By ZACH HACKER zhacker@wasecacountynews.com

WASECA — Area track and field athletes are making their mark on the state and national scenes this summer.

Three area athletes qualified for the AAU Junior Olympic Nationals on July 3-4 at the Area 12 National Qualifier in Brooklyn Center.

Cole Streich of Waseca qualified in three events in the midget class after taking second in each at the qualifier. The 11-year-old ran the 1500-meter run in 5:32.54 and the 3000-meter in 11:28.84. He also qualified in the high jump with a leap of 4’ 2”.

His brother, Shane Streich, qualified in four events in the youth category, taking first in three of them. He won the 3000 with a time of 9:39.28 as well as the 1500 at 4:39.19. He also won the triple jump, bounding 34’ 11”. He added a second-place finish in the high jump, scaling 5’4”.

T.J. Schiltz of Hartland, who will be a ninth-grader at New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva in the fall also advanced in three events. He came in third in the 3000 with a run of 10:33.59. He finished just behind Streich in the triple jump at 33’ 2”. He also took fourth in the high jump with a jump of 4’ 8”.

The Streichs weren’t the only athletes making noise on the state track and field scene recently. Alex and Elizabeth Markell also turned in strong performances at the Hershey State Track and Field Meet at Morris on June 26.

Alex came home with a first place and a pair of thirds from the state meet. He did so in the Boys 13-14-year-old division. He took first in the standing long jump with a leap of 8’ 1.25”. He sprinted his way to a pair of thirds. he took bronze in the 100 with a time of 13.16 seconds and in the 200 at 27.41 seconds.

Elizabeth took an 11th and a 12th on the big stage. She did so in the girls 13-14-year-old Division. She leapt 6’ 5” in the standing long jump for 11th and finished the 100 in 15.85 seconds for 12th.

Shane Streich and Schiltz also placed at the meet. Streich took first in the mile at 4:55.33 and Schiltz was right behind him for second at 5:16.70.

The Streichs and Schiltz will compete in the AAU Junior Olympic National Championships July 31-August 7 in Norfolk, Virginia.