Hackels finishes 1st; 3 other Yellowjackets finish within top 10 at Hamline Elite Meet

Perham’s track and field team was well represented and secured a first-place finish at Minnesota’s top track and field meet in St. Paul on Friday.

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Perham's Gracie Morris (far left), Lauryn Rustad (middle left), Jaden Hackel (middle right), and Bjorn Anderson (far right) at the Hamline Elite Meet in St. Paul on April 28.
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ST. PAUL – The Perham track and field team brought home some serious hardware from its trip to the Hamline Elite Meet in St. Paul on Friday.

Jaden Hackel had the only first-place finish of the evening for the Yellowjackets. Her distance of 36 feet, 10 inches secured the top spot in the triple jump and broke her own school record. Perham track and field head coach Mike Peterson had high praises for her record-breaking performance.

“Jaden Hackel had a monster triple which was the best of her career,” he said. “Winning that event is really impressive and I’m very proud of her. She has had a great year so far and it seems that at every meet she is getting better and better.”

Freshman Gracie Morris showed up and showed out with a fifth-place finish in the pole vault with a vault of 11 feet, 3 inches to set a new personal best.

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Perham's Gracie Morris preps for one of her attempts at the pole vault at the Hamline Elite Meet in St. Paul on April 28.
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“Gracie had her best pole vault of the year,” Peterson said. “She tied the girl that beat her at state last year in that event.”


Lauryn Rustad finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.77. Peterson has been impressed with Rustad’s performance this season.

“Lauryn tied her previous record of 15.77,” he said. “She has been steadily improving at each and every meet. She is putting up times that she didn’t put up until the end of last year and that’s what we have been seeing from most of our athletes.”

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Perham's Lauryn Rustad and coach Kay Morris at the Hamline Elite Meet in St. Paul on April 28. Rustad finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.77.
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Bjorn Anderson set personal bests in the 800-meter dash (1:57.77) and the 1600-meter dash (4:19.35) to secure seventh-place finishes in both events.

“Bjorn did a phenomenal job,” Peterson said. “It is so difficult to do an 800 and a mile race in that caliber of a meet and perform as he did.”

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Perham's Bjorn Anderson and coach Jeff Morris at the Hamline Elite Meet in St. Paul on April 28. Anderson finished seventh in the 800-meter dash ((1:57.77) and the 1600-meter dash (4:19.35).
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Peterson was happy with how his athletes performed at the meet but he couldn’t have prepared them by himself.

“I have a phenomenal coaching staff who are so good at what they do and so passionate about it,” he said. “The kids are willing to work and want to do well. They are all so smart when they compete. That comes from our coaching staff and how they prepare these kids from meet to meet.”

HAMLINE ELITE MEET BOYS TOP EIGTH FINISHERS- 800m- 1st- Andrew Casey (Lakeville North) 1:54.57, 2nd- Ryan Mulrooney (Rosemount) 1:55.18, 3rd- Kaleb Sharp (Jordan) 1:56.42, 4th- Jack Lauer (Big Lake) 1:56.42, 5th- Ethan Schwankl (1:57.28), 6th- Hayes McMillan (Wayzata) 1:57.77, 7th- Bjorn Anderson (Perham) 1:57.81, 8th- Nathan Amundson (Northfield) 1:58.81

1600M- 1st- Bryce Stachewicz (Lakeville North) 4:13.97, 2nd- Elliot McArthur (Mounds View) 4:15.48, 3rd- Kaleb Sharp (Jordan) 4:17.48, 4th- Emmet Gerres (Belle Plaine) 4:18.03, 5th- Nolan Sutter (Chaska) 4:18.39, 6th- Cameron Stocke (Rock Ridge) 4:18.82, 7th- Bjorn Anderson (Perham) 4:19.35, 8th- Cade Sanvik (Osseo) 4:19.75


HAMLINE ELITE MEET GIRLS TOP EIGHT FINISHERS- 100M HURDLES- 1st- Claire Kohler (Minnetonka) 14.35, 2nd- Cecelia Woods (Rocori) 14.98, 3rd- Hannah Hanson (Rochester Mayo) 14.93, 4th- Ruby Pajibo (Minnetonka) 15.23, 5th- Lillian Wanzek (Hopkins) 15.49, 6th- Lauryn Rustad (Perhm) 15.77, 7th Maddyn Greenway (Providence Academy) 15.86, 8th Megan Liebers (Farmington) 15.95

POLE VAULT- 1st- Sofia Condon (Anoka) 13’, 2nd0 Jayda Wilson (Roseville Area) 11’ 9”, 3rd- Sophia Roskoski (Stillwater Area) 11’ 9”, 4th- Rylie Hansen (Mankato East) 11’ 3’, 5th- Gracie Morris (Perham) 11’ 3”, 6th- Cecily Fager (Legacy Christian Academy) 11’ 3”, 7th- Taylar Bockoven (Milaca) 10’ 9”, 8th- Lilian Sather (Chanhassen) 10’ 9”

TRIPLE JUMP- 1st- Jaden Hackel (Perham) 36’ 10”, 2nd- Hemetii Apet (Roseville Area) 36’ 07”, 3rd- Kate Van Erp (Rocori) 35’ 9.25”, 4th- Olivia Walsh (Austin) 35’ 9.25”, 5th- Raina Simat (St. Michael-Albertville), 6th- Gabriella Keefer (St. Michael-Albertville) 35’ 7”, 7th- Jodsona Chea (St. Michael-Albertville) 35’ 4”, 8th- Libert Quast (Stillwater Area) 35’ 3.25”

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