Roseville nabs two wins at Hamline Elite Meet

Two athletes from Roseville Area High School brought home first-place honors at the biggest track and field meet of the regular season on Friday. Sammy Nielsen and Elvis Barclay topped the field in their respective events at the Hamline Elite Meet.

Nielsen set a meet record in winning the 800 meters while Barclay took home top honors in the 200-meter dash.

Trailing for most of the race, Nielsen put together a surge down the home stretch and passed Haylie Zenner of Fergus Falls just before the finish line to win by a quarter of a second. Nielsen's time of 2.11.11 broke the meet record and prevented Zenner from winning the 800 at Hamline for the fourth year in a row.

Barclay edged Winona's Travion Clark by 0.15 seconds with a time of 22.38 seconds.

Barclay also ran in the 4x200-meter relay, joining Tevin Stevens, Barron Taylor and David Stumpley in finishing seventh.

While Barclay ran in two events on Friday, Roseville's busiest competitors were Emeche Wells and DeAntre Smith, who took part in three events each. Wells and Smith teamed up with Dan Wahlstedt and Kevin Brooks to place second in the 4x400-meter relay.

Individually, Wells ran in both hurdle races and finished second in both. In addition to the relay, Smith entered the meet in the high jump and long jump. Smith finished second in the high jump and sixth in the long jump.

Roseville's other female entrant was Caroline Brisbois, who finished 10th in the 1,600 meters.

Concordia Academy

Concordia sent two athletes to Hamline on Friday. Seniors Robyn Blount and Steven Zeller each participated one event.

Blount finished fifth in the 110-meter hurdles while Zeller took 15th in the 1,600 meters.

Blount, a senior who also played basketball at Concordia, was the school's Athena Award winner this year.

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