In three different events, Waconia athletes stood on the podium during the Class AA state track and field meet, held June 7-8 at Hamline University.
Waconia head coach Christian Gilbert said the Wildcats continue to perform above all expectations, and the state meet was no exception.
“2013 marks yet another huge step forward for (the) girls’ track program in Waconia,” he said. “Three medal podium finishes, which marks the first state medals I have seen personally as a varsity coach in Waconia.”
Junior Kirsten Wagener was a double-podium finisher, having competed in three events at this year’s meet, her first. She finished seventh overall, first in her flight, in the long jump with a jump of 16 feet, 10 inches. Wagener also made the podium in the high jump, after tying for ninth place with Andover’s Taylor Hedin in a jump off at 5-02. Lakeville South’s Caraline Slattery won the event at 5-08. Wagener also finished 14th in the triple jump with a final jump of 34-06.00.
Anna Pioske capped off her senior season with a seventh place finish in the triple jump with a jump of 35-06.75, enough to land her on the podium. Pioske also finished tenth overall in the long jump at 16-03.00, narrowly missing a podium spot.
“Her last act as a Waconia High School student,” Gilbert said, “so amazing to see this young lady finish with a bang. What a fantastic career as a Waconia athlete!”
The Wildcats also sent two relay events to the state meet, the 4×200 and the 4×100 meter relays. Eighth grader Molly Reighard ran the opening leg of both, while junior Miranda Schultz anchored both.
The 4×200, run by Reighard, senior Karlye Vallafskey, Pioske, and Schultz, did not finish the relay. The 4×100 relay, run by Reighard, seventh grader Danielle Pioske, Vallafskey, and Schultz finished fifth in its heat with a time of 50.51 seconds, just two places shy of qualifying for the finals. This year’s meet marked Vallafskey’s fourth state meet in her career.
Although neither relay went as well as the ‘Cats had hoped, Gilbert is excited for the future of the teams.
“Seventh grader (Pioske) and eighth grader (Reighard) compete for first time in the state meet, more future fun to come!” he said. “Once again, junior Miranda Schultz anchors both state relay teams, her contributions to Waconia track are immeasurable.”
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