Class 1A State Track & Field: Beachy, Lane end careers with gold
ST. PAUL — Jaelin Beachy of Staples-Motley and Vanessa Lane of Pequot Lakes will be remembered as two of the top athletes the lakes area has ever produced.
Both capped star-studded track and field careers with state championship medals Saturday at Hamline University.
Beachy won the 100 hurdles for the third straight year, cranking out a time of 14.90. She beat runner-up Eliza Warneke of Pine Island by 5/10ths of a second.
“I started tearing up on the podium when they said my name,” Beachy said after the 100s, “but it feels really good. A lot of hard work has been put into it because it’s such a technical event but I couldn’t be more happy right now.
“Going in I just said to myself this is your race, you’ve won it the last two years, end your senior year on a high note.”
For the third time in four years, Lane anchored the top-seeded 4x100 relay to the title. Junior Rachel Allen, freshman Chloe Bermel and senior Sarah Rudlang took turns putting and keeping the Patriots in the lead and Lane finished it despite battling nagging injuries in her left leg.
“It’s really special,” Lane said. “Since this is my and Sarah’s last year of running it it’s a really good way to go out. It’s kind of emotional I guess, the last time running here in high school.
“I was really proud of everybody. They gave it their all. We had pretty decent handoffs and we came out with the win.”
In a coincidental oddity, Beachy and Lane also recorded seventh-place finishes.
Beachy finished seventh in the 300 hurdles with a time of 46.68 in her last race as a Cardinal.
“That was a tough one,” she said. “I ran a good time (Friday) but I think I was still kind of tired from (Friday). I just didn’t feel like it was that great. I stuttered a couple more than (Friday). What can you do?”
Beachy plans to attend North Dakota State University where she will run track and she hopes to become an OB-GYN.
“It’s kind of weird right now,” she said. “I was kind of telling myself that before that event. I guess it hasn’t really hit me yet. I think because I’m running for the next four or five years it’s not as sad as swimming and basketbal,l but it will hit me eventually.”
Before her relay victory, Lane finished seventh in the 100 dash with a time of 12.90. She was noticeably bothered by her leg injury and was unable to repeat as champion.
“I guess I didn’t have much to lose,” said Lane, who will compete for South Dakota State University next season. “I wasn’t really seeded very well (seventh) but I was kind of close to being ahead for a while. Then I felt my knee, and I kind of had to slow down. It hurt, probably the last 25 meters. I was kind of bummed about that, but I gave it my all. I couldn’t really do much more than that.”
Other lakes area athletes earning all-state distinction (top nine finish):
• Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale’s Justin Gordan, fifth in boys high jump.
• Pequot Lakes’ fifth-place 4x400 girls relay of Grace McGuire, Lyndsey Johnson, Rudlang and Bermel.
• Crosby-Ironton’s 4x800 relay of John Stokman, Will Goodwin, Isaac Carlton and Jude Severson, seventh.
• Pequot Lakes’ Travis Jacobson, ninth in boys discus.
Class 1A Finals
100 hurdles: 1-Jaelin Beachy (SM) 14.90
100 dash: 1-Jia Lewis (Mpls Edison) 12.36; 7-Vanessa Lane (PL) 12.90
4x100 relay: 1-Pequot Lakes (Rachel Allen, Chloe Bermel, Sarah Rudlang, Lane) 49.46
300 hurdles: 1-Brielle Bierman (LaCrescent) 45.13; 7-Beachy 46.68
4x400 relay: 1-Osakis 3:58.46; 5-Pequot Lakes (Grace McGuire, Lyndsey Johnson, Rudlang, Bermel) 4:06.44
Shot put: 1-Katelyn Weber (St. Clair) 43-2.75; 14-Ellie Erholtz (PL) 34-1
Triple jump: 1-Lydia Butkowski (Melrose) 35-2; 14-Danyel Post (WDC) 33-1
Pole vault: 1-Josie Lilja (BOLD/BLH) 10-9; 11-tie-Millie Klefsaas (SM) & Autumn Jahnke (WDC) 9-0
4x800 relay: 1-Mounds Park Academy 8:04.72; 7-Crosby-Ironton (John Stokman, Will Goodwin, Isaac Carlton, Jude Severson) 8:16.93
High jump: 1-Jaustin Culbert (Chisholm) 6-8; 5-Justin Gordan (BHV) 6-3
Discus: 1-Jayme LaPlante (Chatfield) 162-8; 9-Travis Jacobson (PL) 146-6; 17-Samuel Moore (BHV) 112-2