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Track and field season ends with state meet for area teams
The track and field teams from Roseville Area High School and Concordia Academy had a number of athletes compete in last week’s state meet at Hamline University in St. Paul. Here’s a recap of the results.
Roseville had a dozen different athletes compete in the Class AA meet on Friday and Saturday mornings.
The girls team had four entries, and senior Tia McKinney was part of three of them. She qualified in the 400-meter dash and finished fourth overall. She had the exact same time, 57.08 seconds, in both the prelims and finals. She was sixth after the prelims and leapfrogged two runners in the finals.
McKinney also made the state meet in the long jump. She finished eighth with a top distance of 17 feet, 2-1/2 inches. McKinney entered the meet with a section jump of 17 feet, 11-3/4 inches but fell short of that mark at state. In fact, none of the 24 Class AA long jump competitors were able to beat their section marks at state.
McKinney’s third state event was the 4x400-meter relay, which she ran with teammates Nicole Willmus, Sophia Miliotis and Megan Eklund. The foursome finished seventh in a time of 3:59.96. Roseville had the slowest prelim time of the nine finalists but moved ahead of Mounds View and Eagan in the finals.
Roseville’s fourth state entry for the girls was the 4x800-meter relay team of Sara Hain, Kelsey Porter, Naomi Boehm and Caroline Brisbois. They cut more than six seconds off their section time to finish 14th. Their section time was 9:45.88 and they ran the event at state in 9:39.59.
For the Roseville boys, Dan Wahlstedt made state in the 400 meters and in the 4x400-meter relay along with Benjamin Teske, Dan Zalk and Collin Kiley. Neither entry qualified for Saturday’s finals.
The relay team bettered its section time and ran a 3:25.39 in the prelims, finishing seventh in its heat and 11th overall.
In the 400, Wahlstedt clocked in at 50.76 seconds to take seventh in his heat and 14th overall.
The Beacons’ girls track team had six state entries and sophomore Clara Paul was part of four of them.
Individually, Paul earned sixth and ninth-place finishes in the triple jump and long jump, respectively. In the triple jump, her best effort was 35 feet, 2-3/4 inches, which she achieved on her first attempt. In the long jump, she went 16 feet, 4-1/2 inches on her second try.
Paul also ran in a pair of relays at state. She and seniors Anna Benson and Miriam Nordquist and junior Danielle Peterson took third in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 50.47 seconds. They were also in third after the prelims and in the finals finished behind champion Pequot Lakes and runner-up Martin County West.
In the 4x200-meter relay, Paul ran with Benson, senior Jacquelin Waedekin and junior Michala Walther. Their prelim time of 1:49.09 placed them eighth in their heat and 17th overall.
Concordia’s two other state entries came from Nordquist, who qualified in the 100-meter dash and the 100-meter hurdles. She ran sixth in the hurdle event with a time of 15.56 seconds. She was eighth after the prelims.
In the 100, Nordquist was fifth after the prelims but dropped to eighth in the finals with a time of 12.95 seconds.
In the team standings, Concordia’s girls finished 13th with 19 points.
From the boys team, senior Austin Moldenhauer qualified for state in the 100-meter dash. At state, he did advance to the finals.
In Friday’s prelims, Moldenhauer’s time was 11.50 seconds, which put him seventh in his heat and 15th overall.
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