Julia Fixsen is Minnesota’s best-ever female pole vaulter but the Mounds View senior will miss that event in next week’s state meet, where she is the two-time defending champion.
Fixsen, who qualified for state in three other events, did not place in pole vault because she “no-heighted,” meaning she failed three times on her first height.
The athlete who routinely clears 13 feet, and holds the state record of 13-9 1/4, started at 12-7 and went 0-for-3, blowing through on her first effort, and going under the bar twice. The two state qualifiers each went 11-1.
Fixsen, a University of Georgia recruit, will still compete in three events at state with a good chance to medal in each. She placed second in 100 hurdles Friday, with 15.30. On Wednesday, she won long jump and placed second in high jump.
Mustang senior Aleah Keske won the shot put Friday with 39-8 and will compete in two events at state. She placed second in discus on Wednesday.
The Mustangs other state entrant is Taylor Isabel, who took second in the 3200 on Wednesday.
The Mustangs placed third in a close four-team race. St. Michael-Albertville won with 119.5, followed by Blaine 114, Mounds View 108 and Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village 98. There were 16 schools.
Lillian Nowatzke placed third in 300 hurdles (45.95) on Friday. Also scoring team points individually were Morgan Dahl, fourth, 1600 run, 5:16.87; Margaret Anderson, fifth, pole vault, 9-7; and Lizzy Rydberg, ninth, triple jump, 33-8 3/4.
In relays, the Mustangs took third in the 4x800 with Taylor Dullum, Isabel, Ella Herbert, and Tollie Jackson (9:45.64); fourth in the 4x400 with Sophie Coltvet, Jackson, Sangai Dukuly, and Nowatzke (4:08.72); fifth in the 4x100 with Maya Koffski, Greta Delaune, Kylie Stromquist, and Dukuly (50.09); and sixth in the 4x200 Dukuly, Stromquist, Nowatzke, Julia Dahl (1:47.51).
The state meet will be held Friday and Saturday, June 7-8, at Hamline.