Track performs well at Metro East Conference Preview

By Bruce Karnick

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On April 28, Hastings travelled to Mendota Heights for the Metro East Conference MidSeason Conference Preview at St. Thomas Academy. The weather was once again far from ideal, with winds averaging around 10 mph and gusting into the 20s, the 50degree temp felt much cooler. On the boy’s side, nine teams competed, and the girl’s had eight. St. Thomas captured the win for the boys with Hastings in second and Simley won the girls meet with Hastings in fourth. Boys team scores: 1.STA 218 2.Hastings 131 3.Mahtomedi 114.5 4.Two Rivers 67 5.Tartan 60 6.HillMurray 47 7.South St. Paul 23 8.Simley 21 9.North HS 19.5 Girls Team Scores: 1.Simley 142.5 2. Mahtomedi 142.33 3.Two Rivers 93.5 4.Hastings 93 5.HillMurray 64.33 6.South St. Paul 58.33 7.North HS 46.5 8.Tartan 42.5 The students performed well in the chilly, windy conditions with many top five performances for Hastings.

Madison Kennedy placed second in the girls 100 meters with 13.28 and second in the 200 meters with a 27.99.

Brendan Freiermuth placed fourth in the boys 100 meters with 11.21 and third in the 200 meters with a 23.40.

Payton Leedean took second in the boys 400 with a 53.05.

Danny Millner placed fourth in the boys 1600 with a 4:46.22.

Elise Atkins placed fourth in the girls 3200 with a 13:44.26.

Kyra Bartholomew placed second in the girls 100 hurdles with a 17.65.

Emily Podulke placed third in the girls 100 hurdles with an 18.29.

Carlee Kordosky won the girls 300 hurdles with a 50.74.

Isaac Clark placed second in the boys 100 hurdles with an 18.21.

Jared Hanson placed fourth in the boys 100 hurdles with an 18.65 and fifth in the 300 hurdles with a 44.69. Matthew Carda placed third in the boys 300 hurdles with a 44.29.

Many of the Hastings relays did well, unfortunately, the score sheet only lists the school name and not the individual participants of the team.

4×100 relay. Boys third and girls seventh.

4×200 relay. Boys first and girls fifth.

4×400 relay. Boys first and girls fourth.

4×800 relay. Boys third and girls did not have a relay for this race.

In the field portion of the events, shot put, discus, high jump, pole vault, long jump and triple jump, Hastings also fared well.

Jayden Lindsey placed second in boys shot put and Jolie Pettit placed fifth for girls shot put.

For boys discus, Ben Witt, Luke Sorenson and Jayden Lindsey went third, fourth and fifth and Emma Hood earned third for the girls discus.

High Jump had Alyssa Bauer in second for the girls.

Pole Vault Lara Deshler took third for the girls and Jonathon Watson fifth for the boys.

Kyra Bartholomew landed in fourth for the girls long jump and Carlee Kordosky triplejumped her way to sixth.

Hastings had two boys in the top five for triple jump, Max Albertson and Payton Leedean.

Hastings will travel to Eagan for the Section 2AAA True Team meet on May 10th.

Photo by Bruce Karnick

Photo by Bruce Karnick

In relays, the most important piece of the race is the baton exchange. The handoff of the baton can make or break a relay. Here, Payton Burow makes a clean handoff to Steven Krey in the 4×200 relay, a race that Hastings won.

May 4, 2022