North group qualifies for Hamline Elite Meet

Most high school track and field meets during the regular season don’t come with any qualification standards. If a team is scheduled to compete in a meet, the athletes can enter whichever events they choose.

There is one exception to that rule, however, and it was held last week. The Hamline Elite Meet requires teams to submit results from any meets they have competed in, so far, and then the top performers are selected to compete.

A handful of North High School athletes qualified for the Hamline Elite Meet, which was held April 29 at Klas Field on the campus of Hamline University in St. Paul. Klas Field is also the site of the Minnesota State High School League track and field championships in early June.

Representing North last week were seniors Isaiah Koran and Kally Kolbeck; junior Jake Kubiatowicz; freshmen Haylee Pedersen, Brianna Bixby and J’Ianna Cager; and seventh grader Alexis Pratt.

Kolbeck was one of 11 competitors in the pole vault. She was one of four individuals who qualified with a top height of 10 feet, six inches. The top qualifier was Rochester Century’s Adrianna Jacobs, the defending Class AA state champion who earned her spot by clearing 12 feet, six inches.

North had two qualifiers from the boys team. Koran qualified in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.93 seconds. The only faster time submitted was 10.55 seconds, which was posted by Robbinsdale Armstrong senior Evan McClellon, the Class AA state runner-up in 2015.

Kubiatowicz qualified for the elite meet in two events. The junior qualified in both throwing events and had the top qualifying distance in the discus by more than four feet. He finished sixth at state in 2015, entered the elite meet as the No. 1 seed thanks to a previous effort of 184 feet, four inches. The No. 2 qualifier, St. Clair sophomore Mitchell Weber, had a top throw of 179 feet, eight inches.

Kubiatowicz went into the shot put competition as the ninth seed with a top effort of 51 feet, 10 inches. The top seed in the shot put was Forest Lake senior Patrick Kasl, whose top put was 56 feet, four inches.

Pratt also qualified in two events. She made it on her own into the 100-meter dash with a seed time of 12.84 seconds.

Pratt also joined Pedersen, Bixby and Cager in the 4x100-meter relay with a seed time of 51.33 seconds.

Results from the Hamline Elite Meet were not available for this edition of the Review. Check out next week’s paper for results on how the Polars fared.


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


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