Four Waconia athletes recently competed in the 2013 USATF Minnesota Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul June 14-16.
Zach Olsem finished second in the pole vault of the boys’ 15-16 age division with a height of 11 feet, 10.5 inches. Paige Notch, who currently holds the Waconia High School record in the pole vault, finished fifth in the event at 08-11.5.
Ben Hedtke won the 800-gram javelin with a personal record throw of 104-08. Hedtke was also second in both the shot put and discus events. In the shot put, he finished with an outdoor personal record of 41-10.50, and threw 104-07 in the 1.6 kilogram discus.
Samantha Hedtke set a new state record in the girls’ 11-12 age 300 gram javelin. Her new record throw of 81-06 won the event. Hedtke later won the six pound shot put with a throw of 33-08 before winning the one kilogram discus at 77-06. Both throws were personal records.
All four athletes qualified for the regional event at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota July 4-7. The national competition, should anyone qualify, will be July 22-28 at A&T University in North Carolina.
Both Ben and Samantha Hedtke will compete in the upcoming Star of the North Games at Macalaster College on June 29.