The season finale was a good one for the Waseca Bluejays track team, as it was able to bring home some hardware from team members Odell Frye, Lexi Herman, Mackenzie Paul and Marcus Hansen.
“State is always a big deal and to get there is quite an accomplishment. So when you’re there, you want to make some noise and put your best foot forward. We did that on Friday and Saturday,” coach Dave Abel said.
Frye advanced herself through the 100-meter and 200-meter races after finishing in third during the 100m and sixth in the 200m on Fridays preliminary races. She clocked in with a time of 25.37 during the 200m and at 12.23 during the 100m preliminary.
Shaliciah Jones from North HS came in first during the 100m prelims and during the final heat after she recorded a time of 11.90 in the final race. Frye grabbed fifth place in the final race as she pulled up with a time of 12.39. During the 200m, Jones scorched in for first place during the prelims with a time of 24.36 and finished first in the finals clocking in at 24.44. Frye finished in sixth during the final heat with a time of 25.40.
Herman qualified for the finals on Friday after she notched a time of 2:14.64 in the 800-meter race which was good enough for fourth place in the qualifying round. She then cut her time down and brought home a very strong third-place finish in a time of 2:13.42.
Emilie Meyer from Totino-Grace won the prelims with a time of 2:14.23 but fell to fourth in the final heat with a time of 2:13.69. Elizabeth Acheson from Northfield won the final race after she posted a time of 2:12.18.
Hansen finished in fifth during the shot put event on Friday where he set a personal record with a measure of 53’07”. Max Otterdahl from Rosemont came in first with a personal record of 64’04” and Kyle Atkinson from Burnsville came in second with a measure of 57’02”.
It was an even better day for Hansen on Saturday, as he slipped into the top three during the discus event after a strong performance, going for a measure of 164-03. Otterdahl from Rosemont came in first place with a measurement of 191-04 and Yakob Ekoue from Hopkins came in second with a score of 176-05. Otterdahl and Ekoue each set personal records for themselves.
Mackenzie Paul, meanwhile, also grabbed a spot on the podium. She set a personal record for herself in the discus with a measurement of 116-9, finishing in ninth place. Michaela Hawkins from Roseville Area came in first with a measurement of 156-00 as the girls competition finished up Friday.
Among the rest of the preliminary events, Bluejay Cole Halla competed in the 400-meter dash and finished with a time of 51.20. Julian Wright from De LaSalle won the prelims and finished in first with a time of 48.39 during the final heat which was a new personal record.
Waseca’s Ella Dufault ran in the 3200-meter race and finished in 12th in the preliminaries with a time of 11:23.76. Lauren Peterson from Rosemont went on to win the event with a time of 10:38.03.
Gabby Rodriguez, Sophia Potter, Herman and Frye competed in the 4x200 prelims and went for a time of 1:46.85 in their heat which was 16th overall. Minnetonka came in first place during the prelims behind Ella Roach, Ashley Shields, Desiree Ware and Faith Robinson. They brought home first place in the final heat, as well, after finishing with a time of 1:42.08.
In the end, the Jays walked away with two third-place finishes overall, as Paul, Herman, Hansen and Frye all came home with medals to finish the season.
“Anytime you get a medal at the state meet, you have accomplished something. We are really happy with our effort. The kids are proud and the coaching staff is proud. It’s a great day for Waseca when we can put some kids up on the podium,” Abel said.