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Girls track and field: Schnaith takes third at sections

Just like on the first day of the competition, Abbey Schnaith delivered the highlight of the Section 1AA championships Saturday for Red Wing.

Schnaith, a junior, placed third in the 800-meter run finals at Lakeville South High School. Her time of 2 minutes, 21.94 seconds was 3.06 seconds faster than her time in prelims. Schnaith was seeded sixth coming into the race.

"I think she overachieved," said Wingers coach Jesse Nelson, adding, "Abbey was ecstatic about how she ran and so was I."

The top two individuals in every event advanced to the state meet and Schnaith finished 3.23 seconds behind the second-place finisher, Rochester Century's Jennifer Guibert.

Schnaith was the only Red Wing individual to advance out of prelims on Thursday.

Freshman Emily Stegora also performed well, taking sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 34 feet, 8 inches. It was only the third time she'd competed in the event, but she earned a medal because of her top-six finish.

"I'm pretty sure she was the only person to medal in an event the third time they ever did it," Nelson said.

Stegora excels in the hurdles, sprints and long jump, but in a home meet on May 18 she tried the triple jump and produced Red Wing's best performance of the season.

Eighth-grader Adrienne Hicks, sophomore Kelsee Anderson, junior Cori Fairbanks and Schnaith also brought home medals for their fifth-place finish (9:54.74) in the 4x800. They were seeded sixth.

Only the top relay received an automatic berth in the state meet.

Maggie Jonas missed out on a medal in the shot put by one place, but by taking seventh (36-3/4) she scored two team points.

Red Wing finished with 16 points and came in 11th out of 14 schools.