Irondale and Totino-Grace sent top track and field athletes to the annual Hamline Elite Meet April 26.
The annual meet at Hamline University in St. Paul draws top boys and girls track and field athletes from around the state in both Class A and 2A. Many of the athletes will return to the same place a month from now at the Class A and 2A state meets.
Kaley Waldemar had the top finish for Irondale at the Hamline Elite Meet with an eighth-place finish in the girls discus. The Knights senior and Division I South Dakota State University track recruit threw a distance of 122 feet, 10 inches. She came in with one of the top seeding marks at 132-5.
“I let my nerves get the best of me but I just tried to think of it as a good pre-state meet,” Waldemar said. “Having such talented athletes to compete against is always hard but also great for pushing myself to get better.”
Michaela Hawkins of Roseville won the title at 146-09. Waldemar finished two feet back of fifth place. Samantha Hedtke of Waconia threw a 124-10.
Waldemar didn’t make state in the discus last season but took eighth in the shot put last year at the Class 2A state meet. She won the Northwest Suburban Conference title in the shot put and second in the discus last season.
Waldemar said she hopes to reach 145 in discus and 42 in the shot put.
“I think these would be really good marks to go into college with,” she said. “This season started off slow, as it always does when you get snowstorms in April. I was fortunate enough to get to train indoor at the U of M this winter through an organization called MNThrowCoach. This allowed me to start the season where I ended last year.”
A three-sport athlete for the Knights, Waldemar competed in girls soccer in the fall as the team’s goalkeeper and girls basketball in the winter at forward.
Also a multi-sport athlete, Totino-Grace’s Emilie Meyer placed second in the girls 800-meter run at Hamline. The Eagles sophomore clocked a time of two minutes, 16.53 seconds. Lauren Peterson of Rosemount edged Meyer for the title with a 2:16.06 mark.
Meyer reached the state Class 2A girls cross country meet last fall, placing 96th out of 175 runners. She also won a conference title last season in girls track with first place in the 1600.
Mounds View athletes shine
Mounds View had a large contingent of athletes at the Hamline Elite Meet.
Julia Fixsen won the pole vault at 13-3 and took eighth in the girls 100 hurdles at 15.5. She also took third in the high jump at 5-4. The Mustangs girls relay team of Maya Koffski, Taylor Siebenaler, Kylie Stromquist and Greta Delaune placed sixth at 51.31.
Nick Sharma finished second in the boys 100 at 21.96. Luke Hessini placed second in the 1600 at 4:24.42. Austin Streit came in eighth for the 3200 at 9:23.72. Joshua Thomsen finished third in the 100 hurdles at 15.13.
Josh Sampson won the 300 hurdles at 38.68, and Thomsen placed third at 39.18. The Mustangs 4x200 relay team of Sharma, John Montgomery, Bobby Moua and Sampson won the race in 1:29.08. The 4x800 relay team finished sixth at 8:13.33. Alec Nelson, Finn Sokolowski, Nehemiah Gaim and Steve McCoy ran the race.
Romeo Sacki took fifth in the triple jump at 43-4.25, and Jack Roeber finished eighth at 43-1.