Park track & field: Freshman Gorres reaches state in two events
Park freshman Allison Gorres made a splash at the Section 3AA meet by securing two spots at the Class 2A state meet.
Gorres qualified in the 100-meter dash Thursday to add another event after qualifying in the long jump Tuesday at the University of St. Thomas to make her first trip to the state meet.
"She's an athlete and doing great," Wolfpack head coach Matt Maher said. "She's really doing great and doing it at the right time. She's doing it in all of her events."
Gorres reached the state meet in the long jump Tuesday with a personal-best jump of 17 feet, 4 ¼ inches on her final attempt to place second. Gorres didn't realize what she'd accomplished initially until she met with her parents after the event and told her.
Gorres added to the accomplishments after she qualified with a time of 12.32 seconds in the 100, which was good for third in the finals. Gorres finished fourth in the 200 with a time of 26.19 and just missed the qualifying time of 25.68 seconds.
"I got the qualifying time in the conference meet but I had to do it here to make it official so I told myself I could do it and I knew I could do it," Gorres said.
While Gorres got to experience the thrill of reaching the state meet, teammate Temi Ogunrinde did not after reaching the state meet last season. Ogunrinde, who won her heat in the 400 and finished third at the Class 2A state meet last season, placed fourth in the 400 with a time of 1:00.63.
Other finalists included Park junior Katelyn Floysand finished sixth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.34.
The Wolfpack's 4x200-meter relay team of Ogunrinde, Gorres, senior Sharmaine Turner and freshman Ciara Gregory, placed third with a time of 1:46.40.
Park junior McKenzie Greeder placed fourth in the pole vault with a jump of 9 feet.
Park finished eighth overall with 36.5 points. Eagan won the meet with 132.5 points and Prior Lake took second with 129.5 points.
In the boys section meet, Wolfpack senior Dylan Smallidge started the day with the third-best prelim jump in the long jump of 20 feet, 5 1/2 inches, but couldn't rise any further in the finals. Smallidge improved on his prelim jump with a jump of 20-5 ¾ but not nearly enough to qualify for the state meet.
"He jumped well, just not great," Park head coach Mike Moran said. "He's in the mid-20s. He had four jumps in the mid-20s, but he needed a 21 to make the meet. He had a good career."
Smallidge, who had to recover from a knee injury during football season, also finished third in the triple jump, going 42-7 in the finals, but missing the qualifying mark of 44-9.
Park sophomore Ethan Berube put together three consecutive personal best times, including one during the prelims Tuesday to reach the finals of the 800-meter run. Berube finished 11th overall with a time of 2:18.7.
The Wolfpack's 4x100-meter relay team of senior Irving Gutierrez, senior Dylan Smallidge, freshman Michael Griffin and sophomore Brandyn Tulloch finished sixth with a time of 45.62.
The Park 4x200-meter relay team of freshman Oreolawa Odujole, sophomore Opiew Omot, freshman Tolulope Ogunrinde and sophomore Noah Ijomah placed 11th in 1:37.77.
The Wolfpack's 4x400-meter relay team of senior Nathaniel Astin, Omot, Berube and Smallidge finished ninth in 3:32.89.
Park's 4x800-meter relay team of senior Brian Buckner, sophomore Ryan Tolkinen, Astin and Berube took seventh with a time of 8:36.18.
Last season, led by 2012 graduates R.J. Alowonle and D'Monte Farley, the Park boys took second in the state as a team.
"It's a hard year to come back from what we had," Moran said. "They did so spectacular last year that almost anything is going to look poor in comparison."