The Prior Lake girls track team rose to the occasion in the Section 3AA finals on its home turf May 31.

The Lakers claimed the crown finished with 134 points. That was well ahead of runner-up Eagan (112), while Bloomington Jefferson was third (101.5) and Burnsville was fourth (81).

The top two finishers in each event, including relays, make the state field. The other way to get there is by meeting the state standard. The Lakers earned multiple state spots, qualifying two relays and six individuals.

Senior Jessica Lilland, juniors Taynian Walgrave, Aaliyah Guy, Kristin Kay and Mariana Lehrer, sophomore Samantha Barrett and ninth-graders Jillian Hiveley and Ashlyn Jore will represent the Lakers at the Class AA state meet, which is June 7-8 at Hamline University in St. Paul.

Walgrave, Lilland, Hiveley and Lehrer won individual section crowns, while Prior Lake was tops in both the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.

Walgrave broke her own school record in the winning the 100 hurdles, finishing with a time of 14.52. She also anchored both relay wins.

The 4x100 team, which also included Jore, Guy and Kay, won with a time of 49.11. The 4x200 team, which included Guy, Hiveley and Kay, came in with a time of 1:44.65.

Hiveley also claimed the 400 (44.72), while Guy was runner-up in the 200 (26.32).

In the triple jump, the Lakers went one-two with Lehrer winning (37-6 1/2) and Barrett taking second (37-5 1/2).

In the pole vault, Lilland led the way, taking first with a height of 10-6.

Prior Lake came close to making state in the 4x800 relay. The team of sophomores Kathryn Nollette, Olivia Zastrow and Katherine Kaisersatt and senior Melissa Pfeiffer took third (10:05.22). The 4x400 team of Hiveley, Nollette, sophomore Natalie Thoms and ninth-grader Juliann Will finished fourth (4:07.65).

Sophomore Ashley George made the finals in the 300 hurdles taking sixth (49.14), as did sophomore Emma Bachinski in the 100 (9th, 13.37) and Thoms (8th, 1:018.3) and Will (9th, 1:02.31) in the 400.

Will also sixth in the high jump (5-0), while senior Clare Collins tied for sixth in the pole vault (8-7).

Sophomore Emily Kulstad took fifth in the shot put (36-9 3/4), while junior Kali Crandell was seventh (34-6 1/2). Eighth-grader Olivia Duncan ended up fifth in the discus (107-10).

Other finishes for the Lakers included Kulstad in the discus (13th, 93-0), junior McKenzie Weimerskirch in the shot put (14th, 33-5 3/4), George in the triple jump (16th, 31.0) and the 100 hurdles (11th, 17.29), sophomore Ella Knutson in the long jump (11th, 15-0 1/2), Jore in the high jump (11th, 4-10) and the 100 (11th, 13.20), Zastrow in the 3,200 (16th, 12:25.46), Nollette in the 800 (11th, 2:28.69), Pfeiffer in the 800 (14th, 2:31.75) and Kay in the 200 (15th, 27.45).

Other team finishes: Woodbury (5th, 76), East Ridge (6th, 72), Visitation (7th, 60), Eastview (8th, 59), Simley (9th, 48), Henry Sibley (10th, 47), Holy Angels (11th, 41), South St. Paul (12th, 27), Apple Valley (13th, 21), Richfield (14th, 20.5), Bloomington Kennedy (15th, 14) and Park (16th, 4).

Tom Schardin covers sports for Savage and Prior Lake. He is dependable, sarcastic and always joking around. Tom enjoys running and swimming and is often busy coaching his two kids' sports teams.


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