Track: Byron girls, Lourdes boys win HVL championship meet
Twelve Hiawatha Valley League teams converged at Cannon Falls High School for the HVL championship meet on Saturday, and the Byron girls and Rochester Lourdes boys teams came away as the conference champions.
In the girls' meet, Byron finished with 167.5 points, edging Lake City (138) and Rochester Lourdes (90) for the conference title. Cannon Falls placed sixth with 77 points, and Zumbrota-Mazeppa finished 10th with 46.
The Lourdes boys' team won with a score of 162.33, holding off Byron (113) and Stewartville (112).
The Lake City girls' team had three relay teams -- the 4x100-, 4x400- and 4x800-meter -- take first place on Saturday. The 4x100 (Victoria Corey, Braeden McElmury, Shannon Ting and Brandy White) won in 51.82 seconds, the 4x400 (White, Madi Green, Taylor Heitman, Bailey Cronin) finished first in 4:16.64, and the 4x800 (Liv Kozlowski, Heitman, Green, Morgan Dammann) won in 10:02.08. The Tigers also had a 1-2 finish in 800 run as Dammann and Kozlowski finished in 2:27.94 and 2:29.33, respectively.
The Bombers' Emi Trost won the 3,200 by nearly a minute with a time of 11:25.65, and teammate Katherine Hoffman placed third in the 1,600 with a time of 5:43.48.
Z-M's Maddie Lindhart won a pair of conference titles in the thrower's circle. Lindhart won the shot put with a toss of 39 feet, 11 1/4 inches, and won the discus with a throw of 113-0. Cougars distance runner Skyler Jacobson was the runner-up in the 1,600 with a time of 5:41.44.
Helping the Lake City boys rack up the points were its relay teams, as the 4x100 (45.14) and 4x200 (1:35.83) each finished in second place. The Tigers also had a pair of third-place finishers in Carl Kozlowski in the 3,200 (10:23.52) and Matt Kjos in the high jump (5-10).
Cannon Falls' biggest point producers came in the triple jump as Kyler Banks (40-11 1/4) and Beau Rueger (40-3 1/4) finished in second and fourth, respectively. Chase Jacobsen also helped the Bombers with a third-place finish in the pole vault with a height of 11-6.
Z-M top finishers were Zach Sanborn and Dillon Downes. Sanborn finished in fourth in the high jump with a height of 5-8, and Downes took fourth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 45.00. He also took seventh in the 110 hurdles at 18.34.