DULUTH - In what has become almost routine, the Ely distance quartet of junior Emma Terwilliger, senior Caroline Homer, junior Ryne Prigge and senior Erin Bianco is heading to state one more …
DULUTH - In what has become almost routine, the Ely distance quartet of junior Emma Terwilliger, senior Caroline Homer, junior Ryne Prigge and senior Erin Bianco is heading to state one more time.
In a school year in which the group also helped lead the cross country team to state and the Nordic ski team to a state title, the runners teamed up for a dominant 4x800-meter relay win at Thursday’s Section 7A meet in Duluth to qualify for the state track and field meet.
The relay finished with a time of 9:54.11, five seconds ahead of runner-up Eveleth-Gilbert and 21 seconds ahead of third-place Two Harbors.
“That’s our best time this year, so I am happy how they ran in the hot weather,” Ely head coach Jayne Dusich said. “We knew Eveleth would try to catch us. Looking forward to state - goal is to get our best time yet.”
Ely narrowly missed out on sending a second relay team on, with the 4x400 relay of Homer, Prigge, Maggie Isbell and Bianco earning third place in 4:14.41, two seconds out of second place.
Brielle Kallberg also put together a stellar day to find herself right in the mix in the long jump, finishing in third place with a distance of 16 feet.
“Brielle jumped great,” Dusich said. “She tied for second with two others with a 16-foot jump. They go back to the next best of their jumps to break the tie. Unfortunately, the girl who got second was one inch farther than her.”
Isbell added a 12th-place performance in the long jump (13-feet, 11-inches) and Homer took 14th place in the 1,600 (6:03.87).
Ely took 15th in the team standings.
Seniors on this year’s roster included Homer, Bianco, Isbell and Taryn Osthoff.
The state meet is Friday - Saturday at Hamline University in St. Paul.