Titans fall short at Section Track & Field Meet

Sydney Vargo (left) receives the baton from Katie Ellingsworth in one of the relays at the Section Meet in Mankato. (Photo by Jay Schneider/Lake Region LIFE)

The Titan girls of Tri-City United High School who had qualified to advance finished eighth out of 23 teams in the Section 2A Track & Field Meet held Saturday, June 1 at Mankato West High School.
While the Titans failed to advance anyone to the state meet, they had some good performances, and in some cases were close to making the move to the next level of competition.
Briana Berninghaus placed third in the 200-meter dash, just .01 of a second behind the runnerup qualifier, which would have taken her to state. Briana also finished fourth in the 100m, and anchored the 4x200m relay team that was also fourth. Others on that relay team were Kristi Frederick, Megan Steffan and Megan Rutt.
Other top finishes for the Titan girls included:
Kristi Frederick, third in 300m hurdles;
Edith Martinez, cleared 5’2”  in high jump, finishing third;
Michaela Wood, fifth in the shot put.
The girls had qualified nine athletes to the section meet, but were missing one of their leading competitors. Claire McCrady, the #1-ranked pole vaulter and #2-ranked long jumper, and an important part of the relays, came down with the stomach flu and was unable to compete in the big meet.
“The girls did really well and represented TCU proudly,” commented Titan coach Brian Fogal. “It is disappointing that we did not qualify any girls to the state meet, but when we look at the big picture, our team improved greatly this year despite the difficult weather conditions. I was very happy with the improvement this season.”
Belle Plaine/Holy Family Academy was the top finishing team in the meet, with Blue Earth Area the runnerup.