ST. PETER - After long-jumper Sydney Griffin punched her ticket to state last Wednesday on the first day of the Section 2AA track and field championship, the Marshall girls team was hoping a few others would join her Friday on the final day of the meet.
The Tigers didn't have to wait long, either. Track events for the day began with the 3,200-meter relay, and Marshall's team of Claire Boersma, Jackie Turner, Rose Anderson and Nichole Sample came in second overall with a record-setting time of 9:28.76.
"All those track workouts and runs, this has been our goal the whole time," Turner said. "It is what we've wanted to go for."
Photo by Stephen Wiblemo
The Marshall High School girls 3,200 relay team poses for a picture after placing second during the MSHSL Boys and Girls Track and Field Class 2A Section 2 Championships on Friday at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.
Going into the meet the Marshall team wasn't one of the favorites, with a seed time of 9:42.52. When they saw some of the other seed times, it made them a little nervous at first.
"When we came in here and were seeded fourth, that made us a little nervous because only the top two teams go," Anderson said. "And the schools ahead of us had some time on us. We were nervous, but we wanted to make something happen."
Marshall also had the school record in its aim, which it smashed by 11 seconds. They dropped so much time they nearly beat the previous section record of 9:27.77, but it wouldn't have mattered because Chanhassen won.
The girls say the motivation to do well for each other was what pushed them to perform their best times of the year.
"I didn't want to let my team down. I was so worried about doing something wrong. Like if I dropped the baton or couldn't keep up that last lap," Nichole Sample said. "I was worried the team wouldn't be able to go because of me, and that pushed me."
"We were just so determined to make an appearance at state. We weren't going to let that go," Turner said. "That is what pushed us. We weren't thinking about our times, we just wanted to do it for our teammates."
"It's a really close-knit group of girls. They run cross country together in the fall, and they really wanted to go to state," coach Marie Sample said. "That's what you saw today. A really hungry group of kids. Now they are thinking, 'Hey, 9:28, that crushes the school record by 11 seconds. Maybe we could even place at the state meet.'" Now they are thinking about. They've got a good shot to do well."
Marshall sent its 4x800 team to state last year but Anderson was the only member of that team, and she was just an alternate. So all four girls are looking forward to competing at Hamline University for the first time in the careers.
"I'm looking forward to how big of a meet it is, and just going out and doing our best," Boersma said. "Maybe placing at state."
While that was the only other state qualifier Marshall had at the meet, the Tigers had several other girls in finals and finished 10th overall as a team.
Among the team's other top performances were a third-place finish by Griffin in the triple jump, sixth- and fifth-place finishes from Sarah Buysse in the 200 and 400, and a sixth-place finish by Rachel Miller in the hurdles.
"As a whole, the day was really good. We were able to get a bunch of kids through to the finals,"coach Marie Sample said. "Griffin just missed going to state in the triple jump by taking third place. Sarah Buysse did well in her 200 and her 400. Our relays had a little issue with baton exchanges, but not bad. There was a solid performance by most everyone who went out there today."
Boys shut out of state, have hope for next year
The Marshall boys track and field team had a handful of top performances Friday in the section finals, but it won't be sending any athletes to the state meet this year.
"With nobody going on, that is a disappointment. You would like to have at least one or two guys go on, so we will have to be spectators for the girls," Hutch coach Mike Jacobs said.
The Tigers didn't have any track athletes make it out of the prelims Wednesday, so it was mostly field events and relays they competed in at the finals. Although nobody made the state cut, coach Jacobs said there were some promising performances.
One that stuck out in particular was the 400-meter relay team of Maxwell Roelfsema, Coby Hilton, Sam Marshall and Lee Jefferson. The team finished fifth overall to lead Marshall's relays, and its time of 45.03 was less than a second from the school record.
"Today didn't start off when we DQ'd in the 800, but when I look at highlights the 400 came back and executed all of its touches," Jacobs said. "They did a good job and are only four-tenths of a second from the school record. They are already talking about that for next year."
Tiger discus thrower Brandon Appel also made a good impression with his sixth-place throw of 126-06, a marked improvement according to Jacobs.
"That is two meets in a row where Brandon Apple has hit 126," he said. "He has dramatically improved in the last month."
Andrew Bell also finished his career with a seventh-place performance the 1,600-meter run.
While the Tigers don't have any state competitions to look forward to next week, coach Jacobs said he is already feeling optimistic about next year's team.
"The other thing that strikes me is that 60 percent of our team is ninth- and 10th-graders," Jacobs said. "We have a young team, and we will have to count on some of those young people to get motivated and come in next year to help us."
Team Standings: 1. Chanhassen 126.50, 2. Waconia 103, 3. Mankato East 90.50, 4. Mankato West 69.50, 5. New Prague 67.50, 6. Shakopee 61, 7. Chaska 51.50, 8. Marshall 42.50, 9. Buffalo 34, 10. Hutchinson 21, 11. Delano 20, 12. Dassel-COkato 8, 13. Worthington 7, t14. Mound-Estonka and New Ulm 2.
200 Dash - 1. Molly Reighard (Waconia) 25.64; 6. Sarah Buysse 26.47.
400 Run - 1. Mishya Rowe-Swanson (Mankato East) 58.41; 5. Sarah Buysse 1:00.62.
800 Run - 1. Tess Misgen (Shakopee) 2:16.38; 7. Nichole Sample 2:25.01.
1600 Run - 1. Tess Misgen (Shakopee) 5:15.25; 11. Claire Boersma 5:42.42; 22. Alison Mortier 5:56.61; 24. Sydney Blomme 5:57.56.
100 Hurdles - 1. Natalie Frier (Chaska) 15.32; 6. Rachel Miller 16.77.
4x100 Relay - 1. Waconia 49.30; 10. Marshall (Samantha Giannelli, Hannah Bock, Rose Anderson, Sydney Griffin) 52.85.
4x200 - 1. Waconia 1:42.37; DQ-Marshall (Samantha Giannelli, Hannah Bock, Jenna Christianson, Sydney Griffin).
4x400 - 1. Chanhassen 4:04.36; 13. Marshall (Claire Boersma, Hannah Bock, Jenna Christianson, Rose Anderson) 4:28.19.
4x800 - 1. Chanhassen 9:31.60; 2. Marshall (Claire Boersma, Jackie Turner, Rose Anderson, Nichole Sample) 9:28.76.
Triple Jump - 1. Monica Keuhl (New Prague) 36-06.25; 3. Sydney Griffin 35-00.25; 16. Jenna Christianson 31-04.5; 20. Sophia Buysse 30-08.
Shot Put - 1. Claire Ziegler (Mankato East) 38-11.50; 15. Celesta Warner 31-08.5; 23. Haley Bennett 28-11; 33. Sarah Antony 27-01.5.
Pole Vault - 1. Emma Hartman (Mankato West) 10-01; t8. Meghann Naughton J8-01; 10. Rachel Miller J8-01.
200 Dash - 1. Hutchinson 88, 2. Shakopee 85, 3. New Prague 78, 4. Chaska 75, 5. Chanhassen 73, 6. Mankato East 69, 7. Mankato West 65, 8. Buffalo 50, 9. Worthington 34, 10. Waconia 26, 11. Delano 24, 12. Marshall 14, t13. Dassel-Cokato and New Ulm 8, 15. Mound-Westonka 6.
1600 Run - 1. Joey Duerr (Chaska) 4:26.04; 7. Andrew Bell 4:42.68; 31. Mike Larson 5:14.30; 40. Nicholas Ebres 5:33.66.
4x100 Relay - 1. Chanhassen 43.08; 5. Marshall (Maxwell Roelfsems, Coby Hilton, Sam Marshall, Jefferson Lee) 45.03.
4x200 - 1. Chanhassen 1:30.38; DQ-Marshall (Maxwell Roelfsems, Zachary Drum, Jefferson Lee, Sam Marshall).
4x400 - 1. Chaska 3:24.51; 9. Marshall Ryan Schultz, Wade DeAustin, Bryan Lee Rose, Zachary Drum) 3:39.75.
4x800 - 1. Hutchinson 8:05.44; 14. Marshall (Matthew Dunn, Jackson Luther, Chase VanKeulen, Walker DeAustin) 9:23.51.
High Jump - 1. David Zydowsky (Chanhassen) 6-05; 8. Ryan Schultz J5-09.
Long Jump - 1. Evan Hagen (Shakopee) 22-01; 10. Zachary Drum 19-06.75; 31. Coby Hilton 15-03.25.
Discus - 1. Dan Kiecker (Mankato West) 156-04; 6. Brandon Appel 126-06; 20. Jarrett Louwagie 112-06.