Beseman, Lockhart advance to state track meet
Cassie Beseman and Miranda Lockhart will represent Perham at the state track meet, at Hamline University this coming weekend, after finishing runners-up in their respective events at the Section 6A Championship meet Thursday, June 2, at Minnesota State University-Moorhead.
Beseman, fresh off a state tournament appearance with the cross-country team last fall, returns to the Twin Cities running for a title.
Beseman led the Yellowjackets at the state cross-country meet just missing All-State honors by five seconds.
The girls team finished 12th in the team's 10th state finish since 1999.
Beseman missed all of the 2009 season and a state appearance due to injury.
She qualified for the state track meet with a second place finish in the 3200m run. Only Molly Montonye, of Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, who crossed the finish first in a time of 11:59.10, bested Beseman's time of 12:06.50.
Beseman has put up steady finishes in the 3200m all season and given her vast experiences from running overseas in Australia last year to the state cross-country meet has everything she needs to make a push at a top finish.
Other local finishers in the 3200m were Mariah Novak, of New York Mills, in sixth 33 seconds behind Beseman in 12:39.60.
Perham's Kelsey Kratzke finished eighth, 12:51.40. Racole Karels was 13th, 13:24.90.
Kratzke placed fifth in the 1600m run, in a time of 5:50.24. Montonye, who defeated Beseman in the 3200m run, also came away with the 1600m title in a time of 5:24.07. Perham's Sydney Karels was 11th in 6:01.79.
Lockhart has also made steady progress throughout the season in the discus.
She finished third at Sub-sections the week prior throwing 100 feet. At the Section meet, she qualified for state with a throw of 113-feet, five-inches.
Minnewaska Area's Brandi Otto won the discus with a throw of 119 feet even.
Lockhart made a push for qualifying in the high jump when she cleared five-feet, one-inch, which was good for fifth place.
Lockhart is a three-sport star in Perham taking up the middle of the front line in volleyball and playing post in basketball.
She has competed all year with teammate Bailey Meyer trading top finishes in discus.
Meyer met with some tough luck at the Section meet finishing third in both the discus and shot put missing state by one place in both events.
Meyer qualified for Sections with a discus throw of 106-feet, one-inch, beating Lockhart by six feet. Her throw of 112-feet, eight-inches was just shy of Lockhart's state clinching throw of 113-05.
In the shot put, Meyer's throw of 36-feet, four and one-quarter inches was third behind Mindi McKee, of Clinton- Graceville-Beardsley, in second, 37-2.25 and winner Heather Strese, 37-06.
Perham's Natalie Murphy finished fifth in the 100m hurdles in a time of 17.76.
New York Mills' Kristy Koljonen finished fourth, two places from state, in the 300m hurdles in a time of 48.85.
As a team, Perham accumulated 36.5 points for a sixth place finish. New York Mills scored five to finish 19th in the 24-team meet.
Team scores: Sauk Centre 62; Staples-Motley 52; Breckenridge 40.5; Pelican Rapids 39; Osakis 37; Perham 36.5; Clinton- Graceville-Beardsley 36; Pequot Lakes 35; Morris 31; Ashby/Brandon/Evansville 28; Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 22.5; Ottertail Central 22; Minnewaska Area 20.5; Pillager 20; United North Central 16.83; Barnesville 16; Wadena-Deer Creek 12.33; Frazee 9.5; New York Mills 5; West Central Area 4; Rothsay 4; Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 4; Bertha-Hewitt 2.33; Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 2.