Sleepy Eye’s track and field team is highly underrated. There have been a lot of phenomenal athletes on this team in the past couple of years and I just wanted to give a shout-out to this year’s squad.


I’ve never been on a track team, because I was never interested in running or any of the other events. However, over the years I have learned to appreciate the athletic ability it takes for these athletes to do so well in their respective events. Most recently, the Sleepy Eye team competed in the sub-section meet, to determine who will get to compete in the section meet this Saturday in Mankato.


A total of 10 athletes will be competing in the section meet. First off, senior Nikki Carr will be competing in the 100, the long jump, and two relay events. To me, Carr’s long jump has impressed me the most. At the sub-section meet, she jumped 16 feet and three inches. Wow. At my prime, I don’t think I could long jump half of that distance. The other day, I was curious to see what the world record in long jump is. Did you know in 1922, the world record for women was 16 feet, 11 inches? To think that Carr was only eight inches away from matching a world record from 1922 is pretty cool to think about.


Another impressive athlete this year has been senior Andy Steffl, who has led the boys team with multiple first place finishes this season in shot put and discus. At the sub-section meet, Steffl not only broke the school record in discus in the preliminary round, but he broke his own record again in the finals, with a distance of 139 feet, eight inches. I think we can all agree that is pretty awesome.


Other athletes competing this Saturday (by the way, you should go and support these guys!) are Jamie Marti, Mariah Salfer, Brianna Polesky, Mary Joyce, Becca Schmitz, Samantha Walter, Hannah Marti, and Tori Anderson. Good luck to all! I have a good feeling one of these athletes will be competing in the state tournament this year.