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Falcon Indoor a Success!

March 30, 2014
By Sarah Keiser of Armstrong Girls Track & Field



The Falcon Indoor at the U of M Field House yesterday evening was a great success on all fronts for the AHS Track and Field Team!  The proceeds from the meet exceeded expectations which will be a great help in maintaining equipment needs for the season.  Thank you to all the volunteers who helped to make the event a success!  

The meet was also a great success on the performance side of things!  Many girls posted season and all-time bests in their events, and as a team the girls team took 2nd place!  

The girls 4x800 meter race kicked off the start of the meet, and the Falcon girls 4x800 team set the winning tone for the rest of the meet.  Junior Megan Stuart led off the falcon relay team and got us in 1st place.  Senior Jordan Gray, Freshmen Ellee Peterson, and Junior Kelsey Sather followed and never lost the lead.  In fact they increased the lead in each of the legs, fiishing in 1st place  with a time of 10:15; over 20 seconds faster than the 2nd place team!  

In the girls 1600 meter run, 7th grader Mae Barnes added to the Lady Falcon team points with a 5th place finish and a time of 5:57.6!  This was Mae's first time under 6 minutes and thusly earns her a highly coveted 'Sub 6 minute!  Nice work Mae; welcome to the sub 6 club! Two other middle schoolers joined mae in the 1600, 8th graders Paige Olsen and Samantha Roen.  Both of them posted season PR (personal record) times of 6:23.1 and 6:24.5 respectively.  Look forward to those two young runners joining the sub 6 minute club before season end!  

Two athlete's of the same name represented Armstrong well in the girls open 400 meter.  Junior Kelsey Sather took home second place  with a blazing fast time of 1:00.9.  Nice job Kelsey! Freshmen and newest member to our distance running team Kelsi Rippberger also ran the 400 meter.  Kelsi finished 3rd in her heat with a time of 1:12.4, and though she wasn't granted an overall finish place, as she was disqualified for a minor lane changing error, she ran an impressive race for a 1st timer!

Laura Mayer, Samantha Parsons, and 8th grader Jessica Schletzer represented the lady falcons in the 800 meter run.  And though these 3 girls finished just outside of point scoring, the all achieved all-time personal PR's!  

Kara Andersen, Bella Libra, and Alison Brecheisen braved all 16 laps of the 3200 meter race and made Armstrong fans proud!  Kara led the lead pack for almost the entirety of the race and finsihed in 3rd place with a career PR time of 12:55.3.  Alison crushed her previous 3200 meter PR by over 1 minute finishing with a time of 13:58.6.  And rookie Bella posted a great first timer finish with a time of 13:37.7

The same 4 girls who took home gold in the 4x800 relay earlier that evening, decided they wanted to go out in the same fashion!  Kelsey Sather, Jordan Gray, Ellee Peterson, and Megan Stuart laced up their spikes one last time for the final and always much anticipated event, the 4x400 meter relay. Kelsey Sather started the team off and established a confident 1st place position.  Kelsey handed off to senior Jordan Gray, who maintained a good 5 stride lead over the Hopkins team.  Jordan handed the baton to freshmen rookie Ellee Peterson, who ran like nothing that remotely resembled a rookie!  Ellee lenghthened the lead and passed the baton to our anchor leg, seasoned veteran Megan Stuart.  The Hopkins anchor runner made an early on sprint to catch Megan in the first lap.  But Megan didn't faulter.  She let her pass while staying on her heels knowing that she would make her move midway through the second lap.  And make her move she did!  Megan passed the Hopkins anchor with authority and still had a little left in her to fend off a feisty North Branch anchor that attempted a last second push at the finish line.  Below is a photo of the proud 4x400 and 4x800 meter relay champions post race.  Nice work girls! 

Again, thank you to all of the athlete's family members and volunteers that showed up to support us last night!  Looking forward we have a meet scheduled for Tuesday 4/1/14 at Champlin Park.  There is no early release for this meet unless you are a middle schooler.  The bus will leave AHS at 2:30 and will pick up MS athletes at Plymouth Middle School at 2:35.  This meet is not a limited entry meet, which means that everyone will have a chance to compete.  As you are probably aware, there is still snow on the ground, which means that there is still snow on most tracks as well.  Additionally, the forecast is for a 'wintry mix' on Monday and Tuesday.  This may hinder the existing plans for the meet on 4/1.  Updates will be forthcoming as to what the plans will be.  But for now, please plan on a full length normal meet until you hear otherwise.  

Go Falcons!


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