Cardinal boys finish second, girls fifth at competitive Section 3A Championships

Dominating performances by Redwood Valley junior Logan Josephson and senior Emma Gaffney Thursday at the Section 3A track meet in Pipestone have the duo headed on to state.

Josephson put together a strong regular season and would save his best for the Section meet, winning the 100 meter dash (11.37), the 300 hurdles (40.85) and the long jump (21’ 5”) and finishing fourth in the 200 (23.27).

Gaffney also had a strong regular season but would shine even brighter at Sections, winning the shot put (39’ 9 3/4”) and discus (130’ 1”) in impressive fashion to earn a return trip to the state meet.

The Cardinal boys capped off a great season by earning a second-place team finish in a tight race that saw Montevideo edge the Cards (83.5-80.5), Luverne (73) and Pipestone Area (70) in the 25-team event. As dominating as the Cards were, they unfortunately were only able to advance Josephson through to the state meet which will take place Friday and Saturday at Hamline University in St. Paul.

The Cards had a number of athletes come just short of moving on to state, including the 4x100 relay team of Kyle Huhnerkoch, Tommy Amberg, Chase Pettis and Evan Schemmel who finished third, just .02 of a second behind second place Wabasso (45.30-45.32). The foursome was fifth in the 4x200 (1:34.74).

Senior Jacob Henjum came within one place of state in a pair of events, earning third place finishes in the triple jump (42’ 2”) and high jump (6’ 1”). He also was fifth in the long jump (20’ 4 1/2”).

Senior Carter Menz was third in the 3,200 meter run (10:25.11), and Pettis would finish fourth in the 110 hurdles (16.76). Amberg added a fifth- place finish in the triple jump (41’ 5 1/2”), Aaron Boyle was sixth in the 3,200 (10:43.40) and freshman Jed Hansen was seventh in the pole vault (10’ 3”).

Section 3A Boys Team Results - Montevideo 83.5, Redwood Valley 80.5, Luverne 73, Pipestone Area 70, BOLD/BLH 55, Wabasso 49, Windom Area 45, MCC 43, CMC 38, Canby/Minneota 35, LQPV/DB 34, JCC 19, SWMCH-EHS 17.5, Mt. Lake Area 16, S/CM/C 12.5, Hills-Beaver Creek 11, W/WG 10, Lakeview 10, Ellsworth 9, MACCRAY/RCW 3, TMB 3, RTR 2, YME 2, Hendricks 1

The Cardinal girls, meanwhile, would earn a fifth-place finish with 47.5 team points as Luverne rolled to the team title.

Along with Gaffney, the Cards got a nice performance from freshman Alexa Steffl who finished third – just one spot out of a state berth – in the 100 meter hurdles (17.40). She added a seventh place finish in the 300 hurdles (50.98).

Fellow freshman Sidney Beran earned a fourth-place finish in the long jump (16’ 5”) and Jillian Read was fifth in the triple jump (34’ 3/4”). Hannah Schjenken earned a sixth-place finish in the 400 (1:04.33), Aubree Hicks was seventh in the 1,600 (5:52.20), Hannah Elmer finished eighth in the pole vault (7’ 4”) and Read was eighth in the 100 meter hurdles (17.98).

The Cardinal 4x100 relay team of Read, Elizabeth Prouty, Sydney Sommers and Alaina Goblirsch was seventh (53.01) running against a tough field. The foursome would finish eighth in the 4x200 (1:53.64). The 4x400 relay team of Schjenken, Caitlyn Johnson, Prouty and Sommers would finish eighth (4:23.27).

Section 3A Girls Team Results - Luverne 105, Pipestone Area 77, SWMCH-EHS 52, Montevideo 49.5, Redwood Valley 47.5, Lakeview 44, Canby/Minneota 40, JCC 39.5, LQPV/DB 37, Wabasso 28, TMB 24.5, Hendricks 24, Hills-Beaver Creek 21, S/CM/C 21, Windom Area 15, Fulda 11, W/WG 10.5, YME 9, Mt. Lake Area 9, MACCRAY/RCW 9, MCC 8.25, CMC 8, HL-Okabena 7, BOLD/BLH 4.25, Adrian 1