to place fourth with a time of 5:40.43. This finish also places Rose on Becker’s honor roll for the 1600.
Hausmann ran an outstanding 300 meter hurdle race, running aggressively and attacking each hurdle. She was in a battle for second right up until the finish line where she got out leaned and finished fourth. Her time was a personal best 50.14 which took two seconds off her previous best and put on Becker’s honor roll for the 300 hurdles in sixth position out of 12.
Abby Atwood and Alea Briggs were honorable mention in the 400 meters. Atwood came out of the second heat with a PR time of 66.92 for fifth overall and Briggs ran well in the third heat and placed seventh over all with a time of 67.29.
Gruenes ran an impressive 800 race with a PR time of 2:40.21. She pushed her limits in this race and earned honorable mention for her efforts, placing sixth.
Also bringing home sixth place was Sarah Woelfel in the high jump where she tied her personal best jump of 4’8”.
Becker’s final honorable mention was earned by Cassidy Pleoger, who despite a poor start, was still able to place seventh in the 100 meters and earn some points for the Bulldogs.
Becker’s 4x100 relay team of Paige Maunu, Gruenes, Sarah Woelfel and Pleoger ran a season best time of 54.30. The 4x200 team of Paige Maunu, Anna Briggs, Kylee Morton and Katelynn Brower ran a season best time of 2:02.62.
Becker’s 4x400 team placed sixth with a time of 4:38.7. The team consisted of Rose, Gruenes, Hausmann and Alea Briggs.
“These girls were very busy in this meet and finished with a lot of heart,” said Kealy.
Becker also had season best marks by Katelyn Brower in the 800 (PR time 2:45.81),Whitney Schug in the 800 (2:48.04), Olivia Babler in the 3200 (13:28.4), Gruenes and Tessa Maruska in the pole vault (both vaulting 7’6) and Skylar Schug in the triple jump ( 26’6 1/2).
“I’m very proud of the entire team as they dealt with the heat at this beautiful facility in North Branch,” said Kealy.
June 9, Becker has their Section 8AA prelims at Sartell- St Stephen and finals Saturday at Fergus Falls.