Track and Field: Four area athletes compete on college teams

Annika Aho, Hannah Morgan, Kolby Brandt and Nathaniel Bervig conclude outdoor season.

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Four local athletes competed for college track and field teams this spring.

Menahga’s Annika Aho ran for the University of Sioux Falls and Park Rapids’ Hannah Morgan competed for the Southwest Minnesota State University (Marshall) women’s teams while Park Rapids’ Kolby Brandt ran for the Minnesota State University Moorhead and Nathaniel Bervig ran for the Dordt (Iowa) University men’s teams.

Annika Aho

SIOUX FALLS – Aho competed in seven meets in the 800-meter run, 4 x 800 relay and 4 x 400 relay this spring.

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Annika Aho

The junior for the Cougars concluded the season by placing 14th in the 800 in 2:21.77 at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Outdoor Championship at Aberdeen, South Dakota, on May 12-14. Sioux Falls finished fifth in the 15-team field with 47.50 points. Minnesota State Mankato won the conference title with 191 points.

Aho opened the outdoor season by placing third in the 800 in 2:28.85 and running on the 4 x 400 relay team that led the field in 4:16.11 at the Wildcat Invitational at Wayne, Nebraska, on March 25-26.


At the University of South Dakota Early Bird at Vermillion, South Dakota, on April 2, Aho clocked a 2:23.08 to place 18th in the 800 and followed with a 2:22.97 to finish 15th in that event at the Minnesota State Open at Mankato on April 8-9. Aho also ran on the 4 x 400 relay unit that placed seventh in 4:41.69.

Aho ran on the 4 x 800 relay team that placed third in 10:27.75 at the Red Raider Open at Orange City, Iowa, on April 13-14 before finishing 17th in the 800 in 2:23.46 at the South Dakota Challenge at Vermillion on April 22-23 and ninth in the 800 in 2:18.24 at the Kip Janvrin Open at Indianola, Iowa, on April 28-29.

Hannah Morgan

MARSHALL – Morgan also capped off her outdoor season at the NSIC meet by running on the 4 x 100 relay team that placed ninth in 49.61.

SWMS finished 13th in the team standings with 13 points.

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Hannah Morgan

The freshman for the Mustangs opened the outdoor season by placing 31st in the long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 18 ¼ inches at the USD Early Bird on April 2 and followed by placing 10th in the long jump at 17-2 ¾ at the Minnesota State Open on April 8-9.

At the South Dakota Challenge on April 21-23, Morgan was 22nd in the long jump at 16-3 ¾ and was ninth in the long jump at 16-10 ¾ at the Maverick Open at Mankato on May 4.

Morgan tuned up the NSIC meet at the Deb Schulz Open at Mankato on May 6 by running on the 4 x 100 relay team that clocked a runner-up time of 49.73. Morgan also placed 18th in the long jump at 16-3.

Kolby Brandt

MOORHEAD – Brandt ran in three meets in the 800 for the Dragons this spring.


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Kolby Brandt

The MSUM sophomore placed 40th in the 800 in 2:05.71 at the USD Early Bird on April 2, sixth in the 800 in 2:06.55 at the University of Mary’s Al Bortke Open at Bismarck, North Dakota, on April 9, and finished seventh in the 800 in 2:08.63 at the Ron Masanz Classic at Moorhead on May 4.

Nathaniel Bervig

SIOUX CENTER – Bervig competed in three meets in the 1,500 for the Defenders during the outdoor season.

Nathaniel Bervig

Bervig capped off his freshman season by placing 15th in the 1,500 in 4:20.59 at the Great Plains Athletic Conference meet at Crete, Nebraska, on May 6-7. Dordt finished second in the team standings with 155 points, trailing Doane’s 182 points in the 11-team conference meet.

Bervig finished 23rd in the 1,500 in 4:23.07 at the Sioux City (Iowa) Relays on April 8-9 and was 25th in that event in 4:18.14 at the South Dakota Challenge on April 21-23.

Winning Section 8A title, placing in three events at the state Class A meet highlighted season.

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