Girls Track: Off and running ... finally
With fewer than 35 athletes out for the girls track team this spring, depth certainly isn't going to be a strong suit for the Hastings High School team.
That said, it appears the Raiders will have plenty of top-end athletes capable of winning events.
At last week's five-team meet at Park in Cottage Grove, the Raiders had two first-place finishes and several top five placewinners.
"We're not going to have a lot of depth," HHS coach Greg Sandkamp said. "We're not going to fill things up at big meets, but we did have some really good performances for this early in the season. Our jumps are going to be one of the strongest events we have. Those are going to be good events for us."
HHS junior Alicia Alverson won the long jump with a mark of 16 feet, 6 inches.
"She works really hard," Sandkamp said. "She's been coming along the last few years. She was running mostly the 200 and the 400. Her best long jump last year was 15-4, so for her to pull out a 16-6 on day one, that's kind of amazing."
HHS senior Carlin Bunting placed fourth in the long jump, then won the triple jump with a mark of 33-5 3/4.
"She'll do well there," Sandkamp said. "She only did a few long jumps and triple jumps."
Brittney Huneke placed sixth in the triple jump for the Raiders. She also placed in the high jump, another great event for the Raiders. Huneke was one of three Raiders in the top six at the high jump with her personal best of 4-8. Last year, 4-6 was her best.
Taylor Goergen placed second in the high jump at 5-2 and Erin Haglund took fourth at 4-10.
"They're always going to be near the top," Sandkamp said of Goergen and Haglund, a pair of seniors.
Distance runners Maddy O'Brien and Kelly Pechous scored the team a lot of points in the 1,600 and the 3,200.
O'Brien placed fourth in the 1,600 and Pechous was fifth. In the 3,200, Pechous took third and O'Brien fourth.
Senior Jessica Wagner also had a good day, placing fourth in the 100 hurdles and second in the 300 hurdles.
Eden Prairie won the meet with 246 points. Hudson was second with 213 and Forest Lake third with 155. Hastings finished with 129 points. Also competing were Somerset and Park.
Results from the meet went like this:
High jump -- Taylor Goergen, second, 5-0; Erin Haglund, fourth, 4-10; Brittney Huneke, sixth, 4-8.
Pole vault -- Nicole Gaertner, 13th, 6-0.
Long jump -- Alicia Alverson, first, 16-6; Carlin Bunting, fourth, 15-4; Goergen, 11th, 13-8; Anastacia Gergen, 34th, 11-0; Angela Schulist, 35th, 10-11 1/2; Cassandra Rother, 38th, 10-7.
Triple jump -- Bunting, first, 33-5 3/4; Huneke, sixth, 31-6 1/2; Haglund, 13th, 29-10; Alverson, 24th, 25-1 1/2.
Shot put -- Melissa Neisen, 20th, 25-10; Emily Hughes, 36th, 20-10; Desiree Wigness, 37th, 19-10; Ali Smith, 39th, 17-8; Amber Hyman, 40th, 17-0.
Discus -- Hughes, 11th, 75-7.
4x800 relay -- Hastings, fourth ,11:20.23.
100 hurdles -- Jessica Wagner, fourth, 17.90; Hughes, 15th, 20.17.
100 meter dash -- Rother, 44th, 15.01; Savannah Fultz, 46th, 15.15; Gergen, 49th, 15.21; Ali Smith, 52nd, 15.67; Wigness, 63rd, 17.34.
4x200 relay -- Hastings, third, 1:55.38.
1,600 -- Maddy O'Brien, fourth, 5:37.56; Kelly Pechous, fifth, 5:41.82.; Brianna Strandberg, seventh, 5:57.52; Casey Hammes, 15th, 6:27.01; Kate Doffing, 17th, 6:33.38; Alli Steiner, 18th, 6:33.60.
300 hurdles -- Wagner, second, 52.30.
800 -- Clarese Mancl, fifth, 2:42.61; Kirsten Peterson, 13th, 2:58.96; Lindsey Reinisch, 21st, 3:15.89.
200 -- Fultz, 36th, 31.55; Rother, 38th, 31.82; Gergen, 39th, 31.95; Schulist, 46th, 32.96.
3200 -- Pechous, third, 12:14.03; O'Brien, fourth, 12:17.46; Stephanie Lindgren, 12th, 14:52.19.
4x400 relay -- Hastings, fourth, 4:29.48.