Track teams send six entries to state
by John Fragodt, Sports Editor
The Benson-KMS girls track earned a second-place finish at the Section 3A Track and Field meet in Benson last Thursday afternoon. The girls team, one of the best in the area for at least the last 5-10 years, earned 69 points and qualified five entries to the State Track and Field Meet, set for this Friday and Saturday, June 7-8 at Hamline University.
Luverne, one of BKMS’ main nemesis, won the overall title with 89 points and 4-of-18 event titles while Benson-KMS was second with 69 points, and Lac qui Parle/Dawson-Boyd was third with 60.
Qualifying to state for the Benson-KMS girls were Emma Peterson in the high jump (second place) and 300 meter hurdles (first); Hannah Ricard in the shot put (second); the 1600 meter relay team of Peterson, Sydney Walsh, Bethany Rosemeier, and Emily Tostenson (first); and the 3200 meter relay team of Leah Tessem, Jessica Goff, Tostenson, and Rosemeier.
The Benson-KMS boys team tied for 11th in a meet won by Redwood Valley by 13 points over Murray County Central.
Ben Lundebrek earned the Fighting Braves’ lone state berth after placing second in the pole vault.
Photo: Emma Peterson, shown going over the second hurdle during the 300 meter intermediate hurdles, qualified to state in three events during the section meet in Benson last week -- hurdles, high jump, and 1600 meter relay.