Class 1A State Track and Field: Beachy, Lane ready to cap off prep careers
Jaelin Beachy and Vanessa Lane have a unique rivalry.
It’s a rivalry brought on by proximity and success rather than direct competition.
Beachy, a senior at Staples-Motley, is a five-time state meet swimmer. She’s a four-year basketball letterwinner and a five-time state track and field competitor and two-time 100-meter hurdle champion.
Lane, a senior at Pequot Lakes, competed in cross country and volleyball, was a four-year basketball letterwinner and played in three state tournaments. She is also a fifth-time state track and field athlete, with two state titles in the 4x100 relay and one in the 100 dash.
And, other than basketball, the two rarely compete against each other, allowing for a rivalry based on mutual respect.
Beachy is the two-time defending 100-meter hurdles state champion with a winning time of 14.93 last year and a 15.04 as a sophomore. She enters state with a Section 6-1A winning time of 15.99. That has her .85 seconds behind top-seeded Sierra Schultz of Fairmont.
“We ran into a 25-mile head wind at sections so I’m used to my time being comparatively slower than other ones,” said Beachy. “I’m not too worried. But I think there will be better competition than there was last year.
“I know if I concentrate on my race and my lane rather than other people I think I’ll run well.”
Beachy’s goal is to win the 100 for a third straight year and break the 1A state record of 14.8, which was set in 1996 by Dassel-Cokato’s Kara Hedin.
“In my mind, I think if I win the 100 hurdles it will be a successful state meet,” she said. “I’ve won it the last two years and I want to go out on a good note being my senior year. But I also know if I run the best I can and do all I can it will have been a successful year.”
Beachy is 2.04 seconds behind the 300 hurdles top seed Brielle Bierman of La Crescent. The Cardinals’ senior enters the state 300 prelims with a 47.81.
She was second as a sophomore with a 45.63 and second as a junior with a 45.96. Her best time came during last year’s prelims with a 45.52.
She ran a fourth-place time of 45.84 during her freshman state meet.
“This year, it’s going to take a lot more than in previous years because I haven’t run the 300 hurdles that much,” said Beachy. “I think I’ve only run it five times and I’ve been stuck in that 47-second range. It’s a fast track at Hamline and I hope I can get my time down to the 45s. That’s what it’s going to take, but the girl from Blue Earth (Taylor Grandgenett) won it last year and she’s really fast.”
Beachy’s limited number of 300 hurdle races is due to a leg injury suffered during the season. She said she’s 100 percent and doesn’t think about it. But it did keep her out of the long jump, which Beachy has competed in at state three times.
Last year, Lane won the 100 dash in 12.53. She ran a 12.48 during prelims. She helped Pequot’s 4x100 relay with Rachel Allen, Chloe Bermel and Abigail Palmer to a first-place time of 49.54. She also finished fourth in the 200 dash with a 25.85.
Lane returns in all three events and added long jump to her state meet resume.
She enters this year’s state 100 dash with a Section 6-2A winning time of 13.19. The top seed is Kayla Stowell of LeSueur-Henderson at 12.30.
“It’s really important to me to win that event again,” said Lane. “It was one of the highlights of my career winning the 100. It was something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m hoping I can do it again.
“Right now I’m not seeded very well at all. We had a horrible wind in Moorhead (for the section meet). My time wasn’t where I wanted it to be, but I’m going to go out there and treat it like a normal meet and hopefully win again.”
Lane’s 200 dash time of 27.02 trails top-seeded Jada Lewis of Minneapolis Edison by .86 seconds. She’s hoping to win that event, too, along with another first in the relay.
Pequot’s 4x100 relay of Allen, Bermel, Sarah Rudlang and Lane and is seeded No. 2 and trails Edison by .64 seconds. The Patriots finished third in 2012 and won it in 2011.
“We’re going to need perfect handoffs,” said Lane. “It is so important to get those down. If we can have our handoffs be perfect, and not mess it up, we’ll be fine. We’ve been running some good times this year and everyone is looking really strong. We have a good group of girls.
“I’m very hopeful and excited for our team to go back there and win it again.”
Lane enters the long jump with a 16-5.5. Danielle Wubben of Central Minnesota Christian owns the top distance at 17-4.5.
Lane isn’t worried about being too busy during state.
“I think I’m always on the goal and I’ve been doing these events for most of the season,” she said. “It will be busy and a challenge for me, but I’m up for a good challenge in all four events.
“That was a big goal of mine to make it to state in all four events. It’s my senior year and that was special to me.”
Area state qualifiers
110 hurdles: Brody Wangsness (Wadena-Deer Creek) 16.22
400 dash: Robbie Skiba (Pierz) 51.02; Zack Hofmann (Staples-Motley) 51.49; Riley Jacobs (Crosby-Ironton) 51.73
800 run: Will Goodwin (Crosby-Ironton) 2:01.92
3200 run: Jude Severson (Crosby-Ironton) 10:16.60
4x100 relay: Pequot Lakes (Chase Blaeser, Cole Funk, Isaac Allen, Tyler Tappe) 45.22
4x200 relay: Pine River-Backus (Shane Sepin, Jacob Harper, Tyler Bestgen, Henry Krecklau) 1:34.70
4x400 relay: Crosby-Ironton (Jacobs, Daniel Hudrlik, John Stockman, Goodwin) 3:33.23; Staples-Motley (Cody Rivetts, Tyler Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Hofmann) 3:34.71
4x800 relay: Crosby-Ironton (Stokman, Isaac Carlton, Severson, Goodwin) 8:21.73
Shot put: Travis Jacobson (Pequot Lakes) 51-5
Discus: Jacobson (Pequot Lakes) 142-9, Samuel Moore (Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale) 142-6
High jump: Justin Gordan (Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale) 6-3
Pole vault: Tyler Tappe (PL) 14-6
100 hurdles: Jaelin Beachy (Staples-Motley) 15.99
300 hurdles: Beachy (SM) 47.81, Kasey Willis (Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale) 49.04
100 dash: Vanessa Lane (Pequot Lakes) 13.19, Chloe Bermel (Pequot Lakes) 13.62
200 dash: Lane (PL) 27.02
3200 run: Amber Posner (Pillager) 12:24.37
4x100 relay: Pequot Lakes (Rachel Allen, Bermel, Sarah Rudlang, Lane) 50.39
4x400 relay: Pequot Lakes (Grace McGuire Lyndsey Johnson, Rudlang, Bermel) 4:09.00
Shot put: Ellie Erholtz (PL) 35-6
Discus: Erholtz (PL) 112-6
Long jump: Lane (PL) 16-5.5
Triple jump: Danyel Post (Wadena-Deer Creek) 35-2.25
Pole vault: Millie Klefsaas (Staples-Motley) 10-2; Autumn Jahnke (Wadena-Deer Creek) 9-8