WHS track sends two to state Friday

By Melissa Marohl, Sports Writer

After a grueling Section 2AA competition on May 30, the Waconia track and field teams will send two events to the state competition this Friday and Saturday, June 8-9.

Junior Anna Pioske will compete in the 400-meter dash as will the girls’ 4×200 meter relay team (Pioske, senior Stephanie Frempong-Longdon, sophomore Miranda Schultz, and junior Kayla Christensen).

The Wildcats finished ninth of 15 teams in the girls’ division with 40 points, tied with Chaska. Chanhassen won the division with 105 points, followed by Mankato West (76.5) and Shakopee (73).

Schultz was fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.84 seconds. The state qualifying time was 12.44.

Pioske finished ninth in the 200-meter dash at 27.62 (qualifying time 25.75). Pioske went on to finish second in the 400-meter dash in 59.93 to qualify for state.

Sophomore Lexi Willems was fifth in the 1600-meter run in 5:31.49. Willems was also ninth in the 3200-meter run (12:09.72).

The Wildcats only win of the day came in the girls’ 4×200 meter relay. The team finished first in the event with a time of 1:44.93.

The 4×100 relay team, made of Frempong-Longdon, Christensen, Schultz and senior Laura Schmitt, finished sixth in 51.17.

Eighth grader Paige Notch grabbed two points for the Wildcats in the pole vault, finishing seventh in a jump off at 8-10.00.

Pioske and Frempong-Longdon were fourth and sixth in the triple jump. Pioske finished at 35-03.50 while Frempong-Longdon was at34-01.75.

The Waconia boys were less fortunate than the girls, finishing 16th of 16 teams with only three points. Buffalo won the division with 124 points, followed by Chanhassen (98) and Mankato East (79).

The Wildcats drew two points from the 4×800 relay team’s seventh place finish. Senior Nick Carson, along with juniors Ryan Christensen, Adam Kirsch, and Ian Manske finished the race in 8:37.80.

The other point came from the 4×100 team. Juniors Jacob Fettig and Tyler Thomas, along with sophomores Cody Ellis and Tim Gray, finished eighth in the event at 46.01 seconds.

Look for a full season wrap up in the coming weeks.