A pack of 15 St. Peter runners, jumpers, throwers and vaulters qualified for the Section 2A girls track meet by finishing in the top four of the subsection Thursday at Sibley East in Arlington.
The Saints qualified athletes in all but three events.
Kaitlin Kamm led the Saints with a pair first places in the 100-meter hurdles (16.15 seconds) and the high jump (5 feet). She also took third in the long jump (15-7).
Logan Retzlaff finished first in the 300 hurdles (48.33) and ran on the winning 4x400 relay team with Katie Schilling, Marta Springer and Sidney Dirks in 4:12.08.
Marie Annexstad won the pole vault, clearing 9 feet, 6 inches.
The St. Peter 4x800 relay team of Morgan Osborne, Sally Morrow, Dirks and Ella Wiebusch placed second but set a school record of 10:07.51. “That group of girls have been gunning for that record all season and part of last season.,” St. Peter coach Jeff Portugue said
Third placers included:
Halla Dontje Lindell in the triple jump (32-1.5);
Dirks in the high jump (5-0);
Wiebusch in the 1,600 (5:41.30)
Schilling in the 400 (1:04.28);
Abby Borgmeier in the 800 (2:31.26;
Springer in the 200 (27.93);
Amy Lager in the discus (102-4).
Placing fourth were:
Chloe Bachman in the 100 (13.46);
Emily Lind in the 100 hurdles (17.38);
Morrow in the 3,200 (12:25.45);
Ashley Lager in the discus (101-1).
“Biggest surprise of the meet might have been Abby Borgmeier in the 800m,” Portugue said. “ She ran a career best to advance in that event.
“The Lager sisters had very good perfromances in the discus. Both throwing over 100 feet.”
St. Peter placed second out of six teams: 1. Belle Plaine/Holy Family Academy 224, 2. St. Peter 208, 3. Tri-City United 159, 4. Jordan 98, 5. Le Sueur-Henderson 71, 6. Sibley East 53
“I think we have a few girls who have the posibility to qualify for the state meet if they can run well at the section meet Saturday at Mankato West,” Portugue said.
Pat Beck is sports editor for St. Peter Herald. He can be reached at 931-8566.