Milaca’s Bethany TenHaken placed 3rd in the 800m Run at the 2019 Minnesota Class A State Meet on June 8 at Hamline University in St Paul.
It was TenHaken’s 4th trip to the State Meet and the best place finish of her career at the Championship Meet.
TenHaken had previously placed 5th, 4th, and 4th in the previous 3 years in the 800m Run. Her time of 2:18.00 was her best performance since 2017.
Bethany was in 10th place at the conclusion of her preliminary race on Friday, which would have not allowed her to compete in Finals. However, a runner was disqualified for cutting in early, which put Bethany in the 9th place spot and ensured her a chance to run again on Saturday.
TenHaken’s race in the Finals showed her experience as a four-time state participant, while unable to keep pace with eventual repeat champion Ava Hill from Mesabi East, TenHaken stayed in the chase pack of girls, she was almost boxed in at the end of the first lap, but managed to keep her positioning. With about 100m left, Bethany was boxed in, but saw a sliver of open space to the inside, shot through the gap and sprinted past three or four other girls on her way to the 3rd place finish.
After an appeal from the previously disqualified athlete, she was also allowed to compete in the Finals, bringing the total number of girls competing in the finals to ten.
Boys 4x400 Relay finishes 12th
The Milaca Boys 4x400 Relay team of Asa Erickson, Andrew Tweet, Harrison Shepard, and Henry Truebenbach also qualified for the State Meet.
It was the first trip to the Championship Meet for all four boys, and had a nearly identical time as they did at the Section Meet and finished in 12th place after the preliminary race on Friday, June 7.
Their time wasn’t enough for them to be in the top nine and qualify for finals, however it was still a great culmination to a successful season for all 4 boys.
The conclusion of the state meet brought the end to the two Great careers for the seniors in the group: Erickson and Tweet will be graduating.
Coaches have noted that “Their leadership and experience will certainly be missed next season.”