by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Madeline Schaeffer has been an all-conference trackster since ninth grade but didn’t nab a Mississippi 8 gold medal until her very last try Tuesday.
The Rogers senior won the 300-meter hurdles in her fourth event of the day. After placing second each of the last two years, she led all the way this time to win by two seconds in 46.30.
Schaeffer also took third in pole vault with 9-0, was part of a second-place 4-by-200, and took fourth in the 100 hurdles.
“This is my best conference meet by far,” said Schaeffer. “It’s exciting to be finishing a good season, and next year I am going to UMD (Duluth) to run track.”
Schaeffer was Rogers top performer with 23 team points as the girls placed fifth and the boys sixth among seven schools in the competition at St. Micheal-Albertville.
You get all-conference for top-three finishes in individual events and top two in relays. Schaeffer made the cut in three events and was leading the 100 hurdles, too, until the eighth hurdle.
“Then I had to start four-stepping, instead of three-stepping, the last two hurdles, and that slowed me down,” lamented Schaeffer, whose time was 16.68. “The wind got to me and I had to ‘reach’ for the hurdles.”
She was able to hold firm in the 300, which she regards as the killer.
“I used to run the 400 dash, and the 300 hurdles is harder by far,” she said. “And next year, in college, I’ll have to run the 400 hurdles!”
Schaeffer, also a volleyball setter and co-captain, has school records in the 100H (16.1), 300H (46.1), pole vault (9-6) and the 4-by-200 which she and Erica Folk, Jordan Boyd and Kirsten Heikkinen set Tuesday with 1:47.87.
The Royals had one other champion as senior Katherine Biah won the girls 100 dash in 13:24.
Other girls scoring points were Heikkinen, third in the 200 dash (27.66); Brea Wade, fourth in 100 dash (13.59);
Nicole Fricke, fifth in discus (94-6); Folk, fifth in the 200 (27.82); Sarah Kornovich, eighth in the 800 (2:35.29) and xxx; Heater Kilber, sixth in the 300 hurdles (51.77); Jackie Lindfors, eighth in the 3200 (12:53); and the 4-by-100 team of Folk, Biah, Boyd and Heikkinen, second with 52.01.
Royal boys win 4-by-2 and set team record
The Royal boys had one first place, the 4-by-200 relay with seniors Kyle Bogart, Chase Cleveland, and Kent Hoover, and sophomore anchor Isaac Aanerud, in a school record 1:32.86.
Also scoring points were Caleb LaClaire, second in the 3200 (9:58.40); Cleveland, fourth in the 400 (51.49); Zach Dohmen, fifth in 110 highs (16.48) and seventh in 300 intermediates (42.41); Aanerud, fifth in the 200 (24.25); Bogart, seventh in the 200 (24.39); and the 4-by-400 team of Hoover, Nahoe Biniam, Aanerud and Cleveland, fifth in 3:36.52.
Monticello girls, Buffalo boys are champions
Monticello was the girls champion, led by senior Morgan Lindenfelser, who won the 400 dash (1:00.32) and high-jump (5-2) and ran a leg on the first-place 4-by-400. The Magic outscored runner-up Buffalo by 165.33 to 120.
Buffalo grabbed the boys title, led by junior Tyler Olson sweeping the sprints with 11.28 in the 100, 22.68 in the 200 ad 49.33 in the 400 and Eric Selchow taking triple jump (42-10) and 110 high hurdles (15.26).
Girls team scoring
1. Monticello 165.33
2. Buffalo 120.00
3. St. Michael-Albertville 115.33
4. Cambridge-Isanti 93.50
5. Rogers 78.83
6. Big Lake 66.00
7. Becker 53.00
Boys team scoring
1. Buffalo 184.00
2. St. Michael-Albertville 142.50
3. Monticello 129.00
4. Big Lake 104.00
5. Cambridge-Isanti 64.50
6. Rogers 46.00
7. Becker 30.00