Area athletes make their marks at Elite Meet

ST. PAUL – Only a pair of record-setting performances in the 300-meter hurdles prevented Blue Earth Area sophomore Taylor Grandgenett from capturing the gold medal during the Hamline Elite Meet on Friday night.

Grandgenett, the defending Class A state champion in the event, captured third place by crossing the finish line at Klas Stadium in 45.33 seconds.

Ironically, 300 hurdles champion Rosemount’s Rachel Schow (43.87) and runner-up Shaina Burns of Lakeville South (44.29) each eclipsed the Hamline Meet’s previous mark of 44.4.

Grandgenett and the Bucs’ 4×400-meter relay team later capped the elite track and field competition by generating a fourth-place finish. Grandgenett, Anne Franta, Shayna Stevermer and Karli Olsen exchanged handoffs for a time of 4:02.19.

While Grandgenett was clearing hurdles on the track, Fairmont’s Josh Eversman and Blue Earth Area’s Nick Shure were literally making their marks in the long jump pit.

Eversman, who was a late addition to the Hamline Meet, cleared 21 feet, 4 inches to capture sixth place overall, while Shure cleared 21-1 3/4 to claim seventh place. With the leap, Eversman moved into sixth place all-time in the event in the Fairmont record books.

Martin County West’s Morgan Larson captured ninth place in the 800-meter run by posting a time of 2:22.21, while Maverick teammate Haley Jensen produced a time of 12.86 in the open 100 meters to net 13th place.

Worthington’s Will Dudley produced southern Minnesota’s only Elite Meet championship by clearing 15 feet even in the pole vault, while Waseca thrower Tyler Kolander earned a silver medal by hurling the discus to 163-8.

St. Clair thrower Katelyn Weber merited third place in the shot put with a heave of 42-0 1/2, while adding an 11th-place toss of 110-3 in the discus.

Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial/Nicollet’s Alayna Theissen netted seventh in the discus with a throw of 116-3, while St. Clair’s Ryan Kruse posted a fifth-place mark of 154-0 in the boys division.

Waseca’s Shane Streich crossed the finish line in the 800-meter run in 1:57.21 to pocket fifth place, while St. Clair’s Erik Peters rounded out the area’s efforts with a 12th-place height of 12-6 in the pole vault.