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Huskies boys section true team champs

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Owatonna’s Carter Johnson runs in the 110-meter hurdles race at the section true team meet at Lakeville South High School last week. Johnson won the race with a time of 14.89 seconds. Staff photo by Jacob Seykora
Johnnie Phillips, Sports Editor

The Owatonna Huskies boys track and field team won its most important meet to date last week, earning a first-place finish at the section true team meet.

Owatonna’s boys squad took home first with 1,026 points, and beat second-place finisher Lakeville South by a comfortable 54.5 points.

Spearheading the group were three individual winners in Carter Johnson, Eli Spurgeon and Justin Gleason.

Johnson earned the team’s first win of the meet in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.89 seconds, while Spurgeon took home first place in the discus with a distance of 144 feet and four inches.

Gleason was Owatonna’s top finisher of the day in the field and took home two wins in the triple jump and the long jump.

Gleason jumped a distance of 21 feet and 11.5 inches in the long jump and 43 feet and 9.25 inches in the triple jump to claim both wins.

The Owatonna girls team saw finished high up on the leaderboards as well, taking home fourth place at the section true team meet.

The Huskies girls squad scored 778 team points and finished 27 points behind Mankato West for third place.

The team did not feature any individual winners at the meet, but the girls 4x200 team took home first place with a time of 1:46.47.

Comprising the winning 4x200 team were Laken Meier, Lauren Waypa, Taylor Schaluderaff and Ava Wolfe.

The boys team’s win qualified the squad for the state true team meet on Friday at Stillwater Area High School at 3:45 p.m.

The girls squad did not qualify for the state true team meet, however, both teams will have one more home triangular on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. before preparing for the Big Nine Conference individual meet on May 26 at Red Wing High School.

Competition at the Big Nine Conference meet will begin at 10:30 a.m. on May 26 with field events taking center stage before preliminary races start at 11:30 a.m. and the finals take place at 1:40 p.m.

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