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Raiders qualify athletes for state meet in eight track and field events

Proof of how far the Hastings boys track and field team has come in recent years is shown in the Section 1AA results from late last week. The Raiders placed second in the section with 99 points, coming in behind Farmington, which finished with 135.50. A total of 15 teams competed in the section.

The best news from the meet was that Hastings qualified athletes in eight events for this weekend’s state meet at Hamline University in St. Paul.

State meet qualifiers

Here’s information on the state meet qualifiers from Hastings.

HHS sophomore Alex Poncelet will compete in the 200 meter dash. His seed time of 23.07 puts him as a long-shot to advance to finals.

The top time is held by Karl Olsen of Bloomington Jefferson, who has a time of 21.89.

Zack Benning has one of the top times in the 1,600 meter run. He finished in 4:13.86, and the top time is held by Joe Klecker of Hopkins in 4:12.61. Benning’s time is a school record.

Benning also qualified in the 3,200 with a time of 9:24.96. The top time is held by Klecker in 9:06.62. Benning went 20 seconds faster than this year’s seeding time at last year’s state meet, so expect to see him move up in that race.

HHS sophomore Clayton Johnson qualified in the 110 hurdles. He had a time of 15.73. The top time is held by Matt Baker of Mounds View in 14.53.

Johnson also qualified in the 300 hurdles and he has one of the top times in that event of 38.77. The fastest time is held by Davis Eldridge of Eden Prairie in 38.64.

The 4x400 relay team from Hastings qualified with a time of 3:24.71. The team was made up of three sophomores – Kannon O’Brien, Mark Vaith and Clayton Johnson – and one senior, Benning.

The top qualifier is Wayzata in 3:19.65.

Wes Evansen has the top height in the pole vault with a seeding mark of 15-1. He is a senior and set a school record.

Calvin Deike has a seeding mark of 14-6 and two vaulters come in at 14-0.

Evansen also qualified in the long jump with a leap of 21-1.75.

Akeem Sirleaf of North has the best jump heading into the state meet at 22-8.75.


Here are the complete results from the section meet for the boys:

100 – Derek Edwards, eighth, 11.89; Ovie Embu, 27th, 12.54.

200 – Poncelet, second, 23.07; Logan Welshons, 21st, 24.43.

400 – Nik Chappee, fifth, 51.73; Mark Vaith, sixth, 51.96.

800 – Mason Minnick, ninth, 2:06.77 (he had a time of 2:03.97 in prelims); Bobby Verchota, 15th, 2:07.32.

1,600 – Benning, second, 4:13.86; Jake Brown, 16th, 4:50.35.

3,200 – Benning, first, 9:24.96; Kyle Gudmunson, 15th, 10:41.61.

110 hurdles – Johnson, second, 15.73.

300 hurdles – Johnson, first, 38.77.

4x100 relay – team of Embu, Treshon Sanders, Nathi Gudissa and Edwards, 13th, 47.14.

4x200 relay – team of O’Brien, Vaith, Welshons and Poncelet, sixth, 1:33.02.

4x400 relay – team of O’Brien, Vaith, Benning and Johnson, first, 3:24.71.

4x800 relay – team of Brown, Minnick, Gudmunson and Verchota, fourth, 8:26.79.

High jump – Austin Getting, 10th, 5-8; Brandon Sieh, 10th, 5-8.

Pole vault – Evansen, first, 15-1; Andy Rachuy, third, 13-0; Bryan Rachuy, fifth, 12-0.

Long jump – Evansen, first, 21-1.75; Sieh, 11th, 18-9.25.

Triple jump – Verchota, 10th, 39-6.25; Getting, 22nd, 37-5.

Shot put – Kyle King, 16th, 41-1.75; Tristen Carlson, 19th, 40-1.25.

Discus – Poncelet, 13th, 124-1; Jake Kelly, 15th, 121-10.


The Hastings girls placed 14th out of 15 teams at the meet. Lakeville South won the meet, followed by Lakeville North.

Here are results from the girls meet:

100 – Cici Carlson, 18th, 13.73; Bri Froehling, 20th, 13.83.

200 – Sierra Dokken, 15th, 27.83; Jenny Schutt, 28.34.

400 – Emily Hovseth, seventh, 1:01.65; Lauren Tix, 10th, 1:03.53.

800 – Kaitlyn Snyder, 28th, 2:58.86; Sara Ficker, 29th, 2:56.35.

1,600 – Abberly Smith, 24th, 6:03.20; Helen Jensen, 25th, 6:05.50.

3,200 – Quinn Myers, 25th, 14:05.98; Elizabeth Peine, 26th, 14:13.52.

100 hurdles – Ashley Getting, 11th, 17.24; Jesse Risch, 27th, 19.45.

300 hurdles – Bailey Clothier, ninth, 51.27 (she had a time of 48.59 in prelims); Gretta Utecht, 17th, 51.83.

4x100 relay – team of Carlson, Morgan Shepherd, Breana Bamlet and Schutt, 12th, 54.52.

4x200 relay – team of Dokken, Froehling, Hovseth and Schutt, sixth, 1:49.70.

4x400 relay – team of Carlson, Hovseth, Tix and Clothier, 11th, 4:21.23.

4x800 relay – team of Jensen, Smith, Laura Church and Ciara Christensen, 12th, 10:47.15.

High jump – Allissa Smith, 24th, 4-4.

Pole vault – Smith, ninth, 9-6; Josie Pechous, 14th, 8-0.

Long jump – Clothier, seventh, 16-1.75; Taylor Engstrom, 21st, 14-6.5.

Triple jump – Clothier, seventh, 34-6.75; Megan Feikema, 27th, 27-0.25.

Shot put – Gabriella Sorg, 18th, 30-9.25; Abby Knapp, 21st, 30-1.

Discus – Knapp, 25th, 74-11; Abbie Jones, 27th, 73-7.