The Hastings Raiders boys' and girls' track and field teams competed in the Metro East Conference championships at Simley High School on May 21 and 23. The Raider teams combined for eight championships-for the boys junior Isaac Huntington in the 200-and-400-meter dash; junior Jakub Youngstrom in the 800 and 1,600 and the 4x400 relay team-while the girls' champions were sophomore Linnea Urban in the 1,600; sophomore Molly Vaughan in the pole vault and senior Jessica Davison in the discus. Below are the full finals results:
Boys do well in sprinting events
Senior Amar Thomas took fourth in the 100 with a time of 11.64 seconds and was fifth in the 200 with a 23.90. Huntington won 200 in 23 seconds flat and the 400 with a time of 49.94, while fellow junior Logan Dalmas finished fourth in the 400 in 52.87. In the 800, Youngstrom won with a time of 2 minutes, 1.75 seconds, junior Daniel Brown was third in 2:05.82 and sophomore Kyle Stoltz placed 10th (2:14.26). Youngstrom took the 1,600 with a time of 4:38.96, sophomore Nolan Myers finished eighth (4:56.09) and junior Luke Harris ninth (4:57.93).
Myers (10:46.65) and Harris (10:50.71) finished back-to-back in the 3,200 in seventh and eighth respectively while freshman Alex Smith took 10th with a time of 10:58.76. Senior Paul Kendall took sixth in the 300 hurdles in 44.27, their 4x100 team finished eighth with a time of 47.12, the Raiders 4x200 placed third (1:34.69), they won the 4x400 with a time of 3:26.56 and Hastings 4x800 was third in 9:00.08.
Senior Isaac Rabaey took ninth in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 8 inches while senior Noah Kullmann was ninth in the long jump with an 18-6.50. Junior Jackson Kirchoff finished sixth in the pole vault with a vault of 10 feet and junior Andrew O'Brien was 10th with a 9-6. Senior Sully Levos was the runner-up in the discus with a throw of 129-7 and sophomore Lucas Knoll finished eighth with a 114-8. In the shot put, Levos placed fifth (43-2.75) and Rabaey sixth (42-5.50).
Girls excel in the field
In the 400, junior Liberty Larcholey took fifth with a time of 1:02.65, junior Mallory Brake was sixth in 1:02.78 and seventh-grader Elise Atkins placed eighth (1:04.22). Sophomore Avery Daley took fourth in the 800 with a time of 2:31.42 and junior Emily Biscoe finished ninth in 2:34.89. Urban won the 1,600 with a time of 5:25.06, sophomore Brooke Erickson finished 14th in 6:14.76 and freshman Ella Kelly was 20th (6:32.19). In the 3,200, Urban was third with a time of 12:12.85, sophomore Linnea Hanson finished seventh in 12:58.18 and Erickson placed 14th (14:30.83).
Juniors Arianna Green (17.45) and Rachel Hughes (17.87) took fifth and seventh respectively in the 100 hurdles, while Hughes took second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 50.53 and Green was sixth in 53.34. The Hastings 4x100 relay took fifth with a time of 54.27, the 4x200 finished sixth in 1:55.45, the Raiders 4x400 was fourth with a 4:15.58 and the 4x800 placed fourth (10:36.17). Freshman Kalli Kimmes, senior Hannah Peterson and junior Reilly Johnson finished 12th, 13th and 14th in the high jump with leaps of 4-6.
Vaughan took home the championship in the pole vault with a vault of 9 feet, sophomore Caroline Gahtright finished fourth with a vault of 8 feet and freshman Lara Deshler placed sixth (7-6). Davison won the discus with a throw of 112-6 and junior Joella Chamberlain was seventh with an 85-2. In the shot put, Davison was third with a throw of 31-6.25, fellow senior Megan Tietjen was sixth with a 30-11.50 and sophomore Victoria Ellsworth placed eighth (30-2).
Both teams are next at sections at Lakeville South High School on May 30 and June 1. The state tournament is at Hamline University June 7-8.