She's a state champion - Piepenburg wins 3,200-meter run in Class AAJamie Piepenburg took advantage of the weather - such as it was - on Friday morning to clock in at 10:54.01 and capture the State Class AA championships in the 3,200-meter run at Hamline University.
Jamie Piepenburg took advantage of the weather - such as it was - on Friday morning to clock in at 10:54.01 and capture the State Class AA championships in the 3,200-meter run at Hamline University.
Piepenburg, who has led the state honor roll times nearly the entire season in that event, ran three-tenths of a second better than her seed time for the meet.
She led through the early going in the race, but lost the lead in the latter part of the eight-lap event, only to regain the lead with 40 meters remaining to hold on for a 0.71 win over Maria Hauger of Shakopee. Alyssa Salava of North finished just 1.64 seconds behind Piepenburg for third.
The Cardinal freshman, who was also third in state in the Class AA cross country meet last fall, held the best time this season with 10:52.42, which she ran at a meet in Moorhead on April 17.
Piepenburg also finished eighth in the 1,600-meter run on Saturday, slogging through rain, wind gusts and temperatures around 47 degrees to clock in at 5:08.04. Cassy Opitz of Eden Prairie was first with a time of 4:59.53.
Sophomore Rosey Erickson used a preliminary jump of 18-2.75 to propel her into the finals of the long jump.
That distance held up through the finals, earning Erickson second place in the Class AA division.
Antoinette Goodman of Burnsville won the long jump with a distance of 18-5.25.
Mallory Stier competed in the finals of the shot put, finishing 17th overall with a distance of 31-9. The event was won by Kim Hovey of Red Wing with a 42-8.25.
Erickson also ran in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash prelims on day one, notching times of 12.33 and 24.62 to advance to Saturday’s finals.
Her time in the 200-meter dash was the fastest of the field.
After day one’s successes, the girls led the team scores with 22 points, followed by Sartell-St. Stephen with 19. Thirty teams in all scored on day one.
Day two’s event proved to be much more difficult for the athletes as the temperature plummeted and the rains fell.
Erickson came back on day two to finish fourth in the 100-meter dash in 12.63, while Sid’Reshia Floyd of Robbinsdale Armstrong ran a 12.31 to take the title.
In the 200-meter dash, Erickson ran to third place in 26.00, with Paige Kuplic of Prior Lake winning the gold in 25.45.
Those finishes carried the Cardinal girls to a fifth place overall finish as they scored 38 points. Mounds View won the Class AA title with 48.