Track and field season concludes with state meet

The track and field teams from Irondale High School and Mounds View High School are sure to be busy this weekend. The Class AA state track and field meet is June 10-11 at Hamline University’s Klas Field and there are plenty of Knights and Mustangs set to compete.

The two schools have a combined 21 state entries.

Mounds View’s girls team secured 10 entries involving 13 different athletes. Six of those athletes are entered in more than one event.

Freshman Julia Fixsen is one of those dual qualifiers and she earned those entries by winning titles at the Section 5AA meet last week at Hamline. Fixsen won the section championship in the pole vault and enters the state meet with the highest section-winning height of 12 feet, two inches.

Fixsen’s second section title came in the high jump, where she cleared five feet, four inches to claim the crown.

Junior Leah Klein is also going to state in two events in which she won section titles. Klein claimed first place in the shot put with a top effort of 39 feet, 4 1/4 inches and won by nearly two feet.

Klein’s section victory in the discus was even more dominant as she won with a top throw of 140 feet, five inches. That gave her the win by more than 19 feet.

Mounds View’s other dual state qualifiers are senior Feyi Adewoye, junior Noelle Reynolds and sophomores Emma Bangert and Marya Schuelke.

Adewoye and Reynolds qualified for state in a pair of relays. They teamed with senior sisters Rachel and Emily Boyer to take second place in the 4x100-meter relay and joined senior Annalee Blake and sophomore Marya Schuelke in finishing second in the 4x200-meter relay at sections.

Schuelke is also going to state in the high jump, where she finished second to Fixsen at the section meet.

Bangert’s second-place finish in the 800 meters secured one of her state spots. The other came in the 4x800-meter relay, in which she, junior Erin Saemrow, sophomore Lucia Ranallo and eighth grader Morgan Dahl finished second at the 5AA meet.

The 10th and final state entry for the Mounds View girls team went to senior Natalie Louderback, who competes in the pole vault at state. She secured that spot by taking second place behind Fixsen at sections.

The Mounds View boys team accumulated five state entries via one section title and four runner-up finishes.

Sophomore Calvin Cignanik captured the lone section title by taking first place in the pole vault. He cleared 14 feet even to win the event by six inches.

Senior Grant Delaune is the Mustangs’ boys team’s lone multi-event qualifier. He secured his state spot in the 800 meters by finishing second at sections with a time of 1:59.36. He was 0.07 seconds shy of a section title.

Delaune’s other state event is the 4x800-meter relay, in which he, senior Hans Adamsson and juniors Tim Pease and Ezekiel Lelinga ran second at the section meet.

Senior Alex Plasencia gets to close out his prep track and field career at state, where he will run in the 1,600 meters. He finished second with a time of 4:19.71.

Sophomore Michael Fahim wrapped up his trip to state by finishing second in the section discus competition. His top throw of 140 feet, three inches beat out the third-place competitor by two feet.

 

Irondale

Sophomore Julia Hayes is no stranger to the state track and field meet, where she will compete for the third consecutive year. Hayes qualified for state this time around in three events.

Hurdles are Hayes’ specialty and she’ll run in both events at state. She won the Section 5AA title in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.10 seconds and in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.84 seconds. Both times were faster than the state qualifying standard so even if she hadn’t finished in the top two, those times would have still gotten her to state.

The third event for Hayes is the 4x400-meter relay. Senior Emily Brandt, juniors Elizabeth Axberg and Michelle Meyer and Hayes put up a time of 4:00.89 to win the section title and move on to the state meet.

 

Meyer is also a dual state qualifier thanks to her second-place effort at the section meet in the long jump. Meyer jumped 17 feet, 4 3/4 inches to claim runner-up honors.

On the boys’ side, a pair second-place efforts at sections helped get five Knights to state. 

Junior Lee Waddell was runner-up in the pole vault by clearing 13 feet, six inches.

Irondale’s 4x200-meter relay team of juniors Adam Kelner, Ryan Sully and Brandon Boleman and sophomore Michael Kruse took second at sections in 1:29.21.

The Class AA portion of the state track and field meet starts at 9 a.m. both days.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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