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.
“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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