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Track and Field Notebook: Mayo’s Wendt leaping into record book

May 13, 2019

Annie Wendt is having the kind of track-and-field season that she could have only dreamed of a couple of years ago.

The Mayo senior has literally leaped into the school’s record book and will almost certainly leap into it one more time before this season is done.

Wendt is a jumper extraordinaire, owning the second-best long jump in the state (18-3 3/4) and the third-best triple jump mark (38-1 1/2 inches).

Wendt’s 38-1 1/2 triple jump — done Tuesday in the Section 1AAA True Team meet at Lakeville South — broke the school record of 37-1/2.

That had been set in 2011 by Bailey Alston and tied a year ago by Wendt. Alston went on to be an All-American at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Wendt also seems certain to finish this season as Mayo’s long jump record holder. That 18-3 3/4 was also done Tuesday, but she says she’s capable of much better. The Mayo record of 18-4 is held by Karolina Haraldsdottir, set in 2006.

“I’ve wanted to get both the triple jump and long jump school records,” said Wendt, who devoted herself to 4-5 days per week plyometric workouts at the YMCA this past fall and winter. “I’ll get the long jump record for sure. I’m off by just one-quarter of an inch. I’ve had some big jumps this season that I’ve scratched on.”

Wendt’s best last year were 37-1 1/2 in the triple jump and 18-0 in the long jump. She made it to state in both events but came away slightly disappointed after landing sixth in the long (17-8 1/2) and seventh in the triple (37-1 1/2).

“I was hoping for top for top five in both,” Wendt said.

The senior now has some new goals. She believes she can crack 39 feet in the triple jump and 19 feet in the long jump. As for the state tournament, she’s gunning for top-three finishes in each.

Next year, Wendt will take her leaping act to Division I South Dakota State, where she’s earned a track and field scholarship.

• Wendt isn’t the only one knocking things out of the park for the Mayo girls track and field team.

The Spartans have a budding start in freshman distance runner Hannah LaMaster. LaMaster was a standout in Tuesday’s True Team meet, winning both the 800 and the 1,600.

LaMaster’s 2:24.72 time in the 800 broke the Mayo freshman record, set in 2009 by Jordan Bucher. Bucher went on to run for the University of Iowa.

SE MINNESOTA DOMINATING

Southeastern Minnesota girls runners are dominating the action statewide in the 400, 1,600 and 3,200.

Triton senior Nell Graham has the best 400 time (47.46) and Winona Cotter eighth-grader Lauren Ping is tops in the 1,600 (4:50.64) and the 3,200 (10:40.26).

But it doesn’t stop there. Zumbrota-Mazeppa eighth-grader Natasha Sortland is second in the 3,200 (10:53.16) and fourth in the 1,600 (5:07.85), while twin sister Katrina Sortland is sixth in the 1,600 (5:08.45). In the 3,200, Red Wing junior Grace Johnson is third (10:53.60) and Cotter sophomore Grace Ping is eighth (11:00.01).

Other top marks from Southeastern Minnesota competitors: Century’s Kinga Mozes (eighth in the 100, 12.53; eighth in the 200, 25.78), the Century relay team of Addison Clarey, Kailtin Miller, Kennedy Speer and Penelopea Gordon (ninth in the 4x800, 9:46.41), Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland/Southland’s Riley Queensland and Century’s Ella Henrichsen (ninth in the high jump, 5-2) and Red Wing’s Cadence Thorson (ninth in the long jump, 17-5),

HEITMAN, MUNSCH BOTH 2ND

In boys track and field, Lake City senior Ethan Heitman and Plainview-Elgin-Millville’s senior Jacob Munsch have proven themselves to be elite.

Heitman has the state’s second-best high jump mark of 6-feet-8 and Munsch has the second-best pole vault distance of 14-9. Chaska’s Noah Cvetnic is tops in the high jump (6-10) and East Ridge’s Alex Wittman is first in the pole vault (15-3).

Other top marks from Southeastern Minnesota competitors: Century’s Sam Amusan (third in the 200, 21.87; sixth in the 100, 10.93; eighth in the 400, 50.32), Red Wing’s Tucker Wallin (eighth in the 1,600, 4:22.94), the Century relay team of Isaiah Huber, Colin Smith, Jack Fisher and Steven Nah (ninth in the 4x100, 43.64), the Century relay team of Amusan, Silas Green, Kyle Philpott and Nah (sixth in the 4x400, 3:28.27), the Red Wing relay team of Weston Wyatt, Wallin, Tom Nemanich and Bryan Zucker (third in the 4x800, 8:06.37), Lake City’s Aidan Creeley (third in the shot put, 56-10 1/2), Stewartville’s Shane Byrne (fifth in the discus, 161-0; eighth in the shot put, 53-4 1/2), John Marshall’s Simon Werven and Lewiston-Altura’s Marcus Weaver (seventh in the high jump, 6-4), Stewartville’s Trevor Schaefer (10th in the pole vault, 13-7) and Austin’s Elijah Johnson (10th in the long jump, 21-9 1/2).