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Roseville track and field’s magic number: 400
The number 400 seemed to be a common theme for the Roseville Area High School track and field teams at last week’s Section 4AA meet. Four of the Raiders’ six entrants in this week’s state meet qualified for events with “400” in the name.
Both Roseville teams have athletes competing at state in the open 400 meter races and the 4x400-meter relays. The Class AA state meet is Friday at Saturday at 9 a.m. both days at Hamline University’s Klas Field.
For the Raiders’ girls, senior Tianna McKinney had a hand in three of the team’s four state entries. McKinney claimed an individual section title by winning the long jump with a top distance of 17 feet, 11-3/4 inches. She beat St. Paul Highland Park sophomore Meagan Blair by an inch and a quarter.
McKinney also ran on Roseville’s winning 4x400-meter relay team along with junior Sophia Miliotis and freshmen Nicole Willums and Megan Eklund. The quartet completed the four laps around the track in 4:01.83 to win the event by nearly a second (0.95 seconds) over the runner-up squad from Hill-Murray.
McKinney’s third state event is the 400 meters. She finished third at sections but beat the state-qualifying standard with her time of 56.51 seconds. The standard is 57.03 seconds.
McKinney was the lone non-Cretin-Derham Hall runner to secure a state berth in one of the three sprint races. Cretin’s Megan Linder and Brieasha Hunter finished 1-2 in the 100, 200 and 400 meters and only McKinney finished third in one of those events and was still able make it to state.
The Roseville girls’ final state entry went to the 4x800-meter relay team of sophomore Sara Hain, freshman Naomi Boehm and seniors Kelsey Porter and Caroline Brisbois. The foursome took second at the section meet with a time of 9:45.88.
White Bear Lake won the event by nearly 14 seconds.
On the boys’ side, senior Dan Wahlstedt is the common denominator in both of the Raiders’ state entries. Wahlstedt finished second in a pair of events to qualify for state in both.
In the 400 meters, Wahlstedt completed the single lap in 50.57 seconds, finishing behind only St. Paul Central’s Jakobi Jackson and his time of 49.68 seconds.
Wahlstedt’s other runner-up finish came in the 4x400-meter relay, which he ran with fellow Raiders Ben Teske, Dan Zalk and Collin Kiley. They posted a time of 3:26.18, which was less than two-tenths of a second slower than the winning time (3:26.01) posted by a team from Stillwater.
The section team titles went to Stillwater in the boys competition and White Bear Lake on the girls side. Not surprisingly, those teams also led their respective genders in the number of state entrants per team. Stillwater’s boys enter the state meet with 10 entries and White Bear Lake’s girls have nine.
Roseville’s girls team was the section runner-up with 114 points, compared to White Bear Lake’s 154. For the boys, Roseville finished fifth with 55.5 points while champion Stillwater had 206.
Clara Paul has a busy weekend on tap. The sophomore is scheduled to compete in four events at the Class A state meet on Friday and Saturday afternoon at Hamline University.
Paul made state in two jumps and two relays thanks to her performances on Saturday at the Section 4A meet at Macalester College.
By herself, Paul took second place in both the long jump and triple jump. Her distance in the triple jump was 37 feet, 2-1/2 inches and left her 2-3/4 inches behind the champion, Katie Heilman of Watertown-Mayer.
Paul was four inches off the winning distance in the long jump. She went 16 feet, eight inches while Breck’s Niara Hill finished at an even 17 feet.
In her other two events, Paul joined forces with some teammates. Paul, Jacqueline Waedekin, Michala Walther and Anna Benson teamed up to win the 4x200-meter relay by more than a second and a half with a time of 1:48.25.
Paul and Benson also ran on Concordia’s 4x100-meter relay team with Miriam Nordquist and Danielle Peterson. The foursome finished second in 50.45 seconds, behind only Minneapolis Edison.
Nordquist is Concordia’s third multi-event state qualifier. In addition to the 4x100, she also made state in the 100-meter dash and the 100-meter hurdles. Nordquist was second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.37 seconds and just 0.09 seconds off the winning pace of Erin Brown from Holy Family Catholic.
In the 100-meter dash, Nordquist finished fourth but her time of 12.42 seconds was a half-second faster than the state qualifying standard. She was one of six state qualifiers from Section 4A in the event.
Concordia’s boys team is sending one athlete to the state meet.
Senior Austin Moldenhauer qualified for state in the 100-meter dash thanks to his time of 11.36 seconds, which beat the qualifying standard by only 0.02 seconds. He was one of seven Section 4A competitors to beat the standard and qualify for the state meet.
The chase for the section team title was a three-squad affair for the girls as Holy Family Catholic, St. Croix Lutheran and Concordia Academy each had a shot. Holy Family pulled out the victory with 114.5 points, St. Croix Lutheran was second at 103.5 and the Beacons wound up third with 101.5.
On the boys’ side, two teams distanced themselves from the rest of the field. St. Croix Lutheran claimed the championship with 158.5 points and Minnehaha Academy was second at 130.
Brian Meyers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Section 4AA track and field meet May 28, 30 at Stillwater Area High School Team scores
1 — Stillwater 206
2 — White Bear Lake 141
3 — North St. Paul 120
4 — Woodbury 114
5 — Roseville 55.5
6 — Tartan 47
7 — St. Paul Central 45
8 — Mahtomedi 40
9 — St. Paul Highland Park 36.5
10 — Cretin-Derham Hall 33
11 — St. Paul Como Park 26
12 — St. Paul Harding 22
13 — St. Paul Washington 18
14 — Hill-Murray 8
15 — St. Paul Johnson 2
1 — White Bear Lake 154
2 — Roseville 114
3 — Woodbury 104
4 — Cretin-Derham Hall 97
5 — North St. Paul 92
6 — Stillwater 74
7 — St. Paul Highland Park 72
8 — Mahtomedi 65
9 — Hill-Murray 57
10 — Tartan 56
11 — St. Paul Johnson 19
12 — St. Paul Central 13
13 — St. Paul Como Park 4