Near perfect weather conditions and a beautiful track and field facility in East Grand Forks greeted all competitors in Section 8A this past Saturday as competitors tried to earn top spots for the state meet.  

Abby Syverson passes the baton to Chloe Paulson in the 400 meter relay. For the fourth straight year, the Pelican girls qualified for State in the event.

Adriana Torres got things underway in the Discus finishing 13th with a top throw of 85’9″, while Tatianna Wiley competed in the 200 meter dash prelims running a personal best time of 26.5 to qualify for finals.  Mackenzie Thornton finished her career in the 100 meter hurdle prelims running her best non-wind aided time ever (17.25) and just missing out on finals qualification by one place.  

In girls high jump, Riley Berg (NH) did not place while Anna Stephenson finished 10th with a jump of 4’8″.   

Finals got underway on the track with Tatianna Wiley and Maddie Guler competing in the 400 meter dash. Wiley won the event in 60.3 earning her a trip to the State meet, while Guler finished in 7th with a time of 62.8. In the 300 hurdles, Mackenzie Thronton (51.0, 9th) and Tori Stephenson (51.3, 11th) both had their best times of the season in very solid races.  

In the 800 meter run, Abby Syverson and Chloe Paulson were part of a very exciting race with Syverson (2:22.9) finishing 4th and Paulson (2:27.0) finishing 5th.  In the 200 finals, Wiley would finish 4th with a time of 26.93.

The final event of the day, the 4×400 relay, saw the Vikings win the crown for the 3rd consecutive year with the team of Maddie Guler, Anna Stephenson, Abby Syverson, and Chloe Paulson finishing with time of 4:05.21.  

As a team the Vikings finished 10th overall with the team title going to Barnesville. The qualifiers will now compete in St. Paul on Friday evening in prelims with the hopes of advancing to Saturday’s finals.