North boys take first on home track

El-Halawani is MVP of Mega Meet

Anna Larson of Lakeville North runs the 300-meter hurdles at the Lakeville North Mega Meet on Saturday. Photo by Mike Shaughnessy
Anna Larson of Lakeville North runs the 300-meter hurdles at the Lakeville North Mega Meet on Saturday. Photo by Mike Shaughnessy

Saturday brought warm and sunny weather to Lakeville for the annual Lakeville North Mega Meet. That’s something meet organizers haven’t always been able to count on.

Another thing they haven’t been able to count on recently is a first-place finish by the host boys team, but that changed this year with the Panthers’ 17-point victory over runner-up Elk River in the 17-team event. North senior Evan El-Halawani was the boys meet’s MVP following victories in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles races. El-Halawani is defending state Class AA champion in the 300 hurdles.

Minnetonka repeated as girls champion at the Mega Meet, with South Suburban Conference schools Prior Lake and Lakeville North taking second and third.

El-Halawani’s winning times were 15.05 seconds in the 110 hurdles and 40.13 in the 300 hurdles. He also placed fifth in the long jump.

North had one other event victory from the 4×100 relay team of Logan Freeburg, Carter McKinney, Wade Sullivan and Alexander Hunter, which finished in 44.11.

Second-place finishers for North were McKinney in the 100 (11.68), Sullivan in the 200 (23.38), Justin Babcock in the pole vault (12 feet), the 4×200 relay of Sullivan, Hunter, Richard Whorton and Freeburg (1:33.11) and the 4×800 relay of Duncan Ince, Messai Kurz, Tyler Osen and Jack German (8:23.46).

Hunter took third in the 200, Brent Laing was third in the discus and El-Halawani, Whorton, German and Brandon Stachewicz were third in the 4×200 relay.

Farmington finished eighth in the boys Mega Meet. The Tigers’ Regan Sevenich, Michael Cardinal, Jaryn Newbrough and Aaron Kruse won the 4×800 relay in 8:19.90. Other top finishers for the Tigers included Noah Revels, fourth in the 3,200, and Alexander Hall, fourth in the 300 hurdles.

Lakeville North senior Madi Moorhouse set a meet record of 42 feet, 6.5 inches in the girls shot put. That was one of three first-place finishes for the Panther girls. The others were eighth-grader Kaori Zeller in the 1,600 (5:24.51) and the 4×800 relay of Danielle Bellino, Sofia Earle, Emma Drangstveit and Isabella Larson (9:33.70).

Second-place finishers for the Panthers were Bellino in the 800 (2:10.43), Anika Weber in the discus (113-0) and the 4×400 relay team of Larson, Bellino, Earle and Sarah Babcock (4:07.34).

The Panthers will compete in the South Suburban Conference Relays at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at Shakopee West Junior High.

Lakeville South

The Cougars were first in a six-team field at the Farmington Invitational on April 20, scoring 156 points, 18 more than second-place Eagan. Farmington was third with 114.

Lakeville South won the throwing events as well as two relays. Sydney Ferrie was first in the shot put with a throw of 34-5, with Julia Teich throwing the discus 93-3 to place first.

South’s 4×100 relay of Kyah Orr, Sydney Klausler, Lilly Terry-Ohland and Makenna Johnson was first in 51.56. In the 4×800, Patty Jo English, Brianne Brewster, Cassie Jenny and Taylor Sorenson were first in 9:57.02.

Eagan had victories by Natalie Windels in the 300 hurdles (45.57) and Emily McMonagle in the high jump (4-10).

Farmington was predictably strong in distance events, led by Anna Fenske and Lauren Peterson, the top two finishers in the 2016 state Class AA cross country meet. Fenske took first in the 1,600 at the Farmington Invitational in 5:11.25, while Peterson won the 3,200 in 11:00.36.

Also taking first for Farmington were Emma Record in the 100 (12.71) and 200 (26.10), Kamryn Finstad in the 800 (2:27.30), Myiah Scott in the 100 hurdles (16.01) and Amanda Davenport in the pole vault (9-0).

The Lakeville South, Eagan and Farmington teams will compete in the South Suburban Conference Relays on May 2 in Shakopee.