The Mora Mustangs boys and girls track and field teams closed out another successful season, with three relay teams and two individual athletes advancing to the State Tournament.
“We had a really excellent Section meet,” said head coach Chris Goebel. “This group has been working very hard at trying to qualify, and they’re going to make the most of their time at State.”
On Wednesday, May 29 the boys team finished third overall and the girls 10th in the Section 5A Tournament.
Junior Taytum Klink advanced to State by taking first place in the 100 meter dash, and sophomore Kobe Swanson did the same by finishing second in the long jump.
Three relay teams also advanced: the girls 4x200 team of senior Emily Yoder and juniors Klink, Trinity Rittenour and Johanna Schwinghamer; the boys 4x100 team of seniors Idris Anderson, Tysonn Peterson, Austin Voss and sophomore Jeff Lilienthal; and the 4x800 team of seniors Kaden Smart, Caleb Weaver, Nate Williams and junior Cooper Lennox.
Last year Anderson, Lennox and Williams advanced to State as individual athletes.
At sections Swanson broke the Mora High School long jump record, with a jump of 21 feet 5 ¾ inches.
Goebel said that there were a couple of Mustang athletes who came very close to advancing to State.
“Sophomore James Hentila just missed second place in the discus throw, and Taytum came in fourth in the 100m and 200m dash,” he said. “Kobe finished fourth in the 200m dash, and Nate took fourth in the 3200m. The boys 4x200m relay team of Kobe, Tysonn, Austin and senior Jonathan Smith finished a very close fourth.”
On Tuesday, May 21 both the boys and girls teams finished second at the Subsection 18 tournament. Also at the Granite Ridge Conference championship on Tuesday, May 14 the boys finished second and the girls sixth.
The State Tournament begins on Friday, June 7 at Hamline University in St. Paul.