Mounds View sophomore wins at Hamline Elite Meet

The Hamline Elite Meet is a bit different than most regular-season high school track and field meets. To participate, an athlete must submit her or his best performance from the season and hope it is good enough to land a spot in the meet.

Mounds View sophomore Calvin Cignanik earned an entry in the meet in the pole vault and he made the most of the opportunity. Cignanik cleared six different heights and won the event comfortably on Friday at Hamline University in St. Paul.

Cignanik was one of only three competitors to clear 14 feet, four inches and went on to also clear 14 feet, 10 inches and 15 feet, six inches. 

Cignanik has emerged as one of the top pole vaulters in the state almost overnight. At the end of the 2015 season, his top height was 11 feet, six inches and by the end of the summer he was up to 13 feet, six inches. He has now added two feet to that height in the first month of the 2016 season.

After clearing 15-6, Cignanik took a crack at 16 feet but was unsuccessful, leaving the Elite Meet record intact. Former Mustang Jagger Gran set the meet record of 15 feet, seven inches back in 2012.

Another Mounds View pole vaulter also made a run at an Elite Meet victory. Freshman Julia Fixsen cleared 11 feet, four inches but had to settle for second place behind Andrianna Jacobs, a senior from Rochester Century. Jacobs, the three-time defending Class AA state champion, won the event and set a new Elite Meet record by clearing 12 feet, four inches.

Last spring as an eighth grader, Fixsen earned all-state honors by finishing ninth at the state meet.

In addition to the two pole vaulters, Mounds View had nine other entries in the Elite Meet. The girls 4x100-meter relay team of seniors Rachel Boyer and Feyi Adewoye, junior Noelle Reynolds and freshman Maya Koffski finished fourth with a time of 50.32 seconds. St. Michael-Albertville won the race in 48.77 seconds.

Junior Leah Klein took seventh in the discus with a top effort of 127 feet, one inch. 

Eighth-place finishes went to junior Charles Etuko, who went six feet, two inches in the long jump and both 4x400-meter relay teams. The boys team of junior Charles Haik, seniors Grant DeLaune and Michael DeGroot and sophomore Micah Smith completed the race in 3:26.36. The girls team of sophomore Emma Bangert, junior Erin Saemrow and seniors Annalee Blake and Mara Balzer turned in a time of 4:05.38.

Saemrow added a ninth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.97 seconds.

Senior Alex Plasencia ran to a 10th-place finish in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:25.23. Senior Jake Zastrow took 10th in the long jump with a distance of 20 feet, 7 1 1/4 inches.

The girls 4x800-meter relay team of Bangert, Saemrow, eighth grader Morgan Dahl and junior Natalie Nowatzke finished 11th in 9:47.60.

Next up for the boys team is a multi-team home meet on Tuesday and a relay meet at Wayzata High School on Friday. The girls team’s next meet is on Friday at Wayzata.

Mounds View hosts the section true team meet on May 10.


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


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