Kenyon-Wanamingo Senior Mara Quam in Three State Track Events
Kenyon-Wanamingo senior Mara Quam will compete in three events at the state track and field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul this Friday and Saturday. She has a very good chance of placing in all three and could capture multiple titles.
Junior teammate Tess Hokanson is also competing in the 400-meter dash and a number of other athletes from the KDHL/Power 96 listening area will be participating.
We plan on carrying reports throughout both days of the meet in St. Paul, hopefully with interviews with the athletes featured.
Quam was the long jump champion in 2015 as a sophomore, finished second last year and will see last year's state title holder Morgan Shindelar of Plainview-Elgin-Millville back to defend her title. Quam goes into the state meet the only athlete in girls Class A to go over 18 feet this season among state qualifiers. The Kenyon-Wanamingo senior was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles at last year's meet and has the fourth-fastest time going into this year's action.
Quam is going to play volleyball at Minnesota State-Mankato and has blossomed in the triple jump, where she finished eighth last season and has the second-best distance going into Friday's meet.
Defending champion Jenna Kes of Jordan has the best mark going into the competition. Junior Kaly Banks of Cannon Falls placed fifth in the triple jump last year and is back again.
Junior Emma Weatherly of Byron, who was fifth at last year's state meet in the 100-meter hurdles, returns and is also in the long jump.
Pine Island senior Eliza Warneke will be participating in the high jump, triple jump and long jump after injuries plagued her the past two seasons.
Waterville-Elysian-Morristown sophomore MaeLea Harmon finished third at last year's state competition and is back this season. She will also compete in the 200-meter dash.
Byron sophomore Tyler Kreitinger was third in last year's state meet in the 1,600-meter run and will also be in the 800-meter run.
The Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 4-by-100-meter relay team of Alexis Morsching (10), Samantha Petry (12), Hattie Peach (12) and MaeLea Harmon (10) has the third-fastest seed time in their heat.
Junior Courtney West of Triton will be in the 3,200-meter run and has the third-fastest seed time in the 1,600-meter run. Teammate sophomore Nell Graham will be in the 800-meter run.
Junior Samantha Wurst of Blooming Prairie will participate in the high jump after clearing the state standard .
Hayfield junior Katrina Thoe qualified in the discus throw.
Junior Ayoka Lee of Byron was seventh in the shot put at last year's state meet and is back this season. Classmate Hailey Bahr is also competing in the shot put.
Waterville-Elysian-Morristown senior Samantha Petry finished sixth in the pole vault last year and returns, and Byron senior Hannah Coleman recently set her school's record by clearing 11-feet-3-inches. She placed ninth at last year's meet and will be joined by classmate Autumn Brandau this weekend in St. Paul.