LV South wins duel of top track teams

Cougar girls, Apple Valley boys are winners at Wildcat Invitational

Two of the top teams from last year’s state Class AA girls track and field meet dueled Tuesday at Eagan High School and pulled away from their competition.

Lakeville South won the girls championship at the Eagan Wildcat Invitational, scoring 170 points, 18 more than the host school. Eastview (67 points), Farmington (65) and Rosemount (64) were third, fourth and fifth in the 10-team girls field.

Apple Valley scored 160 points to win the boys team championship. Farmington placed second with 129.5 and Eagan was third with 89 in the six-team boys meet.

Lakeville South won five events, including two relays, in the Wildcat Invitational girls meet. Senior Shaina Burns swept the 100- and 300-meter hurdles. Burns won the 100 in 14.86 seconds and the 300 in 45.27. In the 300, Burns led a group of three South hurdlers who placed in the top four. Caraline Slattery took second and Jocie Johnson was fourth.

Rosemount’s Rachel Schow, the defending Class AA champion in the 100 and 300 hurdles, was second to Burns in the 100-meter race at Eagan.

The hurdles victories were just part of a strong meet for Burns, who ran the opening leg of South’s winning 4×400 relay and took second in the shot put.

Rachel Mickelson, Slattery and Haley Lubow also ran on the South 4×400 relay, which finished in 4 minutes, 0.90 seconds and won by almost 10 seconds.

Kacy Rodamaker, Lubow, Mickelson and M’Caela Sellers won the 4×200 in 1:46.98.

Lakeville South’s other victory was in the high jump, where Slattery cleared 5 feet, 2 inches to take first. Johnson was second at 5-0.

Eagan’s girls had six first-place finishes, including Maddie Gourley’s victory in the 100, where her time of 12.23 set a meet record.

Anna Van Wyk won the 1,600 in 5:15.18. The Wildcats also had two field event winners – Emily Moeller in the pole vault (9-6) and Jade King in the long jump (16-0 1/2).

Eagan’s Annette Smith, King, Taylor Kenealy and Emerald Egwim teamed to win the 4×100 relay in 51.01. The Wildcats’ 4×800 relay of Van Wyk, Raissa Hansen, Olivia Mitchell and Kelli Praska finished first in 9:40.56.

Eastview sophomore Natalie Manders won the discus throw with a meet record of 137 feet. Manders also took first in the shot put at 40-5, edging Lakeville South’s Burns by fewer than two inches. Manders’ sweep in the throws earned her the field athlete of the meet award.

Eastview’s Haley Schoenecker won the triple jump at 34-4 3/4.

Farmington seventh-grader Lauren Peterson won the 3,200 in 11:32.81 and was second in the 1,600 in 5:17.89. The Tigers also had a second place by Alicia Hett in the 800.

In addition to Schow’s second-place finish in the 100 hurdles, Rosemount had two runner-up finishes in relays. Marisa Knott, Josephine French, Kailey Askew and Arianna Passeri were second in the 4×100, as were Morgan Lawler, Jennifer Busho, Madison Schroeder and Elizabeth Evenocheck in the 4×400.

Apple Valley’s Olivia Anger was the 800 winner in 2:25.57 and also placed third in the 1,600. The Eagles’ Brita Dawson finished third in the high jump.

Among other top athletes at the girls meet was Eagan resident and Cretin-Derham Hall senior Megan Linder, a two-time state champion in the 400. Linder did not run that race at the Wildcat Invitational but did win the 200 in 25.19. She was second to Gourley in the 100.

Apple Valley racked up major points in field events to win the boys team championship at the Wildcat Invitational. The Eagles’ Justice Walton won the high jump and triple jump and was named field athlete of the meet.

The Eagles’ Connor Gross won the triple jump. Apple Valley swept the top three places in the shot put and finished first, second and fourth in the discus.

Justin Hyytinen of Farmington continued his strong season in distance running, winning the 3,200 in 9:25:01. Tanner Grubb (400, 50.99) and Nehemiah Rockett (300 hurdles, 40.92) also won events for Farmington. The Tigers were runners-up in five events.

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