Hagedorn 2nd, Zebedee 4th
Area track and field athletes turned in good performances at the State Meet held June 10 and 11 at Hamline University in St. Paul.
Two from Blue Earth Area and two from United South Central/Alden Conger finished in the top nine in their events to earn All-State honors.
BEA junior Marissia Hagedorn cleared 10 feet, 9 inches in the pole vault competition to win the silver medal.
Last year, the Buc standout won the third-place bronze medal with a vault of 10 feet, 3 inches.
“I wasn’t nervous this year going into the meet, but I knew it was going to be tougher … there were a lot of girls who have gone over 10 feet,” Hagedorn says.
Morris Area’s senior Rachel Moser was the champion at 11 feet.
In the 100-meter high hurdles, Hagedorn’s time of 15.75 seconds was good enough to take sixth in the finals.
A year ago she didn’t qualify for state in the hurdles.
“My goal was to make it out of the prelims. My start was better than its been, we worked on it all week before the meet,” Hagedorn says.
Despite earning All-State honors, she might have finished higher in the hurdles had she not fallen near the finish line.
“I felt myself going and I stumbled. Four of us were right there, real close,” she says.
Competing in his first state meet, Buc junior Jake Zebedee cleared 14 feet to claim fourth place in the pole vault. Sophomore Grant Krieger of the Blake School had the winning height of 15 feet.
Zebedee admits a week of preparing for the meet gave him too much time to think about competing.
“By the time I got there on Friday I was shaking. My coaches and teammates did a good job calming me down,” he says. “It was awesome to be there.” Zebedee had his sights of bettering 14 feet, 1 inch — which gave him the Section 2A title. But, he says he was pleased with his performance.
“I just wanted to make height up at state. I wanted to get my feet wet you could say,” he says.
This summer Zebedee will be attending camps to refine his technique and he’ll compete in some meets. The first will be the Junior Olympic meet held next month in St. Louis Park.
Sophomore Isaac Darrington cleared 6 feet to place 15th overall in the high jumps. It was his first state appearance.
For the Rebels, Hannah Goemann took seventh place in the 800-meter run in 2:19.86.
In the discus, senior Tony Willette’s toss of 147 feet, 1 inches was seventh-best overall.