Natalie Dillon Sports Editor
Breanna Kressin, senior hurdler, ended her career at the MSHSL State meet at St. Michael-Albertville high school on Friday, June 10. She finished in the top nine in all three of her events, including a second-place finish in the 300m hurdles.
“Breanna has always led with her presence and who she is, by working hard,” Head coach Amy Boll said of Kressin’s work ethic. “She is always doing her best. She always pushes and goes beyond what she needs to do. She goes all out.”
To automatically qualify for the finals on Friday, Kressin needed to finish either first or second in her heat. She could also advance by having one of the next five fastest times in the field.
On Thursday, Kressin was first in her heat for the 300m hurdles with a time of 45.86. It was her second fastest time of the season at that point, just 0.2 seconds behind her Subsection meet time on May 26. Although she finished third in her heat for the 200m dash, Kressin’s time—26.31 seconds—was fast enough to qualify for finals. Her best performance, however, came in the 100m hurdles, as she finished with a time of 15.19 seconds, a new school record.
“I’m really glad I got that one,” Kressin said of breaking Kayla Wahlin’s record from 2003. “I didn’t know if I would. I came really close to it last year, and I hadn’t come super close to it this year until now, so I’m glad that I got it at the State meet. I was hoping that the State meet would push me to get it, and it did.”
In the finals, Kressin took sixth in the 200m dash, improving her time from prelims by 0.59 seconds. Despite a record-setting run the previous day, Kressin couldn’t repeat her performance in the 100m hurdles. She finished fourth with a time of 15.44. In the 300m hurdles, Kressin finished second with a time of 45.27, 0.01 second slower than Emma Borowicz 2021 record.
Kressin faced stiff competition in all three of her events, as defending State champion Shaina Zinter, set two new Class A records in the 100m and 300m hurdles. Despite not pulling out a win, Kressin was happy to end her career at such a high level.
“It’s a good experience because I ran against some of the best people in the State,” Kressin said. “It’s a good feeling knowing I can end with the best people in the State.”
Crookston’s girls’ track and field team also sent long jumper Cassie Solheim to the State meet. As just a sophomore, she felt a mixture of emotions.
“It’s really exciting being here and having this opportunity, but I knew that there were a lot of girls that could jump really far,” Solheim said. “There’s a lot of people that I’m not used to being around, so it got my nerves going a little bit.”
Solheim recorded just one jump—14’ 7.5”—with two scratches. Unfortunately, she did not qualify for the finals.
Although Solheim’s performance could have been better, Boll is excited for Solheim’s future in track.
“Cassie, this is her first time here and she’s just a tenth grader,” Boll said. “We are expecting, and hoping, to bring her back the next two years and she’ll have experience under her belt.”
With two girls in the State meet this year, the future looks bright for Crookston’s track and field team.