Boys’ Track takes 3rd in State; Boys and Girls Individually Walk Away with Many Accomplishments

Boys’ Track takes 3rd in State; Boys and Girls Individually Walk Away with Many Accomplishments

Summary of Track State Meet results from head coach, Kristofor Sauer:

Girls’ Team Results

Our ladies 4×800 relay TEAM of Abby Shaffer, Anna Wintz, Marin Fredrickson, and Ava Perez Erickson bettered both their seed time and place of 9:52.00 and 10th. They finished with a time of 9:47.56 and placed 7th overall, good for 3 points and medals. In the pole-vault, Corinna Brown Ton established a new school record with a clearance of 10-09! Previously, she’d shared the record of 10-06, but she now has sole possession of Minnehaha’s girls’ pole-vault record. She finished in 5th place. As a whole, the girls recorded 8 total points at state.


Boys’ Team Results

On Friday, Jake Richardson struck first by delivering his second best competition throw of the season with a 49-5.50. Though he wasn’t even seeded to make finals, this put was good enough for 7th place and two points. Also competing on Saturday were Adam Rikkers in the pole vault and the boys 4×400 relay of Rikkers, Ian Mundschenk, Soren Birkeland, and Gabe Satoskar. Though neither entry finished in the top-9 (which would have scored or advanced to finals), both exceeded their projections with Rikkers moving from 16th to 14th and the 4×400 crew clocking a 3:31.88 (our second best time of the season). On Saturday, Jacob Gray set the tone for the day with 15.54 in the 110H. Though he was only seeded in 9th after the Friday prelim, he had a clean run in finals and moved all the way up to 3rd, good for eight points! Immediately after, Luis Mendez scored another ten points by placing 2nd in a hotly contested 100 with a time of 11.27 (six competitors were separated by a mere nine 100ths of a second and he came out in front). Then in the very next event, he combined with Jake Lundquist, Alexey Koeckeritz, and Soren Birkeland in the 4×200 relay to score another ten points with a time of 1:31.31. At about the same time at the 4×200 was finishing, Collis McKenzie and Mitch Koeckeritz were racking up more points in the high jump. Collis notched a clearance of 6-02, while Mitch got over 6-04. Together, they placed 4th and 7th, adding nine more points to MA’s total. Jacob Frisell then proceeded to continue the trend in field events. After two subpar tosses, he was down to his last preliminary throw and needed a good one to get into finals. On his third throw, he unleashed a new school record of 149-08 and ultimately finished in 4th place overall (six more points)! In what was becoming the pattern for the day, he too was not “supposed” to make finals based upon his seeding. Finally, Mendez got a great start in the 200 and came home in 3rd place for eight more points.

All told, our boys’ TEAM racked up 53 points and finished 3rd in the state. Form charts and projections based on seed marks had us finishing with a point total in the mid-30’s and somewhere between 7th and 15th as a TEAM. Again, seeds are just numbers on a piece of paper… This trophy also marks the third time in three years that the Minnehaha Academy boys have finished on the podium at the state meet. Though three years is admittedly a small sample size, it should be noted that no other single-A program has accomplished this feat in recent history. Such an achievement is a tribute to the quality of character in our young men and the knowledge and dedication of our event group coaches: Dante Britten, Christian Zimmerman, Joe Wistrcill (as well as Erik Hadland), Kelley Gowling, Hugh Brown, Mark Stoick, Matt Ferris, and Elaine Sauer.

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