Mounds View girls lead section with 11 state entries

Veronica Rasmussen
Veronica Rasmussen
Cassidy Smestad
Cassidy Smestad
Matt Baker
Matt Baker

The Mounds View High School girls track and field team saw its streak of section titles come to an end last week but the Mustangs still led Section 5AA in state entrants. Mounds View lost out on the team championship to St. Michael-Albertville but has 11 entries in this weekend’s state meet.

Three of those entries came as a result of winning a section event championship.

The team of freshman Emma Bangert and seniors Elizabeth Menne, Jordan Nustad and Maddie Quickstad won the 4x400-meter relay by more than two and a half seconds.

Eighth grader Julia Fixsen claimed a section title with a dominating performance in the pole vault. She came into the section meet with a seed height of 10 feet, five inches and won the event by clearing 11 feet, seven inches. That put her a foot and a half ahead of the runner-up.

The third section event win went to senior Veronica Rasmussen, who won the discus by nine feet and fell just four inches shy of the section record.

Seven of Mounds View state entries came via runner-up event finishes. Bangert finished second in the 800 and senior Rachel Clark took second in the 3,200 meters.

Mounds View also took second place in three relays. Menne and Quickstad teamed up with sophomore Noelle Reynolds and senior Mikayla Toninato to finish second in the 4x100-meter relay.
Toninato, Menne and Quickstad, along with junior Rachel Boyer, finished second in the 4x200-meter relay.

Mounds View’s 4x800-meter relay team of Bangert, Nustad and seniors Nicole Wahlin and Christine Hessini also picked up a runner-up finish.

The runner-up to Fixsen in the pole vault was junior teammate Natalie Louderback, who cleared 10 feet, one inch to claim second place.

In the shot put, senior Cassidy Smestad was second, only two inches shy of first place.

Mounds View’s only state qualifier who didn’t get there via a top-two finish was Rasmussen in the shot put. She finished third but her best effort of 41 feet, 11 1/2 inches beat the qualifying standard.

Mounds View boys

The Mustangs’ boys team also finished second in the Section 5AA team standings and is sending five athletes to state.

Senior Matt Baker will defend his state championship in the 110-meter hurdles thanks to his second section title in the event. He won it this year with a time of 14.57 seconds, which was 0.04 seconds shy of the section record he set last year.

Mounds View’s other state entry went to the foursome of junior Hans Adamsson, sophomore Tim Pease, senior Devon McDonald and junior Grant Delaune. They teamed up to claim the section title in the 4x800-meter relay by nearly five and a half seconds.

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


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