Mount Vernon/Plankinton’s Berkeley Engelland adds to distance resume after Class A 800-meter state title
Engelland broke the Class A girls 800-meter race record at the Class A track and field state meet on Friday at Howard Wood Field.
SIOUX FALLS – Mount Vernon/Plankinton’s Berkeley Engelland continues to add her to distance running resume after securing a first-place finish in the Class A girls 800-meter race on Friday evening at Howard Wood Field.
After running in the prelim of two separate events, Engelland was able to cap her day by cementing herself in the record books. She broke St. Thomas More’s Haleigh Timmer’s 2018 800-meter record by eight-tenths of a second, ending with a time of 2:12.88.
“This was my hardest day running because I had other events to compete so I told myself just go out and conquer the day and then I’ll get a break later,” Engelland said.
While that was a state meet record, Engelland didn’t upend her personal-best time in the 800-meter race that was previously set on May 7 at the same track.
The one mark she did surpass was her time in the 400-meter dash at Howard Wood, as she ran a 56.63 in the Class A preliminary round. This came three weeks after setting her previous personal record time of 57.24 on the very same track. Her time being nearly a second faster than her own best effort, ended up being two seconds better than anyone else in the field.
Engelland will try to add more state titles under her belt, competing in the girls 400-meter dash and 200-meter dash. In the prelims, she finished first in the 400 and 0.28 behind first-place Lexi Even from Parker in the 200. Winner’s Keelie Kuil also qualified for the 400 finals in a time of 1:00.58.