Elizabeth Acheson

Northfield senior Elizabeth Acheson claimed first in the 400-meter dash and helped the 1,600-meter relay win a title at Thursday's Big 9 Conference championships in Owatonna. (Michael Hughes/Northfield News)

With the help of four titles Thursday, Northfield girls track and field claimed second at the Big 9 Conference Championships in Owatonna, finishing with 207 points — only two points behind first-place Rochester Century, and ahead of third-place Mankato East (178), fourth-place Red Wing (166.5) and fifth-place Mankato West (140) in the 12-team field.

Senior Emma Roethler muscled her way to titles in both the shot put and the discus, the first with a distance of 39 feet, 5.5 inches and the second with a mark of 125 feet, two inches. Senior Elizabeth Acheson added a pair of titles herself, first in the 400-meter run in 57.65 seconds — more than a second and a half faster than when she won the race last year — and second in the 1,600 relay.

Acheson was joined in the relay by Clara Lippert, Ella Palmquist and Grace Acheson, who raced to a time of 4:02.85 — nearly six seconds faster than second-place Rochester Century.

Full results from the meet, along with a preview of the Section 1AAA meet will be available by Tuesday.

Northfield girls golf co-champs in Big 9

By virtue of victory in the first half of the Big 9 Conference championships on April 29 at Austin Country Club, Northfield girls golf was named co-champs of the conference along with Red Wing, which claimed first in the second half of the conference championships Thursday at Wedgewood Cove Golf Club in Albert Lea.

The Wingers won Thursday with a team score of of 316, while the Raiders finished second with a 339 and Rochester John Marhsall was third with a 371.

Senior Molly Stevens finished second individually with a 71, behind Red Wing's Sophia Yoemans' 67 and ahead of Red Wing's Leah Herzog's 72. Freshman Anna Nesseth also carded an 88, senior Sydney Noel provided an 89 and freshman Sylvia Koenig rounded out the scoring positions with a 91.

Northfield boys golf 2nd in Big 9

For the second time, Northfield boys golf finished second at a Big 9 Conference-wide meet this season Thursday at Bridges Golf Course in Winona. This time, the finish secured second overall in the conference behind Mankato West, which racked up 22 total points throughout the regular season and pair of championships meets, while the Raiders accrued 20.

Thursday, Northfield shot a 329 compared to a 323 from Mankato West, while freshman Nate Stevens finished fifth with a 77.

Senior Zach Frank also finished with an 81, senior Danny Gill carded an 85 and sophomore Haakon Rustad rounded out the scoring positions with an 86.

Randolph baseball cruises in Section 4A opener

Paced by a complete-game shutout from senior Andrew Wenstrom, Randolph baseball raced past Mayer Lutheran (2-18) at home Thursday 9-0 to start the Section 4A playoffs.

Wenstrom struck out 10 while allowing only one hit. At the plate, Wenstrom also collected a pair of hits and drove in a run, while junior Matt Weber drove in three runs and junior AJ Weidner drove in a pair.

The Rockets (18-2) scored twice in the first and second innings, added another run in the fifth before piling up four runs in the sixth. Randolph, seeded first, will take on fifth-seeded Heritage Christian (8-8) at home Tuesday.

Northfield boys track and track finished 12th at Big 9

The Raiders picked up three top-eight individual finishes at Thursday's Big 9 Conference meet in Owatonna, courtesy of Eli Bowman snagging second in the shot put with a mark of 49 feet, 6.75 inches, and eighth in the discus with a distance of 126 feet, nine inches. Bowman's throw in the shot put was a personal best.

Sophomore Joshua Charlton also leaped to sixth in the long jump thanks to a jump of 19 feet, 6.25 inches.

Full results from the meet, along with a preview of the Section 1AAA meet will be available by Tuesday. 

Reach Sports Editor Michael Hughes at 645-1106. Follow him on Twitter @NFNSports. 

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