Grace Drietz (left) and Faith Traen, both of Canby-Minneota, ran together for awhile in the 1600-meter (mile run). Drietz won the event and Traen took third.

Gillingham, Drietz light the way in the cold

Lizzy Gillingham stepped off the track, still breathing hard, shivering, yet defying the cold of the Montevideo track.

She'd just won the 100-meter dash in 13.5 seconds and helped her 4x800-meter relay team to second behind Lac qui Parle Valley-Dawson/Boyd.

It was a day of shivering, shaking and run all out during a abbreviated track meet that defyed Mother Nature and punched a hold in the weather-dominated spring sports season.

As for the distance runners, Grace Drietz picked up where she left off last year and won the 1600-meter run in 5:41 with teammates close behind.

Faith Traen was third in six minutes flat with McKenzie Ruether in fourth, just nine seconds behind Traen.

Another success story happening for the Canby-Minneota track team is the running of Makenzie Hemish. The Canby runner came in second to a tough Sydney Weber of LqPV-DB in the 200-meter dash. She was just four-tenths of a second behind Weber.

Kameron King  was fourth in the 400-meter dash; Abby Rost took third in the 800-meter run and Aidyn Bruns was second in the high jump at 4-6. It was won by Sierra Plotz of Lakeview at 4-10.

Canby-Minneota's Norah King won the indoor shot put at 34-10 with Rose O'Malley of Montevideo at 30-1 in second.

The 200-meter dash went to Olivia Butterfield of Lakeview in :28.9 with the Canby-Minneota runner Kalli Jelen in second at :29.0 — just a tenth of a second behind Butterfield.

In the relays it was:

4x200-meter relay: 1. Canby-Minneota, 1:58; 2. LqPV-DB 2:00.

4x400-meter relay: 1. Canby-Minneota, 4:39.5; 2. Montevideo, 4:42.6.

4x800-meter relay: 1. Canby-Minneota 10:50; 2. LqPV-DB 11:05.

Although no team scores were kept, Canby-Minneota showed themselves as a strong team, with wins in the distance, short races and shotput.

All-in-all, it was a cold, abbreviated but successful day for the C-M runners.


Lizzy Gillingham, who won the 100-meter dash, finished a relay for Canby-Minneota.

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