The final day of the Section 1AA track and field championships were certainly fruitful for Northfield girls track and field.

By the time the day ended, six athletes had qualified for state in at least one event, with senior Emma Roethler finishing second in the shot put with a top throw of 40 feet, 1.5 inches to add to her second-place finish Thursday in the discus, giving her two events at next week's state meet Friday and Saturday at Hamline University in St. Paul.

Senior Elizabeth Acheson won the 800-meter run in two minutes, 15 seconds to qualify individually for state for the second year in a row after finishing second in the 400 at state last year. She also anchored the 1,600 relay to a second-place finish and a season-best time of 4:00.41 with help from freshman Clara Lippert, junior Ella Palmquist and senior Grace Acheson.

Sophomore Emma Hodapp also qualified individually for state for the second time, doing so in an eye-popping quick heat of the 100.

Hodapp finished third, and did so in 12.20 — .37 seconds faster than her seed time and .34 seconds under the automatic qualification standard for state. Eight of nine competitors in the 100 dipped below that automatic qualification time to qualify for state.

Other section podium finishes included the 3,200 relay team of Lippert, Palmquist, sophomore Mya Wesling and junior Caroline Peterson that finished seventh in 10:19.99 and the 400 relay team of Hodapp, sophomore Jess Boland, freshman Grace Dickerson and seventh-grader Annabelle Rezac that finished eighth in 51.54

In the pole vault, senior Kasey Mohlke soared to third with a top clearance of 10 feet, six inches. Senior Karissa Ricks snagged fifth with a top height of 10 feet and freshman Sidney Petersen was sixth with a best jump of 10 feet.

Lippert also sped to fourth in the 400 with a 59.46, her first time dipping below the minute mark in the event and less than a second away from a state-qualifying finish.

Senior Mallory Godfrey closed her career with a ninth-place finish in the 300 hurdles in 54.14, while senior Rachel Kelly nabbed eighth in the shot put with a top throw of 34 feet, 0.75 inches.

On the boys side, senior Josh Grabau sprinted to a seventh-place finish in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.89 and junior Eli Bowman muscled to seventh in the discus with a top throw of 136 feet, two inches.

Reach Sports Editor Michael Hughes at 645-1106. Follow him on Twitter @NFNSports. 

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