Athletes from around our KAUS listening area wrapped up their seasons and careers, in some cases, at the State Track and Field Meet at St. Michael-Albertville High School Saturday, and for the Austin Packers, senior Olivia Walsh closed out her standout athletic career as a Packer in grand style Saturday as she broke the Class AA record in the triple jump by soaring 38 feet, 4.75 inches in the finals to claim the title. Walsh broke the record that had been set by Cassia Cady of Rockford in 2022 when she registered a jump of 38 feet, 4.50 inches. Senior A’Triel Terry also wound up his athletic career at Austin High School on a decided high note as he cleared 6 feet, 4 inches in the high jump Saturday to claim 3rd place. Also competing for the Packers Saturday was sophomore Marissa Shute in the 1600 meter run, and she finished in 16th place with a time of 5:50.33 in the finals.
Other area athletes that were in action Saturday included sophomore Chantle Reiland of the GMLOKS Bulldogs, who claimed first place in the 100 meter dash finals with a time of 12.46 seconds, .10 seconds ahead of 8th grader Taylor Kurtz of Dover-Eyota, who ran a time of 12.56 seconds. Senior Annika Reiland for the Bulldogs, a cousin to Chantle took second in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.52 seconds, just behind Kurtz who took first with a time of 25.47 seconds. Chantle Reiland finished ninth in the event with a time of 26.71 seconds. The Bulldogs 4 x 200 meter relay team of freshman Lydia Redman, Chantle Reiland, freshman Breeley Galley and Annika Reiland running the anchor leg took first Saturday by tying the Class A record time in the event of 1:43.62, a record that had been first set by a team from Blue Earth in 1985. Also in action for GMLOKS Saturday was junior Lexy Foster in the shot put, and Foster, who took 12th in the discus earlier in the meet capped off a stellar season with an effort of 40-00.25, which was good for third place.
GMLOKS wound up in fifth place in the team standings with 43 points, while Eden Valley-Watkins claimed first with a total of 70 team points.