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Luverne off to strong start at state track and field meet

The Luverne Cardinals led all state girls Class A track and field teams with 24 points through Thursday night action at the state meet.

Luverne’s Jadyn Hart had a throw of 131 feet to capture a state title in the girls discus. The Cardinals’ Jocelyn Hart, meanwhile, had a throw of 121 feet 11 inches that earned her fourth place. Also turning in a fourth-place effort in the 3200-meter finals was Luverne’s Jenna DeBates with a time of 11 minutes, 11.51 seconds.

Among other regjonal schools, Murray County Central was in a tie for seventh after early action. Amanda Overgaauw picked up the Rebels’ 10 points by taking second in the 3200 with a time of 10:54.96.

In Thursday action in the Class A boys state track and field meet, Luverne picked up 15 points and was second behind Montevideo, which had 22. DJ Rock won a state title for the Cardinals by taking the pole vault with an effort of 14 feet. Owen Janiszeski earned three additional points by finishing seventh in the 3200.

In fourth place among Class A boys team was Adrian-Ellsworth with 12 points. Those points came from Peda Zeba, who won a championship in the triple jump with a leap of 44 feet 6 inches.

Preliminaries also took place in multiple events Thursday. The competition wraps up today, with all the action taking place at St. Michael-Albertville High School.

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