No Eagles move on to state
ST. PETER – The New Ulm track and field teams will go another year without a state qualifier after an underwhelming performance at the Section 2AA meet on Friday at Gustavus Adolphus College.
The boy’s team finished with eight team points, tying it for 13th out of 15 teams. The girl’s team finished tied for last with two team points.
The girl’s team has not had a state qualifier since 2007 and the boy’s team has not had one in at least 10 years.
The Eagles’ highest overall placewinner was Tanner Ogren, who finished fifth in both the boy’s 100- and 200-meter dashes.
“I expected it to be more difficult, but I didn’t think it was going to be this difficult,” Ogren said of the competition he faced.
Ogren, a junior, came into Friday’s finals having finished fifth in the 100 and sixth in the 200 during Wednesday’s prelims. He said the humidity that cloaked the event was effective in warming him up, but later made it difficult for him to breathe during races.
Humidity made also provided difficulties for eighth-grader Sarah Preisinger in the girl’s 1600-meter run.
“It’s hard to breathe in the air,” Preisinger said. “As the race goes on, it gets harder and harder – especially when you’re running against such fast girls and you’re trying to stay up with them.”
After falling behind in the pack in the middle of the race, Preisinger was able push through the final lap to edge out Waconia’s Alora Rands by 0.31 seconds to finish seventh in the second heat and eighth overall with a time of 5:39.63.
“I saw the girls in front of me and I knew I could just push through and give it all I had for the last couple meters,” Preisinger said.
In the boy’s 1600, Jacob Rakoczy won the first heat in convincing fashion with a time of 4:49.71 – almost 5 whole seconds ahead of the next-closest finisher, Mound-Westonka’s Sam Taggart. However, Rakoczy fell to a 15th-place finish following the second heat, which was won by Chaska’s Joey Duerr in 4:26.04.
Jordan Hillsheim was the final individual top-10 finisher for the Eagles, having finished ninth in the boy’s high jump with a mark of 5-7.00.
The girl’s 4×200 team finished eighth out of 14 and the girl’s 4×100 team finished ninth out of 15 overall.
As for Ogren, he said he has a few things to work on for his senior season.
“I need to hit the weight room – a lot of those guys are a lot bigger than me,” Ogren said. “I need to match that for next year.”
Section 2AA meet
New Ulm results
100m: 5. Tanner Ogren, 11, 11.39
200m: 5. Tanner Ogren, 11, 23.01
1600m: 15. Jacob Rakoczy, 11, 4:49.71; 25. Matt Hartley, 10, 4:57.64; 27. Chris Wenner, 11, 5:01.62
4x100m: 11. Jordan Hillsheim, Bryan Dewanz, Cody Keim, Brandon Hauser, 47.59
4x200m: 13. Jagger Hoffmann, Bryan Dewanz, Cody Keim, Brandon Hauser, 1:41.73
4x400m: 13. Jagger Hoffmann, Lorenzo Venturini, Matt Hartley, Jacob Rakoczy, 3:57.84
4x800m: 13. Dalton Foley, Austin Brandes, Nathan Miller, Andrew Blumhoefer, 9:14.24
High jump: 9. Jordan Hillsheim, 9, 5-7.00; N/A. Connor Steele, 8, NH
Long jump: 18. Jordan Hillesheim, 9, 18-7.00; 20. Brandon Hauser, 11, 18-4.25; 29. Cody Keim, 11, 16-8.50
Discus throw: 15. Ryan O’Connell, 11, 116-03; 36. Sam Hoppe, 11, 93-03; 38. Cole Wilfahrt, 12, 91-10
1600m: 8. Sarah Preisinger, 8, 5:39.63; 27. Morgan Eikanger, 8, 6:00.63; 34. Jane Arnoldt, 8, 6:22.12
4x100m: 9. Sara Sorell-Hoffman, Alyssa Kelley, Makenna Kluis, Hailey Trautmiller, 52.50
4x200m: 8. Sara Sorell-Hoffman, Alyssa Kelley, Mackenzie Depew, Hailey Trautmiller, 1:51.75
4x400m: 14. Jill Beranek, Michaela Howk, Makenna Kluis, Mackenzie Depew, 4:32.43
4x800m: 14. Megan Hulke, Rebekah Hoppe, Meridith Hartley, Courtney Risen, 11:44.08
Pole vault: 13. Emma Wenzel, 10, 7-7.00; 13. Sarah Longtin, 8, 7-7.00; N/A. Shaina Widmer, 12, NH
Triple jump: 17. Sarah Longtin, 8, 31-0.00; 19. Michaela Howk, 10, 30-10.75; 31. Allison Rosenhamer, 11, 28-0.50
Shot put: 28. Brianna Greenwaldt, 10, 28-01.25; 31. Bridget Forst, 12, 27-7.50; 32. Lizzie Rummel, 12, 27-6.50