The Bluejacket track & field squads kept their 2011 season alive as four athletes qualified for this weekend’s State meet in six events after the Section 7AA finals were hosted in Grand Rapids.
Senior Hannah Mueller opened sections by matching her personal-best with a 1st place 17-11 effort in the long jump on Wednesday. Returning to GR on Saturday, Mueller won the 100 hurdles with a personal-best 15.1 sprint, then she also made it to State in the triple jump by placing 2nd at 35-10.5. Mueller competed in the State long jump and hurdles last year, as well.
Joining her at State are classmates Rocelle Anderson and Mark Volker, along with junior Forrest Kalk. Anderson cleared a personal-best 9-11 to place 2nd in the girls pole vault. Volker placed 3rd in the boys vault, but he qualified with a State-standard 13-11. Kalk cleared a personal-best 6-02 on the high jump to place 2nd, good enough for State.
“I am so happy for the success of our kids who have qualified for the State meet, but that many individuals don’t qualify unless the whole team is a solid unit. I think our whole team can be proud of this,” commented C-I Coach Kent Viesselman.
On June 10 at Hamline University, the boys pole vault and girls long jump begin at 9 a.m., with the 100 hurdle prelims at 10:07 a.m. On June 11, the girls pole vault, triple jump and boys high jump begin at 9 a.m., with the 100 hurdles finals at 9:33 a.m.
The Bluejackets had more close-calls for State at sections. Billy Eifert placed 3rd in the 3200 run, and Kylie Baas was 3rd in the high jump. Conner Anderson marked a personal-best 13-05 for 5th in the boys vault. Matt Seafolk stepped in for an injured Aaron Kordiak on the boys 4×800, teaming with Sam Westerberg, Trevor Galligan and Eifert for a 2nd-place time of 8:13.9. A big highlight for the C-I girls relays was the 4×400 set of Lily Porta, Erica Young, Carlynn Galeazzi and Paige Muehlhauser knocking 4 seconds off their season-best time.
“It was a bittersweet day for me, personally. Our kids performed at an incredibly high level, but it was also the last meet for some of the best kids I have ever worked with in my 20-year career,” noted Coach Viesselman. “You don’t simply replace the heart of a Nick Solberg, Eric Mielke, Kish Daniels or Jason Codner. There aren’t a lot of athletes that have the work ethic of a Nadia Nassif, Matt Andres or Jessicah Rooney… or the determination or dedication of a Billy Eifert, Joe Illg or Sam Westerberg. Our returning tracksters have big shoes to fill with the graduation of Alex Rood, Casey Golla and Miranda Christensen.
“Every one of our seniors has been outstanding. They have been coachable and ‘team’ players, and I think I speak for the whole coaching staff when I say that this entire class of seniors has been a special class to work with on a daily basis.”
Coach Viesselman was voted the “Section 7AA Girls Coach of the Year” – the second time he earned this award in the past eight years. He is also the current president of the MN State Track Coaches Association.
Section 7AA Track & Field
Girls Team: Elk River 132.5, Andover 80.5, Grand Rapids 75.5, Forest Lake 65.5, St. Francis 61, Cambridge-Isanti 57, North Branch 52, Duluth Central 48, Hibbing 28, Princeton 25, Duluth East 21, Chisago Lakes 21, Hermantown 21, Cloquet 14.
Bluejacket results: 100 hurdles: Mueller 1st 15.1; Nassif 20th 17.6; Rooney 27th 18.2. 300 hurdles: Rooney 21st 53.4; Gregg 27th 54.1; Varsoke 29th 54.1. 100: Ziebarth 14th 13.6; Holmberg 18th 13.9; Anderson 23rd 14.0. 200: Anderson 16th 28.7; Ziebarth 28th 30.0; Brady 31st 30.6. 400: Galeazzi 9th 1:03; Muehlhauser 10th 1:04; Porta 11th 1:04. 800: Erickson 15th 2:31; T.Ouellette 32nd 2:47; Swanson 34th 2:48. 1600: Erickson 9th 5:33; White 37th 6:30; Olander 38th 6:30. 3200: M.Ouellette 26th 13:16; Prigge 28th 13:29; Head 31st 13:43.
4×100: (Anderson, Young, Holmberg, Ziebarth) 7th 52.5. 4×200: (Porta, Young, Galeazzi, Muehlhauser) 3rd 1:50. 4×400: (Porta, Young, Galeazzi, Muehlhauser) 5th 4:12. 4×800: (Moore, M.Oullette, Christenson, Al.Nelson) 11th 10:49.
Pole vault: Anderson 2nd 9-11; Ad.Nelson 5th 9-01; Ziebarth 18th 7-07. Long jump: Mueller 1st 17-11; Young 18th 14-06; Nassif 24th 14-0. Triple jump: Mueller 2nd 34-10; Porta 12th 31-09; Nassif 22nd 29-07. High jump: Baas 3rd 5-01; G.Nelson 16th 4-04. Shot put: Santiago-Holboy 10th 32-01; Hiljus 25th 27-11; Evans 35th 25-11. Discus: Santiago-Holboy 15th 90-03; Krueger 24th 82-09; Schultz 34th 74-06.
Boys Team: Andover 138, Forest Lake 125, St. Francis 70, Duluth Central 63, Elk River 51, Cambridge-Isanti 50, Duluth East 47, Chisago Lakes 39.5, North Branch 31.5, Hermantown 29, Princeton 28, Cloquet 13, Hibbing 11, Grand Rapids 6.
Bluejacket results: 110 hurdles: Andres 8th 16.6; J.Kalk 12th 17.0; Johnson 20th 17.7. 300 hurdles: Andres 5th 41.0; Golla 10th 43.2; Johnson 30th 47.8. 100: Solberg 10th 11.8; Coop 34th 12.6; Kuehn 36th 12.7. 200: Mielke 18th 24.3; Daniels 21st 24.5; Mathews 31st 25.5. 400: Seafolk 12th 54.8; Rood 21st 56.1; Lyzhoft 36th 58.5. 800: Galligan 4th 2:01; Lane 22nd 2:10. 1600: Illg 12th 4:46; McCormick 23rd 4:59; D.Codner 32nd 5:10. 3200: Eifert 3rd 10:02; Edstrom 16th 11:00; McCormick 20th 11:08.
4×100: (Mielke, J.Codner, Daniels, Solberg) 8th 46.0. 4×200: (Mielke, Daniels, Rud, Solberg) 8th 1:36. 4×400: (Rood, Galligan, Andres, Golla) 8th 3:39. 4×800: (Westerberg, Galligan, Seafolk, Eifert) 2nd 8:13.
Pole vault: Volker 3rd 13-11; Anderson 5th 13-05; Jones 9th 11-11. Long jump: Mielke 12th 18-11; J.Kalk 15th 18-10; J.Codner 33rd 17-01. Triple jump: J.Kalk 10th 38-09; Daniels 11th 38-05; Head 15th 37-01. High jump: F.Kalk 2nd 6-02; J.Kalk 4th 6-0; Rud 10th 5-06. Shot put: Treichel 15th 43-03; Henderson 23rd 40-01; DeBaere 27th 38-03. Discus: Ham 9th 132-01; Muehlhauser 19th 114-0; Treichel 21st 110-10.