Eastview’s A.J. Green maintained his winning streak in the 800 meters with a victory in an elite national meet last weekend in Seattle, Washington.
Green, who will be a senior in the fall, took first in the 800 on Saturday at the Brooks PR Invitational at the University of Washington. The two-time Minnesota State High School League Class AA champion took on runners from New York, Virginia, New Jersey, Oregon, Connecticut and Washington and finished in 1 minute, 50.71 seconds to win the event by about six-tenths of a second.
Green’s personal record in the 800 is 1:49.83, which he ran at the Section 3AA meet on May 31. He ran 1:49.93 in the state finals June 8, where he won the Class AA championship by about five seconds.
He is entered in the 800 in the USA Track and Field Under-20 Outdoor Championships this weekend in Miramar, Florida, where he will be taking on some runners who already are competing in college. Green is the No. 3 seed.
Lauren Peterson, who won two distance races in helping Rosemount take the state girls Class AA team championship, ran the 1-mile race in the New Balance Nationals Outdoor last weekend in Greensboro, North Carolina. She placed sixth in 4:53.25. Peterson will run track and cross country at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
Three softball players from the South Suburban Conference were named first-team All-State by the state coaches association.
Farmington shortstop Olivia Hazelbaker, Lakeville North shortstop Jenna Beckstrom and Lakeville North pitcher Kaitlyn Young were honored. Beckstrom, a senior, helped lead Farmington to the state tournament and will play next season at NCAA Division II champion Augustana University. Hazelbaker also played in the state high school all-star games June 9 in North Mankato.
Beckstrom and Young, both juniors, were key players on a Lakeville North team that won the South Suburban Conference championship.
Farmington catcher Katelyn Mohr, a junior, received All-State honorable mention.
Links to success
It’s been a good week for golfers who once played for local high schools.
Former Eastview High player Maxwell Tylke won the Minnesota Public Golf Association Mid-Amateur championship last weekend at Emerald Greens, shooting 4-under-par 140 in the 36-hole tournament. Tylke, who plays out of Links at Northfork in Ramsey, shot 69 in the first round and was one stroke out of the lead. His 71 the second day made him the only player in the field to shoot under par in both rounds.
Valleywood Golf Course players were prominent on the leaderboard. Defending MPGA Mid-Amateur champion Justin Burleson finished fourth at 1-under 143, and Kane Bauer and Trent Peterson were part of a three-way tie for fifth at even par.
Tylke, who finished third in the 2011 state high school Class 3A tournament, won MPGA Public Links championships in 2016 and 2018. In May he teamed with Corey Schommer to win the MPGA Four-Ball tournament.
Peterson went to Crow River Golf Club in Hutchinson this week for the Minnesota Golf Association Mid-Players’ Championship, where he defeated Jamie Quesnel 5 and 4 in a match between former Eagan High School players.
It was the third year in a row Peterson reached the championship match of the tournament and his second victory, adding to a resume that includes an MGA Amateur championship, a Minnesota State Open championship, two MGA Players’ championships and an MGA Mid-Amateur title. He was co-medalist in the 2005 state high school Class AA tournament and helped Eagan win the team championship.
In the semifinals, Peterson won 3 and 2 over Farmington native Sammy Schmitz, a six-time MGA Player of the Year and 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion.
Quesnel, a 2000 Eagan High graduate, plays out of Legends Club in Prior Lake. He finished fifth in the 2018 MGA Mid-Amateur.