MANKATO — The Fairmont Cardinal girls’ and boys’ track and field rosters looked in midseason form during their season-opening indoor competition Friday night at the Minnesota State University campus in Mankato .
Ellie Hernes set an indoor school record, tied another mark, produced three of nine individual gold medals for the Fairmont women’s team and engineered three of her team’s top five performances in the competition without pointing.
Hernes pulverized the sand into the triple jump pit from a new school record distance of 36 feet, 8 1/4 inches to pace the Cardinals 1-2-3 sweep in the field test.
Fairmont’s Jazlyn Geerdes took triple jump honors with a jump, jump and jump 32-0 3/4, while teammate Emily Frank took third place scoring at 30-7 1/2.
Hernes also tied the school indoor record by posting a first time of 9.59 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles. Hadley Artz took second place with 10.2, while Anna Utermarck capped the Cardinals sweep in third with 10.4.
Hernes pocketed his third individual victory as he cleared 16-5 to accelerate Fairmont’s sweep of the long jump competition. Artz took second at 15-4 3/4, while Rachel O’Connor was third at 15-2 3/4.
Laura Thompson and Corene Moeller, entered at Augustana University, each contributed two individual wins to Fairmont’s dominating performance, while Carissa Saxton and Utermarck each provided an individual gold medal.
Thompson and Macy Hanson punched 1-2 points in the 1,600-meter race crossing the finish line in 5:25.39 and 5:29.65, respectively.
Later, Thompson cut the distance in half and took the 800m honors by breaking the boards in 2:28.28.
Moeller took first place in the open 400m by pulverizing the track in 1:03.72, with Blue Earth Area’s Addison Armstrong taking second in 1:05.15.
Moeller then cut his run in half and led the Cardinals 1-2-3 sweep in the 200-yard sprint. Moeller took the honors in 28.52, Geerdes scored second in 30:53, while Kennedy Becker took third in 30.7.
Saxton also paced Fairmont’s 60-yard sweep breaking the wire in 8.16, with Mackenzie Householder and Becker coming in second and third respectively at 8.42 and 8.6.
Utermarck and Claire Nemmers completed Fairmont’s first two individual girls with a 1-2 performance in the 60-meter low hurdles. Utermarck won the event with a time of 10.56, while Nemmers was second in 10.99.
Sophia Keister and Chloe Groe won gold medals for Blue Earth Area. Keister arched back at 4-10 to win the high jump for the Bucs, while Groe fired the shot from a winning distance of 34-8 to fend off Fairmont’s Householder (31-1).
Fairmont also won three of the four girls’ relay races.
Carys Gudahl, Ellie Ortega, Elayna Anderson and Hanson traded transfers for a first-place time of 10:56.11 in the opening stint of the 4×800 meters competition.
Meredith Nemmers, Ava Rodning, Frank and Geerdes combined for a winning time of 2:02.9 in the 4×200 for the Cardinals, while Moeller, Artz, Saxton and Thompson generated a first-place finish of 4:35.22 in the 4×400.
In the boys’ meet, the Fairmont trio of Hudson Artz, Armando Hernandez and Hank Artz each clinched gold in individual competition, Evan Meade set the Cardinals’ indoor boys mark in the 60 yards, while three relay teams Fairmont took the win at Mankato.
Meade crossed the finish line in the 60 yards with a new school best of 6.94, but ironically placed second in the competition ahead of St. Peter Brooks Reicks’ extraordinary sprint.
Reicks clocked 6.92 to win the short sprint, while Hudson Artz came close behind in third at 7.03.
Hudson Artz then combined with teammate Taylor Austin to post a 1-2 performance in the 400 open. Artz took the honors in 53.31, while Austin pocketed second place in 56.56.
Hernandez went 39-3 1/2 from first-place in the triple jump for the Cardinals, while Hank Artz clinched the gold shooting to a game-winning mark of 44-7. Sawyer Tordsen took third in shooting for Fairmont at 38-6.
Meade also led Fairmont’s winning 4×200 relay team before handing over to James Johnson, Hernandez and David Maakestad handled the final two runs as the Cardinals quartet took first place in 1:38, 81.
Nolan Schultze, Blaze Geiger, Gage Cyphers and Maakestad combined for a winning time of 3:45.21 in the 4×400, while Carson Pomerenke, Ethan Geerdes, Schultze and Will Niestrath handled the medley relay duties to win in 4:12.44 for Fairmont.
Trey Tumbleson produced three second-place finishes for Fairmont, while teammates Ethan Pockrus, Niestrath and Caleb Chambers each contributed a second-place finish.
Tumbleson took second-place honors in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.31, went 19-6 to take second place in the long jump and moved up 5-8 in the high jump to finish. rank second.
Pockrus ran a time of 9.55 to claim second place in the 60-meter low hurdles for the Cardinals, Niestrath crossed the finish line in 2:22.85 to take second in the 800-meter, while Chambers took second place in the 200 meters open. in 25.33.
Fairmont competes in its second and final indoor meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at MSU in Mankato.