Local Athletes Have Good Showing At State Track Meet (Pictures)
(All pictures by K. Clementson)
Over the weekend the State Track and Field meet took place at Hamline University in St. Paul. The athletes and fans in attendance had to battle less than ideal conditions as heat, humidity and winds played a factor – especially during the finals on Saturday.
No local athletes left as State Champions, but some certainly had noteworthy performances.
For the Girls in Class A, the highest placer in any event was Rush City’s freshman Kayla Nelson (Pictured above), who took third in the 400m with an awesome time of 58.43.
The Mora Mustangs had two girls who each finished fourth in their respective events: Emma Johnson took fourth in the 800 meter and Alexis Good tied for fourth in high jump.
In Class A Girls pole vault a new state record was set by Carolyn Nye of the Blake School who vaulted over 11′ 8″. Local athletes Austyn Eng of Braham took ninth and Cassidy Dunkley of Hinckley-Finlayson took 12th in pole vault.
In the Boys Class A action, the Moose Lake Willow River Rebels had the most notable finishers. The team placed fifth in Class A, buoyed by it’s relay performances in both the 200m and 400m where the MLWR’s teams took third and fourth respectively. Josh Cisar of the Rebels also earned a second place finish in the boys 400m individually and his teammate Ben Moonen took home fifth in the state 800m. In the 200m, the Rebels Jake Disterhaupt finished sixth.
Also in boys action, David Paynotta (Pictured above) of Hinckley-Finlayson had a solid showing. He took seventh in the 100m, ninth in the 200m and ninth in the long jump. Two other local athletes finished in solid standing in the high jump as Chase Rueger of Hinckley-Finlayson finished 10th and Justin Obert finished 13th.
Pine City’s Nick Cummings (Pictured above) finished in 11th place in the Triple Jump, and Braham’s Jacob Rajkowski (Pictured below) came in ninth in the 400.