FL sends most girls to Hamline since 2007
The results were not ideal but the Ranger girls’ track and field team enjoyed having eight competitors qualify for last Friday’s Hamline Elite Meet. That number matches the program’s most at the invite-only event since 2007.
“I was pleased with how we competed and the girls are too, yet we all know it was not our best day,” said coach Eric Kaluza. “It’s an enjoyable meet and one that all of those girls deserved to be there…”
Senior Sam Anderson provided the team’s best finish by placing seventh out of 12 in the discus. Anderson’s best toss measured 127-4.
Junior Jessica Dhaene placed seventh in a field of nine in the 300 hurdles with a time of 46.93.
Seventh-grader Allie Bartlett took part in two distance events. She finished 12th of 16 in the 1600-meter run (5:14) and 14th out of 15 in the 3200 (11:29). Ninth-grader Rocci Wohlk also qualified in the 3200 but was sidelined with a leg strain.
The 4×800 relay team of senior Cassie Thobe, senior Holly Winberg, seventh-grader Miranda Overland and seventh-grader Maria Valentin took last in a field of 12 with a time of 10:05.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Ranger squad took part in a meet in Cambridge. Despite being shorthanded due to the Elite Meet, Forest Lake won its third consecutive invitational. The Rangers totaled 201 points, 60 more than runner-up North Branch in the nine-team event.
Individual victories came from junior Merina Lenz in the triple jump (32-7), junior Cassie Giesner in the pole vault (8-6) and sophomore Mariah Daninger in the discus throw (104-0).
Forest Lake also placed first in the six-team Roseville Invitational last Tuesday. Runner-up White Bear Lake finished 40 points back.
Bartlett won the 1600 in 5:14, Anderson won the discus with a huge toss of 138-6 and Dhaene won the 300 hurdles in 46.78. Junior Taylor Moore leapt to a win in the high jump by clearing 5-0. Sophomore Katie Dison topped the pole vault field with a 9-0 effort. The 4×800 relay team earned a narrow victory in 9:53.
The team now turns its attention to the True Team Section meet set for next Tuesday at White Bear Lake. There is also a varsity meet in Stillwater this Friday, but Kaluza will use a limited roster there in order to keep everyone fresh for the big meet next week.