PREP TRACK: Senior becomes first state champion in Warroad girls track history
ST. PAUL -- That hectic schedule Friday didn't slow down Deidre Hahn.
The senior became the first state champion in the history of the Warroad girls track program. Hahn was a double winner Friday in the opening day of the Minnesota Class A high school meet, winning both the high jump and the long jump.
Both the jumping events began at 3:30 p.m. Friday. In addition, Hahn ran in the 100 prelims, which were held at 3:50. So Hahn was going from event to event.
"I was nervous about the schedule," Hahn said. "It turns out I didn't have to worry about it.
"I'm absolutely shocked (to be a state champion). I was scared that I wouldn't even place in the high jump. This is a great feeling, pretty cool."
Hahn also got some help from the Minnesota State High School League, which assigned two people to her to make sure the senior wasn't denied opportunities. Hahn was the only qualifier in the high jump, long jump and 100.
"They had two guys who followed me around to tell the people in charge of events that they couldn't scratch me because I was competing in other events, and that I had to have recovery time after the 100," Hahn said. "That really helped."
Title No. 1 was in the high jump. She cleared 5 foot 6 inches -- two inches higher than her previous personal record -- to win by one inch.
"It was so weird," Hahn said. "I'm 5-4 and the other girls (in the high jump) were all about six feet tall. I felt pretty small. The high jump was supposed to be my weakest event.
"I was so pumped about winning the high jump, I didn't even care about what was going on at the long jump. Then I went over to the long jump and found out I was in first place there, too."
Hahn won the long jump with a leap of 17-2¾. "That was actually pretty mediocre," Hahn said of the distance. "But everybody seemed to be having a bad day. I was consistent. It just wasn't consistently awesome. But I didn't care. I won."
Hahn also reached today's finals in the 100 and 200.
She had a 25.46-second time in the 200 prelims, the second-fastest behind Milaca's Kaija Crowe (25.36). In the 100, Hahn's time of 12.55 seconds was third fastest. Vanessa Lane of Pequot Lakes ran a 12.48 to get the top seed going into today's finals.
"I think (winning two titles) surprised us both," Warroad coach Alan Rybolt said. "I knew Deidre was capable of doing it. In the high jump, she outdid her PR by two inches; that's pretty fantastic. She's jumped further in the long jump, but she jumped far enough to win.
"We're hoping for high places (in the sprint finals). She could pull off another first. The odds are against her winning two more, but she's very capable of doing it."
Biermaier seeded second
In Class AA, Thief River Falls' Meleah Biermaier ran the second-fastest time in the 300 hurdles on Friday to reach today's finals. The freshman is the defending state champion in the event.
Biermaier had a time of 44.47 seconds in the prelim. The fastest time, of 44.31 seconds, was run by Erin Huls of Rocori.