Here's a Hindt: She's the top hurdler in Section 1A, and more

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Jun. 11—DODGE CENTER — Hailey Hindt has had an entire team worth of high-end track and field athletes to push her this season.

After all, her Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland/Southland team is considered the best collection in Class A out of southeastern Minnesota and maybe the state. And after all, it did easily win Thursday's Section 1A meet at Triton, finishing with 129 points. Stewartville's 104 total was second.

But the senior doesn't hesitate to single out one GMLOKS track and field athlete in particular who's influenced her. That is her twin sister, Madison Hindt.

An ankle injury shelved Madison for a chunk of this season. But she was on Hailey's heels to begin the year as they were each competing in the 100 and 300 hurdles.

And when she had to temporarily pack up her track shoes due to that ankle injury, Madison never left Hailey's side, always pushing her emotionally. That was Madison who Hailey sprinted toward minutes after winning the 100 hurdles in the state-qualifying meet, wrapping her in a big hug.

"With Madison around, it makes me want to get better every day," Hailey said.

Hailey Hindt wasn't done performing after winning the 100 hurdles. She also won the 300 hurdles, finished third in the triple jump and ran a leg on the GMLOKS 4x100 relay team that finished second.

—Hailey Hindt wasn't the only GMLOKS individual with a stellar night. Sophomore Anika Reiland had a huge meet, winning both the 100 (12.60) and the 200 (25.79). She won the former despite being seeded fourth.

"I wasn't very confident going in; I didn't think I'd win," Reiland said.

The top two finishers in each event qualified for next week's state meet. Athletes can also qualify by standard.

Peterson keeps trimming

When it came to the 400 meters, Stewartville star Maia Peterson has a list she's kept ticking off from the last few days.

Peterson had hoped to run a time in the 58s in Tuesday's Section 1A preliminaries. She did that, going a personal-best 58.28. On Thursday in the finals, she wanted to take things up another notch, finishing in the 57s. She also did that, turning in a spectacular time of 57.49.

So, will that list stay active heading into next week's state meet? It sure will.

"I want to run a 56," Peterson said, a twinkle in her eye.

Peterson had loads to twinkle about Thursday. The senior won the 400, won the triple jump (35-feet-10), and ran legs on Stewartville's winning 4x200 (Jaidyn Brower, Peterson, Hailey Lewis, Jolie Stecher) and 4x400 (Haylie Strum, Talor Klement, Lewis, Peterson) teams.

For her spectacular showing in the 400, Peterson gave loads of credit to good friend Brielle Ruen, a Lanesboro/Fillmore Central/Mabel-Canton junior and fellow star. As usual, Ruen was right on Peterson's heels for most of the race, ultimately finishing second in 58.68.

Peterson's appreciation for Ruen is mutual. They've developed a strong friendship after training together in the offseason at ETS in Rochester.

"We are such good friends, and we've really gotten to know each other," Ruen said. "When the 400 race was done today, she said to me, 'We've earned this. We've worked so hard for this.' "

—Stewartville's Lewis had an explanation for all the success her team had Thursday, winning those relays.

"Our team is super close and Maia and I are neighbors; we're at each other's houses every day," Lewis said. "But we all get along. There's no drama and we all have each other's backs."

Noteworthy...

—As is its custom, Rochester Lourdes excelled in the relays. That included winning the 4x100 in 50.46. That team consisted of Grace Buntrock, Paige Gallaugher, Ella Shedivy and CJ Adamson.

"With us, I think there is strong motivation to do what past Lourdes teams have done," said Buntrock, a sophomore who ran the lead leg on that 4x100 team.

—Hayfield's Madison Johnston came through with a strong shot put heave of 39-3 1/2 to land first in the event. Second place went to Stewartville's Raina Stecher, who on Tuesday won the discus. Stecher wasn't thrilled with her Tuesday or Thursday performance.

"I could have done better, but saving some for state," she said.

—Zumbrota-Mazeppa twin sisters Katrina and Natasha Sortland continue to dominate the middle and long-distance events. Katrina won the 800 in 2:17.34 and Natasha won the 1,600 in 5:15.99. On Tuesday, Natasha also won the 3,200.

SECTION 1A MEET

—At Triton

Team scores

Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland/Southland 129, Stewartville 104, Plainview-Elgin-Millville 67, St. Charles 64, Lake City 62, Cotter 59, Lourdes 49, Pine Island 48, Lanesboro/Fillmore Central/Mabel-Canton 48, Zumbrota-Mazeppa 48, Kenyon-Wanamingo 40, Chatfield 33, La Crescent 33, Lewiston-Altura 25, Medford 22, Hayfield 12, Dover-Eyota 11, Blooming Prairie 10, Rushford-Peterson/Houston 10, Bethlehem Academy 10, Lyle/Pacelli 7, Cannon Falls 7, RAACHE 6.

Individual results

Top two qualify for state; —qualified by standard

Running events

100 — 1. Anika Reiland (GMLOKS) 12.60; 2. Amanda Iverson (LaC) 12.75; 3. (tie) Olivia Gardner (Cot) 12.76; Lindsey Root (SC) 12.76; 5. Jaidyn Brower (Stew) 13.0; 6. Rylee Burnett (Chat) 13.11. 200 — 1. Anika Reiland (GMLOKS) 25.79; 2. Lindsey Root (SC) 2581; 3. Amanda Iverson (LaC) 26.09; 4. Olivia Garnder (Cot) 26.56; 5. Hayley Lentsch (KW) 26.80; 6. Jackie Cole (Med) 26.90. 400 — 1. Maia Peterson (Stew) 57.49; 2. Brielle Ruen (LFCMC) 58.68; 3. Antonia Smith (SC) 59.15; 4. Rylee Nelson (PEM) 1:00.95; 5. Claire Ebertowski (Cot) 1:01.48; 6. Hayley Lentsch (KW) 1:01.76. 800 — 1. Katrina Sortland (ZM) 2:17.34; 2. McKenna Hendrickson (GMLOKS) 2:23.65; 3. Mela Schmitz (Cot) 2:27.10; 4. Aubrey Williams (Cot) 2:27.10; 5. Ryann Witter (Lour) 2:27.62; 6. Amelia Gossman (Lour) 2:28.48. 1,600 — 1. Natasha Sortland (ZM) 5:15.99; 2. Brooklyn Radtke (PI) 5:27.43; 3. Malia Nelson (DE) 5:37.50; 4. Anna Peikert (Lour) 5:44.50; 5. Lilyan Kiehne (LFCMC) 5:45.89; 6. Tessa McMahon (Chat) 5:45.93. 100 hurdles —1. Hailey Hindt (GMLOKS) 15.55; 2. Ashley Veronen (LC) 16.06; 3. Brianna Radatz (BA) 16.40; 4. Emily Ludwig (LaC) 16.45; 5. Lucia Smith (SC) 17.27; 6. Rachel Nesseth (KW) 17.31. 300 hurdles — 1. Hailey Hindt (GMLOKS) 45.80; 2. Ashley Veronen (LC) 47.21; 3. Macy Holtz (PEM) 48.06; 4. Rachel Nesseth (KW) 48.42; 5. Lucia Smith (SC) 48.51; 6. Lynsey Ruen (LFCMC) 48.72.

Relays

4x100 — 1. Lourdes (Grace Buntrock, Paige Gallaugher, Ella Shedivy, CJ Adamson) 50.46; 2. GMLOKS 50.93; 3. KW 51.05; 4. Stewartville 51.25; 5. Chatfield 51.80; 6. Cotter 52.14. 4x200 — 1. Stewartville (Jaidyn Brower, Maia Peterson, Hailey Lewis, Jolie Stecher) 1:45.97; 2. GMLOKS 1:46.82; 3. Lourdes 1:46.87; 4. St. Charles 1:47.35; 5. PEM 1:49.69; 6. RPH 1:50.14. 4x400 — 1. Stewartville (Haylie Strum, Talor Klement, Hailey Lewis, Maia Peterson) 4:01.76; 2. LFCMC 4:07.16; 2. PEM 4:10.14; 3. ZM 4:12.44; 5. Lourdes 4:15.97; 6. GMLOKS 4:18.69. 4x800 — 1. GMLOKS (Lauren Queensland, Shelby Beck, McKenna Hendrickson, Kendyl Queensland) 9:54.31; 2. Cotter 9:53.53; 3. Lake City 9:54.15; 4. Lourdes 10:12.04; 5. La Crescent 10:40.66; 6. RAACHE 10:47.22.

Field eventsPole vault — 1. Jonna Gunnarson (LA) 9-2; 2. Madison Simon (LFCMC) 9-2; 3. Rylee Nelson (PEM) 9-2; 4. Emilee Otto (Stew) 9-2; 5. Meghan Urban (Stew) 8-8; 6. Shelby Beck (GMLOKS) 8-8. Triple jump — 1. Maia Peterson (Stew) 35-10; 2. Jacie Newman (PI) 34-9; 3. Hailey Hindt (GMLOKS) 34-1/2; 4. Macy Wozney (PEM) 33-8 3/4; 5. Anna Hennessy (LA) 33-2; 5. Jaci Winchell (CF) 33-1. Shot put — 1. Madison Johnston (Hay) 39-3 1/2; 2. Raina Stecher (Stew) 37-1 3/4; 3. Megan Meyer (LA) 34-8; 4. Kinsey Cronin (Med) 34-6 1/4; 5. Lexy Foster (GMLOKS) 34-1; 6. Zayda Priebe (Chat) 34-1/4.

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