Oh so close for Mounds View freshman

Although only a freshman, Julia Fixsen is already a multi-year state track and field qualifier. By the time she wraps up her senior season, there’s a good shot she’ll have multiple state championships.

A standout from Mounds View High School, Fixsen took a run at a pair of state titles at the Class AA state meet last weekend. She came up just short but has a bright future.

Fixsen finished second in both the pole vault and high jump and in both cases she was runner-up to a defending champion.

On Friday in the high jump, Fixsen and Eden Prairie’s Ashley Ramacher dueled with Ramacher taking first place via the tie-breaker. Both competitors were successful at five feet, seven inches but couldn’t clear five feet, eight inches. Ramacher took the title because she had fewer misses.

The next morning, Fixsen was once again set up on the west end of Hamline University’s Klas Field, this time to compete in the pole vault. She finished tied for ninth in the pole vault in 2015.

Fixsen fared much better this time around but couldn’t beat out Rochester Century senior Andrianna Jacobs. Not many have, as Jacobs secured her fourth state pole vault championship.

Jacobs and Fixsen were the final two remaining competitors and they put together a solid battle. They both cleared 12 feet, three inches on their first tries while the third-place finisher, North Branch senior Mikayla Johnson, was eliminated at that height. Fixsen and Jacobs then both passed on 12-6 and cleared 12-9 on their first attempts.

Jacobs made 13 feet on her first shot while it took Fixsen two tries. When the bar moved to 13 feet, three inches, it looked like the competition was over. Both vaulters missed on their first two attempts but then Jacobs was successful on her last go-round. Fixsen was unable to match and had to settle for second place.

By clearing 13-3, Jacobs broke her own state-meet record, which was 13-1 set last year.

Fixsen’s runner-up finishes were two of Mounds View’s six all-state performances at the state meet. 

Junior Leah Klein added two more by taking fourth in the shot put and sixth in the discus.

The 4x200-meter team of seniors Annalee Blake and Feyi Adewoye, junior Noelle Reynolds and sophomore Marya Schuelke ran sixth with a time of 1:43.78.

Blake and Reynolds later teamed up with seniors Rachel and Emily Boyer to take ninth in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 49.81 seconds.

Four of Mounds View’s state entrants did not place in the top nine in their respective events. 

The foursome of eighth grader Morgan Dahl, sophomores Lucia Ranallo and Emma Bangert and junior Erin Saemrow competed in the 4x800-meter relay and finished with the 10th-best time.

Bangert also qualified for state in the 800 meters but did not advance to the finals. 

Senior Natalie Louderback joined Fixsen in the pole vault and finished 12th. She cleared nine feet, nine inches but did not advance after missing at 10 feet, three inches.

Schuelke also made state in the high jump and finished 13th. She cleared five feet, two inches but could not get past five feet, four inches.

As a team, Mounds View scored 35 points and finished fifth in the team standings.


Irondale boys

The Knights had two state entrants, one in a track event and one in a field event.

The foursome of juniors Adam Kelner, Ryan Sully and Branden Boleman and sophomore Michael Kruse qualified for state in the 4x200-meter relay. They finished with the 10th-best time in the prelims and missed out on a trip to the finals by 0.04 seconds. Their prelim time was 1:30.59 and the ninth-best time was 1:30.55 posted by Monticello.

Junior Lee Waddell was Irondale’s other state entrant. Competing in the pole vault, Waddell finished 12th. He cleared 12 feet, six inches and 13 feet but couldn’t get past 13-6.


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