Another good year at the state track meet

Emma Lange attained the height of 5-6, giving her second place in the high jump at the Minnesota High School state track meet on Saturday. Photo by Becky Fruechte

By Diana Hammell
Argus Sports Writer

There were plenty of hardware and honors to go around for the Caledonia/Spring Grove Warriors who made the trip to the State Class A track meet held at Hamline University this past Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9. There were high hopes for the Warrior athletes and although they did not perform to the level they had hoped to, they still left the greater part of the field behind them.

Above: The 800 meter relay team of (from left) Ryan Pitts, Connor McCormick, Aric Elmore and Adam Drenkhahn placed 8th in the Minnesota High School state track meet on Saturday. Photo by Becky Fruechte
Adam Drenkhahn focuses on the finish in the 4x200 relay. Photo by Becky Fruechte

Adam Drenkhahn placed third in the 100-meter dash (11.25) and took home another third place medal in the 200-meter dash as well. The Warrior 4×200 relay team of Drenkhahn, Connor McCormick, Ryan Pitts and Aric Elmore placed eighth (1:33.9) which was good for more medals all around.

West Spier was just one out of the medal round with his 9th place finish (6’2”) in the high jump. As a sophomore, there are good years and ultimate goals to look forward to for Spier.

Emma Lange’s goal for this year’s state meet was clearly another first place in the high jump. Because of surgery in December and limited time for training for this year’s track season the second place finish she achieved was an amazing accomplishment. Although Emma jumped just as high as Carlie Wagner, the first place finisher, Lange attained the 5-6 height on her second attempt while Wagner reached it on her first attempt, thus giving Wagner the top spot. Lange has another year of high school to put her back up to the place on the podium she feels should be hers.

Aly Folz made the trip to state in the shot put but didn’t bring a medal home this time.