A meet official was frantic when three girls from the Edina High girls track and field team approached the podium to receive the state Class AA third-place trophy June 8 at Hamline University.
“Where’s the rest of their team?” the official yelled.
She became calmer when somebody informed her that the girls approaching the podium were the Edina team.
The three Edina participants - seniors Evelyn Adams and Mia Sennes and ninth-grader Maddie Dahlien - earned 60 points. Rosemount won the team title with 71.75 points and Alexandria was second with 70.
So how about these hustling Hornets? How did just three girls score all those points?
Sennes was the first to get on the board with her second place in the long jump on Friday morning.
The Edina jumper, who has a Division I soccer scholarship to play for Florida Atlantic, said the keys to long-jumping are “run fast, jump high.”
Sennes beat her rival from Minnetonka, Faith Robinson, for the first time this season.
“Faith had some other events and may have come to the long jump tired,” Sennes said. “But it felt good to finish ahead of her. She had beaten me at the Lake Conference and Section 6AA Meets.”
On Saturday morning, almost everything Adams and Dahlien did turned to silver and gold. Adams won the 100-meter hurdles title in 14.39 seconds and finished third in the 300 hurdles in 44 seconds.
Dahlien earned silver medals in all three of the dash events. The ninth-grade phenom ran 12.35 in the 100, 24.91 in the 200 and 55.98 in the 400.
Talking about her 14.39 in the 100s, Adams said, “That is a life best for me. The race was all I could ask for.”
Kelsie Sealock from Osseo gave Adams great competition, finishing second in 14.42. Adams leaned at the last second for the winning margin.
“I definitely had my eye on her,” Adams said. “I knew she was hungry to win.”
Adams said that favorable weather conditions made her very comfortable for the 100-meter race, which was held early in the meet.
“Last year it was raining and storming for the state finals,” she said. “This is a perfect day.”
Edina head coach Lynn Sosnowski knows how “a perfect day” feels after Saturday’s competition.
“All three of our girls stepped up and broke records,” Sosnowski said. “Mia got us off to a fantastic start on Friday. Saturday was just a great day for us. Edina is always known for distance runners, but we did this without any distance runners in the meet.”
Edina’s chances for a state title would have been even better, but their top two distance runners, senior captain Maria Rickman and junior Morgan Richter were unable to compete in the section meet due to injuries. In fact, Rickman, Edina’s Athena Award winner, was not able to race all season.
Rosemount 71.75, Alexandria 70, Edina 60, Stillwater 44, Wayzata 43, White Bear Lake 39, North St. Paul 38, Northfield 31, Minnetonka 30, Roseville 28, Prior Lake 26, Farmington 24, Moorhead 22.5, Rochester Mayo 22, Blaine 20, Spring Lake Park 19, Waseca 18, St. Michael-Albertville 17, Osseo 16, Red Wing 16, Andover 16, Cambridge-Isanti 15, Eden Prairie 13, Lakeville North 13, Eagan 13, Mounds View 11.75, Benilde-St. Margaret’s 10, Forest Lake 10, Big Lake 10, Thief River Falls 10, Armstrong 8.75, St. Louis Park 8, Minneapolis Washburn 8.
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