The Fighting Saints competed in Day 2 of the Minnesota AA State Track & Field meet on Saturday, June 10. Conditions were challenging with a heat index close to triple digits, and winds above 20 mph. With 67 teams competing at the prestigious meet, the Saints had many impressive performances overall; the boys’ team (Eli Hylen, Genuine Matthews, Tommy Schwieger) finished 6th overall, and the girls’ team (Amanda Anderson) finished 22nd overall.
Sophomore Eli Hylen is the 2017 Minnesota State champion in high jump, tying his previous personal record and SFHS record of 6′ 8″. Hylen was seeded 3rd overall, but he was able to beat the competition, including 13 seniors. At last year’s state meet, Hylen finished 17th overall with a height of 6’00”. Needless to say, he has made a lot of progress this season, and his future looks promising.
Senior Genuine Matthews earned a third place finish in the 100m Dash. His time of 10.71 is another new SFHS record. Matthews completed his high school track career with a first place finish in the 400m dash; his time of 48.72 was more than 1.2 seconds faster than the second place finish. Matthews also holds the SFHS record in the 200m and 400m dash. Matthews plans to attend NDSU in the fall, where he will compete in track and field.
Senior Amanda Anderson is the two-time consecutive state champion of discus. She threw a distance of 154-07, a staggering 23 feet farther than 2nd place. Later in the meet, Anderson was able to earn another medal by finishing 5th in shot put with a throw 41-10.5. Anderson is the Mississippi 8 Conference record holder in discus. She also earned an athletic scholarship and will attend NDSU in the fall where she will compete in track and field.
Senior Tommy Schwieger also earned two medals at the state meet, finishing 5th in long jump and 6th in triple jump. Schwieger had a distance of 44-1.75 in triple jump and 22-5.25 in long jump. Schwieger currently holds the SFHS record in both triple and long jump. Schwieger has recently been accepted as a member of Union 292 IBEW for electricians; he plans to complete a five year apprenticeship as the start to his career.
Photo Credit: Al Angell