Minneota's Faith Traen  helped the 4x800-meter relay team win first at Redwood Valley as her mother Robin cheered her daughter — right.

Relays, Gillingham lead opening track win

1. Canby-Minneota 112.5; 2. Redwood Valley 98; 3. Heron Lake-Okabena 59.5; Yellow Medicine East 19.

Showing the kind of depth they’ve been known for, and using the pure talent of Grace Drietz, the Canby-Minneota girls track team opened the season with a victory at the Redwood Valley Indoor Track and Field Meet.
Coach Sara Hemish unleashed her favorite, and not-so-secret weapon — Drietz. The two-event place winner at the state last year anchored the winning 4x400-meter relay team and the 4x800-meter relay champs. Putting the events in the hands of Drietz is always the safest way to go.
The 4x800-meter relay included McKenzie Ruether, Faith Traen, Aidyn Bruns and Drietz. They ran the event in 11:16.39 — post notice they are back from last year’s fine season. They beat second place Redwood Valley by 26 seconds.
The 4x400-meter relay team with RyAnn Hansen, Makenzie Hemish, Kameron King and Drietz also destroyed the field, winning in 4:35.77 to second place Heron Lake-Okabena’s 5:00.8.
Canby-Minneota is also getting their final season out of Minneota’s Lizzy Gillingham before she heads for South Dakota State University in Brookings.
She won the 60-meter dash in 8.6 seconds. Gillingham came back with the championship in the 200-meter dash in :29.9
Faith Traen gave Heron Lake-Okabena’s Morgan Gehl a run in the 800-meters but fell short by about 17 seconds and took second place with teammate McKenzie Ruether right behind her in third.
Canby-Minneota is experimenting a little in the high jump, but Aidyn Bruns took the event with a nice jump of five feet.
Mackenzie Janiszeski was second in the shotput with a throw just over 30 feet and Delaney Houseman vaulted to six feet in the pole vault to take second.

4x400-METER RELAY: 1. C-M, (McKenzie Ruether, Faith Traen, Aidyn Bruns, Grace Drietz), 11:16.4; 2. Redwood Valley, 121:43.9.
60-METER HURDLES: 11. Alexa Steffl, Redwood Valley, :10.3; 2. Kameron King, Canby-Minneota, :11.2; 5. Maya Wente, C-M, :11.9.
60-METER DASH: 1. Lizzy Gillingham, C-M, :8.6; 2. Caitlyn Johnson, RV, :9.1.; 4. Cassidy Hunt, C-M, :9.26; 5. Hannah Jelen, C-M, 9.31.
4x100-METER RELAY: 1. Redwood Valley, :56; 3. Canby-Minneota (RyAnn Hansen, Makenzie Hemish, Delaney Houseman, Lizzy Gillingham) (DQ).
1600-METER RUN: 1. Morgan Gehl, HLO 5:23; 7. Paige Welsh, C-M, 7:52.99.
400-METER DASH: 1. Hannah Schjenken, RV, 1:0858; 3. Hannah Jelen, C-M, 1:11.97; 4. Alexis Wollum, C-M, 1:14.95; 5. Elysa Wollum, C-M, 1:16.89.
800-METER RUN: 1. Morgan Gehl, HLO, 2:32.41; 2. Faith Traen, C-M, 2:49.99; 3. McKenzie Ruether, C-M, 2:54.52.
200-METER DASH: 1. Lizzy Gillingham, C-M, :29.88; 2. Delaney Houseman, C-M, :30.47; 6. Cassidy Hunt, C-M, :31.73.
4x400-METER RELAY: 1. Canby-Minneota (Hansen, Hemish, King, Drietz); 4:35.77.
HIGH JUMP: 1. Aidyn Bruns, C-M, 5-0; 2. Hannah Schjenken, RV, 4-10; 3. Maya Wente, C-M, 4-8.
LONG JUMP: 1. Hannah Schjenken, RV, 15-8 1/2; 4. Mackenzie Janieszeski, C-M, 14-10 1.2; 5. Alexis Wollum, C-M, 13-4 1/4.
SHOT PUT: 1. Chelsea Hoernemann, YME, 31-02; 2. Mackenie Janiszeski, C-M, 30-10; 5. Mariah Hennen, C-M, 28-6.
POLE VAULT: 1. Faith White, HLO, 6-6; 2. Houseman, C-M, 6-0; 4. Hunt, C-W, 6-0; 4. Hemish, C-M,  5-6; 5. Wollum,C-M, 5-6.

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