Class AA State Track

Mayo’s Annie Wendt attempts the triple jump during the Class AA state track and field meet Saturday at Hamline University in St. Paul. Wendt landed second in the event.

Mayo senior is state runner-up in triple jump

ST. PAUL – A year ago, Annie Wendt was a nice state-level jumper. The Mayo senior was good enough to finish sixth in the long jump and seventh in the triple jump as a junior.

One year later, Wendt has gone from a “nice” jumper to arguably the best jumper in Class AA. After winning the long jump on Friday night at the state track and field meet at Hamline University, she came one-half an inch from also winning the triple jump Saturday.

Wendt bounded 38-feet-2 ¼. The only reason that wasn’t good enough to win was because Samantha Barrett of Prior Lake also cleared 38-2 ¼.

That looked like a tie for first, but Barrett was awarded the top prize based on her second-best leap outdoing Wendt’s second best – by one-half an inch.

“I don’t want to sound greedy, but it would have been nice to win them both,” Wendt said with a soft smile.

Mostly, Mayo’s gentile senior star and future South Dakota State track and field athlete was elated with her senior state meet experience.

In fact, she was nearly contended even before arriving Saturday at Hamline University for Day 2 of the meet.

That’s because Friday, with that state-title and personal-best long jump of 18-8 ½ under her belt, she’d achieved her main objective.

“The long jump is my main event,” Wendt said. “So there was no real stress today. I’d already done my best event.”

But after an off-season of strenuous workouts and also now with her mind just right, Wendt showed she had the stuff to be a two-event Class AA state champion.

Her Mayo jumps coach Jeff Schlichter said he saw this coming.

“I don’t think last year she would have reacted as well (to the state competition),” Schlichter said. “But she is a lot more mentally strong this season.”

Schichter also ticked off her other attributes.

“She is a really hard worker, she’s a magnificent athlete, and she’s smart,” he said.

She’s also a state champion – nearly twice.

WINGERS 2ND

The Red Wing 4x100 relay team wasn’t to do a whole lot in the state meet.

But the Wingers didn’t let that stop them.

Seeded fourth coming into the state meet, the Red Wing combination of Cadence Thorson, Ella Scott, Emily Hart and Tyler McGrath far exceeded that, landing second on Saturday with a time of 1:42.37.

“It was just our determination all season that did it for us,” said Hart, who was injured the first half of season. Our goal all season had been to get to state. So to have finished second, this is awesome.”

CLASS AA GIRLS

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

Team totals

(Top 10 and Section 1AA places)

1. Rosemount 71.75, 2. Alexandria 70, 3. Edina 60, 4. Stillwater 44, Wayzata 43, White Bear Lake 39, 7. North 38, 8. Northfield 31, 9. Minnetonka 30, Roseville 28, 14. Mayo 22, 19. Red Wing 16.

Individual events

(First place, area finishers)

Running events

100 – 1. Shaliciah Jones (North) 11.90. 200 – 1. Shaliciah Jones (North) 24.44. 400 – 1. Claire Howell (Moorhead) 55.39. 800 – 1. Elizabeth Acheson (Northfield) 2:12.18. 1,600 – 1. Lauren Peterson (Rosemount) 4:52.69.

Relays

4x100 – 1. North (Colette Anigbogu, Tamia Horton, Shaliciah Jones, Brianna Parsons) 48.24. 4x200 – 1. Minnetonka (Ella Roach, Ashley Shields, Desiree Ware, Faith Robinson) 1:42.08; 2. Red Wing (Cadence Thorson, Ella Scott, Emily Hart, Tyler McGrath) 1:42.37. 4x400 – 1. Rosemount (Ava Cinnamo, Lauren Peterson, Amber Johnson, Jenna Johnson) 3:51.89. 4x800 – 1. Forest Lake (Amelea Hauer, Ella Niznik, Jordan Parent, Annabelle Stang) 9:28.64.

Field events

Pole vault – 1. Char Morke (Cambridge Isanti) 12-4. Triple jump – 1. Samantha Barrett (Prior Lake) 38-2 ¼; 2. Annie Wendt (Mayo) 38-2 ¼. Shot put – 1. Mya Lesnar (Alexandria) 43-1 ½.

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