Several PRs set at meet that rewards team depth
St. Louis Park track and field took to Storm Stadium at Chanhassen High School for the Section 7AAA True Team meet on May 10.
True Team format awards points for each competitor to reward team depth in addition to winning events.
The Park boys placed eighth with 562.5 points, six points behind Waconia while Wayzata will move on to the state True Team meet at Stillwater Area High School, Friday, May 19. The Trojans piled up 1080 points ahead of second-place Edina with 1034.5 points.
Park girls garnered ninth place with 421 points while Minnetonka took the team title with 1,058.5 points, just ahead of runner-up Wayzata with 1,047 points.
The runner-up teams will compete against the other section runner-ups with the top-scoring team from the paper meet also advancing to state courtesy of the Wild Card spot.
Park senior Eric Jones cleared the high jump bar at 6-feet-2 to place third and set a new personal best mark in the long jump of 20-8 for a fifth-place finish.
Senior Michael Donahue was third in the discus with a PR throw of 135-09.
Junior Abati Dedefo was sixth in the 1,600 run in a PR time of 4:26.56 while classmates Abdikafi Warsame and Thomas Guddal finished 18th and 24th, respectively to contribute team points. Guddal’s time of 4:%6.82 was a PR.
Warsame was 17th in the 800 in a PR time of 2:05.59 and eighth grader Rodolfo Zarate Jr. was 22nd in a PR of 2:08.32.
Senior Zach Nelson finished sixth in the 100 dash in 11.34 and junior teammate Tyree Carter was 24th in 11.81, both times were PRs. Nelson was seventh in the 200 in 23.11 and Carter posted another PR finishing 16th in 24.01.
Senior Ryan Keith was 22nd in the 110 hurdles in 18.31 and 21st in the 300 hurdles, both were personal bests and freshman Joe Donahue was 16th in the 300 hurdles in 44.84.
The best finishes turned in for the girls team came from sophomore Anna Jennissen in the 400 with a PR of 1:00.21 and freshman Calista Johnson going 106-03 in the discus. Each came up with fourth place finishes.
The Orioles had 19 senior or personal best times or distances in the meet.
Including Sophomore Nyah Johnson in the 200 in 27.46 to place 15th.
The three Park entrants in the 100-meter dash also record races and finished within 27-hundredths of a second of each other. Junior Anna duSaire ran a 13.97 PR to place 25th, sophomore Daisy Widboom was 26th in a season-best 14.07 to place 26th and freshman Gabrieal Williams was 28th in a PR time of 14.20.
Seventh grader Josie Mosby ran a PR time of 5:20.37 to place 12th in the 1,600 run and freshman Kaia Myers was 16th in 5:34.93. Myers garnered the top spot for Park in the 3,200 run with a 19th place finish in a PR time of 12:17.02. Freshman Olivia Mosby also ran a PR time of 12:21.58 to place 21st and freshman Carissa Prestholdt was 27th in a season-best 13:23.90.
Freshman Anna Keith set a new PR in the long jump going 14-4 to palce 19th with junior Kamil Mayfield going a season-best 14 feet to place 22nd.
Park’s 4×200 relay team of Johnson, Ruff Lola, Sydney Hayenga and duSaire was sixth in 1:50.49.
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