Class A state girls track: Concordia Academy’s Shaina Zinter sweeps hurdle events, scores enough for 4th-place team finish

In the Class A state girls track and field meet on Friday at St. Michael-Albertville High School, Concordia Academy junior Shaina Zinter was gracefully clearly hurdles, making the process look effortless.

Racing down the track during the 100-meter hurdles in the second race of the afternoon, Zinter crossed the finish line well ahead of her heat — and the field — finishing with a time of 14.29 seconds, which if not for a gust of wind that came rustling through the track would have been good for a Class A state record.

Zinter wasn’t too disappointed, however. She still tabbed a personal best and, more important, won a state title.

“That one felt great. I did what I wanted to do; I was running tall. I was just skimming over the hurdles,” Zinter said. “And it went fast. Too bad it wasn’t a record with the wind, but I’m happy with the time.”

Zinter was only getting started; she qualified for state in three other events: long jump, 300-meter hurdles and the 200-meter dash. And she didn’t have much time for rest in between. As soon as she stepped off the podium after the awards ceremony for the 100 hurdles, she was off to the long jump.

However, Zinter only did two jumps — one of which was a scratch — before skipping the final two. Zinter tweaked a quad muscle during a jump, which led to her taking a different approach for the remainder of the meet.

“I just did what I could in the other events and hoped it played out. Just trying to be smart instead of aggressive,” Zinter said.

From a distance, it appeared Zinter was proceeding both smartly and aggressively. Her one recorded jump of 17 feet, 7 1/2 inches was good for fourth behind Annandale senior Nyalaam Jok (20-1/2), who also would have broken a state record had it not been for wind, St. Charles senior Lindsey Root (17-8) and Maple Lake senior Maggie Larson (19-1 3/4) and .

And Zinter’s quad didn’t appear to be bothering her as she secured a sweep of the hurdle events, winning the 300 hurdles in 43.51 seconds, well ahead of second-place finished Emma Borowicz of Crookston (45.16).

In her final event of the evening, Zinter secured third place in the 200 with a time of 25.86 seconds behind champion Anisa Thompson from Blake (25.46) and second-place finisher Ellie Sonju of Glencoe-Silver Lake (25.65).

Zinter scored all 38 team points for Concordia Academy-Roseville, which finished in fourth in the team standings.

“It was a fun experience because it was a different track. … I was excited the whole day,” Zinter said. “A little bit nervous as it got closer, but overall, excited.”

Rockford was the team champion with 46 points, followed by Annandale (42) and GMLOKS (39).

Other results

Larson, the runner-up in the long jump, set a Class A state record in the triple jump, recording a winning jump of 40 feet, 10 1/2-inches. Bagley/Fosston’s Analisa Huschle previously set the record in 2011 at 39 feet, 4 1/2 inches.







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