Osakis senior Elizabeth Pahl already owned the school records in the shot put and discus going into the Class A state meet this weekend.
Her goal was to best those previous marks one last time before leaving the program. She came up just short on Friday but still finished second overall in the discus with a throw of 127-08. On Saturday, she got the personal record she was looking for in the shot put and finished fourth with a toss of 41-11.50.
“It was a lot of fun. Went out there and left it all out there,” Pahl said. “It started with discus. I’m happy to be taking home second. I wish I could have PRed, but it just wasn’t the day. Shot put, I started strong and hit a PR. I’m happy.”
Pahl’s seed mark in the discus was two inches further than her finals throw at 127-10. Desera Engholm of Pequot Lakes won the discus state title on Friday with a 131-04. She then went out and took home the shot put championship on Saturday with a throw of 43-11.25.
“It feels great having PRed,” Pahl said of the shot put. “I’ll take any place as long as I PR. That was the main goal for me, and just to be aggressive out there, so I’m happy.”
Pahl leaves Osakis as the best girls thrower to ever come through the program when looking at her shot put and discus records. Those records and podium finishes at state are gratifying, but the success the Silverstreaks saw as a team during her career is what stands out the most for her.
“I’ve accomplished a lot, but winning true team state in 2017 was my highlight of my whole career,” Pahl said. “It was a really special moment.”