The Hopkins girls' track team that ran away with the MSHSL Class AA team title last month, placed 5th last weekend in the inaugural Nike Track Nationals, a meet that matched the nation's top twelve girls and boys high school teams against one-another.
The Royals - competing as the Hopkins Track Club -- scored 7246.10 points in the ten event contest held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. The Chandler Track Club of Arizona won the girls' competition with 7721.65 points.
The meet was scored with a decathlon-style points system based on each team's individual performers in the best nine events of the ten event meet. Events contested were the 100-meter, 400m, 800m, 1600m, 100m-hurdles, shot put, discus throw, pole vault, high jump, and long jump.
Hopkins was represented by Taylor Anderson in the 100 and the , Bridgett Sweeney in the 400, Kayla Goeman in the 800, Grace Gerring in the 100m-hurdles and the , Terese Bredemus in the , and Lindsey Kaufmann in the shot and discus.
To qualify for the meet, Hopkins won the Heartland Regional of Nike Track Nationals. The Eden Prairie boys' team finished runners-up at the same meet, but did not advance to Eugene.
The top teams from each of eight regions, plus four at-large teams, qualified for Nike Track Nationals.
Find complete NTN results HERE.