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Beacons Survive Cold Weather and Tough Competition
April 13, 2014By Marc Paul of Concordia Academy Track & Field
There were obstacles in the way of a great day of Track & Field for the Beacons as they traveled Lakeville North for the first time to compete in the Lakeville North Mega Meet. We were joined by 16 teams, most of them being unfamilar opponents from larger schools.
The morning rain left before the meet started but the cold wind stayed around the whole morning and afternoon. With the larger schools and the cold, I beleve we learned some things about ourselves. One was that being mentally prepared to compete whatever the temperatures, or other weather conditions makes a big difference in potential success. Another thing we learned about ourselves is that whatever the other team or teams we are up against, WE BELONG! While we did not place all that well as a team, we do know that we have abilities that allow us to compete at high levels, even without a number of our team mates who were taking the ACT and also a few with family committments. So despite the obstacles it was still a great day!
We had 3 athletes who finished in the top 3 of their events, thus earning a "Mega Meet" T-shirt. Clara Paul missed first place in both the Long Jump and Triple Jump by a total of 2 inches and ended up in 2nd place. Eric Young had a personal best in the Long Jump ending up in 3rd place. Megan Fallert finished in a tie for 3rd place in the High Jump as well.
We also had relays that finished well. The highest finish was that of the boys 4 x 800 relay in 4th place. Joe Vallin, Guy Hanson, Berhane Hanson, and David Cullen had a great race starting the team off in the first boys race of the day.
Up next is the Quadrangular at Blake at 4:15 on Tuesday.