Another meet sweep for WHS track teams

Freshman Molly Reighard (right) hands the baton off the eighth grader Danielle Pioske during the 4x200 relay at Hamline University’s Elite Meet on April 25. (Staff photo by Jason Olson)
Freshman Molly Reighard (right) hands the baton off the eighth grader Danielle Pioske during the 4×200 relay at Hamline University’s Elite Meet on April 25. (Staff photo by Jason Olson)

The Waconia girls’ track and field teams continued its undefeated run last week, topping three other WCC teams at the Litchfield quadrangular on April 22. Finishing first with 120.50 points, the Wildcats placed in every event and easily took down Litchfield (68.5), Delano (43), and Holy Family Catholic (43).

In the sprints, senior Holly Thomas got things started for WHS with her fifth place finish in the 100 meter dash, before the young, but talented pair of freshman Molly Reighard and eighth grader Danielle Pioske crossed the line 1-2 in the 200. Reighard won the event in 26.51 seconds over Pioske at 27.26.

Juniors Lydia Weinand and McKenna Turner were third and fourth in the 400, while sophomore Tess Servin picked up a point for finishing fifth.

Senior Katherine Jensen was third in the 800 meter run, before cross country teammates Lexi Willems, a senior, and sophomore Carissa Dock were first and second in the 1600 meters. Willems won the event in 5:28, 13 seconds ahead of Dock. She went on to finish second in the 3200 meters in 11:51.

Six different Wildcats placed in the two hurdle events, led by juniors Kaitlyn Schuler and Emily Zempel, who finished second and third in the 100s with times of 17.52 and 17.81 seconds.

In the 300 meter hurdles, Wildcats swept the top four places, led by eighth grader Taylor Lange’s 49.55 second event-winning time. Dock finished second, followed by sophomore Marya Haugland and senior Nicole Hennen.

Waconia won three of the four relay events. The 4×100 ‘A’ team won in 51.02 seconds, before the 4×200 ‘C’ team won its event in 1:47.53. The Waconia ‘B’ 4×200 team finished third.

Waconia’s ‘A’ team was second to Holy Family in the 4×400, but defeated the Fire in the 4×800 with a time of 10:40.

In the field, senior Kirsten Wagener and Zempel were 2-3 in the high jump, before junior Abbie Cafferelle won the pole vault with a jump of 7 feet, 6 inches.

Wagener and Pioske teamed up to sweep the long jump, with Wagener’s winning jump of 16 feet, 2 inches. Wagener went on to win the triple jump at 32 feet, 7.50 inches over juniors Courtnie Stoddard and Kiah Larson, who finished second and fifth.

Sophomore Makayla Williams picked up points for WHS in the throws, finishing third in both the shot put and discus.

With some runners off at the Hamline Elite Meet on April 25, the rest of the Wildcat varsity team headed to Delano’s invitational on Friday.

Freshman Raven Concaghblount turned in a fifth place finish in the 100 meter dash, before Schuler raced to third place in the 200. Seventh grade Grace Zieske picked up some WHS points in the 1600 meters, finishing sixth.

Schuler and Zempel were 2-3 in the 100 meter hurdles, while Hennen and Haughland were 4-5 in the 300 hurdles.

Waconia’s relay teams finished second in the 4×100 and 4×200, third in the 4×400, and sixth in the 4×800.

Sophomore Jonna Herbstritt tied with Hennen for fourth place in the high jump, both clearing 4 feet, 5 inches. Taylor LeMaster was fifth.

Cafferelle continued her dominating ways in the pole vault, winning the event at 9 feet. Stoddard was third in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump, to pick up a handful of points for WHS. Junior Nicole Lamkin finished fifth in the shot put and Williams was seventh in the discus.

While the majority of the team was in Delano, five Wildcats competed in the exclusive Hamline Elite Meet at Hamline University in St. Paul.

The 4×100 team of freshman Molly Reighard, eighth grader Danielle Pioske and seniors Kirsten Wagener and Miranda Schultz ran to a sixth place finish in 51.60 seconds. Later, Reighard, Pioske, and Schultz teamed up with WHS freshman Taylor Lange to run the 4×200, finishing seventh in 1:46.15.

Wagener also competed in the high and long jumps, two events she competed in at the state competition last year, and finished ninth in the high jump at 5 feet, and 12th in the long jump at 16 feet.


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