The La Crescent-Hokah Track and Field season concluded this past weekend at the Minnesota State High School Championships. Amanda Iverson, competing in the Class A 100-meter dash prelims on Friday afternoon and ran :12.97, which placed her seventh in her heat of nine runners and 14th in the field of 18 runners. Her effort left her two-tenths of a second away from one of the top nine times that would have qualified her for Saturday’s finals.
The first heat ran into a head wind of .6 meters per second (a little over one mile per hour), while Iverson’s second heat faced a 2.9 meters per second head wind (almost seven miles per hour), so six of the nine finalists came from the opening heat. Of the three Section 1A contestants who all ran in the second heat, only C.J. Adamson of Lourdes, who ran .2 slower than her sectional time, was able to reach the finals, where she finished third, while Nell Graham of Triton and Iverson were both over .4 slower than their sectional times and neither advanced.
In Minnesota State Track and Field Coaches Association Academic Awards, La Crescent-Hokah had eight team members that qualified for Individual Academic All-State honors. To achieve this distinction, an athlete has to have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher starting in ninth grade and either advance to the State Meet, earn All-Conference, or be on the state honor roll. For the Lancers’ girls team, Lola Baudek, Emmarie Byom, Amanda Iverson, Bridget Fuchsel, and Riley Fuchsel earned this honor, while Russell Drye, Mitchell Dryden, and Drew Wieser were the boys recipients.
For team academic, the top 10 GPAs from a school’s Sub-Sectional roster are averaged, with team averages between 3.75 and 4.00 receiving a “Gold” level recognition and those with 3.50 to 3.74 earning “Silver”. For their team GPA of 3.91, the Lancer girls will once again receive another “Gold” plate to add to the team academic plaque on display at the high school, while the boys’ average of 3.73 will receive a “Silver” plate.