Senior Matt Myers and junior Isaac Huntington will represent the Hastings Raiders track and field team at the Class AA state meet June 7-8 at Hamline University after they qualified at this past weekend's Section 1AA meet. The Raider boys and girls competed in their section meet Thursday, May 30, and Saturday, June 1, at Lakeville South High School.
Myers won the pole vault with a vault of 13 feet, 3 inches while Huntington won the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.64 seconds. Myers will compete on Friday, June 7, in the finals for the boys' pole vault while Huntington will run the 400 preliminaries on Friday and then the finals on Saturday, June 8. Last year, Huntington was part of the Raider 4x800 relay team that qualified for state.
The Raider boys finished seventh out of 15 teams with 34 team points, while Rosemount were the champions with 143. The Hastings girls were 13th with six team points while the Rosemount girls won with 176.5 points. more than 80 points clear of second-place Farmington.
The girls' 4x100 relay team of freshmen Madison Kennedy, Samantha Molitor and Taylor McCoy and eighth-grader Tayghan Wilkerson took 13th with a time of 53.88. The 4x400 relay of Wilkerson, Molitor, freshman Lillian Hayes and sophomore Linnea Hanson finished 15th in 4 minutes, 35.69 seconds.
Junior Reilly Johnson placed 20th in the high jump with a leap of 4-6. Sophomore Molly Vaughan took 14th in the pole vault with a mark of 8-6 while fellow sophomore Carolina Gathright finished 18th with the same height. Senior Hannah Peterson placed 27th in the long jump with a distance of 13-7.25 and Hanson was 29th with a 12-7.75. Senior Kallista Spurgeon took 25th in the triple jump with a leap of 27-8.50.
In the shot put, senior Megan Tietjen took 16th with a throw of 31-0.75 and fellow senior Jessica Davison finished 22nd with a 30-3. Davison then placed third in the discus with a throw of 119-9 (one spot away from a state berth) and Tietjen was 14th (88-8).
For the boys, junior Jakub Youngstrom took fifth in the 1,600 with a time of 4:29.20, just over 11 seconds out of first and from the qualifying standard time. Junior Nolan Myers finished 23rd in 4:53.76. In the 3,200, Nolan Myers was 22nd in 10:58.31 and right behind him was junior Luke Harris in 23rd (11:10.80).
The Hastings 4x100 relay team of juniors Colby Zak and Beau DuRand and seniors Amar Thomas and Noah Kullmann took 10th with a time of 46.19. The 4x200 relay of Thomas, Kullmann, DuRand and junior Daniel Brown was fourth in 1:33.37, under four seconds from the qualifying standard. The Hastings 4x400 of Kullmann, Brown, Huntington and Youngstrom was also fourth (3:29.32) while the 4x800 team of Harris, sophomore Kyle Stoltz, junior Christian Brenny and senior Paul Kendall placed 13th (8:54.77).
Senior Isaac Rabaey took 17th in the high jump with a leap of 5-6, junior Jackson Kirchoff finished 15th in the pole vault with a height of 10-6 and freshman William Meyer (17-3.25) and junior William Johnson (17-1.50) were 25th and 26th, respectively in the long jump. Johnson finished 17th in the triple jump with a distance of 37-10.75 and Meyer was 27th in 33-3.75.
Seniors Sully Levos and Nick Foster both tied for 18th in the shot put with identical throws of 43-3.25. Levos took 24th in the discus with a distance of 107-9 and Rabaey finished 28th with a 96-9.