Ten area athletes earn bids to Hamline

ST. PAUL – … and the invitees are … .

Ten area track and field standouts will hit the road to the Twin Cities on Friday and lace up their spikes for the Hamline Elite Meet.

Senior sensation Paige Bearson will represent Fairmont in one of her field specialties – the long jump – when the premier prep invitational gets under way at 5:30 p.m.

Bearson captured 10th place in the long jump during the 2012 Minnesota State High School League’s Class A state competition.

Blue Earth Area senior extraordinaire Krista Hassing earned both an individual and a relay invitation to the St. Paul-based campus.

Hassing, who captured a silver medal in the half-mile run during the Class A state meet a year ago, will match the state’s best stride-for-stride in the 800-meter race on Friday.

Hassing also will anchor the Bucs’ 4×400-meter relay squad – comprised of Taylor Grandgenett, Anne Franta and Karli Olsen – on the tarred surface at Hamline University. The fearsome foursome combined handoffs to earn runner-up Class A state accolades in 2012.

Like Hassing, Martin County West sprinter Haley Jensen also merited a pair of invitations to the high school track and field showcase.

Jensen, who claimed a fifth-place state medal in the 100-meter dash last spring, will wait for the sound of the starter’s gun in her specialty on Friday.

Jensen also will run a leg – along with Maverick teammates Hailey Holtz, Taryn Tumbleson and Libbie Lange – in Hamline’s 4×100 relay race in St. Paul.

Blue Earth Area sprinter Nick Beattie, who qualified for the 2012 MSHSL state meet’s open 100 race, will be the lone area representative in the boys competition on Friday.

Beattie just missed advancing out of the 100-meter dash’s state preliminaries last spring.

Redwood Valley long-distance phenom Kayla Huhnerkoch and St. Clair thrower Katelyn Weber – both of whom will compete in this year’s Sentinel Relays on Friday, May 3, at Cardinal Track in Fairmont – earned a pair of individual invitations to Hamline on Friday.

Huhnerkoch, who claimed second place in last year’s Class A state meet’s 1,600-meter race, will compete in both the mile and 800-meter runs in St. Paul.

Meanwhile, Weber, who claimed seventh place in both state throwing events in 2012, will put her technique and power to the test in both the shot and discus.