The Holy Angels track and field team ended its regular season at the Section 3AA meet last week, but two Stars were able to extend their seasons by qualifying for the Class 2A state track and field meet set to take place this weekend.
Juniors Alex Gillard (pole vault) and John Kosmach (300-meter hurdles) were able to place in the top-2 at sections and advance to the state meet.
For Gillard, the trip to state is not a surprise, as he has entrenched himself as one of the top pole vaulters in the state, but he had to overcome adversity on his way to earning his state berth after breaking his pole early in the meet.
“He kept his cool, kept his focus, but to recover from that was mental toughness right there,” Gunderson said. “So then Eastview, showing great sportsmanship, came up to him and let them use a pole similar to his and he went to state.”
For Kosmach, he is making his first state appearance in the 300-meter hurdles, but he has state experience from competing in the 110-meter hurdles event last season.
“John Kosmach is the No. 2 seed in the 300 hurdles and the six seed in the 110-meter hurdles,” Gunderson said. ““He went in the 110 hurdles last year which surprised us because we felt the 300 was his better event.
“He went through last year and got that experience. He was really dedicated this year and he hit his PR the other day.”
Elsewhere for the Holy Angels boys, Kosmach (third-place, 110-meter hurdles), Gerone Hamilton, Jr. (15th place, discus throw), Jack Foley (13th place, high jump). Thomas DeMuse (10th place, pole vault), and Tommy McCoy (15th place, triple jump) brought in top-15 performances for the Stars boys.
For the girls’ side, Isabelle Henry (10th place, 400-meter dash), Hanna Sobhani (14th place, 1600-meter run), Emma Henry (12th place, 300-meter hurdles), and Courtney Mohs (13th place, long jump) placed in the top-15 for the Stars.
“This is one of the most competitive sections around,” Gunderson said. “You go and compete and it is those individual competitions and you get to see where a lot of these young people are.”
With the Holy Angels team season ending at sections, Gunderson is proud of the way his boys and girls teams performed.
“I think the guys’ side has had a great season,” Gunderson said. “We finished second in the conference this year, had a lot of great performances from Joe Heimbold, who won most of the 100-meter dashes or was top three, he was third in the conference, Luke Miller won the 1600 and 3200 in conference, Tommy McCoy took third in the 800 and [Alex] Gillard was the conference champ in the pole vault.
“The girls’ side is extremely young. Our 4×100 and 4×200 have a talented group of girls that are all either freshmen or sophomores. We have some good young talent.”
Gillard and Kosmach will look to bring home some hardware at the Class 2A state meet Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10, at Hamline University.
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