WMHS sends 10 to state track meet

Ten members of the Watertown-Mayer track and field qualified for this week’s state meet, and several others will be going as alternates. They are, in front, Liz Miller, Hannah Johnson, Nick Hix, Karen Vanderlinde (alternate), Lydia Fails (alternate), Luke “Papa” Sandquist and Hunter Hulley. In back are Katie Heilman, Erica Cleckler, Tyler Nelson, Dan Raiter, Laura Hertzog and Anna Phearman (alternate). (Staff photo by Matt Bunke)

Ten members of the Watertown-Mayer track and field qualified for this week’s state meet, and several others will be going as alternates. They are, in front, Liz Miller, Hannah Johnson, Nick Hix, Karen Vanderlinde (alternate), Lydia Fails (alternate), Luke “Papa” Sandquist and Hunter Hulley. In back are Katie Heilman, Erica Cleckler, Tyler Nelson, Dan Raiter, Laura Hertzog and Anna Phearman (alternate). (Staff photo by Matt Bunke)

Ten Watertown-Mayer athletes qualified for the this weekends state track and field meet in a total of eight events last weekend during the Section 4A meet at Macalaster College.

Katie Heilman and Liz Miller both qualified in three events and Laura Hertzog, Hannah Johnson, Erica Cleckler, Tyler Nelson, Luke Sandquist, Nick Hix, Dan Raiter and Hunter Hulley all qualified in one event. As a team, the Royals also fared well at the Section meet, with the girls’ and boys’ teams both finishing in third place with roughly 20 teams competing.

Breck School’s girls finished in first place with 127 points and Blake School was second at 98.5. Watertown-Mayer was third at 96.5, with 19 teams competing. On the boys’ side, St. Croix Lutheran was first with 156 points, while Minnehaha Academy was second at 133 and Watertown-Mayer was third out of 22 schools with 72 points.

Heilman, who finished fourth in the state in the 400 meters last year, will return to state in that event after winning that event at the section meet with a time of 1:00.64. She also qualified for state with a second-place finish in the triple jump at 36-5-inches, and as part of the 4×800 relay, which finished first in 9:44.97.

The Royals won the 4×800 relay at last year’s state meet, and three of the same members will be defending their title this year. Liz Miller will also be a member of that squad, one of three events that she qualified for. She also finished second in both the 300-meter hurdles (48.79 seconds) and the 1,600 meters (5:08.59) to advance to state.

Erica Cleckler is the last member of the girls’ team to advance to state in an individual event. She finished second in the shot put in the section meet with a throw of 34-feet-4-inches.

Also earning trips to the state meet for the Royals were Laura Hertzog and Hannah Johnson, who round out the team’s lineup in the 4×800 meters.

On the boys’ side, Hunter Hulley earned the only state berth in an individual event for the Royals. He finished second in the high jump by clearing 6-feet-2-inches.

The Royals’ 4×200 meter team also qualified for state with a second-place finish in a time of 1:32.22. That squad consists of Tyler Nelson, Luke Sandquist, Nick Hix and Dan Raiter.

The Royals had a number of other strong performances at the section meet that ultimately came up a bit short of state. Johnson added a fourth-place finish in the long jump (16-feet-10.75-inches) and a fifth-place finish in the triple jump (34-feet-3-inches) to her win as part of the 4×800, and Heilman added a fourth-place finish in the 200 meters (26.52) to her other state qualifications.

Caitlin Duske placed in three events. She was sixth in the triple jump (34-feet-2-inches), seventh in the high jump (4-feet-10-inches) and eighth in the long jump (15-feet-8-inches).

Mackenzie Kratch was fourth in the discus with a distance of 98-feet-2-inches, and she was also ninth in the shot put with a throw of 29-feet-7-inches.

On the boys’ side, Davion Franklin just missed advancing to the state meet when he finished third in the shot put with a throw of 45-feet-8.75-inches, and Luke Sandquist just missed in the discus with a distance of 130-feet-2-inches. Ethan Thonn was right there in the discus as well, finishing fourth at 128-feet-11-inches.

Ian Klas was fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles in a time of 17.44 seconds, and Jaelen Keavy added a sixth-place finish in the long jump (18-feet-11-inches). Sandquist was sixth in the 300-meter hurdles (44.46), Jesse Bushman was seventh in the triple jump (39-feet-7-inches) and Nick Hix was seventh in the 100 meters (11.41). Dan Raiter was ninth in the 200 meters in 23.4 seconds. The boys’ 4×100 relay fared well also, with Franklin, Nelson, Hix and Raiter taking third place in 45.45 seconds.

The state meet will be held Friday and Saturday at Hamline University in St. Paul. Action in Class A gets under way at 3:30 p.m. both days.

 

Contact Matt Bunke at matt.bunke@ecm-inc.com

 
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