After one day of competition, Northfield girls track and field already has one qualifier into next week's Class AA state championships.
While most of Thursday's schedule at Lakeville South consisted of the preliminary races for the individual running events, half of the program's field events completed their finals. Among those was the girls discus, where senior Emma Roethler finished second to advance to state with a throw of 126 feet, 11 inches.
Roethler competed at state in the discus last year, and Saturday she will attempt to add to her state docket by qualifying in the shot put.
On the running side, senior Elizabeth Acheson qualified first in the 800-meter run with a time of two minutes, 15.54 seconds, sophomore Emma Hodapp qualified fifth in the 100 in 12.57, just .04 seconds off the automatic qualifying standard for state, freshman Clara Lippert qualified fifth in the 400 in 1:00.44 and senior Mallory Godrey qualified ninth in the 300 hurdles in 49.18.
On the boys side, junior Eli Bowman finished fifth in the shot put with a top throw of 49 feet, three inches, with three of the four finishers ahead of him being seniors, and sophomore Matthew Anderson finished 10th in the pole vault with a personal-best clearance of 10 feet.
The lone qualifier for Saturday in the running events was senior Josh Grabau, who finished seventh in the 110 hurdles preliminaries in 15.96 seconds, while sophomore Will Tidona missed by one spot and .17 seconds in the 400 with a time of 53.28.
Competition is scheduled to start Saturday at 10 a.m., with finals in all individual running events and the remaining field events, as well as all relays for both the boys and the girls.