Kenyon-Wananmingo’s Quam Ends Incredible High School Career
Kenyon-Wanamingo senior Mara Quam finished her high school track career with 10 medals at the state meet.
This year winning the long jump for the second time in three years with a second place finish in between.
Finishing third in the Triple Jump and fifth in the 100 meter high hurdles.
That's All-State in all three events. She has been All-State in at least one event from 7th grade through 12th grade. All-State in multiple events for the past three years.
Quam racked up 25 points to place Kenyon-Wanamingo's team in 11th place in the Class A girls competition.
Minneapolis Edison won the girl's title for the third consecutive year with 48 points.
Kenyon-Wanamingo junior Tess Hokanson missed qualifying for the finals in the 400 meter dash but Coach Rachel Kline said she ran well in a very fast field.
Speaking of fast, Quam's time in the 100 high hurdles was a school record but I was told probably won't count because it was wind aided. She ran it in 14.92 seconds.
The winner of that race set a state record that won't be counted either because of the wind aided status.
Mara Quam's triple jump mark was 37 feet 2 inches and the winner senior Jordan Kes of Jordan leaped a record 40 feet 2 and three quarter inches.
Junior Kaly Banks of Cannon Falls was 4th with a leap of 37 feet 1 inch.
Junior Emma Weatherly of Byron was 12th and senior Eliza Warneke of Pine Island 13th in the triple jump.
Quam's long jump mark was 18 feet one inch. One quarter inch ahead of Kes from Jordan.
Warneke finished 9th to earn a point and take the podium.
Warneke also tied for 7th in the high jump with three other athletes.
Junior Samantha Wurst from Blooming Prairie was not in the finals.
Here are the remainder of area girl athletes results in the State Meet at Hamline University in St. Paul.
4x800 meter relay
Belle Plaine 2nd, Stewartville 3rd.....Minnehaha Academy was champion.
4x400 meter relay
Stewartville 2nd...Pequot Lakes was champion
4x200 meter relay
Belle Plaine 2nd, Rochester Lourdes 5th...Pequot Lakes champion
4x100 meter relay
Waterville-Elysian-Morristown- Alexis Morsching (10), Samantha Petry (12), Hattie Peach (12) and MaeLea Harmon (10) took 5th place and achieved All-State status.
Minneapolis Edison won with a new Class A record time.
3200 Meter Run
Junior Courtney West of Triton was second with an 8th grader winning from Math and Science Academy. Tierney Wolfgram ran away from the competition with a 10:41.84. West had a time of 11:02.99.
1600 Meter Run
Wolfgram also won this event but barely beat out Byron sophomore Taylor Kreitinger.
Wolfgram's time was 5:05 flat and Kreitinger finished 5:05.67.
Triton's Courtney West was third at 5:10.35.
200 Meter Dash
Sophmore MaLea Harmon of Waterville-Elysian-Morristown was 7th for All-State status with a time of 25.85.
Seventh grader CJ Adamson of Rochester Lourdes finished 5th and Junior T'Nia Riley of Minneapolis Edison was the winner with a wind aided 24.41.
Senior Samantha Petry of Waterville-Elysian-Morristown finished second after not placing her junior year due to illness and winning the event as a sophomore.
Petry cleared 11 feet 3 inches which is not her best mark ever and told me she enjoys the feeling of flight while competing. Interestingly she said she would not jump out of an airplane. Petry has not decided what school she will attend but says she will definitely be a pole vaulter wherever she goes.
Senior Millie Klefsaas of Staples-Motley set a new Class A State Meet record of 12 feet 3 inches.
She held the old record set last year of 12 feet.
Byron Senior Hannah L. Coleman was 5th and classmate Autum Brandau was 7th so both earned All-State status. We visited with them on the radio too. Both will be studying nursing.
Byron junior Ayoka Lee has already committed to play Division One basketball but finished third in the shot put with a throw of 41 feet and a quarter inch. Teammate junior Hailey Bahr finished 8th so both are All-State.
The winning throw was by Emma Gilbert a junior from International Falls with a throw of 42 feet 7 and three quarter inches.
Hayfield junior Katrina Thoe didn't place but did compete in the finals of the discus throw.