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Three Panthers qualify for state track and field meet

Three members of the Glencoe-Silver Lake track and field teams are on their way to the state Class A meet this weekend in St. Paul following their qualifying appearances in the Section 2A meet on Saturday, June 2.
Kyle Christensen will be making his first state appearance, doing so in two events. Christensen earned the section championship in the 200-meter dash and took second place in the 100-meter dash; he will run both events at the state meet. The state meet is held at Klas Field at Hamline University.
Joining him are a pair of shot putters as Connor Kantack claimed his first state qualification and Zoe Christensen will be making her third state trip after both finished second in the 2A field at Mankato West High School.
Zoe Christensen, who finished seventh in shot put at both the 2015 and 2017 state meets, launched a throw of 40 feet, 7 inches to earn a runner-up placement at sectionals.
A couple hours earlier, Kantack also claimed a runner-up section spot by lobbing the shot 54-10 to claim his state berth. He follows Jacob Litzau, who qualified for state in shot put as a senior last spring.
GSL’s lone individual section title belonged to Kyle Christensen. The senior edged out Southwest Christian’s Zach Ertel by one-quarter of a second with a winning time of 23.09 after finishing second to Ertel in the qualifying round.
In addition to the 200, Christensen will also run the 100 as his third-place time of 11.22 beat the state qualifying standard.
Both he and Kantack are scheduled to compete at state on Friday evening. Christensen is slated to run the 100 at 4:05 p.m. and the 200 at 6:19 p.m. Kantack is set to compete at 4:15 p.m.
Zoe Christensen is scheduled to compete at 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. If Kyle Christensen qualifies for the finals in the 100 or 200, he will run at 4:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., respectively, on Saturday.
In the Section 2A team scoring, the GSL boys finished fifth with 53 points, while the girls took sixth with 46 points. Several Panthers placed high in their respective events on their final competitive day of the 2018 season.
For the girls, Emily Graupmann took third in the 200, just missing out on a trip to state with a time of 27.49. She also placed 11th in the 400-meter dash at one minute, 5.19 seconds.
Also just missing out on state was Malayh Metcalf’s third-place run of 12:19.07 in the 3200-meter run and Olivia Lemke’s third-place fling of 9-11 in pole vault.
Rhyan Herrmann placed fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.86.
Hope Kosek, who placed fourth in the subsection meet with a time of 1:06.29, placed 15th at sections with a 1:06.67.
Maddie Lemke (12:51.59) was ninth in the 3200, while Kendall Guerrero (5:36.12) took 10th in the 1600-meter run, Zoe Christensen (16.94) was eighth in the 100-meter hurdles and Holly Bandemer (53.81) took 12th in the 300-meter hurdles.
The 4x200-meter relay of Ellie Sonju, Kaitlyn Popp, Herrmann and Graupmann was sixth in 1:54.59, with the 4x800-meter relay of Grace Garoutte, Abigale Boetel, Ellie Schmidt and Maddie Lemke seventh in 10:58.45.
For the boys, William Higgins took sixth in the 110-meter hurdles at 16.01 and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles at 42.64.
Jakob Rusten (10:53.48) was 10th in the 3200, while Oscar Pena (56.11) was 15th in the 400.
Wyatt Konen (11-05) placed seventh in pole vault, as did Paul Lemke in shot put (44-04). Kantack (138-09) and Lemke (108-06) placed fourth and 14th in discus, respectively.
The 4x200 relay of Kyle Christensen, Keaton Goettl, Zach Mohr and Higgins was fifth in 1:36.07, while the 4x800 relay of Tony Fischer, AJ Anderson Sanchez, Alexis Sanchez and Pena was seventh in 8:41.75.