Holy Family Catholic had seven podium performances at the Section 2 Track and Field Meet June 1 in Mankato, including a state-qualifying throw in discus from Seth Thompson.
Thompson, a junior three-sport athlete, hit a career-best 145 feet, three inches, for second place in the event. He is seeded 11th at state; the competition beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at Hamline University in St. Paul.
Thompson became the first Holy Family thrower in either event-boy or girl-to qualify for the State Meet since 2010.
"Seth had a great day at the best time, and I couldn’t be more thrilled for him," said Holy Family head coach Ian Parzyck. "He bounced back from a couple of shaky throws in the early round to re-establish himself in finals and spin out a really nice throw to get him to his first ever state meet. With all of the work he put in to get here, I am so proud of his efforts today. He has definitely earned his spot in the field among the state’s best discus throwers this year!"
Captain Zyler Niece took sixth place for the Fire in the 1,600 meters (4:50.17) with Patrick Ricke and Jaden Lorenz taking seventh and 13th in the 3,200 meters in times of 10:25.04 and 10:56.45.
Jakob Lenzmeier was also 15th in the high jump competition for Holy Family at five feet, five inches.
In relays, seniors Niece and Connor Chalmers, and sophomores Sam Bradley and Joey Richelsen, crossed the line in fifth place in 3:37.96.
Dylan Ehlers, Ben Fink, Tyler Franck, and Jared Lorusso were also eighth in the 4x800 relay for the Fire.
For the Holy Family girls, on the podium were senior Evelyn Willenbring in the 100 meters and eighth grader Logan Paulsen in discus. Willenbring was sixth in 13.5 seconds with Paulsen getting the disc out to nearly 98 feet, a personal-best, for seventh place.
Senior Ellie Marschall was 10th in the one mile (5:55.43) with senior Grace Murphy placing sixth in long Jump (16 feet, 1 1/2 inches) and ninth in triple jump (32 feet).
"In all we had a very solid day of competition," Parzyck said. "While we had some misses in some events and bid a fond farewell to our top senior athletes, we finished with some career and season-best performances, and we also have an athlete who has earned the right to compete in state at Hamline next weekend for a shot at an All-State award, which is what we work for every season. It will be a fun end to the season for us next week!"
OH, SO CLOSE
A year after winning a relay title, multiple finishes on the podium, Southwest Christian had a number of performances just miss the cut for state at the Section 2 Meet on June 1 at Mankato West High school.
One of the best chances for state came in relays where the Stars took third in both the girls 4x100 and 4x200 races.
Callie Ertel, Lauren Richards, Samantha Anderson, and Callie Coughlin ran a time of 51.81 in the 4x100, six-tenths of a second off the pace of the top-two.
Ertel, Richards, Coughlin, and Avery Tollefson were just as close with a time of 1:48.64. The second-place time was 1:48.04.
Coughlin, seeded third after the 100 meters preliminaries at 13.22, was even quicker in the finals at 13.18 seconds for third place.
Richards was also fourth in the 200 meters (27.93) with Ertel in sixth (28.39) in the same race.
Senior Josiah Colman competed in the 200-meter boys finals, a time of 23.90 for fifth place for Southwest Christian. He was seventh in the 100 meters in 12.24 seconds.
Mason Beise was also ninth in the 800 meters in 2:09.82.