ST. PAUL —
Mankato West senior Rachael Gravley saved her best for last Friday, leaping 17-feet-2 1/2 in the long jump to finish fourth at the Class AA state track and field meet, hosted by Hamline University.
Gravley bettered her qualifying distance by almost three inches to earn all-state honors. Nadia Lorencz of Farmington won at 17-113/4. Mankato East’s Dannah Miller finished 13th at 15-7.
East’s Whitney Carriveau increased her qualifying distance in the discus throw by nearly four feet. Her toss of 126-9 gave her a 12th-place finish. Maggie Ewen of St. Francis was the winner with a state record throw of 171-9.
Hannah Fox of the Scarlets competed in the high jump and reached 5-0 to place 16th. Tatyana Pashibin of Southwest was the winner with a jump of 5-6.
West’s Holly Hankins failed to qualify for the 800-meter finals. She clocked a 2:19.42 to place 15th. Teammate Taylor Amundson also failed to reach the finals in the 200-meter dash. She delivered a time of 26.4 to finish 17th. Gravley also came up short in the 100 hurdles, turning in a 15th-place time of 15.76.
In the boys competition, Mankato East’s Taylor Hayenga achieved all-state status by reaching 52-9 in the shot put to finish eighth. Thomas Anderson of Andover won at 65-4 1/4.
Teammate Ryan Erdman qualified for the finals in the 800 meters, clocking a 1:56.78 to place ninth in the prelims. West’s Daniel Kroenke did not make it as he finished 12th at 1:59.13.
East’s Ben Neyers competed in two events Friday but failed to reach the finals in both. He placed 23rd in the 200-meter dash (22.78) and joined with Matt Roberts, Brody Ziegler and Erdman to finish 16th in the 4x400 relay (3:29.52). Roberts also competed in the 110 hurdles but did not reach the finals with a 17th-place time of 15.15.