By Sarah Reinhardt
While their classmates were at school taking their last finals, members of the Mound Westonka High School boys and girls track and field teams competed in the Section 2AA meet, which was held May 31 and June 2 at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Senior Dylan Smerillo qualified for the Minnesota State High School League state meet in the 100- and 200-meter events.
Smerillo coasted through the preliminary heats on the first day of competition, easily qualifying for the section finals in both sprint events. It was a photo finish in the finals for the 100-meter dash. Smerillo finished in second place with a time of 11.05, a mere 0.06 seconds shy of first place.
Smerillo was the No. 1 seed after the prelims in the 200-meter and was the favorite to win the final. He didn’t disappoint, handily taking first place by over a half a second with a time of 21.74.
Smerillo broke a trifecta of records in the 200-meter final, including setting a new Section 2AA meet record, breaking the MWHS school record he set earlier in the season and setting a new personal best time. Smerillo will represent the White Hawks at the state meet June 9-10 at Hamline University in St. Paul.
Another notable performance came from sophomore Nels Larson in the 800-meter. Larson, seeded eighth after the prelims, moved up to finish in fourth place with a personal record time of 2:00.34. He shaved an impressive 2 seconds off his previous best.
Ninth-grader Alec VanGelder finished the 1,600-meter in ninth place with a time of 4:46.44. Also finishing in the Top 10 was senior Jordan Clement with an eighth-place finish in the discus with a throw of 122-05.
On the girls side, senior Kate Rogers had a Top-10 finish in the shot put, throwing 32-11 for seventh place. Senior Lila Finney narrowly missed the finals by 0.05 seconds in the 400-meter. Finney finished in 10th place with a time of 1:01.71.
The 2017 State Track & Field Meet is scheduled for June 9-10 at Hamline University in St. Paul. More information is available on the MSHSL website.
UPDATE 6.9.2017 – Smerillo qualified for the state finals in both the 100- and 200-meter dash events. He finished sixth overall in the 100-meter prelims and second in the 200-meter prelims. Smerillo will compete Saturday, June 10, in the finals at Hamline University. Meet results can be found here. More information is available on the MSHSL website.
Photos by Sarah Reinhardt
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