Four Perham Track members perform at New Balance Nationals
The state meet was not enough for four leaders from the Perham girls track team.
Elisa Moenkedick, Holly Sheets, Maddie McClellan and Abby Anderson competed in the New Balance Nationals, an elite track meet held at North Carolina A&T State University, in Greensboro, N.C., June 17-19.
The weather was an issue as the foursome competed in 98-degree humidity.
Throw Coach, Eryn Moser accompanied the girls on the trip.
"It was an opportunity to spend a week with some exceptional kids," she said. "They're respectful and polite and it wasn't really work. It was enjoyable. Our high school has something to be proud of in those girls."
Of the four Yellowjackets, Moenkedick had the highest finish taking 10th place in the discus throw championship. Her throw was measured at 129-00. The top ten finish caps a year where Moenkedick was undefeated during spring season in Class A discus and garnered a Minnesota state championship with a throw of 140-06. Her only defeat before the Nationals was at the Hamline Elite Meet, held before the state championship, where she faced competition from 2A schools.
Moser, who worked with Moenkedick all season, had nothing but praise for her efforts.
"It was the end to a nice career. It was also good for her to go out and actually have some competition."
McClellan, fresh off defending her own state championship in the 3200m, competed in the two-mile championship run finishing 12th with a time of 10:51:40.
"Maddie ran a great race," said Moser. She wanted to end her career on a personal best and she did."
Anderson, a part of the Minnesota state fifth place Girls 4x800 relay team, along with Sheets, McClellan and Kelsey Kratzke, competed on her own in the emerging elite one-mile run. She finished 20th with a time of 5:24.30.
"Abby raced really well, one of her better races."
Sheets placed 28th in the emerging elite 800m run with a time of 2:23.70.
"She finished on a high note," Moser said.
The National Scholastic Sports Foundation has operated the Outdoor Nationals since 1991. The event was held in Los Angeles, CA for the first three years (at University of California, Los Angeles), in Raleigh, NC for the next decade, through 2004 (at North Carolina State University) and has been held in Greensboro, NC (at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University) for the past five years.