Eli Sytsma, PRHS senior, qualified for the 2019 Class A State Track and Field meet while competing in the Section 8A meet. 

State High School meet track qualifiers are pictured here, from left, Maddie Guler, Chloe Paulson, Tatianna Wiley, Eli Sytsma, Anna Stephenson, Abby Syverson.

Sytsma earned his trip to state in the Triple Jump where his personal best jump of 41′ 9″ was good for second place in the event and his first trip to state.  

“Eli has been making steady progress in the event the last few weeks and it was exciting to see him improve again and earn the opportunity to compete again next week.  Sytsma had a busy day as he competed in all three jumping events again,”

noted Coach Dave Haugen.

 In the long jump Sytsma also had a personal best with a jump of 19′ 9.5″. That jump was good for 5th place in the event. In the high jump Sytsma cleared 5′ 9″ and finished in 4th place.  It was a very busy day for Sytsma with high jump and long jump taking place at the same time. To go home as a place winner in all three events is a great accomplishment.  

David Johnston ran a great 800m race.  He went out hard from the beginning as he battled with the top seeded runners.  Johnston was rewarded with a time that was 4 seconds faster than he had run before and finished in 3rd place with a time of 2:04.24.  This race is one that will give him confidence and something really positive to build on going into next season for the PRHS junior.

Also competing in the 800m run was senior Habram Martinez.  Martinez finished in 14th place with a time of 2:13.02.  Zane Brosowske also competed in his last meet as a PRHS Viking.  Brosowske finished in 13th place in the pole vault clearing 10′ 3.  “I was hoping for better results for both of these athletes but it was fun to see them competing in the orange and black one last time as they did a great job of representing Pelican Rapids High School,” commented Coach Haugen.

Freshman Sebastian Centeno placed 9th in the 400m dash. Centeno was also able to go out with his best race of the year as he finished in 55.08 seconds.  Sophomore Tommy Thach placed 14th in the 300 Hurdles with a time of 45.72.

“I thought all the guys competed really well and did what they needed to to give themself the oportunity to finish with a good performance.  Sytsma gets one more week to continue his progression of improvement,” The State Track and Field meet will be held Friday and Saturday at Hamline University.  

The Triple Jump will take place on Friday.