Circumstances work against Edina

John Sherman
Sports Editor

Boys track team loses chance for state team title

Edina High might have had the best boys track team in Minnesota this spring, but circumstances, maybe even mysterious forces, worked against the Hornets in their bid to win the state title.

Edina 4x400-meter relay anchor Abdihafid Sahal takes off after taking the handoff from teammate Theo Keller during the State Class AA Track and Field Meet June 10 at Hamline University. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)
Edina 4×400-meter relay anchor Abdihafid Sahal takes off after taking the handoff from teammate Theo Keller during the State Class AA Track and Field Meet June 10 at Hamline University. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)

It began in the Section 6AA Meet when several Hornets with state aspirations fell short in their attempts to qualify for state.

Even without some key athletes in the lineup, Edina head coach Dave Boone thought his team would have a good shot at the state title, but then there were more unfortunate circumstances.

Senior distance runner Zachary Miller was struck down by a virus and ended up in the emergency room the night before the state meet. He was able to run the 3,200 the next morning, but finished out of the money. Without any points on the first day of competition, the landscape changed for the Hornets.

That landscape tilted sideways the morning of Miller’s race when Edina’s most reliable scorer, senior Henry Adams, didn’t register a successful attempt in the pole vault for the first time this season.

Adams did, however, win his heat in the 110-meter high hurdles, an event he would win in the finals, as well.

With its scoring potential vastly reduced by this set of circumstances, Edina still managed to remain in the hunt for the state title. Going into the final three events on Saturday, June 10, the Hornets had a chance to win. But it was not to be.

Entering the last event, the 4×400-meter relay, the best Edina could do was second place. By placing third in the relay, the Hornets tied St. Francis for sixth place with 41 points. Scores for the teams finishing ahead of the Hornets were: East Ridge 51, Lakeville South 44, Wayzata 43, Mounds View 42 and Hopkins 42.

While it was a tough way to end the season, the Hornets still had plenty to celebrate.

Adams broke his own school record Saturday to win the 110 hurdles in 14.07 seconds. His teammate, senior Grant Fuller, finished fifth in that race in 14.54. Edina’s 4×400 relay competed against the state’s best and took home bronze medals with seniors Fuller and Abdihafid Sahal, junior Abner Moseti and sophomore Theo Keller.

Moseti took sixth place in the open 400 with a time of 50.77.

Senior Thomas Schauerman added an eighth place in the 800 with a time of 2:03.22.

The Hornets had two individual place winners in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles. Fuller took fourth place in 38.61 and Sahal was sixth in 39.29.

“We can look at the shouldas, couldas and wouldas all day,” said coach Boone. “That’s athletics. If things had gone perfectly for us, it could have been a cakewalk. But there are so many variables in a meet like this.
“At the end of it, you have to look at the whole season – and we had a very good year with a sixth place in this meet and a runner-up finish in the State True Team Meet. I am so proud of our athletes.”
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