AV boys, LV South girls dominate Wildcat Invitational
Farmington’s Lorencz sets 3 girls meet records
Apple Valley and Lakeville South walked away as convincing winners at the Wildcat Invitational track and field meet Tuesday at Eagan High School.
The Apple Valley boys, sparked by a victory in the 4×800-meter relay and second-place finishes in three other relays, came in 63 points ahead of Woodbury. Lakeville North was fourth, Eagan fifth and Farmington seventh in the eight-team meet.
Lakeville South outclassed a field of 10 teams in the girls meet, scoring 189 points, 83 more than second-place Eagan. Apple Valley, Farmington, Lakeville North and Rosemount finished third through sixth.
The Apple Valley team of Alex Brandel, Nick Hughes, Tyler Roberts and Mitch Hechsel won the 4×800 relay in 8 minutes, 16.50 seconds. The Eagles finished second in all three sprint relays.
Hechsel also was a winner in the 400 dash in 50.26 seconds. Quinn Hooks emerged from a logjam of six high jumpers who cleared 6 feet, 2 inches to take first in the event. Apple Valley’s Jalen Stewart and Eagan’s Jackson Prestrud and Matt Anderson also among those clearing 6-2 before a tiebreaker was implemented.
Other first-place finishers in the boys competition included Lakeville North’s Kyle McPhee (pole vault, 13-9) and Ben Krynski (shot put, 47-5 and discus, 141-5).
Eagan junior Danielle Anderson won the girls 1,600-meter run in 5:08.26, a meet record and the fastest reported time in the state this season. The Wildcats’ Maddie Gourley, an eighth-grader, won the 200 dash in 25.46 and the 400 in 58.19.
Eagan’s Anna VanWyk won the 800 in 2:26.78, three hundredths of a second ahead of teammate Kelli Praska.
Lakeville South’s Annie Brekken ran the 3,200 in 11:30.07, winning the event by 27 seconds.
Farmington athletes were champions in both girls hurdles races, with Nadia Lorencz taking the 100-meter race in 14.97 and Alyssa Parco winning the 300 in 45.29.
Lakeville South won three of the relays in the girls meet. Rachel Mickelson, Emily Wick, Morgan Pieri and Kaitlin VanWinkle teamed to win the 4×200 in 1:46.30. Rose Cozad, Rachel Mickelson, Shaina Burns and Kayt Larson took the 4×400 in 4:02.32. Emma Mickelson, Megan Kilbride, Brekken and Larson were first in the 4×800 in 9:31.48.
Lakeville North’s Claire Seivert, Kendall Naatjes, Alexa Trakalo and Angie Anyaogu won the 4×100 relay in 49.90.
Lakeville South put its field event strength to good use in the Wildcat Invitational as Pieri cleared 5-6 to win the high jump and Jordyn Thornton swept the throwing events. Thornton’s winning throws were 44-5 in the shot put and 133-11 in the discus.
Farmington’s Lorencz left the meet with three first-place finishes. In addition to her 100 hurdles victory, she won the long jump (18-4) and triple jump (37-0 3/4). Lorencz set meet records in all three of her victories.
Apple Valley girls swept the top three places in the pole vault, with Kelsey Harms clearing 11-6 to win the event.