The Fighting Saints had four athletes qualify for eight events at the prestigious Hamline Elite Meet on Friday, April 28. Qualifying for the meet is an accomplishment in itself because the competition accepts only the most talented athletes from both Class A and Class AA high schools across the state of Minnesota.
Winning the 400m dash and setting a new Hamline Elite meet record, as well as a new St. Francis High School record, was Senior Genuine Matthews who finished in a time of 47.79, which was more than half a second faster than the rest of the competition. Matthews also finished third in the 100m dash with a time of 10.94, in addition to qualifying for the 200m dash.
Watch Matthew’s interview on Milesplit: Milesplit.com Interviews Genuine Matthews
Senior Amanda Anderson also won her event at the Hamline Elite meet, taking first place in discus with an impressive throw of 160-01, less than 5 feet short of her personal record. In addition, Anderson placed sixth in shot put with a distance of 39-09. On Friday, May 5, Anderson is receiving the Athena Award, which honors female high school seniors for their athletic achievements.
Watch Anderson’s interview on Milesplit: Milesplit.com Interviews Amanda Anderson
Also qualifying for two events at the Hamline Elite Meet was senior Tommy Schwieger who placed third in long jump with a new personal record of 22-01.75 Schwieger also placed 5th in triple jump with a distance of 44-02.
The youngest St. Francis athlete to qualify for the Hamline Elite Meet was sophomore Eli Hylen who placed 4th in high jump with an impressive jump of 6′ 05″
The Fighting Saints compete next at the Chisago Lakes Invitational on Tuesday, May 2. Here is a link to the full results from the Hamline Elite Meet: Result
Photo Credit: Al Angell