Pelican Rapids girls place in top ten in several events at Minnesota High School track-field meet

Tianna Wald, left, running in tight formation with opponents in the Pelican girls 4x800m relay event at the Minnesota State High School track meet at Hamline University June 9-10.
Tatianna Wiley in the 400m run
Competing in the high jump for Pelican Rapids High School was Riley Bergy, placing 12th overall at the state meet.
Abby Syverson passing the baston to teammate Kaylie Isaman
Chloe Paulson in the 800m run.

One of the largest contingents of Pelican Rapids (boys and girls combined) Track and Field athletes headed to St. Paul, MN June 9 to embrace the toughest competition they had come across all season–as well as the toughest conditions they would compete in all season.

Temperatures on both Friday and Saturday would touch 90 degrees or higher and Saturday saw wind gusts as high as 37 mph during competition.

The Viking girls, and most of the competition would not be deterred by the harsh conditions.

Friday night, Riley Berg got things going for the team as she competed in the High Jump and equaled her personal best of 5’0″ to finish 12th overall.

Tatianna Wiley then competed in the prelims of the 400 where she moved on with a time of 59.25 and placing 4th in her heat.

Chloe Paulson did not advance in the 800 but ran a personal best of 2:22.15 in the process.

In the 200, Wiley returned but was unable to produce a qualifying time as she finished 7th in her heat with a time of 27.54. The 4×400 meter relay of Maddie Guler, Abby Syverson, Kaylie Isaman and Jessica Weinrich qualified out of the first heat by running their best time of the season (4:04.29).

On Saturday, the 4×800 meter relay got things rolling in the heat and wind as they ran a very strong race to place 2nd in the 1st heat.

Tianna Wald, Mandi Sjolie, Isaman and Syverson finished with a solid time of 10:02.28 which was good enough for 10th overall.

Paulson returned in the 1600 and ran a smart tactical race to finish 9th and in the process, despite the conditions, was able to run an 8 second personal best to finish with a time of 5:20.36.

Wiley would produce a solid race in the 400 to finish 8th overall with a time of 59.61.

The 4×400 came into the finals ranked 9th and put together another strong race with the same members as the day before, Guler, Syverson, Isaman, and Weinrich, completing the race in 4:07.26.

“The Vikings returned home very satisfied in their performances and having enjoyed a very fun weekend at the State meet,” said Coach John Peter.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF DANA SYVERSON