Samson ‘on fire’ in 100 hurdles; qualifies for state

Sydney Samson placed second in the 100-meter hurdles to earn a spot at the state Class AA Girls Track and Field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul.

Samson will compete in the preliminaries of that event on Friday, June 7. The top nine runners in the preliminaries will compete in the finals on Saturday, June 8.

Coach Johnny Josephson was happy for the senior, who came within an inch of qualifying in the triple jump last year.

“Sydney was on fire,” Josephson said. “She not only qualified for state, but broke her own record twice in the 100 m hurdles with a time of 15.25. seconds.”

Samson also placed in the triple jump.

Other athletes who performed well included:

• Grace Yackly setting a PR (personal record) in the 300 hurdles, 300m hurdles, cracking the Trojan All time Top Ten.

• All three 400-meter runners, Jirina Flicek, Kassie Vivant and Korey Wilson ran their PR in Wednesday’s preliminaries. • Abby Milinkovich set a PR in the 3200m run. “She will be a big help for our long distance kids next year,” Josephson said.

• Alexis Solheid also ran her PR in the 100 m hurdles. She will add depth to the hurdles for next year as well as in the triple and pole vault.

• Senior Kayla Kroyer walked away from high school competition with her PR in the discus. “Hard work in the weight room paid off for the senior this year,” Josephson said.

• Brit Thomsen set her PR over in the pole vault. With her as the leader of the vaulters next year, things will be fun to watch at the vault.

Also placing for the Trojans: Third - Marissa Ekness, triple jump Fourth - Mikaela Algren, 800 m Fifth - Samson, triple jump; Sophie Puente, high jump Sixth - Monica Keuhl, triple jump; Jaimie Niedermayer, pole vault; 4x800 relay (Maria Berg, Maizie Deihl, Ella Grote, Tasha Bennet) Seventh - 4x400 relay (Annie Dittberner, Josie Herrmann, Algren, Yackly) Eighth - Jessica Niedermayer, pole vault

“Overall the kids were aggressive during the meet, not overwhelmed, ready to compete. We rolled the dice on a few things and they went well or they didn't, but they never backed down. Proud of what they accomplished.”

The Trojans finished ninth as a team. Chanhassen won the meet decisively, scoring 137.5 points. Waconia was second (83), followed by Shakopee (68), Chanhassen (65), Mankato West (62), Mankato East (52), Buffalo (52), Holy Family Catholic (48), New Prague (38.5), Delano (36), Marshall (28), Hutchinson (22), Dassel- Cokato (11) and Worthington (9).