Bemidji HS track: Section champion Gilbertson throws her way to state meet
Bemidji High School senior Selina Gilbertson captured the discus title at Wednesday's Section 8AA track and field meet in Sauk Rapids and earned a berth in the state meet which will be June 11-12 at Hamline.
"Winning the discus was a shock," said Gilbertson, who finished second in the event at last year's section meet. "We were all seeded very close and I'm just glad I happened to have a good day."
Gilbertson was in the final group of discus throwers to compete Wednesday and in an earlier heat a rival threw over 118 feet.
"My first throw was one inch farther than hers," Gilbertson said. "I needed a good one at the start because then I could relax and chuck it."
In her second attempt the BHS senior let loose with the eventual winner, a throw that sailed 122-11.
"After that throw I was really nervous and hoping that no one would break it," the senior said. "And after it held I was very excited."
"Selina came in as the No. 1 seed and she came prepared and focused," said Lumberjacks coach Chris Lehman. "All of her throws were very nice. You could tell Selina was ready."
Gilbertson's experience at last year's state meet should be an asset when she heads to Hamline next Friday and her hope is to continue to improve.
"My goal at the beginning of this year was to reach 120 feet," Gilbertson said. "I didn't do very well at state last season and I want to make an impact this year. If I can have another personal record at state I will make my impact."
The discus was one of only a handful of events which held finals Wednesday. The majority of the finals, which will include Wednesday's top eight finishers, will be run Saturday when the Section 8AA scene shifts to Brainerd.
In other Wednesday action Bailey Drewes was sixth in the 800 preliminaries with a time of 2:23.32 and advanced to Saturday's final.
Abby Hendricks qualified for the final in the 300 hurdles with a ninth-place time of 49.52. Teammate Amanda Hunt finished 10th in the event at 50.04 and just missed a berth in the final.
Hunt also claimed seventh place in the high jump final with a 5-0 effort.
Hendricks was 16th in the 100 hurdles (17.43), Blake Bardwell paced BHS in the 400 with a 12th-place time of 1:04.21 and Josie Spry was 24th in the 100 with a time of 14.04.
In the boys division Alex Schoneberger will be the top seed in the 800 after his 1:56.45 clocking in Wednesday's preliminaries. Schoneberger bettered his previous personal record by almost two seconds.
Teammate Matt Lee will join him in the finals as he placed fifth in 2:00.87.
Peter Humeniuk advanced to Saturday's final in the 400 by placing fifth in the preliminaries with a time of 52.79. Also advancing to the finals was Ryan Rude in the 100 who will be the eighth seed by virtue of his 11.49 clocking.