Track athletes prep for conference and sections

By John Molene
Posted 5/22/24

Park’s senior track and field athletes went out in style, while a host of younger athletes also showed their stuff in the final meet of the regular season Thursday in the Park track …

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Track athletes prep for conference and sections


Park’s senior track and field athletes went out in style, while a host of younger athletes also showed their stuff in the final meet of the regular season Thursday in the Park track Invitational.

Park’s Kroix Pearson, Dominic Jenkins, Henry Joa, Cooper Williams, Kaeden Callais, Skyler Morgan, Eyuel Miftah all had first place finishes on the boys' side.

Park’s girls were led by wins from Annelise Faletti, Kalin Randrup, Elizabeth Ayala, Susan Mbu, Pajyeeb Kong and Zoey Bammert-Mueller.

“I think our throwers did really well,” said boys head coach Dylan Smallidge. “I like the fact that we can all come out here and compete in our inner SoWashCo meet. I think Sklyer Morgan had a great day today. He PR’d in the triple jump. A freshman, Kroix Pearson, ran a great race today. Dom Jenkins. On the lady’s side, our 4x1 relay did a great job. They’re improving with their handoffs every single meet. Our senior captain Jack Weir comes out and competes hard every single meet. Everyone did a great job as a team and I like the way that we wrapped up our regular season going into conference and sections.”

Asked who she was happiest with, Park girls head coach Ashley Acosta-Meyers volunteered an unlikely relay team.

“I’d say the throwers,” said Acosta-Meyers. “Putting them in 4x1 relay is not something they get a chance to do very often. But they were really excited. I’m glad they got a chance to have fun, build some camaraderie with the rest of the team. I think I’m most proud of them for being good sports about it.

“I’d say we had some really good performances in the throwing, a few PRs, in the shot” Acosta-Meyers added. “I would say our top thrower, Zoey Bammert-Mueller, she won today with a throw of 99 which she’s just been super consistent in the discus. On the boys' side Kaeden Callais won the high jump, he kind of was just by himself. Skyler Morgan jumped really well in the triple jump today. I think he PR’d. On the girls' side Annelise Faletti ran one of her faster 400s and our girls 4x2 looked super strong, as was the 4x1.”

Boys' results

Kroix Pearson (first, 22.56) and Cooper Williams (second, 22.74) and Fiyinfoluwa (fifth, 23.40) all placed in the top six in the 200. Dominic Jenkins was first (51.54), Pearson second (53.32) and Jack Weir (54.64) fourth in the 400. Park swept the top three in the 800 with Henry Joa (first, 2:10.08), Samuel Craig (second, 2:14.40) and Declan Randles (third, 2:20.22). Dylan Renelt was fifth in the 1,600 in 5:20.74. Eyuel Miftah finished second in the 110-meter high hurdles (17.93). Cooper Williams won the 300-meter hurdles in 44.15 and Kalab Miftah was fifth in 54.74.

Park was first in the 4x100 (Burns, Przekurat, Waller, Wade, 47.73), first in the 4x200 (Morgan, Taiwo, Callais, Jenkins, 1:31.27), second in the 4x400 (Przekurat, Boesch, Miftah, Davis, 3:54.25) and first in the 4x800 (Stauffer, Weir, Paulsen, Firchau, 9:21.41).

Kaeden Callais (5-8) was first and Hazim King (5-6) second in the high jump. Skyler Morgan won the long jump (26-9), Eyuel Miftah was fifth (18-8.5) and Daniel Boesch sixth (18-2.5). Miftah won the triple jump with a leap of 42-2, Morgan was second at 41-11, Esayas fourth at 39-10 and Wright fifth at 38-10.

Taran Blasy was third in the shot out with a throw of 42-6 and teammate Aidan Boche fourth at 39-8. Boche was fourth in the discus at 111-11.

Girls' results

Vanessa Suh was second in the 100 (13.45) and Susan Mbu fourth (13.49). Annelise Faletti won the 400 in 1:03.60. Kalin Randrup finished first in the 800 (2:41.81). Jana Hafiz was second in the 1,600 in 6:23.16. Elizabeth Ayala won the 100-meter hurdles (18.23) and Sharon Oni was fourth (21.85). Hailey Kieffer placed second in the 300-meter hurdles (54.45), Oni was fourth (56.88) and Ayala was fifth (58.74).

In the relays, Park won the 4x100 (Suh, Alowonle, Finstad, Nickle, 51.65) and finished second in the 4x200 (Nickle, Kieffer, Finstad, Faletti, 1:15.22)

Elisa Mellingen was second (4-6) in the high jump, Hailey Kieffer fifth (4-4) and McKayla Annan fifth (4-2). Susan Mbu won the pole vault at 8-6 and Marin Kirsch was fourth at 6-6. Annelise Faletti was second in the triple jump (33-7.75) and Suh fifth (30-9).

Park’s Pajyeeb Kong won the shot put at 32-7, Zoey Bammert-Mueller was second at 31-4 and Myriah Fields fifth at 23-9. Bammert-Mueller finished first in the discus with a throw of 99-2. Karis Waindim was second at 95-0 and Fields fifth at 72-1.

Next up for the Park track and field team are the Suburban East Conference finals on Thursday, May 23 at Forest Lake High School, starting at 3:45 p.m. The section prelims and finals will be held May 29 and 31 at East Ridge High School.