For the second time in three years, the Red Wing girls advanced to the True Team track and field state tournament Wednesday. The Wingers won the Section 1AA meet at Red Wing High School with 521.5 points -- 41.50 more than runner-up Kasson-Mantorville.
"I'm very happy for the kids -- especially our seniors. Advancing to the state meet, this is probably our No. 1 team goal," Red Wing girls coach Jesse Nelson said. "Anything in the conference is great. Anything at sections and ... state high school league state is great. But really team-wise this is my most important meet of the year."
The Class AA True Team state meet is scheduled for May 22 at Stillwater High School.
Two Red Wing girls won four individual events in cold, dreary conditions. Junior Lauren Boldt won both the 100- and 200-meter dashes in 13.40 and 27.87 seconds, respectively.
Boldt, who also took second in the long jump (16 feet, 2 1/2 inches), won the 200 by .03 seconds and her 200 heat by .05 seconds.
"Everyone's been working really hard the past couple weeks of practice getting ready for this and we all were supporting each other today," Boldt said. "It was really a team effort today. Everyone stepped up."
Kim Hovey, a senior, swept the throwing events. She set a school and personal record in the shot put, throwing 45-7. Red Wing sophomore Maggie Jonas took second (35-1). Hovey won the discus with a toss of 136-0.
The Red Wing girls scored big points in both the relays and the field events. In the first event on the track, the Wingers took second in the 4 x 800 relay with a time of 10:31.40. They also took second in the 4 x 200 (1:54.17) and Red Wing came in third in the 4 x 100 (54.23).
Red Wing excelled at field events other than just the throws. Sophomore KelliAnne O'Leary and senior Michaela Holm both cleared 9-0 in the pole vault and finished second and fourth, respectively.
Sophomores Abby Ulveling and A.J. LaFond both cleared 4-8 in the high jump. Ulveling tied for third while LaFond tied for seventh. Classmate Katie Stegora finished fifth in the long jump (14-11).
Sophomore Abbey Schnaith also took second in the 800 with a time of 2:27.34.
The Red Wing boys finished fourth with 393.5 points. The Cannon Falls boys finished sixth (330.5) in the standings and girls came in ninth (233). Ten schools comprised the field.
Just like the girls, the Red Wing boys had two individuals win four events and one set a school record.
In the discus, Luke Johnson set a school and personal record with a winning throw of 185-7. Johnson, a junior, also won the shot put (60-0).
"Luke has made steady progress all year," Red Wing boys coach Pete Eberlein said. "I've never seen anything so consistent in my coaching career."
Junior Bryant Blahnik won the 1,600 by .42 seconds, finishing in 4:32.57. His time of 9:58.08 was good for first in the 3,200 as well.
Cannon Falls junior Brandon Poppe won the pole vault, clearing 13-0.
Austin's boys team won with 553.5 points.
For more information about the True Team section meet, pick up Saturday's paper.