The Hamline Elite Meet is a showcase for top high school track and field athletes from throughout
Minnesota, and competitors from Dakota County in particular stood out.
Seniors Shaina Burns of Lakeville South, Jacob Gourley of Eagan and Payton Otterdahl of Rosemount each won two individual events at Friday’s meet at Hamline University’s Klas Field, which also will be the home of the state meet in early June. Rosemount and Eagan each had three first places in total.
Burns was one of the top athletes in the girls competition. She won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.60 seconds, edging Lakeville North junior Michaela Preachuk by .02. Both athletes broke the previous meet record.
Burns added a victory in the shot put with a throw of 44 feet, 6 inches and was runner-up to Rosemount’s Rachel Schow in the 300 hurdles.
Schow, the defending Class AA champion in the 100 and 300 hurdles, won Friday’s 300 at Hamline in 43.87, a meet record (Burns’ second-place time of 44.29 also bettered the previous record).
Schow was a last-minute addition in last year’s Elite Meet and finished second in the 100 hurdles and sixth in the 300.
“It was my first year running the 300 hurdles (in 2013),” Schow said. “There was no pressure. This year was exponentially more difficult. I was hoping for top three, and I had a really good race.”
Schow also placed fourth in the 100 hurdles in 14.89.
Eastview sophomore Natalie Manders went into the discus competition as the fourth seed but won with a throw of 142-5, about 5 1/2 feet farther than the runner-up. Manders also threw the shot put 39-9 to place fifth.
Farmington scored a victory in the 4×200 relay with Isabelle Ferm, Emma Record, Jennifer Miller and Megan Graham finishing in 1 minute, 43.90 seconds.
Eagan sophomore Maddie Gourley finished second in two sprint races, running the 100 in 12.27 and the 200 in 25.79. Wildcats senior Emerald Egwim finished sixth in the 200.
Lakeville South junior Caraline Slattery, the defending Class AA high jump champion, finished third in that event in the Hamline Elite Meet, 1 inch behind the winner.
Other highlights involving local girls teams included Lakeville South’s second place in the 4×400 relay. Rachel Mickelson, Haley Lubow, Slattery and Burns finished in 3:57.49, breaking the previous meet record. Minnetonka finished first in 3:56.30.
Burnsville senior Vivian Hett was third in the 1,600 in 5:04.03.
Cretin-Derham Hall senior Megan Linder, an Eagan resident, won the 400 in 56.83, edging Minnetonka’s Elizabeth Endy by two one-hundredths of a second. Those two sprinters also finished first and second in the 400 at the 2013 state meet.
Eagan’s Jake Gourley clearly was the top boys sprinter in the Hamline Elite Meet. He won the 100 in 10.66 and the 200 in 21.60 – narrowly missing meet records in each – as well as anchoring the Wildcats’ first-place 4×200 relay.
David Brown, Dallas Krech and Douglas Brown ran the first three legs of Eagan’s 4×200, which set a meet record of 1:29.07.
Rosemount’s Otterdahl was a double winner in the throws. His distances were 58-0 3/4 in the shot put and 167-09 in the discus. Both were farther than the winning throws in those events at the 2013 Class AA state meet. Otterdahl was second in the shot and third in the discus at state last year.
Farmington junior Justin Hyytinen overtook Richfield’s Obsa Ali in the final 400 meters to win the 1,600 in a meet-record 4:14.05. Hyytinen beat one of the state’s elite distance runners; Ali’s resume includes a victory in the 3,200 at the 2013 state track meet and the Class AA cross country championship last fall.
Hyytinen also ran the 3,200, finishing 13th.
Farmington also had a third place in the 4×400 relay. The Tigers’ Tanner Grubb was fifth in the 200 dash and Nehemiah Rockett was sixth in the 300 hurdles.
Apple Valley sophomore Kieran McKeag earned invitations to the Elite Meet in both throwing events, finishing seventh in the shot put and eighth in the discus. Lakeville South junior Josh Corcoran came in third in the discus with a throw of 159-6.