FL lands in eighth at True Team State

Norby sets school record in shot put

The Ranger girls’ track and field team enters the postseason this week hoping to bounce back strong after placing eighth of nine squads at the 26th annual True Team State meet in Stillwater last Friday.

Jacqueline Pothen runs the 1600 at the True Team State meet in Stillwater last Friday. (Photo by Stuart Groskreutz/Stillwater Gazette)

“True Team State went as planned for personal bests in a multitude of events but the team place wasn’t what we had hoped for,” said coach Eric Kaluza. “Yet we have two to three big meets up coming and know the girls will be at their best at conference and regions.”

The Rangers did get to celebrate a school record at the meet, as sophomore Bailey Norby reached 39-5 1/4 in the shot put. Senior Sam Anderson was close behind with a toss of 39-0 1/2, and they took fourth and fifth, respectively, out of 27.

“That was an outstanding performance from both, and the throws in general,” Kaluza said.

Anderson placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 123-11.

Seventh-grader Allie Bartlett placed second in the 3200 with a personal-best time of 11:16.

Junior Jessica Dhaene raced to fourth in the 300 hurdles (47.05) and sixth in the 100 hurdles (16.36).

Another top-10 finish came from sophomore Katie Dison, who cleared 9-6 to place 10th in the pole vault.

Lakeville South won the title and Prior Lake took second. Suburban East Conference members Mounds View and Stillwater took the next two spots.

The Rangers take part in the SEC championships this week. The preliminaries were held Tuesday and the finals are Thursday, May 24, at East Ridge. The Section 7AA preliminaries take place next Wednesday in Princeton, with the finals following that Saturday.