Raiders, Beacon qualify for Hamline Elite Meet

Most high school track and field meets during the regular season don’t come with any qualification standards. If a team is scheduled to compete in a meet, the athletes can enter whichever events they choose.

There is one exception to that rule, however, and it was held last week. The Hamline Elite Meet requires teams to submit results from any meets they have competed in, so far, and then the top performers are selected to compete.

Roseville Area High School and Concordia Academy were both represented at the meet, which was held past the deadline for this edition of the Review.

 

Roseville

The Raiders amassed a half dozen entries in the elite meet, which was held April 29 at Klas Field on the campus of Hamline University in St. Paul. Klas Field is also the site of the Minnesota State High School League track and field championships in early June.

Roseville’s entries were evenly split between the boys and girls team. Freshman Breonna Adams was responsible for two of the Raiders’ girls team’s entries. She qualified in the 400-meter dash with the sixth-fastest time at 59.12 seconds.

Adams also joined three teammates to qualify in the 4x200-meter relay. The relay quartet included Adams, sophomore Annika Schmidt and juniors Nicole Willmus and Megan Eklund. Willmus and Eklund competed in last year’s state meet in the 4x200.

The third girls event entry went to senior Sarah Conlon, who had the seventh-fastest 3,200-meter time at 11 minutes, 9.12 seconds. Conlon ran in the 3,200 meters at the 2015 state meet.

Roseville’s entries from the boys team came from seniors Collin Kiley, Sam Adeniyi and Peter Keel.

Kiley qualified in the 1,600 meters with a time of four minutes, 29.42 seconds, which was the 13th fastest out of the 16 entries. 

Adeniyi entered the meet with the fifth-best time, 14.98 seconds, of the nine competitors in the 110-meter hurdles.

Keel qualified in the triple jump with a top distance of 44 feet, four inches, which was fifth out of the 12 competitors. 

 

Concordia Academy

The Hamline Elite Meet isn’t divided into classes like the state meet, so an athlete from a Class A school  qualifying is a pretty nice accomplishment. That’s true for Concordia Academy senior Clara Paul but it shouldn t be a big surprise she made it.

Paul qualified for the elite meet in the triple jump with the fourth-best mark so far this season. Her top distance is 36 feet, 10 1/4 inches, which is better than the mark, 36 feet, 1 3/4 inches, that earned her third place in the Class A state meet last year. She also beat out the defending Class A state triple jump state champion Jenna Kes, of Jordan, who qualified for the elite meet at 36 feet, six inches.

Paul is also an accomplished long jumper. She finished runner-up to Kenyon-Wanamingo’s Mara Quam at the state meet in 2015. Neither qualified for the elite meet in the long jump this season, however.

Paul recently signed a letter of intent to attend and compete in track and field at Sioux Falls University next year.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

 

 

 

 

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