Beacons track and field has sights set on records

Concordia Academy has a pair of seniors with records on their minds and we’re not talking about old-school vinyl. They want to take down some school records in track and field.

Guy Hanson and Clara Paul have one last season to etch their names in the Concordia Academy record book.

Paul already owns the school mark in the triple jump and wants to grab the long jump record, which has stood since 1992. She capped a successful junior season by competing at the Class A state meet in both events. She finished second in the long jump and third in the triple.

Hanson’s specialty is distance running, as evidenced by his participation in the state cross country meet last fall. He also earned all-conference honors last spring and could end up breaking school records in any of the 800-meter, 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter events.

Hanson and junior Cooper Wood are set to lead Concordia’s boys team this spring. Wood was an all-conference jumper a season ago. Others who should contribute this season include senior Soren Mundfrom (sprints, hurdles), junior Alex Moldenhauer (sprints, jumps) and sophomores Casey Hackett (jumps, sprints) and Mitchell Cooke (sprints). 

Mundfrom transferred to Concordia Academy from Andover as a junior and had to sit out last season. Other newcomers include freshmen David Voelker (hurdles) and Emmet Heck (sprints).

The boys team’s senior class is a bit smaller than in the past while the girls team has been able to add depth throughout the lineup.

Joining Paul as those expected to contribute this season are seniors Annika Hegrenes (jumps, hurdles) and Karene Jensen (all-conference thrower); juniors Anika Neuman (honorable mention all-conference thrower), Erin Fallert (honorable mention all-conference jumper, hurdler), Elissa Boll (honorable mention all-conference distance runner) and Sally Paul (jumps, sprints); and sophomores Arika Robinson (honorable mention all-conference hurdler, jumper) and Rachel TerHaar (pole vault, jumps).

Freshman Hannah Lageson should help add depth to the sprints.

Head coach Marc Paul is in his 11th season as head coach at Concordia Academy. Last spring, the girls team took third at the Tri-Metro Conference meet and was runner-up at the Section 4A championships. The boys team finished fifth in the conference.

“We hope to compete for the top three places in the conference and section championships,” Paul said. “After that, we hope to qualify as many as possible for the state meet.”

St. Croix Lutheran continues to be strong for both boys and girls. Visitation is also a contender on the girls’ side while Fridley and Columbia Heights should be formidable on the boys’ side.

Concordia Academy opens the season with a home meet on April 7 against Christ’s Household of Faith, Legacy Christian Academy, Maranatha Christian Academy and New Life Academy.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

2016 Concordia Academy track and field schedule

April 7 

April 12

April 13 

April 19 

April 26 

April 29 

May 3

May 18 

May 21 

June 2

June 4

June 10

June 11

Home meet

 at Brooklyn Center meet

at St. Francis invitational

Holy Angels meet at Richfield High School

Tri-Metro relays at St. Croix Lutheran

at Park-Cottage Grove meet

at St. Thomas Academy meet

Tri-Metro meet at Hamline University

at St. Francis invitational

Section 4A prelims at TBA

Section 4A finals at TBA

State meet at Hamline University

State meet at Hamline University

4:15 p.m.

4:15 p.m.

10 a.m.

4:15 p.m.

3:15 p.m.

3:45 p.m.

4:15 p.m.

1 p.m.

10 a.m.

Time TBA

Time TBA

1 p.m.

1 p.m.

 

 

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