|6/25/2021 2:06:00 PM|
State tourney participants represent Chisago County well in track
Competitors from the boys side of things were the first to take to the courses and pits at the state track and field tournament on Saturday, June 19.
North Branch’s Harrison Toussaint, a senior who was a hurdling specialist, earned one of the top area finishes at the meet in his debut. He was seeded at 15.40 seconds but trimmed almost .2 seconds off to come in eighth place with a time of 15.23 seconds. He passed five hurdlers who had been seeded above him.
Toussaint was the only North Branch boy to compete, with AJ Koehler and Everett Appleby representing Chisago Lakes in the field events.
Appleby didn’t clear his seed distance in the long jump event, leaping 19’8”, but he passed others that were seeded ahead of him to secure a 14th place finish.
Koehler nabbed eighth place in the shot put event, going 49’8”, just clearning Brian Glomstad of Wayzata to sneak onto the podium.
In discus, Koehler finished in 13th place with a throw of 127’2”. Marcus Hansen of Waseca swept the two throwing events.
When it was the girls’ turn to take the track, North Branch was the highlight. Their 4x200 relay team moved up two spots from the bottom seed to 14th place. The quartet featured seventh grader Ella Dick, eighth graders Sophia Benedict and Dakota Esget and senior Paige Bauer. They finished in 1:48.50, ahead of Shakopee and Mankato East.
But, Bauer wasn’t even close to being done. The prolific senior nabbed an 11th place finish in the long jump, and then vaulted all the way to third place in the pole vault event. She leapt 11’6”, finishing behind only section foe Julia Gherardi of Hibbing and Carolyn Tarpey of Eden Prairie.
The finish capped off an amazing career for Bauer that included a state tournament appearance in soccer, and mulitple berths in gymnastics and track.