Several individuals with the Austin Packers boys and girls track and field teams were able to qualify for the State Class AA Track and Field Meet during Day 2 of the Section 1AA track and field meet at Lakeville South High School Saturday.
In the boys’ competition, Austin’s 4 x 400 meter relay team of Kaden Murley, Soren Villafane, Nicholas Asmus and A’Triel Terry took first to qualify for the state meet with a final time of 3:29.62, and the Packers 4 x 100 meter relay team of Thomas Fritz, Joseph Walker, Joseph Ewing and A’Triel Terry also qualified for state by taking second with a time of 44.09 seconds. Terry will also be competing at the state meet for Austin in the high jump as he cleared 6-03.00 for first place, and Walker will be competing in the long jump at state for Austin by taking first Saturday with a jump of 21-9.25. Walker also finished eighth in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.78, and Terry was third in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.57. Other athletes who competed at the section meet for the Austin boys included Brenan Winkels, who was sixth in the 110 hurdles with a final time of 17.49 seconds, Soren Villafane was eighth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.28, Isaiah Cabeen finished eighth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 44.38, Kaden Murley placed sixth in the 400 meter dash with a time of 53.45 seconds, Joseph Garry took ninth in the 1600 meter run with a final time of 4:52.83, Matthew Grush cleared 11 feet to take fourth in the pole vault competition, the Packers 4 x 200 meter relay team of Thomas Fritz, Joseph Walker, Joseph Ewing and A’Triel Terry were eighth Saturday with a time of 1:36.06 and the 4 x 800 relay team of Joseph Garry, Thomas Herrick, Kyler Mayer and Nicholas Asmus finished third with a time of 8:31.35.
In the girls’ competition, Olivia Walsh will be competing at the state meet in both the high jump, where she cleared 5-01.00 to take second place, and also in the triple jump, where she took first for Austin with a jump of 35-7.50. Walsh also narrowly missed competing at state in the 200 meter dash, where she took third with a time of 26.91 seconds, and other high finishers for the Packers at the section meet included Sara Wangen, who took third in the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.13 seconds, and she also cleared 9 feet to take sixth in the pole vault. Marissa Shute took third in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:39.65, and teammate Nadia Vaughn was right behind in fourth with a time of 5:41.35, Laura Bekaert finished seventh in the discus with a throw of 98-09, and she also took sixth in the shot put with an effort of 33-08.75.
The State Class AA Track and Field Meet will be held this Thursday through Saturday, June 9th-11th at St. Michael-Albertville High School.