Track: Royals’ Schaeffer wins 300 hurdles at Section 5AA

Rogers senior Madeline Schaeffer won the 300 meters at Section 5AA with the best race of her career Friday and will make her first trip the state track meet.

Schaeffer, who scored in four events, blazed to the tape in  45.46 seconds in the 300 at Hamline University in a race where the top three all beat the state qualifying standard.

“Maddie always rises to the occasion,” said coach Chris Miller. “The race was close all the way until the last 30 meters. She told me she decided she was not going to lose to them and she put everything she had into it.”

After lowering her school record to 46.18 in the prelims on Wednesday, she beat the record again by over .7 of a second.

Schaeffer and senior Caleb LaClaire, who placed second in the boys 3200 finals on Wednesday, are the first two Rogers tracksters to reach state since the school moved up Class AA.

The state meet will be held next Friday and Saturday, also at Hamline.

The Royal girls placed in seven events, their best showing at sectionals in Class AA.

Schaeffer also took fourth in the pole vault with 9-4. Placing ninth individually, for one team point each, were Schaeffer in the 100 hurdles (16.30), Katherine Biah in the 100 dash (13.14), and Kirsten Heikkinen in the 200 dash (27.09).

In relays, the 4-by-100 quartet of Brea Wadem Erica Folk, Biah and Heikkinen placed fifth in 45.46, and the 4-by-200 team of Schaeffer, Folk, Jordan Boyd, and Heikkinen placed sixth in 1:47.7.

The  Rogers boys had one finalist Saturday, Kent Hoover, who placed ninth in the 400 with 52.31.