Setting a new standard

Allyson Sample breaks school record in 2AA sections

Photo by Chris Drummond: Marshall's Allyson Sample competes in the 3200-meter run in the Section 2AA meet in Worthington on Wednesday afternoon.

WORTHINGTON — Although the weather didn’t cooperate at first, forcing a two-hour and 15-minute delay, the Marshall Tigers track and field team competed at the Section 2AA playoffs to see who will go to the finals or quality for the state meet.

The finals are on Friday and many of the athletes will come back to compete.

Junior Allyson Sample qualified for state in the girls 3200 meters with a time of 11:00.70, setting the standard and breaking a school record. Chidi Nwakama and Briana Simpson both qualified for the 100 Meters final that will take place on Friday.

Taleigha Bigler placed third in the 800 meters at 2:25.26. She will be also racing in the relay team of the 4×800 on Friday. Avery Schneekloth got a time of 2:33.63 and Jersey Leysen got a time of 2:31.23 also qualified for finals in the 800 Meters race on Friday

Ava Holmgren set a season-best in the high jump, clearing 5’1. Soe Ka Maw placed sixth in the 110m Hurdles and seventh in the 300m hurdles, qualifying for both finals on Friday.

“We are really thankful that we got the meet in,” Marie Sample said. “At about 3 p.m., we were almost canceling it and trying to figure out how we were going to run Thursday or Friday. There was lighting, so we sent kids into the building. We as coaches were just trying to figure stuff out. We were able to get the meet going and we had one qualifier today make state. Had to break the standard to do it because our section is competitive in the distance events. We had a lot of kids punch through to the finals. Brooke Gillingham got a personal best, finishing third just missing a state appearance in the discus event. We are excited and thankful today happened. We will go back, regroup and get ready for the championship day on Friday.”

“Well it was a rough start because of the weather,” Dave Sample said. “However, I believe it helped us out a bit because the weather cooled off. It wasn’t as hot and it helped our performances a bit. A lot of great performances today. Josh Leibfried had a gutsy race in the 3200 meters event to kick us off. He ended up with a personal record and got a fourth place finish. We hopefully can bring him back on Friday as we are going for the 4×800 relay team to get to state. Our section is tough, so unfortunately we didn’t have a lot of guys in the hunt for state. Nwakama is in the final for the 100 Meters and we have a couple of our relay teams for the boys. Hopefully Friday we can bring it home.”

The Marshall Tigers track and field team will come back to Worthington to compete in the relays and some of the other running events to see who will achieve a state tournament berth and be at St. Michael Albertville High School next Thursday-Sunday for MSHSL state track.

The meet will start at 10 a.m.on Friday

Section results


3200 Meters: 4-Josh Leibfried, 9:55.75; 10-Landon Marthaler, 10:31.31. 110m Hurdles: 6-Soe Ka Maw, 16.10. 100 Meters: 8-Chidi Nwakama, 11.78. 300m Hurdles: 7-Soe Ka Maw, 42.52. Triple Jump: 7-Andrew Elton, 40-04.


3200 Meters: 3-Allyson Sample, 11.70.00. 100 Meters: 6-Briana Simpson, 13.47. 800 Meters: 3-Taleigha Bigler, 2:25.26; 6- Jersey Leysen, 2:31.23; 7-Avery Schneekloth, 2:33.63. High Jump: 3-Ava Holmgren 5-01. Discus: 3-Brooke Gillingham, 104-01


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