RAHS track teams take crack at true team section crown

Getting to the state true team meet has proven to be a tough task for the track and field teams from Roseville Area High School. It’s not because they don’t have enough talent, however.

Roseville is unfortunate to be placed in the same section as Mounds View. The Mustangs entered the Section 6AAA meet on May 10 having won 18 of the last 19 boys’ section true team titles and the last 11 on the girls’ side. 

The Raiders gave a valiant effort but were unable to unseat Mounds View in either gender. Roseville’s boys team fell 64 points shy of the Mustangs while the Raiders’ girls lost out to Mounds View by 41 points.

Roseville had one other chance to reach the state meet, which is Friday at Stillwater Area High School. The runners-up in each section have their results compared in a “paper meet” to determine the one wild card entry to the state meet. The paper meet was conducted on May 14, past the deadline for this edition of the Review.

Despite coming up short in the chase for the section title, Roseville did post some impressive individual performances. The boys team recorded five first-place finishes while the girls team had three.

Senior Sam Adeniyi was responsible for three of the first-place performances from the boys team. He won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.23 seconds and was the only competitor to finish in less than 16 seconds. He also won the 300-meter hurdles in 40.99 seconds, picked up another first-place performance in the high jump by clearing six feet and finished fifth in the long jump.

Senior Collin Kiley won the 800 meters in 2:00.88 to prevent Mounds View from sweeping the top three places. Second, third and fourth place all went to the Mustangs. Kiley also ran second in the 1,600 meters.

Senior Peter Keel was responsible for the final event victory on the boys’ side. He took first place in the triple jump with a distance of 41 feet 4 1/2 inches.

Sophomore Camron Carlson showed he could be a force to be reckoned with by taking second in the high jump, third in the triple jump and fourth in the 110-meter hurdles.

Other second-place finishes went to Jordan Lijewski in the 100-meter dash and to the 4x400-meter relay team. Lijewski added a third-place finish in the 400 meters.

Much of Mounds View’s margin of victory came via the field events. The Mustangs outscored Roseville in four of the six events and by a total of 36 points. 

Roseville’s top event was the 100-meter dash as its three competitors finished second, third and fifth. They outscored Mounds View’s three entrants by 14 points.

A junior and two freshmen delivered first-place efforts for Roseville’s girls team. Rachel Goza-Maxwell, the junior, topped the field in the triple jump with a top leap of 33 feet, 4 1/4 inches. Her victory prevented Mounds View from sweeping the top three spots.

Freshman Erin Beer added a victory in the long jump with a jump of 16 feet 6 1/4 inches. 

Despite the two field-event wins, Roseville still finished 57 points behind Mounds View in the six field events. Mounds View’s other set of events in which it dominated was the three sprint races, where the Mustangs enjoyed a 31-point advantage.

Freshman Carly Dahms helped stem the tide a bit for the Raiders on the track by winning the 800 meters with a time of 2:22.26. 

Second-place finishes went to freshman Breonna Adams in the 400 meters, Beer in both hurdle races, three relays (4x200, 4x400, 4x800), senior Allison Arsenault in the high jump and junior Meleah Hansen in the discus.

Roseville s top event was the high jump, in which Arsenault was joined in the top six by juniors Teya Langston (third) and Hayley Macklem (sixth). The Raiders scored 73 points in that one event.

Roseville outscored Mounds View by 20 points in the distance (1,600, 3,200) events and by 12 in the relays.

Roseville’s schedule is open this week if it doesn’t take part in the state true team meet. Next up for the Raiders are the Suburban East Conference championships on May 24 and 26 at East Ridge High School in Woodbury.

 

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

 

Section 6AAA true team track and field meet

Team scores

Boys

1  Mounds View 1,057.5

2  Roseville 993.5

3  North St. Paul 686.5

4  Minneapolis Washburn 655.5

5  Irondale 652

6  St. Paul Central 602.5

7  Cretin-Derham Hall 526.5

8  Minneapolis South 312

9  Minneapolis Southwest 310

 

Girls

1  Mounds View 1,066

2  Roseville 1,025

3  Minneapolis Washburn 686

4  North St. Paul 680.5

5  Irondale 630

6  Minneapolis Southwest 547

7  Cretin-Derham Hall 478

8  St. Paul Central 446

9  Minneapolis South 263.5

 

 

 

 

 

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