Autio breaks STMA record at triangular

By Jake Schroer

Crow River News Sports


On a very opportune Tuesday, STMA hosted Monticello and Buffalo in a triangular track meet.

One of the big stories from the day was Knights senior Erin Autio breaking STMA’s record time in the 300 meter hurdles. Autio finished with a time of 47.04 seconds. She also won the triple jump event with a jump of 36 feet, one inch and the long jump with a jump of 15 feet, 6.75 inches.

Autio said she had been chasing the school record for a couple of years.

Erin Autio (right, gold uniform) is all smiles after breaking the school record in the 300 meter hurdles. (Photo by Jake Schroer)
Erin Autio (right, gold uniform) is all smiles after breaking the school record in the 300 meter hurdles. (Photo by Jake Schroer)

“It feels good to beat it,” she said.

Rachel King and Lizzy Heil once again led the pack in the 1600 meter run, with King clocking in at 5:07.66 and Heil only two seconds behind her. In a 3200 meter race that was run with boys and girls together, Heil finished first among the girls (11:21).

The trio of Whitney Perry (winner), Maddie Jesser (second place) and Cherish Witherspoon (third place) led STMA in the 100 meter dash. Anna Keefer took the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.98 seconds.

STMA’s relay teams struggled a bit, with only the 4×400 team winning for the girls. Josie Burns won the high jump and Jada Brown won the pole vault. Burns also finished third in the shot put and discus throw.

The Knights were spread out on Friday when the main varsity team went to Delano for a meet and a select number of kids got invited to Hamline University for an elite meet.

Anna Keefer won both the 100 meter (12.74) and 200 meter dash (26.84) events for the Knights at Delano. She also won the long jump (15 feet, 10 inches) Katilyn Zachman turned in a time of 12 minutes, 37 seconds to win the 3200 meter event.

Knights won the 4×200 and 4×100 relays, turning in a much better day than Tuesday. Lena Wilson won the high jump for the Knights. Josie Burns won the shot put event and the discus throw. The Knights won the meet overall with a score of 242 points.

Coach Massmann said the meet went well. He said the meet was planned at the last minute.

“Buffalo and Monticello were gracious enough to come on over and give some competition, and we saw some good things out of those teams.” He said the Knights have some things to identify and work on.



STMA sent several athletes to the elite meet at Hamline University. Whitney Perry (12th place in 100), Rachel King (4th in 1600), Lizzy Heil (13th place in 1600) and Erin Autio (4th place in triple jump) competed for the Knights.

The Knights hoped to get a meet in during a very soggy week.