Two State medals for C-I track

Mark Volker placed 6th in "AA" boys vault at State. Photo by Vicky Dahlin, ECM Post Review

Two medals came home with Cambridge-Isanti track & field entrants from last weekend’s Class AA State Meet hosted at Hamline University. The Bluejackets’ 2010-2011 year of sports came to a close with the meet.

Senior Mark Volker cleared 13-06 on the pole vault to take 6th place. On the girls pole vault, senior Rocelle Anderson reached 9-06 which had her in 22nd place.

C-I Assistant Coach Neil Jennissen, who tutors the vaulters, remarked how far those two came in the sport, with Volker steadily improving since starting his freshman year and Anderson holding her own among meet leaders despite often being the shortest athlete competing.

Added C-I Head Coach Kent Viesselman, “Rocelle and Mark made themselves great vaulters through determination and hard work over a long period of time. They are great people, as well. Both of them are a testament to what persistence can do if you believe in one’s self.”

Rocelle Anderson competing in the "AA" girls pole vault. Photo by Vicky Dahlin, ECM Post Review

Senior Hannah Mueller closed out a fantastic T & F career by bringing home the 7th-place medal in the long jump when she stuck 16-10 at Hamline on Friday. Mueller also competed in the triple jump, and she placed 14th in the 100 hurdles with a 16.45 run.

Mueller leaves CIHS with school records in the 100 hurdles and triple jump, along with owning Mississippi 8 marks in the hurdles and long jump.

“Statistically, Hannah is the greatest female track athlete in the history of Cambridge-Isanti High School. Her State meet did not go as we would have liked but it wasn’t a case of her not being ready to perform. She has been the best ‘big meet’ performer I have ever dealt with in my 20-year career,” said Coach Viesselman. “She was near the lead in her 100 hurdles heat, but the heavier hurdles used at State threw her off when she hit the eighth one. The margin for error is so small that other girls were able to make up the ground at that point.”

Hanna Mueller medaling in the long jump at State. Photo by Rick Orndorf, ThisWeek News

“The most difficult thing to replace will be who she is as a person. Hannah has been a great model for all of our younger athletes in terms of work ethic and attitude,” continued Coach Viesselman. “She always did what we, as a coaching staff, asked of her without complaint and always gave her best effort in the process.”