BY DAVID PEDERSEN
Rockford qualified 10 athletes in 14 events to the Section 5A track and field finals from the sub-section meet at Annandale last week.
"The team put forth a great effort," notes coach Joe Peatrowski. "This is a great accomplishment and the team is very excited to advance this many athletes. We hope to advance some to the state meet."
The Section 5A finals were conducted Wednesday, May 30 at St. John’s University, after this issue went to press. The state meet is June 8-9 at Hamline University in St. Paul.
Jordan Weeding showed her all-around athletic ability by placing third in the 100-meter hurdles, 300 hurdles and the high jump.
Zach Klonne went out for track and field for the first time as a senior and has a shot at making it to state. The Rocket runner placed second in the sub-section in the 1600 and was fourth in the 3200. The top two in each event qualify to state from the section finals.
Abby Botten ran her personal best time when finishing second in the 1600. Peatrowsky said she is peaking at the right time.
Nick Klonne, a ninth-grader, was fourth in both the 1600 and 800 runs. Senior Beth Schuneman took fourth in the 400 for the girls and senior Zach Johnson was third in the 400 for the boys.
Sophomore Sasha Galka captured second place in the boys 800. Jordan O’Reily was third in the 300 hurdles and Cally Neilsen placed fourth in the 800.
Rockford’s best chance to advance to state may be in the boys 4×400 relay, that won the sub-section title with O’Reily, Zach Guthrie, Johnson and Galka.
"This is a relay the entire team gets excited about," said Peatrowsky. "They won an event that had very tough competition with three schools advancing to the section finals on time standard."