Hackel starts strong at Section 1A prelims

Published 9:29 pm Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Austin girls track and field team advanced just one runner at the Section 1AA preliminaries at Lakeville South Thursday.

Eighth grader Carolyn Hackel reached the finals in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. She tied for third in the 200 with a time of 27.24 seconds and she was fourth in the 100 with a time of 13.53.

Though they didn’t reach the top-eight to qualify, Austin had solid performances from 300-meter hurdlers sophomore Karyn Potach — who had a career best time of 51.28 seconds into the wind — and seventh grader Rachel Quandt — who finished near her season’s best time at 51.68 seconds.

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Austin sophomore pole vaulter Abby Snater will get her crack at getting to state when she competes on Saturday.