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Varsity Track & Field · White Hawks Compete in Last Chance Track Meet

By Sarah Reinhardt

While the Mound Westonka High School track and field team’s end-of-season awards were already handed out, there are still a few weeks left of the season.

On May 25, the White Hawks competed in the Last Chance Meet hosted by Rockford High School. This meet was a final opportunity for student-athletes to set new personal records or compete in different events. Team scores were not kept for this meet. Runners tried field events, jumpers entered running events, sprinters ran long distances and everyone had fun.

One notable highlight was the 2,000-meter steeplechase event. The steeplechase is a distance event with four barriers to hurdle and one water obstacle, the human equivalent to the steeplechase in horse racing. While the steeplechase is not an official event in Minnesota State High School League track and field, it is an official NCAA collegiate event and has been an Olympic event since 1920.

First-place finishes by White Hawks lady runners included: senior Lila Finney, 100-meter (13.47) and 400-meter (1:01.51) races; sophomore Maya Thurston, 800-meter race (2:35); the 4×400-meter relay team of Finney, junior Abby Wharram, Thurston and sophomore Ela Springer (4:24.29); and senior Kate Rogers, shot put (31-08).

On the boys side, first-place finishes for the White Hawks included: junior Conner Clark, 100-meter sprint (11.92); senior Dylan Smerillo, 200-meter (22.74)sprint; sophomore Charlie Reinhardt, 800-meter race (2:08.35); sophomore Nick Drilling, 300-meter hurdles (46.18); the 4×100-meter relay team of Smerillo, senior Isaiah Cherrier, senior Jacob Bowe and junior TJ Hillman (44.46); the 4×400-meter relay team of Smerillo, sophomore Nels Larson, Drilling and Bowe (3:33.78); the 4×800-meter relay team of Larson, Reinhardt, ninth-grader Alec VanGelder and junior Brandon Ung (8:43.12); Hillman, high jump (5-06); and senior Jordan Clement, discus (134-05).

Photos by Sarah Reinhardt
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