Eight Montevideo athletes participated at the state track meet which was held this past weekend at Hamline University in St. Paul. Kurt TeBeest, Molly Reeves, Billy Etrheim, Chase Pearson, Riley Emery, Denis Maldonado, Kaleb Anderson, and Jose Pacheco all qualified for the state meet.

Eight Montevideo athletes participated at the state track meet which was held this past weekend at Hamline University in St. Paul. Kurt TeBeest, Molly Reeves, Billy Etrheim, Chase Pearson, Riley Emery, Denis Maldonado, Kaleb Anderson, and Jose Pacheco all qualified for the state meet.

 

In the preliminary events on Friday, Senior Kurt TeBeest easily won the 800 run with a time of 1:55.22, which automatically placed him in the finals on Saturday.

 

Junior Molly Reeves competed in three events in the prelims. In the long jump, she placed 16th and did not advance to the finals. She ran a 26.67 in the 200 dash, but her effort was not fast enough to qualify for the finals. Reeves did qualify for the finals of the 300 hurdles as she ran a 46.78 to advance.

 

The 4x100 relay team of Denis Maldonado, Chase Pearson, Billy Etrheim, and Riley Emery ran the race in a time of 44.54, which was the second fasted time ever by a Monte 4x100 team. However, it wasn’t enough to send them to the finals on Saturday.  

 

In order to make it to the finals on Saturday, the first two finishers of each heat and the next three fastest times advance.

 

While the weather on Friday was warm, there was a steady breeze that  helped keep athletes and spectators cool. On Saturday, however, the mercury flirted with 100 degrees by mid-afternoon and made things miserable for  athletes and spectators alike.

 

TeBeest ran a great race  in the  finals of the 1,600 run. The race was close from the start as TeBeest positioned himself well to make a last lap effort. He gained the lead, but was edged out of first place at the finish  line by Declan Dahlberg of Mounds Park Academy. TeBeest’s time in the event was 4:25.33.

 

TeBeest had a tougher time in the finals of the 800 run. He finished in fourth place with a time of 1:59.36.

 

Molly Reeves ran in the finals of the 300 relay. Her time of 47.23 was good enough for sixth place.

 

Thunder Hawks head coach Dave Schimming was pleased with his  athlete’s performances.

“Kurt TeBeest ran extremely well in the 1,600 to finish second. Kurt came back with less than an hour of rest to place fourth in the 800. His time of 1:55.22 in the prelims of the 800 broke his own record that  he set at last year’s state meet in the prelims,” he said.

 

TeBeest finishes his high school track career as the school record holder in both the 800 run and 1,600 run.

 

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