The season’s first big boys’ and girls’ track meet of the season went off without any signs of a snowflake or rain drop on the track at the Hamline Elite Meet in St. Paul April 26.
The Elite meet brings together the top competitors in the state in each event, regardless of class to see who is the best, early in the season.
Blaine sophomore Taylor Morgan posted a meet record while repeating as champion in the 100-meter dash in 12.22 seconds. She erased the previous record of 12.29 set in 2007 by Edina’s Julia Rozman.
Blaine coach Ann Stalboerger said the early success is a sign that, “Taylor just let all of us know that she is working hard and running fast all ready this season, very happy that she set a new meet record too.”
Morgan’s teammate Courtney Purcell, a senior captain for the Bengals placed eighth in 12.71.
Morgan is coming off an eighth-place finish at the state meet last June. Look for her to improve on that this June.
Morgan ran the third leg of the runner-up 4×200 relay team with Britney Monteon and Purcell in 1:45.35.
Ewen re-sets records
Maggie Ewen, St. Francis’ standout thrower also reset the record books in both events. The senior reached 166 feet, 4-inches with the discus, improving her record-setting 2010 throw of 155-04 by 11 feet. Prior Lake’s Kasie Vollmer was runner-up in 135-00.
Ewen swept the throwing events with shot put throw of 51-3.25. Her throw was more than five feet further than her winning toss from last spring of 46-00.50. Coon Rapids senior Courtney Pasiowitz was second in the event with a 42-11.
Coon Rapids Amber Harris placed seventh in the 300 hurdles in 47.36 or 0.15 away from a fifth place finish.
Anoka had a one-two finish in the triple jump standings led by Ky’Eric Baynes reaching 46-2.75 for the Elite Meet win followed by Mo Strong’s 44-03.
Andover’s Nick Krouse was fifth in the event reaching 43-3.50.
Strong placed sixth in the long jump, 20-9 and failed to clear the bar in the high jump.
Coon Rapids senior high jumper Jason Lilja cleared six feet, two inches to place fourth, two inches behind the top three finishers and sixth place in the long jump 20-8. He also placed sixth in the long jump, reaching 20-08.
Cardinals coach Russ Sullivan said some positives emerge from the meet. “He was going back and fourth between long and triple jump,” Sullivan said. “He did scratch a few [long] jumps that would have been good jumps.
“He was clear through 6-2 and he needs to hold longer on the heigher hights [to clear the bar].”
Andover’s Chris Meados placed seventh in the 1600 run in 4:25.42, three seconds out of second place.
Andover’s Steven Cotter placed eighth in the 800 meter in 1:59.44.
The Huskies 4×200 relay team including Chris Larson and Austin Lorch was disqualified. Based on its 1:35.64 seed time, the Huskies were seeded seventh.
Anoka’s Teddy Sherva ran a 11.56 in the 100 prelims to place 16th.
Coon Rapids thrower Jacob Granger placed 12th in the discus with a throw of 128-04. Sullivan believes that distance will only grow with more outdoor repetitions. “We haven’t been able to work on discus that much because of the weather,” he said.