Four Warriors pack for state
Wednesday, June 05, 2013 5:50 AM
Three members of the Caledonia/ Spring Grove track and field team won championship honors at the two-day Section 1A Track and Field meet at Paul Giel Field in Winona last week. In all, four Warriors qualified to compete at the State Tournament.
Ryan Pitts (left) and Byron’s Drew Fuchs come around the corner in 200-meter prelims at the section track meet. Pitts is going to state as the 200-meter section runner-up and also as the 100-meter champion
Competitors who placed first or second in individual events, first-place in relays and those who achieved a standard time, distance or height will be going to St. Paul later this week.
Senior Emma Lange won the high jump and will make a fifth trip to state. She cleared the bar in Winona this year at 5 feet - 3 inches. Lange finished eighth at state as an eighth-grader (5-02) and third as a freshman (5-04). In her sophomore season, she was state champ at 5-08.
Lange came off knee surgery late last year but still placed second at state (5-06). The Minnesota all-time high school record is 5-10 set in 1986.
Junior Aly Folz took second in shot put with a throw of 35-00.75, qualifying for a second trip to state as section runner-up. She'll be looking for her first medal in St. Paul.
Junior West Spier returns to state as a section champ in high jump. Spier won his event while matching the school record (6-03). That's his best leap this season. He attended state last year as section runner-up, winning a ninth-place medal.
Junior Ryan Pitts will run in two events at state. He won the 100-meter dash in 11.36 and took runner-up honors in the 200M.
Pitts went to state last year as a member of the 4x200 relay. This year, he competed at section on the 4x100 relay with Adam Buttell, Sam Schulte and Alex Goetzinger.
That team was disqualified after dropping the baton during an exchange. It was a bitter pill for members, who entered the meet with the second-best qualifying time.
Hannah Russert competed in four events. She placed third in the 100M (high) hurdles, missing a state berth by just 24 hundredths of a second.
Russert came in with the second-best qualifying time (16.34) and had a personal best in the 100M hurdles in the preliminary round (16.01).
She did not advance beyond the preliminary round in the 300M (low) hurdles but was close there as well.
She placed 12th in triple jump and also ran on the 4x200-meter relay with Maria Fruechte, Josephine Wagner and Ali Beardmore. That team came in with the sixth-best qualifying time and placed seventh.
The State Tournament is June 7-8 at Hamline University, St. Paul.