Success returns for Saints track

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints freshman girls track athlete Adrien Martens is shown attempting a five-foot jump at the Sectionals meet.
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For 2019, the Saint Paul Lutheran High School Lady Saints track has been characterized as “Adrien Martens and Friends.”
Adrien consistently medaled in the high jump and the 1600 and 800 meter runs, all of which she qualified for sectionals. On the occasions when she would run the 3200, she would also medal. Adrien’s best “friends” were Anna Royuk, sectional qualifier in the low hurdles, and Deborah “the little engine that could” Hornanova in the 3200.
The boys were led by Trey Beerman (100 and 200 meter dashes) and Ernests Racko (high and intermediate hurdles), both of whom were sectional qualifiers in both their events.
Saints throwers Wyatt Rusch, Theo Ryder and Omoovie Babor Egeregor, made massive improvements in their personal records. Ian Isdell (1600), Nathaniel Slimmer (triple jump), and Samuel Grega (3200) each turned in a medal winning performance at conference. Andrew Brandt, Rayuth (David) Phan and Jackson Wells joined with Ian in forming the best 4 x 800 meter relay team we have had in several years. Eyvinn Voegstoel, Marcus Austenaa and Koryn Babor Egeregor, at various times, joined Trey and Ernests as members of the 4 x 100 meter relay team, when that team turned in its best performances.
Our best overall team performances were at the Santa Fe Invitational. Out of 18 teams, the ladies finished eighth, while the gentlemen were fourth. In spite of not having an overwhelming number of team members, the Saints had their most successful district performance in several years.
At Sectionals, Ernests Racko qualified for state in the 110 hurdles; Trey Beerman did likewise in the 100 and 200 meter dashes; and Adrien Martens qualified in the high jump and 800 and 1600 meter runs.

Congratulations, Saints, on a satisfying and rewarding season!

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