Two members of the Falls High School boys' and girls' track and field teams got the chance to represent the Broncos at the Minnesota State Track and Field Meet in St. Paul Friday and Saturday.

Senior Taylor Busch and sophomore Jack Maxwell competed with the top athletes from across Minnesota at the meet in the hope of earning a medal in their respective events.

First, Maxwell competed in the pole vault Friday.

Maxwell sailed over the bar at heights of 11 and 12 feet, but ultimately came up short at a height of 12 feet 6 inches.

Maxwell ended the tournament in 19th place, but he says he is very thankful for the experience he was given during the meet.

"I feel very good about how I did," he said. "I got out of my slump and tied my personal best. I'm thankful I have two more years to improve. It was great to see so many great athletes compete.

Boys' head coach Paul Hjelle said he is also happy Maxwell got a chance to compete at the state meet as a sophomore.

"Jack tied his personal record while there and I think the experience he got will make him even better next year," he said.

Next, Busch competed in the shot put Saturday.

This was Busch's second-consecutive year competing in the shot put at the state meet.

Busch competed in the first flight, with her best throw measuring in at 36 feet 1.75 inches.

Ultimately, this was not enough to boost Busch into the finals, and the senior ended her Bronco career with an 11th-place finish, an improvement from her 16th-place result a year ago.

Head girls' coach Sheryl Hendrickson said she and the rest of the girls' team are proud of Busch's achievements.

"I cannot begin to say how proud we are of Taylor," she said. "She worked so very hard all season long and earned her way back to the state meet. We are sure going to miss her and wish her all the best in her college throwing career."

Busch said she was honored to represent her team two years in a row and she will carry these memories with her forever. 

“It has been an honor to be able to compete at the state meet and represent the Broncos," she said. "I’m glad I can end my high school career this way and I’m proud of how far I’ve come and what I have learned from this. These kinds of things are memories that will last a lifetime.”

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