Six state qualifiers, two school records in 2013

Molly Reighard competes at the 2013 state track and field meet.

Molly Reighard competes at the 2013 state track and field meet.

In a successful track and field program, it can be difficult to achieve any more “firsts” that have not already been achieved by teams passed. But the 2013 boys’ and girls’ track and field squads found a lot to be proud of after yet another successful Wildcat season.

For the first time in team history, the Waconia girls’ team won the Section 4AA True Team Championship in early May to earn a berth to True Team State, where they would finish fifth.

In addition, two new school records were set. Paige Notch made nine feet, two inches the new WHS standard for the pole vault, while Anna Pioske broke the long jump record with a new distance of 17-05.

The Wildcat girls kicked off the season with a second place finish at St. Michael-Albertville on April 1, losing to Hutchinson by just one-third of a point. The outdoor season was delayed until April 25, but the ‘Cats were second there as well.

Their week of home meets began April 29 with a Wright County Conference triangular. Easily defeating Mound-Westonka and Dassel-Cokato at the tri, the Waconia girls won all but two events. The girls also won their invitational at home on May 2.

Anna Pioske competes at the 2013 state track and field meet.

Anna Pioske competes at the 2013 state track and field meet.

The True Team Championship came May 8 at Orono and was followed by a runner up finish at the WCC championships May 16. The Waconia girls were also runners up at the Section 2AA meet May 29 and 31. Kirsten Wagener qualified for state in the long, high, and triple jumps, while Anna Pioske qualified in the triple and long jumps, as well as running the third leg of the 4×200 relay team. Fellow relay teammates Miranda Schultz, Karlye Vallafskey, and Molly Reighard also qualified in the 4×100 meter relay with Danielle Pioske.

At state, Wagener landed on the medal stand twice, seventh in the long jump and ninth in the high jump. She was 14th in the triple jump, while Pioske medaled in the event, finishing seventh. Pioske was also tenth in the long jump. The 4×200 relay did not finish, while the 4×100 was just shy of making the finals.

For the Waconia boys, the 2013 season was another step in the right direction of a successful program that will someday rival the girls’. The boys were second at both STMA and Delano in April. They handily topped Mound and D-C in their WCC tri, winning nearly every running event. Waconia was also sixth at its home invitational.

The Wildcats finished sixth at True Team Sections and were fourth in the WCC finals. The boys were 14th at the section meet and pulled down a handful of top 10 finishes.

The junior varsity teams also finished successful seasons, as the girls were WCC champions and the boys were runners up.

There are over 20 seniors leaving the program this season including Brandon Benson, Mark Brose, Kayla Christensen, Ryan Christensen, Kody DeLange, Paige Erickson, Jacob Fettig, Wylie Ferron, Jeni Haler, Alex Herman, Liz Hughes, Morgan Iverson, Alana Kiel, Rachel Kieser, Adam Kirsch, Ian Manske, Rhi McNulty, Anna Pioske, Brian Porter, Jennifer Schuette, Hannah Schultz, William Schultz, Megan Siebert, Tyler Thomas, Ben Vaske, and Ben Vogel.

Contact Melissa Marohl at melissa.marohl@ecm-inc.com

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