Kallberg 15th in state long jump

by Tom Coombe
Brielle Kallberg climbed three spots in the standings but did not make the medal round at last weekend’s state track meet.
The Ely long-jumper, a junior, was eighth in her heat and 15th overall at the event held June 7 in sweltering conditions at Hamline University in St. Paul.
Competing in 90-degree heat, Kallberg had a leap of 15 feet, 10 inches.
That was about three-and-a-half inches shy of her leap at the Section 7A meet, where Kallberg took second, and well off her career-best of 16-9 during the 2018 season.
The top-nine jumpers moved on to the final round and Kallberg would have needed of at least 16-5.5 to move on.
“I was glad she was able to get one pretty good jump and no scratches,” said Ely Head Coach Jayne Dusich. “Unfortunately at state you need to have great jumps to move into finals.”
Kallberg is a two-time state-qualifier and a top point-scorer for the Wolves all season, placing in sections in both the 100 dash and triple jump as well.
She’ll be a favorite in 2020 for a “threepeat” state appearance.
“I videotaped her practice jumps in Ely and at state so she’s aware of what she has to work on,” said Dusich. “So hopefully next year she can start off the season improving those techniques.”
Robbie Grace of The Blake School won the Class A girls long jump with a leap of 19-2.