RAHS girls claim section track and field title

Heading into the section meet each year, the goal of the Roseville Area High School girls track and field team is to put as many athletes as possible in position to qualify for the state meet. The team championship at the section meet isn’t much of a priority.

That doesn’t mean that the Raiders are going to turn down the trophy if it comes their way, which it did last week. Roseville won the Section 4AA team championship by 24.5 points over White Bear Lake.

In the process, Roseville amassed seven state-meet entries.

Three of those state entries were earned by individuals winning section titles.

Senior Monica Burich, who is probably more known for her prowess on the basketball and volleyball courts, can also get it done in the throwing events. She showed off her stuff by winning the Section 4AA title in the discus with a top effort of 123 feet, eight inches. That gave her the section title by three feet, one inch over the runner-up from White Bear Lake.

Sophomore Teya Langston is also headed to state thanks to her section victory. She cleared five feet, one inch in the high jump to win the event.

Junior Sarah Conlon picked up section crown No. 3 for the Raiders with a dominating win in the 3,200 meters. She completed the eight laps around the track at Stillwater Area High School in 11:19.26 and won the race by 14 seconds.

Roseville’s four other state entries earned their way to state by finishing second in their respective events. Among them was eighth grader Erin Beer, who took second in a pair of events. She ran second in the 100-meter hurdles and ended up only 0.04 seconds out of first place.

Beer also was the runner-up to Langston in the high jump. Beer also cleared five feet, one inch but took more attempts to do so than Langston.

Freshman Allison Weiker is headed to state in the pole vault after finishing second at sections. She cleared the same height as the champion, 10 feet, one inch, but took more attempts. Weiker’s top height was seven inches higher than her seed height.

Roseville’s final state entry went to its 4x200-meter relay team, which held off a challenge from Woodbury to secure the state berth. Freshman Tomi Taiwo, senior Sophia Miliotis and sophomores Nicole Willmus and Megan Eklund completed the race in 1:47.06 to finish 0.16 seconds ahead of the Royals.

Concordia Academy

The Beacons are sending two athletes to the state meet this weekend. Senior Brandon Larsen and junior Clara Paul are set to represent Concordia Academy.

Paul qualified for state in a pair of jumping events. She won the Section 4A title in the triple jump with a top effort of 37 feet, 3 1/2 inches and broke the school record, which she already held.

Paul added a second state berth by taking second in the long jump with a top leap of 16 feet, 5 3/4 inches.

As a team, Concordia Academy’s girls squad finished second in the section standings. Holy Family Catholic won the team title with 115 points while the Beacons were next at 79 points.

Larsen punched his ticket to the state meet by claiming a section crown in the shot put. He won the event with a top effort of 48 feet, four inches.

The boys team wound up tied for ninth in the team standings. Minnehaha Academy won the team championship.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


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