The St. Ansgar boys team finished their first meet of the 2019 season tied for first place with Charles City with 117 team points! Submitted photo. 

The St. Ansgar Saints boys and girls track and field teams competed at their first meet of the season on Monday in Osage. Other teams at the meet were Charles City, Crestwood, Nashua-Plainfield, North Iowa, West Fork, Rockford, Riceville and Osage. 

The St. Ansgar boys team had a very successful first meet, finishing as the champions at the Osage CO-ED (tied with Charles City) with 117 team points. Top finishes from the Saints came from Seth Hershey with a first place finish in the 800 M run (2:14.01) and Collin Kramer with a first place finish in the 110M Hurdles (16.37). Sage Hulshizer came in first place in the Discus and 2nd place in the shot put for the Saints. Hulshizer and Kramer led the Saints individually, each scoring 18 points towards the team total. 

Lily Vasquez throws the shot put with all her might at the Osage CO-ED meet on Monday, April 1. Photo/Colby Fossey

St. Ansgar’s boys had some great success in the relays on Monday night. The 4x100M relay team (Ryan Cole, Jack Sievert, Braden Powers and Collin Kramer) finished in first place (47.37). The 4x400M relay team (Mark Bless, Skylar Blunt, Braden Powers and Seth Hershey) finished in first place with a time of 3:45.05 and the 4x800M relay team (Skylar Blunt, Riley Witt, Mark Bless and Seth Hershey) had a second place finish (8:56.10). Riley Witt came in second place in the 1600M run (4:58.06) and Skylar Blunt was the runner up in the 400M dash (54.82). 

Avery Hendrickson leaps the hurdle in the shuttle hurdle relay. Hendrickson and teammates Hannah Patterson, Keeli Rademacher and Kennedy Schwiesow ran a time of 1:16.28 to finish in 4th place.  Photo/Colby Fossey

The St. Ansgar girls team didn’t have too bad of a first meet themselves, finishing in third place in the team standings at the end of the night with 91 points, trailing Osage and their 127 points in second and Charles City’s 132 points in first place. Top finishes of the night for the girls came from Addy Carlson with a first place finish in the 1500M run (5:30.19) and a second place finish in the 3000M run (11:31.83). Carlson led the Saints in individual scoring, adding 19.50 points to their team totals. 

 Kasey Hemann gives it his all after receiving the baton from Cade Beyer in the 800 Sprint Medley Relay on Monday in Osage.  Photo/Colby Fossey

Hali Anderson finished in third place in the 400M hurdles for the Saints (1:17.08) while her teammate Ella Brown finished in 3rd place in the 400M dash (1:09.88). Kira Baldus came in third place in the Discus with a toss of 92-00 and Lily Vasquez finished in 6th place in the shot put (32-02.25). Adrianna Kruse had a jump of 4’06” for third place in the High Jump. 

The Saints had 4 relay teams finish in third place on Monday in Osage. The 4×400, 4×800, 800 Sprint Medley and 1600 Distance Medley team all had third place finishes for the Saints. Good work, Saints on the first meet of the year! 


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