PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Griffin earns state meet berth

ST. PETER – Marshall long jumper Sydney Griffin made the most of her last chance at the MSHSL Class 2A Boys and Girls Track and Field Section 2 Championships on Thursday at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Griffin, a senior who finished second in the long jump with a leap of 16-feet, 3-inches to secure a state berth, admitted she didn’t equal a personal best at the section meet Thursday, but that her effort was solid.

“Making the state meet is a really big honor and I really tried to go after it (Thursday),” Griffin said. “I didn’t jump my best, but it was enough to get there.”

Griffin said she had to overcome adversity to make the state level.

“I need to keep my speed up and I need to extend my legs when I jump into the pit,” Griffin said. “That has been my biggest struggles this year.”

Although Griffin has not competed in the state meet, she has been there to experience the atmosphere.

“Two years ago, I went when Sarah Anderson made it there. It was an awesome experience for her and it made me want to be a competitor there,” Griffin said.

MHS girls track and field head coach Marie Sample felt excitement for Griffin.

“It’s really nice to see a senior, who has been with this program since she was a freshman and has been close to making state the last few years, to finally reach her goal,” Sample said of Griffin. “She did this after feeling some pressure after having the longest jump (17-1 1/2) coming into the section meet. I think she was a little shaky in the prelims. But in the finals, I could see that she wanted to make this happen.”

Griffin was the only Tiger to advance to the Class 2A state meet during the first day of section competition. The top two athletes in six different field events (boys pole vault, boys triple jump, boys shot put, girls long jump, girls high jump, girls discus) and two track races (boys and girls 3,200 runs) qualified for state competition.

Several other Marshall athletes advanced from preliminary events to section final contests, which will take place Friday at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Sarah Buysse qualified fourth in the 400 dash and sixth in the 200 dash after the prelims, advancing to the finals in both events on Friday.

“I think Sarah is right in the middle of it and has a solid chance to advance in her races,” Sample said of Buysse. “She’s a competitor. She’s a fighter and she’s going to go after it.”

Rachel Miller advanced from the prelims to the finals in the 100 hurdles. Jackie Turner narrowly missed advancing in the 3,200 run, where she ended up third.

“Anybody who knows anything about endurance knows that it takes time to build up to the people that we’re competing against here,” Sample said of Turner, a junior who has been involved in running for only 15 months. “What I have noticed about Jackie is that you can not measure the heart of some athletes. That is something that drives her in competition.”

Haley Bennett reached the finals of the discus before placing eighth at the section meet. Nicole Sample reached the finals of the 800 run on Friday.

Zach Drum was the highest finisher for the Marshall boys after placing fifth in the triple jump. Jefferson Lee, an eighth-grader, ended up 13th in the 100 dash, fractions of a second behind the last qualifying spot for the finals.

“We always come to the section meet and we see a different level of competition than what we face in the regular season,” MHS boys track and field coach Mike Jacobs said. “When you look at the times that we had, we ran many personal bests. We are running times that are consistent with what have been running this season.”

Jacobs was happy to see the Tigers give their top efforts.

“Ryan Schultz ran a personal best with a 43.99 in the intermediates (300 hurdles) and that’s what you want to see when it comes to the section meet,” Jacobs said. “As a senior, if you’re not going to advance, you want to see them go out doing their best.”

Marshall will compete in running event finals and also finish up the field events Friday.

The state track meet is set for June 6 and 7 at Hamline University in St. Paul.

MSHSL TRACK AND FIELD CLASS 2A SECTION 2 CHAMPIONSHIPS

Wednesday’s Results

Day 1

At Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter

Boys

TEAM STANDINGS: 1. New Prague 22; 2. Hutchinson 20; 3. Chaska 19; 4. Shakopee 18; 5. Mankato East 15; 6. Mankato West 13; 7. Chanhassen 11; 8. Buffalo 10; 9. Waconia 9; 10. Worthington 8; 11. Delano 7; 12. Marshall 4.

Prelims

100 DASH: 1. Robbie Grimsley (H) 11:03; 9. Justin Elstad (D) 11.57; 13. Jefferson Lee (M) 11.64; 34. Joe Sullivan (M) 12.65.

200 DASH: 1. J.T. Butler (NP) 22.56; 9. Robert Brantley (Chan) 23.44; 11. Sam Marshall (M) 23.63; 15. Max Roelfsema (M) 23.95; 25. Edoardo Dacierno (M) 24.78.

400 DASH: 1. Calvin Buesgens (Chas) 50.32; 9. Max Ramstad (D) 53.05; 29. Brandon Verkinderen (M) 57.90; 37. Adam Ratz (M) 59.67; 41. Brandon Groenewold (M) 1:01.09.

800 RUN: 1. Adam Armbruster (D) 1:59.34; 9. Karl Wachter (S) 2:04.28; 21. Wade DeAustin (M) 2:08.08; 26. Mike Larson (M) 2:11.16; 42. Jonathon Bell (M) 2:36.96.

110 HURDLES: 1. Gbrown Ochothow (Wor) 16.09; 9. Obang Ojulu (Wor) 17.29. NOTE: No Marshall competitors.

300 HURDLES: 1. Mykal Riley (S) 40.74; 9. Russell Koenigs (MW) 43.52; 13. Ryan Schultz (M) 43.99; 15. Bryan Lee Rose (M) 43.27; 27. Brandon Wartner (M) 46.17.

Finals

3,200 RUN: 1. Joey Duerr (Chas) 9:19.33; 2. Isaiah Barlow (H) 9:39.54; 12. Andrew Bell (M) 10:17.20; 29. Chase VanKeulen (M) 11:02.25; 40. Isiah Greathouse (M) 12:40.60.

POLE VAULT: 1. Calvin Dieke (ME) 14-6; 2. Will Dudley (Wor) 14-0. No recorded height: Spencer Rekedal (M).

SHOT PUT: 1. Frank Ragnow (Chan) 49-4 3/4; 2. Evan Rector (MW) 49-2 3/4; 26. Brandon Appel (M) 39-6 1/2; 39. Kyle Wischer (M) 33-1 3/4; 40. Nick Versaevel (M) 32-8 3/4.

TRIPLE JUMP: 1. Zach Jones (NP) 44-10 1/2; 2. Jake Maiers (S) 44-2; 5. Zach Drum (M) 42-4 1/2; 19. John Lothert (M) 38-9 1/4; 30. Chi Chi Nwakama (M) 34-11.

Girls

TEAM STANDINGS: 1 (tie) Chanhassen and Waconia 33; 3. Mankato West 18; 4. Mankato East 16 1/2; 5. Marshall 15; 6. Hutchinson 12; 7. Baffalo 9; 8. New Prague 8; 9. Chaska 6 1/2; 10. Shakopee 5; 11. Delano 2.

Prelims

100 DASH: 1. Danielle Pioske (Wac) 12.67; 9. Anna Kill (Wor) 13.12; 26. Samantha Giannelli (M) 13.77; 38. Abi Louwagie (M) 14.45; 45. Gabrielle Hess (M) 15.31.

200 DASH: 1. Molly Reighard (Wac) 26.15; 6. Sarah Buysse (M) 26.59; 9. Tia Cochlin (S) 27.22; 34. Sophia Buysse (M) 30.18; 37. Bria DeRuyck (M) 30.62.

400 DASH: 1. Mishya Rowe-Swanson (ME) 59.28; 4. Sarah Buysse (M) 1:01.27; 9. Maddy Baden (S) 1:01.98; 37. Erica Hansen (M) 1:16.14.

800 RUN: 1. Maria Berg (NP) 2:20.88; 4. Nichole Sample (M) 2:21.59; 9. Anya Stensrud (Chan) 2:27.60; 31. Laura Bolin (M) 2;47.18; 34. Alyssa Smith (M) 2:48.25.

100 HURDLES: 1. Natalie Frier (Chas) 15.40; 6. Rachel Miller (M) 16.92; 9. Ashley Shimek (NP) 17.43.

300 HURDLES: 1. Natalie Frier (Chas) 47.10; 9. Maddy Peterson (Mound-Westonka) 50.21. NOTE: No Marshall competitors.

Finals

3,200 RUN: 1. Emily Castnias (Chan) 10:53.46; 2. Anastasia Korzenowski (Chan) 11:11.16; 3. Jackie Turner (M) 11:14.53; 20. Marah Hart (M) 13.04.95.

DISCUS: 1. Claire Ziegler (ME) 127-8; 2. Juliana Lewis (NP) 106-1; 8. Haley Bennett (M) 97-6; 16. Sarah Antony (M) 86-4. No recorded distance: Celesta Warner (M).

HIGH JUMP: 1. Grace Bordson (H) 5-4; 2. Kirsten Wagener (Wac) 5-2. No recorded height: Abi Louwagie (M), Cami Hoover (M), Gabrielle Hess (M).

LONG JUMP: 1. Kirsten Wagener (Wac) 16-8; 2. Sydney Griffin (M) 16-3; 27. Emily Buysse (M) 13-9; 29. Abi Louwagie (M) 13-8 1/2.