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Roseville foursome wins at Hamline Elite Meet
Only one member of the Roseville Area High School boys 4x800-meter relay team that earned All-State honors last season is back this spring, but it appears he has found some worthy new partners.
Senior Dan Wahlstedt teamed up with sophomore Collin Kiley, junior Jack Schugel and senior Dan Zalk to win the 4x800 at the Hamline Elite Meet on Friday. They completed the eight laps in a time of 8:09.19 to beat out the runner-up team from Hibbing by 0.88 seconds.
Wahlstedt ran the anchor leg after taking the baton from the No. 3 runner Zalk. Kiley, who qualified for the state cross country meet last fall, started off the race before handing off to Schugel.
Last spring, Wahlstedt qualified for the state meet in the 4x800 with then-seniors Joey Burquest, Evan Kacmarynski and Tony Joyer. They entered the state meet with the slowest section time but wound up taking third at state.
The Hamline Elite event is one of the more anticipated regular-season high school track and field events. Prospective competitors must submit results from previous meets this season and meet organizers select the field based on the best times, distances and heights.
The 4x800-meter relay team was one of five Roseville entries in the Hamline meet. The Roseville girls 4x200-meter relay team of freshmen Nicole Willums and Megan Eklund, junior Sophia Miliotis and senior Tianna McKinney finished fifth.
Senior Caroline Brisbois competed in the 1,600 meters and placed seventh.
Eklund, Miliotis and McKinney also ran in the 4x100-meter relay along with senior Emily Edman and finished eighth.
McKinney qualified for the meet in a third event, the long jump, and finished 10th.
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