Ten Wayzata girls compete in state track

Sports Editor

Pierskalla likes Trojans’ effort

Ten athletes represented Wayzata High in the State Class AA Girls Track and Field Meet June 9-10 at Hamline University.

Coach Alicia Pierskalla was pleased with the effort she saw from all ten competitors, and the result was an 11th-place team finish for the Trojans.

They would have earned 10th place, but in the 4×400-meter relay, Jefferson took first place to slide in ahead of Wayzata.

Wayzata junior Madeline Tapper, flying toward a landing above, is one of the premier jumpers in Lake Conference girls track and field. (Sun Sailor staff photo by John Sherman)
Wayzata junior Madeline Tapper, flying toward a landing above, is one of the premier jumpers in Lake Conference girls track and field. (Sun Sailor staff photo by John Sherman)

“I am proud of how well our girls performed in front of a big audience,” said Pierskalla, herself a former state competitor and champion. “Jaycie Thomsen tan strong against a talented field in the 3,200 and took fourth place. And our ninth-grader, Carolyn Sassan, placed fourth in the 800. She was less than a second out of first place.”

Another highlight was Wayzata’s third place in the 4×800-meter relay with Thomsen, Sassan, senior Samantha Lettenberger and ninth-grader Emma Atkinson. Their time was 9:17.

“Our 4×800 ran tough, racing from behind against Edina,” said Pierskalla.

Edina won the event for the second year in a row.

In the 4×200 relay, the Trojans took fifth place with sophomore Teresa Bowman, ninth-grader Olivia James, junior Sophie Triplett and senior anchor Mallory Marsherall. They ran a time of 1:43.86.

“The 4×200 was just short of a PR [personal record],” Pierskalla noted.
Junior Madeline Tapper competed in the triple jump, but did not earn a place at state, following a good showing in the Section 6AA Meet. Triplett was a sprint qualifier, but didn’t make the finals. The same was true for sophomore Lauren Bourland in the 100-meter hurdles.

“There were so many great athletes in the state meet,” said Pierskalla. “I am thrilled that our girls did well, and I am thrilled that we were able to qualify for the State True Team Meet this year.”

With seven of the ten state-meet participants returning next year, the future looks bright for Trojan girls track and field.

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