For the Holy Family track and field teams, the Class AA state meet, held June 7-8 at Hamline University, was a successful one. Qualifying five events, the Fire medaled in three.
Two of the Fire’s medals went to Holy Family sophomore Claire Oberle. Oberle won her heat in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.33 seconds. In the finals on Saturday, it was a mad dash for the third place spot, as it was a photo finish that decided Oberle as the third place finisher in 12.55 seconds. Positions 3-8 were decided by one one-hundredth of a second.
Oberle went on to finish second in her preliminary heat of the 200 meter dash, behind Anderson, in 25.36 seconds. In Saturday’s finals, Oberle finished in 25.60, good enough for sixth place and a spot on the medal stand.
The Holy Family girls’ team also sent the 4×400 relay combination of Oberle, juniors Eileen Curran and Ali Ryan-Mosely, and senior Aly Anton to state for the first time in team history. Having just set a new school record during the section meet, the Fire runners again set a new standard for Holy Family relays, finishing in 4:02.80. Unfortunately, it was not enough to qualify for the finals, and the Fire finished sixth in their heat, 11th between the two heats.
“These girls ran their hearts out … they competed against the best teams in the state, and showed they belonged,” head coach Ian Parzyck said.
For the Fire boys, sophomore Chazz Johnson competed in his second state meet, qualifying in both the long jump and the 100 meter dash. Johnson made the podium in the long jump, winning a tie-breaker to finish sixth overall, with his best jump of 21-04.75. He also finished fourth in his heat of the 100 meter dash in 11.26 seconds, but fell short of qualifying for the finals.
This season, the Holy Family track and field teams broke eight school records, won three conference event championships, two Section 2AA titles, and qualified five athletes for state. The Fire also had nine athletes receive Academic All-State accolades including Anton, Curran, Ryan-Mosely, Oberle, Emily Reddan, Taylor Courchene, Molly Eastman, Maria Eastman, Ellie Stepaniak, and Allie Bodin.
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