Burnsville's Rob Finnerty won the Section 3AA 3200 meter title last night in 9:00.84, getting this week's MSHSL Section competition off to a fast start. The University of Wisconsin-bound senior outdistanced Rosemount senior Jordan Carlson, the 2008 Elite-Meet champion in the event, who finished 2nd in 9:23.09.
Tuesday's 3AA action at the University of St. Thomas was one of three Section Championships that got underway Tuesday to kick off a busy week of State Meet qualifying for the state's high school track and field athletes.
The Minnesota State High School League offers of list of Section Championships, HERE, but we recommend the one compiled by "KenA55" in THIS thread on Dyestat's Minnesota chat forum since it includes links to heat sheets and results. (Section 3AA hosts St. Thomas should also be commended for putting together THIS comprehensive web-page for their event.)
In other action at 3AA, Danielle Berndt of Bloomington Kennedy won the girls 3200m in 10:59.50. Apple Valley's defending Class AA 100m champion Kylie Peterson qualified fastest in prelims for the 100m (12.00) and 200m (25.33).
Full results of Tuesday's 3AA action can be found here: BOYS * GIRLS
Action will resume in 3AA on Thursday. Eyes will focus again on Finnerty and Carlson who will meet in the boys 1600m in a rematch of their duel over the distance last week at the Lake Conference Championships. There, Finnerty edged Carlson with a 4:08.76 clocking to Carlson's 4:09.02.