Concordia Academy boys rule distance races

The Concordia Academy boys track and field team didn’t win the official team title at last week’s Tri-Metro Conference championships but it did bring home an unofficial championship. The Beacons were the rulers of the distance races.

Concordia took home first place in the three longest races at the meet held May 18 at Hamline University in St. Paul. 

Senior Guy Hanson ran away with first place in the 1,600 meters and also captured the top spot in the 800 meters. The 3,200-meter title went to freshman Barnabas Preble.

Hanson dominated the 1,600 meter, winning by nearly 23 seconds with a time of 4:33.23. Second place went to Concordia Academy junior Nick Oelschlaeger, who crossed the finish line in 4:56.00.

The 800 meter wasn’t nearly the runaway that the 1,600 meter was for Hanson. His time of 2:05.93 gave him the win by 2.66 seconds.

Preble won the 3,200 meters by a comfortable margin of nearly nine seconds. His winning time was 11:10.83.

The Beacons boys squad added one other event victory. Sophomore Casey Hackett won the triple jump with a top leap of 41 feet, 2 1/4 inches. Junior Cooper Wood took second place at 40 feet, 9 3/4 inches. Seventh place went to junior Alex Moldenhauer to give Concordia its top scoring event of the meet.

As a team, Concordia finished third with 117 points. St. Croix Lutheran took home the team title with 190 points while Fridley was second with 165.



Concordia’s girls team finished second in the team standings with 146 points. Visitation ran away with the team title by amassing 197 points.

Individually, the Beacons brought home a pair of conference championships. Sophomore Rachel TerHaar won the pole vault title by clearing eight feet, six inches and beating a pair of Visitation vaulters by a half foot. Freshman Paige Winterfeldt finished fourth for the Beacons and freshman Sarah McTaggart’s seventh-place finish gave Concordia three point-scorers in the event.

Senior Clara Paul captured the other event victory for the girls team. Her leap of 36 feet, 3 1/2 inches won her the triple jump crown. Senior Annika Hegrenes took third.

In addition to the two wins, Concordia added five runner-up efforts and five third-place performances.


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






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