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Track and Field: Pierzinski, Moore highlight area athletes in Class 1A

Pequot Lakes' Reid Pierzinski and Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's Samuel Moore highlight a group of 37 area athletes competing in this year's Class 1A state meet Friday-Saturday, June 8-9, at Hamline University in St. Paul.

Pierzinski and Moore, both seniors, return and are favored to defend their championships in two events.

Pierzinski has the best qualifying times in the 110-meter hurdles (14.97) and 300-meter hurdles (38.21). He is the only entrant in the 110 with a time under 15 seconds. He is also competing in the 200 dash (seeded 5th) and triple jump (seeded 7th).

Moore returns in the shot put (59-2.50) and discus (194-1) with the best qualifying marks. His 194-01 in the discus is seven feet further than the No. 2 seed.

Max Giza (Staples-Motley) will compete in both hurdle events as well as pole vault in which he placed third last year as a junior.

Sophomore Matthias Algarin will represent Pierz in three events—long and triple jumps and the 4x200 along with Benjamin Herold, Carter Moulzolf and Alex Gross.

Wadena-Deer Creek is competing in three relays—the 4x200, which the Wolverines won last year, and the 4x100 and 4x400. Their time of 1:31.20 has W-DC seeded first in the 200 relay and second in the 400 with a 3:28.20.

Jonathan Pantages, Chase Domier and Bereket Loer run in all three W-DC relays and are joined by Hunter Hawkins in the 200 and 400, and Isaac Hale in the 100. Pantages will also compete in the high jump where he is seeded fourth at 6-5.

Pequot girls defend relay titles,

Pierz' Algarin headlines throwing events

Pequot Lakes returns to defend its title in the 4x200 and 4x400 relays. Stewartville has the best qualifying time in both events. Stewartville qualified with 1:44.54 in the 4x200 and 4:00.63 in the 4x400. The Patriots won section titles at 1:47.32 and 4:04.54 this year.

Cassidy Chaney joins Mirjana Ganley, Kristin Skog and Grace McGuire who are back from Pequot's winning 4x200 last year. Cassidy Chaney and Lydia Hubbard join McGuire and Skog who were on last year's first-place 4x400. The Patriots will also compete in the 4x800 relay (Cassidy Chaney, Skog, Carly Chaney, Lydia Hubbard).

The Patriots' Adelaide Hubbard makes the trip for hurdles and triple jump. Last year she placed seventh in the 300 hurdles and fifth in triple jump.

Senior Beth-el Algarin is representing Pierz in the shot put for the third straight year and discus for the second time. After placing third (41-1.50) in the shot put in 2016, she was fourth last year with a 40-9.75 but enters this year with the best qualifying throw of 47-00.75.

She set a Section 5-1A record this year with a winning 45-0.75 that would also have easily surpassed last year's state first-place 42-07.75.

Algarin is also the top seed in discuss at 128-9.

Other area girls returning to state are Pillager's Julia Johnson, back in high jump where she placed 15th last year; C-I's Kylie Monson in triple jump after competing in the long jump last year; and W-DC's Ellie Miron returns in discus where she finished eighth last year.

Class 1A Boys

(14 area boys competing in 14 events)

110 hurdles: Reid Pierzinski (PL), Max Giza (SM)

300 hurdles: 1-Reid Pierzinski, Max Giza (SM)

200 dash: Reid Pierzinski (PL)

400 dash: Brett Jansen (BHV)

3200 run: Emmet Anderson (SM)

4x100 relay: Wadena-Deer Creek (Jonathan Pantages, Chase Domier, Isaac

Hale, Bereket Loer); Pierz (Matthias Algarin, Benjamin Herold, Carter Moulzolf, Alex Gross)

4x200 relay: Wadena-Deer Creek (Jonathan Pantages, Bereket Loer, Chase Domier, Hunter Hawkins); Pierz (Matthias Algarin, Benjamin Herold, Carter Moulzolf, Alex Gross)

4x400 relay: Wadena-Deer Creek (Jonathan Pantages, Hunter Hawkins, Chase Domier, Bereket Loer)

Shot put: Samuel Moore (BHV)

Discus: Samuel Moore (BHV)

Long jump: Matthias Algarin (Prz)

Triple jump: Reid Pierzinski (PL), Matthias Algarin (Prz)

High jump: Jonathan Pantages (WDC)

Pole vault: Max Giza (SM)

Class 1A Girls:

(23 area girls competing in 15 events)

100 hurdles: Adelaide Hubbard (PL), Julia Johnson (Pil)

300 hurdles: Adelaide Hubbard (PL)

100 dash: Mikaela Malone (WDC)

200 dash: Jordyn VanVickle (Pil)

400 dash: Grace McGuire (PL), Brenna Andres (Prz)

800 run: Lily Peterson (C-I)

3200 run: Kennedy Gravelle (WDC)

4x200 relay: Pequot Lakes (Mirjana Ganley, Kristin Skog, Cassidy Chaney, Grace McGuire); Pierz (Brenna Andres, Chelsie Kurtz, Kylie Porter, Avy Lease)

4x400 relay: Pequot Lakes (Grace McGuire, Kristin Skog, Cassidy Chaney, Lydia Hubbard)

4x800 relay: Pequot Lakes (Cassidy Chaney, Kristin Skog, Carly Chaney, Lydia Hubbard)

Shot put: Beth-el Algarin (Prz), Desera Engholm (PL)

Discus: Beth-el Algarin (Prz), Desera Engholm (PL), Ellie Miron (WDC)

Long jump: Jordyn Van Vickle (Pil)

Triple jump: Adelaide Hubbard (PL), Kylie Monson (C-I)

High jump: Britt Kratochvil (PL), Julia Johnson (Pil), Kathryn Ireland (C-I), Chelsie Kurtz (Prz)

Pole Vault: Brooklyn Jones (C-I)