One girl and one boy from the Falls High School track and field teams punched their tickets to the Minnesota State Track and Field Meet in St. Paul.
Senior Taylor Busch and sophomore Jack Maxwell will represent the Broncos in the meet after winning their respective events in the Section 7A Meet in Duluth Thursday.
Busch placed first in the shot put, measuring a put of over 37 feet, while Maxwell won the section championship in pole vault, reaching a height of over 12 feet.
This will be Busch’s second-straight year going to the state meet and she said she is excited to be able to qualify in her senior year.
“This has been something I’ve been working towards all season and it feels great to see it realized,” she said.
With only one other teammate qualifying for the state meet, Busch said she is honored to get the opportunity to represent her school.
“It’s a really big honor,” she said. “I’ve put a lot of time into this sport and to be able to be one of the only people to qualify means a lot to me.”
Busch finished 16th in shot put at the state meet last year, but she says she plans on doing even better this time around.
“I feel a lot more determined this year,” she said. “Last year I didn’t throw very well because I was a bit nervous. Hamline is such a different atmosphere, but I know I’ll do a lot better this year.”
Maxwell said he hopes to gain a lot of experience during his first state meet.
“I’m glad I was able to make it to the state meet because it’s such a great experience to see all of these great athletes competing,” he said.
Maxwell also said he had a lot of help from coaches and teammates, both past and present, including Wyatt Amdahl, who qualified in pole vault for the state meet last year.
“I’ve been talking with Wyatt here and there,” he said. “He has been a great mentor my last two years of vaulting.”
When asked if there were any nerves heading into the state meet, Maxwell said he is feeling a mixture of nervousness and excitement.
“I’m a little nervous because it’s such a big meet, but at the same time I’m excited because I have the opportunity to compete against the state’s best,” he said.
Behind Maxwell and Busch are a staff of coaches who each say they will do everything they can to prepare the pair for the state meet.
“We’re hoping to see Taylor break another personal record at the state meet,” said girls’ head coach Sheryl Hendrickson. “Taylor and Jack have worked very hard this season and we’re all proud of them for qualifying.”
The Minnesota State Track and Field Meet will be held at Hamline University in St. Paul Friday and Saturday.