The Free Press, Mankato, MN


June 7, 2014

Class AA track: East's Ziegler wraps up track career, looks ahead to MSU

As Kiecker did, Bristol hopes to learn from first state meet

ST. PAUL — For Mankato East's Claire Ziegler, the Class AA track meet was a nice way to finish her high-school track career, but now she's ready to move on to the next challenge.

For Mankato West's Logan Bristol, the state meet was a learning experience that he hopes will push him to get back next year and improve on a disappointing result.

"I'm just thankful to be here and compete against the best athletes in the state," Bristol said.

It was a tough Saturday morning to excel in track, with a steady rain hampering the outdoor events. The pole vault and high jump were moved into the Hamline University fieldhouse.

Ziegler, a senior who graduated this week, threw the shot put only 35-feet-5 1/4, more than three feet short of her section throw, but the rain made it tough as she finished 16th.

"We haven't competed in these conditions all year," she said. "I wasn't fully prepared for it, but it was the same for everyone."

Ziegler, making her second state appearance in both throws, placed seventh in discus on Friday, a two-spot improvement over last year, but now it's time to turn her attention to basketball and Minnesota State, where she'll play next season. There are summer camps and workouts, and she's excited to get started.

"I like track, but my main thing is basketball," Ziegler said. "I'm ready to move forward."

Bristol, a junior making his first appearance at the state meet, competed in two events at the state meet. On Friday, he almost fell during the 110-meter hurdles and didn't qualify for Saturday's finals. On Saturday, battling a sore groin, he went out at 6-0 in the high jump, five inches lower than his section jump, and placed 11th. A jump of 6-5 would have placed second.

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