Eastview/Apple Valley track: Lightning get two 4th-place medals

Throwers Andrea Abrams and Tatiana Donlan scored all seven team points for the Eastview girls at the state Class AA track and field meet last weekend at Hamline University.

Eastview’s Andrea Abrams (right) reached the awards podium after finishing fourth in Class AA girls shot put. Also pictured are state champion Alexandrea Hurst (left) of Robbinsdale Armstrong and Madeline Moorhouse of Lakeville North, the runner-up. Photo by Mike Shaughnessy

Abrams, a junior, finished fourth in the shot put with a throw of 41 feet, 11 inches – more than 3 feet better than her second-place throw at the Section 3AA meet one week earlier. Alexandrea Hurst of Robbinsdale Armstrong won the event with 45-4.75. Madeline Moorhouse of Lakeville North was second with 45-3.75, giving the South Suburban Conference two throwers among the top four at state.

Donlan was ninth in the discus, throwing 121-6.

Other Eastview girls state competitors were Hannah Schwartz, who was 11th in the 1,600 meters (5:18.46) and 17th in the 3,200 (12:18.05), and Kelsey Dolejs, who cleared 10-6 in the pole vault to finish 12th.

Eastview also scored seven points in the boys team competition, with six of them coming from senior Kevin Gunawan, freshman Samuel Morgenstern, junior Tim Morgenstern and freshman Alvin Green, who finished fourth in the 4×800 relay in 7:58.19. The Lightning was one of five teams finishing under eight minutes, including Bemidji, which won in 7:52.90.

Senior Mike Delich, in what was likely his final track meet, earned a state medal by finishing ninth in discus with a throw of 162-7. Delich will go to the University of Minnesota and join the football program as a recruited walk-on.

Logan Brunner, a junior, competed in the triple jump preliminaries and finished 17th.

Apple Valley

Eagles sophomore Mykel Parham cleared 5-4 in the girls high jump to tie for seventh in the Class AA finals. That was worth 2.5 team points for Apple Valley. Osseo eighth-grader Nyalaam Jok had a winning jump of 5-8; Jenny Mosser of Lakeville South cleared 5-7 to take second.

Apple Valley’s Mykel Parham finished seventh in the Class AA girls high jump. Photo by Mike Shaughnessy

Apple Valley’s boys team had two state qualifiers. Senior Joshua Hylland cleared 6-2 in the high jump to finish 11. Mohamed Kone, also a senior, was 16th in the long jump preliminaries at 20-9.