If seedings are any indication, a few lakes area athletes could be standing on one of the top steps of the podium at the Class 1A state meet this weekend.
Staples-Motley’s Jaelin Beachy is the top seed in the girls 100 and 300 hurdles and is second in the long jump. She won all three events at the Section 6-1A meet. Beachy finished fourth in the 300s as a freshman at state in 2011.
The defending state champion Pequot Lakes girls 4x100 relay is seeded fourth at 50.51. Rachel Allen, Nicole Traut and Vanessa Lane return from the state championship relay that won with a time of 50.21. Abby Palmer is the new member of the relay this year.
“If we didn’t win last year the expectations would be the same as any other year — get on the podium,” Pequot Lakes girls coach Brian Kazmierczak said. “We want to run our best time of the year, run our best time to break the school record. If we do that we’ll be satisfied. With relays, there’s so much change from year to year. You can’t go based on what you did the year before.”
In the boys meet, Pillager’s Wesley DeLong has the fastest seed time in the 400 dash (49.59). He’s also sixth in the 200 dash (22.68). DeLong was the 6-1A champion in both. He finished fourth in the 400 last year at state.
Staples-Motley’s Brian Huber is the No. 1 seed with a 21-10.5 long jump, which garnered him the 6-1A title. In addition, he’s tied for the No. 5 seed in high jump and is 14th in the 100 dash.
Wadena-Deer Creek’s Logan Meyer is the No. 2 seed in the shot put following a runner-up effort in Section 6-1A.
Class 1A Boys Seedings
110 hurdles: 14-Shane White (Pillager) 15.96
100 dash: 14-Brian Huber (Staples-Motley) 11.40
200 dash: 6-(tie) Wesley DeLong (Pillager) 22.68
400 dash: 1-DeLong 49.59
4x100 relay: 12-Pequot Lakes () 45.19
4x200 relay: 15-Pillager () 1:35.08
4x400 relay: 4-Pillager () 3:28.21
Shot put: 2-Logan Meyer (WDC) 51-9
Long jump: 1-Huber 21-10.5, 12-Nolan Michaelson (PL) 20-10.5
Triple jump: 10-Devin Strack (Pillager) 42-6
High jump: 5-(tie) Huber 6-1
Pole vault: 6-(tie) Cory VanHal (Pillager) 12-6
Class 1A Girls Seedings
100 hurdles: 1-Jaelin Beachy (SM) 15.25
300 hurdles: 1-Beachy 46.12
400 dash: 12-Emily Lundgren (Aitkin) 1:00.40
4x100 relay: 4-Pequot Lakes (Rachel Allen, Nicole Traut, Vanessa Lane, Abby Palmer) 50.51
4x200 relay: 12-Pequot Lakes (Nicole Traut, Mattie Lueck, Vanessa Lane, Brittny Bzdok) 1:48.87
4x400 relay: 7-Pequot Lakes (Bzdok, Chloe Bermel, Abby Palmer, Lane) 4:07.62
Long jump: 2-Beachy 17-0.5, 16-Sienna Miller (C-I) 15-7.5
Triple jump: 14-Miller 33-10
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