Century's Nelson a pole-vault winner in Section 1AAA meet; Stewartville throwers shine in 1AA meet
Century's Nathan Nelson once again showed himself to be a serious state-title contender in the pole vault, easily winning the event in the Section 1AAA meet.
LAKEVILLE — Century junior Nathan Nelson continues to show what a force he is in the pole vault.
Nelson didn’t match his recent prodigious 15-feet effort in the pole vault on Thursday in the first day of the two-day Section 1AAA track-and-field meet at Lakeville South. But he still came out a champion in the state-qualifying meet, clearing 14-feet-9.
Second place went to Mayo’s Cayden Holcomb, at 12-9. The top two finishers in each event advance to next week’s state meet at St. Michael/Albertville.
Most of Thursday’s action was preliminaries, though the 3,200 was run as a final for boys and girls, and they had three field events apiece that were finals.
Mayo had a champion in the boys triple jump. Senior Haih Marial sailed 44-feet-3 1/2 to win the event.
Mayo had a strong showing in the shot put, with Gideon Heng finishing second (50-3) and Ethan Kramer third (48-2).
The John Marshall girls had a champion on Thursday. Seventh-grader Abigail Tri won the 3,200 in 11:22.10.
Century’s Madison Habberstad won the long jump, going 17-7. Mayo’s Farah Salama was second (17-3), Century’s Sarrah Lindner third (17-1) and Mayo’s Hannah Hanson fourth (16-10 1/2).
Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. at Lakeville South, are the remainder of the finals in the Section 1AAA boys and girls meets at Lakeville South.
Complete meet results: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/473699/results/all
Stewartville boys rule the shot put
In the Section 1AA meet, Stewartville dominated the shot-put competition. The Tigers’ Peyton Byrne won it with a 52-5 heave and teammate Torasbjorn Lunaas was second (48-11 3/4).
P-E-M’s Ashton Kisch was just behind, with a 47-9 3/4 toss.
P-E-M’s Nick Walch won the pole vault (12-3). Winona’s Myles Rasmussen finished second in the 3,200 with a 10:31.12 time.
In the Section 1AA girls meet, Stewartville’s Audrey Shindelar captured the high jump, going 5-1. Austin’s Olivia Walsh was second, also clearing 5-1. Byron’s Paige Halder landed third (5-0).
In the long jump, Red Wing’s Cadence Thorson was the winner (16-3 3/4). P-E-M’s Lauren Rott won the discus with a fine throw of 130-5. Winona’s Shay Berlin-Burns was second (122-1).
Saturday, starting at 3:30 p.m. at Lakeville South, are the remainder of the finals in the Section 1AAA boys and girls meets at Lakeville South.