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Eric Johnson | Austin Daily Journal

Bar none: Fergus Falls’ Ainsley Hansen clears the bar on her second attempt at five feet during the Minnesota State Class AA Track and Field Meet Friday morning at Hamline University in St. Paul.

ST. PAUL — On Friday, the 2019 Minnesota State Track and Field Meet kicked off at Hamline University.

In Class AA, Fergus Falls athletes Ainsley Hanson and Sabrina Fronning took part in the first day of the meet. Hanson would finish 10th overall in the high jump with a leap of 5-foot-2-inches, while Fronning just missed qualifying for the finals in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 45.90.

Fergus Falls boys competitor Robert Sewell will compete in the long jump in Saturday’s events.

In Class A, members from Pelican Rapids and Otter Tail Central participated in the meet.

In the girls’ events, Pelican Rapids’ Tatianna Wiley advanced to Saturday’s 400 meter dash finals with a time of 58.38. As did the 4×400 relay team of Wiley, Anna Stephenson, Abby Syverson and Chloe Paulson (3:59.28).

The Otter Tail Central 4×200 relay team of Erika Heibel, Brooke Hovland, Kylie Frederick and Grace VanErp (1:47.87) qualified for Saturday’s finals, while the 4×400 team of Hovland, Jorja Gabrielson, Grace VanErp and Frederick (4:07.69) missed the cut for the finals. Gabrielson  (2:20.58) also just missed out advancing to the finals in the 800 meter dash.

In the boys’ meet,  OTC’s Nick VanErp did not qualify for the finals in the 200 meter dash (23.15), but will have an opportunity to place in the long jump on Saturday, while the 4×800 relay team of Thomas Himmelspach, Eli Carlson, Brady Scholten and Brennan Amundson will also compete Saturday.

Pelican Rapids’ Eli Systma finished in seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 42-10.

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