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Cheadle, Gehl, Williams place well at Sentinel Relays

May 8, 2014

By Les Knutson, Sport Writer
A trio of Fulda High School girls placed among the top three in their respective events at the 59th annual running of the two-class Sentinel Relays at Fairmont s Tom Mahoney Field last Friday, May 2.

After a week of rain, athletes from 16 participating teams competed in cool and windy --- but dry --- weather conditions in one of southern Minnesota s longest-lasting high school track and field meets.

Paced by a second-place performance by junior Sariah Cheadle in the long jump (14 feet, eight-and-one quarter inches), a third from senior Melissa Gehl in the high jump (4-6) and a third-place by freshman Alyssa Williams in the pole vault (7-3), Fulda scored a total of 55 points in the Class A girls division.

Martin County West racked up 154 points to win the Class A (smaller schools) girls team title, while Mountain Lake Area (135) and the combination of Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial and Nicollet (130) also displayed lots of depth and scored well throughout the meet.

North Union (Iowa) finished fourth with 71 points, followed closely by Fairmont s JV (65), St. Clair (62), Southwestern United (59) and Fulda (55).

The meet was scored 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 for the top eight places in each of 18 events.

Fulda s girls accumulated 30 points in the six field events and scored 25 points on the track, including 11 in five different relays.

Individually on the track, eighth-grader Camryn Baumhoefner (200 meter dash, 30.10 seconds) and freshman Nicole Madison (400, 1:06.81) each placed fourth. Cheadle finished sixth in the 300 meter low hurdles (1:03.99) and freshman Kasey Hermeling scored with an eighth in the 100, clocked at 15.21.

Junior Sydney Cuperus netted five points for the Raiders with a sixth in the discus (88-8) and a seventh in the shot put (28-6Ω). Madison placed eighth in both events, reaching a distance of 28-6 in the shot and 69-3 in the discus, as she finished the day with seven individual points.

Senior Alli VandenBosch cleared 4-2 and finished in a three-way tie for fifth in the high jump and senior Myah Holinka placed eighth in the pole vault (6-6) to complete Fulda s scoring in the field events.

Raider seventh-grader Frances Piper nearly placed in the triple jump, leaping 23-10º --- which was the 10th best distance.

Fulda s best finish in the relays was a fifth-place by the 4x100 team (Susanne Pagel, Hermeling, Bailey Wagner and Baumhoefner), clocked at 57.21.

The Raiders were seventh in the 4x200 (Pagel, Kendall Clarke, Wagner and Courtney Zins) with a time of 2:07.59 and seventh in the 4x800 (Madison Dibble, Katelyn Renneke, Piper and Payton Slaathaug), recording a time of 11:34.66.

Fulda s medley relay (200-200-400-800) finished seventh with a time of 5:25.06 and the 4x400 team of Ruth Cheadle, Madison, Wagner and Slaathaug clocked an eighth-place time of 4:56.34.

Emma Wehking and Holinka ran the 200 legs of the Raiders’ medley relay team before freshman Sophia Spittle churned the quarter (400) and Renneke finished with her second 800 of the meet.

Both Slaathaug and Wehking are just seventh-graders.

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