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New Life Academy track & field: Eagles advance 15 to Section 4A Championship meet

The New Life Academy/Bethany Academy track and field teams advanced 15 athletes to this week's Section 4A Championship meet with their performances at the Section 4A Subsection meet last Thursday at St. Croix Lutheran.

At subsections, the top six individuals each event and top three relays advance onto the Section meet, to be held Saturday, June 2, at Macalester College. At the subsection meet, the NLA boys earned fourth place with 72 points and the NLA girls placed fifth with 48 points. St. Croix Lutheran won both meets. In all, New Life Academy brought 24 athletes to the meet, broke one school record and had 17 personal records established in the subsection meet.

"The athletes performed extremely well, and found a way to improve their performances," NLA/Bethany head coach Tim Otto said. "We will be taking the most kids to sections than we ever had. It is exciting to see the kids peak at the right time and perform so well. A lot of the younger athletes will learn a lot about the next level of competition at sections. It's going to be a lot of fun."

New Life Academy senior Dan Otto's performance at subsections headlined the Eagles' big performances. Otto finished in first place in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 15.78 seconds and won the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 41.31, which broke his own school record (41.45). Also, for the Eagles, sophomore Mark Schreiner earned third place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.92 and took second place in the 300 hurdles with a time of 43.79.

Also, Eagles' jumpers Same Dufault and Kyle Linton both jumped over 19 feet to qualify for the section meet in the long jump. Dufault, a junior, leapt 19 feet, 6.50 inches to take fifth place in the event and Linton, a sophomore, had a 19-3.50 mark to take sixth place. In the discus toss, junior Matt Michaud placed fourth with a throw of 119 feet, 9.50 inches to reach sections and Sam Hagen placed fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:07.58.

The Eagles are also sending two relays to the section meet. The boys 3200-meter relay team of junior Ryan Peterfeso, senior Dan Sleper and sophomores Dan Neimeir and Hagen finished in second place with a time of 8:39.39 and the girls 400-meter relay team of eighth grader Tatiana Lee, freshmen Alyssa Binion and Amy Maslonka and senior Emily Sovine finished in third place with a time of 56.75 seconds.

Individually, for the Eagles girls, Maslonka took third place in the 200-meter run with a time of 28.58, eighth grader Tori Rogness placed third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:31.68, which is within two seconds of the school record, Sarah Olfelt - a freshman - finished in fourth place in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:37.51, which is less than a second off the school record. In addition, in the pole vault, Sovine took second place, clearing 7 feet, 6 inches, to reach the section meet.