Even though only three members of the Edina High girls track and field team are going to state this week, don’t count the Hornets out of the title race.
Senior Evelyn Adams, the Section 6AA champion in both hurdles events, is going to state for the third time in her career. Senior Mia Sennes is returning to state as a long-jumper, while the Hornets’ mercurial ninth-grader Maddie Dahlien advances after winning section titles in the 100, 200 and 400 dashes.
“At the beginning of the season, I thought we’d have a viable shot at the state title,” Edina head coach Lynn Sosnowski said. “But our distance runners, Morgan Richter and Maria Rickman, are out with injuries.”
Rickman, Edina’s Athena Award winner as the most outstanding senior female athlete, wasn’t able to run at all this season, and Sosnowski had her penciled in as a state qualifier in multiple events.
Even with those injuries to the distance girls, Sosnowski is eager for this week, eager to see how well her three girls will score.
“From the times I have seen so far, Evelyn is the best in both hurdles events,” Sosnowski said. “And Maddie has the fastest time in the 400.”
Adams set a section record by winning the 300-meter hurdles May 30 at the Section 6AA finals in Orono. Her time was 43.81 seconds. She also ran fast in the 100s with her winning time of 14.84.
Dahlien set Edina all-time records in each of her three events May 30, running 12.26 in the 100, 25.21 in the 200 and 56.62 in the 400.
Sennes flew 18 feet, 1 inch to finish second behind Minnetonka’s Faith Robinson in the long-jump finals.
Edina had several other impressive efforts in the section meet and showed good balance by finishing third behind Lake Conference rivals Wayzata and Minnetonka in the team standings.
Ninth-grader Wesley MacMiller finished sixth in the 400 and junior Sadie Schreiner finished fifth in the 1,600. Adams and junior Mara Bowden finished sixth and seventh in the long jump. Junior Caroline Bercaw, finished third in the triple jump. Hornet seniors Marie Landelle and Elli Strittmater placed sixth and seventh in the discus.
Section 6AA Team Totals
Wayzata 119.5, Minnetonka 109.5, Edina 100.5, Eden Prairie 73, Hopkins 71, Minneapolis Washburn 55, St. Louis Park 41, Armstrong 33.5, DeLaSalle 26, Benilde-St. Margaret’s 20, Minneapolis Southwest 19, Minneapolis South 18, Orono 14, Minneapolis Patrick Henry 2.
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