Area athletes compete at state track meet

Monica Burich
Monica Burich
Erin Beer
Erin Beer
Allison Weiker
Allison Weiker
Teya Langston
Teya Langston
Tomi Taiwo
Tomi Taiwo
Sophia Miliotis
Sophia Miliotis
Nicole Willmus
Nicole Willmus
Megan Eklund
Megan Eklund
Clara Paul
Clara Paul
Brandon Larsen
Brandon Larsen

The high school track and field season culminated last weekend with the state meet at Hamline University in St. Paul. Both Roseville and Concordia Academy sent competitors to the meet and they turned in some noteworthy performances.

Here’s a look.

Roseville

The Raiders had seven entries in the Class AA girls state meet and two finished high enough to earn team points.

Senior Monica Burich turned in Roseville’s highest finish by taking fourth in the discus. Burich’s best throw came on her second-to-last attempt as she went 131 feet, five inches. That was nearly eight feet farther than her section performance.

Eighth-grader Erin Beer had Roseville’s other point-earning performance. She finished in a three-way tie for sixth in the high jump by clearing five feet, two inches.

By finishing in the top nine, Burich and Beer both earn all-state honors.

Beer was Roseville’s only two-event state qualifier. She also competed in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing 11th in the preliminaries. Only the top nine advance to the finals.

Sophomore Teya Langston also qualified for state in the high jump. Like Beer, Langston also cleared five feet, two inches, but she finished 12th based on how many misses she had at the lower heights.

Roseville had another competitor come in 12th. That was freshman Allison Weiker, who cleared 10 feet, six inches in the pole vault. That was five inches better than her best section height.

Back to the track, Roseville had two other entries in track events. Junior Sarah Conlon, competing in the 3,200 meters, finished 14th despite running the race almost four and a half seconds faster than she did at sections.

Roseville’s final state entry was the 4x200-meter relay team of freshman Tomi Taiwo, senior Sophia Miliotis and sophomores Nicole Willmus and Megan Eklund. The foursome ran 1:46.39 in the prelims and wound up in 14th place.

In the team standings, Roseville amassed nine points and finished in 39th place.

Concordia Academy

Two Beacons competed in a total of three events at the Class A state meet. Both earned all-state honors.

Junior Clara Paul was a dual all-state honoree thanks to her second-place finish in the long jump and third-place performance in the triple jump.

Paul’s long jump distance of 17 feet, 2 3/4 inches left her 4 1/4 inches out of first, which went to a junior from Kenyon-Wanamingo.

In the triple jump, Paul went 36 feet, 1 3/4 inches on her last attempt.

Senior shot putter Brandon Larsen closed out his prep athletics career with an appearance at the state meet in the shot put. His best throw of 49 feet, six inches came on his first attempt. He fouled on his next two tries and failed to reach 49 feet in his final three attempts.

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

 

Rate this article: 
No votes yet
Comment Here