As the regular season is winding down, the Viking girls track team is revving up and proved to be a force placing third in the North Suburban Conference Championships on May 15 at Irondale High School.
The girls totaled 102.5 team points to place ahead of Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony (102), Benilde-St. Margaret’s (74), Irondale (64.5), Fridley (50), St. Louis Park (47), Totino-Grace (25) and Robbinsdale Cooper (16). They finished behind St. Francis (110) and Chisago Lakes (109).
Earning All-Conference honors and taking first were Haley Huset (800m run) and Sherahlynn Linkert (300m hurdles); placing second were Madison Kunshier (400m dash), Rhianna Rinke (3200m run) and Kassie Salo (pole vault); in third 4x200m relay (Kushier, Rebecca Ramberg, Linkert, Cassie Kunshier), Kadie Mattson (high jump), Rinke (1600m run) and Linkert (100m hurdles); and coming in fourth were Megan Zimmerman (3200 m run), Crystal Emery-Snaza (discus throw) and Gina Amundson (high jump).
Awarded All-Conference Honorable Mention and in fourth were the 4x400m relay (Huset, Courtney White, Mattson and C. Kunshier); sixth, M. Kunshier (200m dash) and Mikayla Johnson (pole vault); seventh, Zimmerman (1600m run); and finishing eighth, Ramberg (triple jump) and Emery-Snaza (shot put).
“We had a very strong showing by the girls team taking third place,” said Coach Norm Nagel. “The top three teams were within eight points from the first place team. Many of the girls performed their personal best and made All-Conference status.”
The boys ended with 21 team points to finish 10th and place above Columbia Heights (18). They finished behind Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony (177), Irondale (151.5), Robbinsdale Cooper (66.5), St. Louis Park (63), Chisago Lakes (58), St. Francis (57), Benilde-St. Margaret’s (42), Totino-Grace (25) and Fridley (25).
Carl Neumann took second in the pole vault and Austen Wek fourth in the 300m hurdles to earn All-Conference, while Brandon Thauwald placed sixth in the high jump to earn All-Conference Honorable Mention.
“Leading the meet for the boys were Carl Neumann and Austen Wek and Brandon Thauwald,” said Coach Nagel. “The boys lost a key member to the team in the 200 meter prelims. Freshman Matthew Marrin came up short of his quest to qualify for the finals as we lost him for the season due to a hip injury. Overall, the boys gave a great performance considering we are in one of the toughest conferences.”
The North Branch track and field teams will host an invitational at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 24, before competing in the section preliminaries at Princeton High School at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 30. The Section 7AA Championship Finals is Saturday, June 2.