Records were made to be broken and St. Charles long jumper Lindsey Root just keeps breaking them.
The sophomore took down the previous school record at the Three Rivers Conference meet and has broken it twice since then. She jumped 17 feet, 5 inches at the conference meet — breaking a record her teammate Abbie Disbrow set earlier that day. She then jumped 17 feet, 5.25 inches at the sub-section meet. And she smashed that by more than four inches at the MSHSL Section 1A Meet with a leap of 17 feet, 9.5 inches.
She’s looking to go even further at the MSHSL State Track and Field Championships on Friday at Hamline University.
“Going to State has been my goal for a long time,” Root said. “It’s been my goal for a long time and I just missed it last year. On my best jump, I was able to pop up and get higher than I have normally which allowed me to propel forward.”
Taking down the record for the first time was a little bit bittersweet, because she had to beat a teammate that she says she considers a sister, even referring to her as her twin. They grew up together, play basketball together and compete on the track and field team together. Disbrow got to put her name on the St. Charles track team’s record board for her jump of 17 feet, 1.5 inches at the TRC meet. But minutes later, Root replaced Disbrow’s name with her own.
“We’re so closely bonded. We’re like sisters,” Root said. “We push each other in a way that is friendly enough, but we want what is best for each other. We try to give tips to each other and helpful cues in order to make the other better and then push each other in the process.”
The jumper attributes her leaping skills to her year-round weight training that strengthened her legs and gave her more power with which to blast off.
“I’m overall just stronger from lifting year-round,” she said. “I’ve been working on my agility and strengthening my legs. You’ve got to just keep practicing every day until you get what you want.”
Root is aiming at the podium, entering the state meet with the third-best seed mark behind Park Christian’s Karley Montschenbacher (17 feet, 9.75 inches) and Blake’s Robbie Grace (19 feet, 3.5 inches). If she can replicate her jump from the section meet — or even best it, she has a strong shot at landing near the top of the podium.
Root is accompanied to the state meet by a handful of Saints teammates.
SC’s Korrigan Diercks qualified in the 800 meter run and has a seed time of 1:59.35. The top seed in the event is Dare Akinmusire whose best time is a 1:57.77. Diercks will also compete as a member of the 4x800 relay team that enters the state meet with a seed time of 8:17.77. Also on the relay team are Axel Daood, Andrew O’Hara, and Bryan Chavez.
Saints freshman Jett Thoreson will compete in the pole vault on Friday, with a best vault of 13 feet, 3 inches.
Dalton Balcome made it to state in the high jump after leaping 6 feet, 3 inches at the section meet.
Winona sprinters Marquetta Berlin-Burns and Anissa Lee are going to be busy on Friday as they each compete in the 100 meter dash and the 4x100 meter relay. They are joined in the relay by Emily Cierzan and Kaelah Simmons.
Berlin-Burns has a seed time of 12.27 seconds in the 100 and Anissa Lee is at 12.37.
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WSHS distance runner Carter Briggs will run in the 3,200 on Friday entering the event with a seed time of 9 minutes, 27.38 seconds.
Lewiston-Altura’s Peyton Gunnarson is aiming to repeat as state champion and state record holder in three events and qualified in another.
Gunnarson is the state meet record holder in the wheelchair 100 meter dash (17.10), the wheelchair 200 meter dash (17.14) and the wheelchair 800 meters (2:22.65).
On Saturday, he’ll compete as the top seed in the 100, the 200 , the 1,600. And he’ll also compete in the discus.
And he’ll have a handful of teammates along with him.
Daley made it to state in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 5 inches at the section meet, the long jump (21 feet, 8 inches), and the triple jump (42 feet, 10.5 inches). And he’s also a member of the L-A 4x400 relay team, joined by William Funk, Charlie Kaczorowski, and Aidan Ellinghuysen.
Weaver made it in the high jump, matching Daley’s leap of 6 feet, 5 inches, and in the triple jump where he bested his teammate with a jump of 43 feet, 1.75 inches.
Cotter distance runners Lauren Ping and Grace Ping return to the state meet where they will try to defend their state titles from last year. Grace Ping won the 1,600 meters a year ago while Lauren Ping was second. And Lauren Ping won the 3,200 while her sister was third.
Lauren won both the 3,200 and 1,600 at the section meet, finishing in 10:32 and 5:00.67 while Grace was second in both in 10:47.36 and 5:03.95.
Last year’s second-place finisher in the 3,200 and third-place finisher in the 1,600 Tierney Wolfgram of Math and Science Academy is not in the field this year.
Rushford-Peterson distance runner Luke O’Hare qualified for the state meet in both the 3,200 and the 1,600 and is joined by Triton Meldahl, competing in the 110-meter hurdles.
O’Hare has a seed time of 4 minutes, 35.20 seconds in the 1,600 which he’ll run on Saturday and a seed time of 9 minutes, 55 seconds in the 3,200 which he’ll run on Friday.
Meldahl has a seed time of 15 minutes, 7.3 seconds in the 110 hurdles, half a second off the tie of top seed Jack Haussner of Cook County.