Trojan girls 2nd at Missota track meet

New Prague High School took second place at the Missota Conference girls track and field championships May 20 and 22 at Prior Lake High School in Savage.

The Trojans began their section 2AA meet Wednesday. The meet continues at 11 a.m. Friday at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.

The host Lakers earned 205 points, easily outdistancing the field in the eight-team meet. The Trojans 168 point total was good for second place, well ahead of third place Shakopee, which had 124.5. The rest of the field included Farmington (112), Red Wing (77), Northfield (67), Holy Angels (46.5) and Hutchinson (44).

The Trojans are competing in the Section 2AA championships this week at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. Competition began Wednesday, May 28, with preliminaries and some field events, and concludes Friday, May 30, beginning at 11 a.m.

New Prague athletes set five school records and one Missota Conference record during the two days of competition.

Leading the Trojans was junior Brit Rynda, who took two gold medals. Her 400-meter dash time of 59.24 seconds set a new school record, and her leap of 35 feet, 10 inches was best in the triple jump. Another junior Danielle Busch won the pole vault, clearing 10-3. That was a new Missota Conference record, breaking the record set by Lindsey Stevens of New Prague in 2002. Sophomore Rena Kneeland was the other first-place finisher, winning the 300-meter hurdles in 47.3.

Linnea Fitterer placed second on the high jump, clearing 5-1. The top two in individuals events and the first-place relay team earn all-conference honors.

Relay teams taking second and earning honorable mention were the 4x400 team of Kneeland, Rynda, Makayla Reimers and Taylor Rookaird in 4:08.2. The 4x800 relay team of Jenny Hendricks, Amanda Wagner, Kayla Warner and Rookaird initially took third, but moved to second after a disqualification. The team set a school-record time of 9:43.24.

Placing third and receiving honorable mention were Kristin Carr in both the high jump and the discus. In the high jump, Carr cleared the same height as Fitterer, but Fitterer got the tie-breaker with fewer misses. Sylvia Bisek also earned honorable mention honors with a third-place finish in the 100 hurdles.

Another school record was set by the 4x200 relay team of Busch, Erin Sand, Rynda and Kneeland, in 1:45.92. Molly Wick placed fourth in both the 1,600 and the 3,200. The eighth-grader set a new school record of 5:18.02 in the 1,600. Also taking fourth were Ellie Reinke in the discus and Shelbie Johnson in the 300 hurdles.

Other Trojan entries that placed: 5th-Hannah Strop in the high jump; Lindsey Reinke in the discus; Rookaird in the 400

6th-Gill in the shot put; Busch in the 100; Wagner in the 800

7th-Kneeland in the long jump; Johnson in the triple jump; the 4x100 relay team of Rebecca Hanson, Gill, Emily Meyer and Amanda Powell

8th-Lindsey Reinke in the shot put

9th-Reimers in the 400; Busch in the 200.

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