It was a good weekend to be a Wildcat athlete at the Class AA State Track and Field meet on June 6-7 at Hamline University, as five Waconia girls’ track and field athletes competed in seven events and brought home three podium finishes, three new school records, and valuable experience for those returning to the team next season.
For seniors Miranda Schultz and Kirsten Wagener, who competed in their final state meet, a podium finish in the 4×200 meter relay was a great way to end decorated track and field careers.
Six of the Wildcats’ seven events started Friday morning and Wagener was off and running at 9 a.m., competing in both the long and high jumps.
She was fifth in her flight of the long jump and finished 15th overall in the event with a best jump of 16 feet, 0.50 inches. The long jump title went to Minnetonka senior Mia Barron, who set a new Class AA record with her event-winning jump of 19-01.50.
In between long jumps, Wagener also competed in the high jump, finishing 11th overall at 5-02.00. Kasson-Mantorville senior Taylor Wiebke won the title at 5-09.00.
Friday’s preliminary competition also saw eighth grader Danielle Pioske qualify for the finals of the 100 meter dash. Pioske finished fifth in her heat in 12.55 seconds, snagging one of the top 9 final spots for Saturday.
The Waconia relay team of freshman Molly Reighard, Pioske, junior Kaitlyn Schuler, and Schultz raced their way to a heat-winning 1:41.96 clocking in the 4×200 meter relay. Setting the fastest final qualifying time, the Wildcats also reset the WHS school record they set earlier this year.
Reighard, Pioske, and Schultz then partnered with Wagener for the 4×100 relay, finishing sixth in their heat with a WHS-record setting time of 49.59 seconds, but fell short of qualifying for Saturday’s finals.
In the final event of the morning, Reighard claimed a finals spot in the 200 meter dash, finishing second in her heat in 25.43 seconds. Reighard also set a new Waconia High School record, resetting her record set earlier this season.
In Saturday’s finals, Pioske finished eighth in the 100 meter dash in 13.02 seconds behind title-winning Brieasha Hunter of Cretin-Derham Hall (12.28 seconds).
Wagener competed in her fourth state event on Saturday, the triple jump, finishing fifth in her flight, 18th overall at 33-02.25. Minnetonka’s Barron won the triple jump with a new Minnesota All-Time record of 40-05.50.
In the finals of the 200 meter dash, Reighard was seventh in 25.90 seconds. Cretin-Derham Hall senior Megan Linder won the race in 24.78.
Waconia’s 4×200 relay team turned in the best state finish for the Wildcats, finishing third in the finals in 1:43.08, not even two seconds behind first place Mounds View at 1:41.94.
Look for a full season wrap up in the coming weeks.
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