Irish send Mavencamp to state meet

by Rachael Paumen
After qualifying the week before, Irish track and field teams headed to St. John's University for the Section 5 finals. The top place in each event qualified to move on to the state meet at Hamline University on June 11 and 12. In addition, participants who met standard qualifying time would also advance to the state meet.
“Twenty-six is the most we have ever sent to sections and those who went enjoyed the day,” said Head Coach Ben Youngs. “The kids competed hard and it was a joy to go and coach them.”
Of the races with preliminaries and then finals, Morgan Wolff was the only girl from Maple Lake able to advance to the final stage of her race. Wolff went into finals with a seventh-place time of 16.61 seconds but came up short in the race.
“Morgan was disappointed because she really wanted to go to state,” Youngs said. “She is one of those kids who has the capability, but unfortunately, her ankle injury early this season threw her off a little.”
Competing in a field of 15, Nina Simonette ended her day in a four-way tie for ninth place in the high jump with a final jump of 4'10.' 
“High jump is an unpredictable event,” Youngs said. “You can have a slightly off day, like life, and you can drop in the standings. The nice thing is that Nina has been to sections now and will have that experience for next year.”
Girls' individual results: 100m hurdles: M. Wolff (8th); 1600m: H. Haegele (13th); 4x100m: J. Puncochar, M. Carriveau, R. Knese and L. Wagner (8th); 300m hurdles: M. Wolff (9th); 800m: K. Wohlrabe (9th); 3200m: H. Haegele (15th); Triple Jump: M. Wolff (9th), H. Haegele (11th); High Jump: N. Simonette (9th); Shot Put: E. Muller (15th); Discus: J. Upcraft (12th)
With a third-place time of 15.66 seconds, Colby Mavencamp qualified to compete in the 110m hurdles at state. 
“I think this is the highest individual honor,” Youngs said. “People work for and dream of going to state.”
This is the first time in eight years that a male athlete from Maple Lake has advanced past sections. Mavencamp has been successful in the hurdles race all season and will compete on Friday at 3:10 p.m. Of the 21 state competitors in this event, he must place in the top nine for a chance to advance and race again on Saturday at 3:40 p.m.
The 4x800m relay team of Ben Winkelman, Drew Hanson, Nick Feikema and Wes Paumen also finished well at the meet, taking fifth out of the eight teams in the event.
“These guys competed well and did great,” Youngs said.
Boys' individual results: 4x800m: B. Winkelman, D. Hanson, N. Feikema and W. Paumen (5th); 110m hurdles: C. Mavencamp (3rd), M. Mooney (8th);  1600m: G. Dorow (12th); 400m: K. Salveson (6th); 300m hurdles: C. Mavencamp (3rd); Triple Jump: N. Feikema (10th); High Jump: M. Mooney (3rd), I. Hendrickson (10th).
After qualifying the week before, Irish track and field teams headed to St. John's University for the Section 5 finals. The top place in each event qualified to move on to the state meet at Hamline University on June 11 and 12. In addition, participants who met standard qualifying time would also advance to the state meet.
“Twenty-six is the most we have ever sent to sections and those who went enjoyed the day,” said Head Coach Ben Youngs. “The kids competed hard and it was a joy to go and coach them.”
Of the races with preliminaries and then finals, Morgan Wolff was the only girl from Maple Lake able to advance to the final stage of her race. Wolff went into finals with a seventh-place time of 16.61 seconds but came up short in the race.
“Morgan was disappointed because she really wanted to go to state,” Youngs said. “She is one of those kids who has the capability, but unfortunately, her ankle injury early this season threw her off a little.”
Competing in a field of 15, Nina Simonette ended her day in a four-way tie for ninth place in the high jump with a final jump of 4'10.' 
“High jump is an unpredictable event,” Youngs said. “You can have a slightly off day, like life, and you can drop in the standings. The nice thing is that Nina has been to sections now and will have that experience for next year.”
Girls' individual results: In this week's issue of the Messenger.
With a third-place time of 15.66 seconds, Colby Mavencamp qualified to compete in the 110m hurdles at state.  
“I think this is the highest individual honor,” Youngs said. “People work for and dream of going to state.”
This is the first time in eight years that a male athlete from Maple Lake has advanced past sections. Mavencamp has been successful in the hurdles race all season and will compete on Friday at 3:10 p.m. Of the 21 state competitors in this event, he must place in the top nine for a chance to advance and race again on Saturday at 3:40 p.m.
The 4x800m relay team of Ben Winkelman, Drew Hanson, Nick Feikema and Wes Paumen also finished well at the meet, taking fifth out of the eight teams in the event.
“These guys competed well and did great,” Youngs said.
Boys' individual results: In this week's issue of the Messenger.
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