State Track: Weiss wins triple jump title, Ms. Track
ST. PAUL — Allyson Weiss admits to being very superstitious.
Just a few of her quirks before a track and field meet: "I wear the same warm-ups and everything the exact same way for every meet. I eat the same pre-meet meal. I've worn the same socks — this is super weird — the past five years at every meet. I have the same lunch every day: trail mix, oranges, peanut butter, jelly and granola bar."
Weiss continued after a laugh, "Probably not the healthiest, but I do it."
Sure, it's an unconventional meal of champions, but it's hard to argue with a three-time state champion's routine.
And, it just so happens to be the routine of the inaugural Minnesota Ms. Track.
Along with winning her third consecutive Class AA girls' triple jump, Weiss was announced as Ms. Track to the Hamline University crowd after receiving her first-place medal on Saturday.
For someone set in a long-time routine, Weiss actually received the news beforehand at an inopportune time. Weiss was a finalist alongside Eagan's Natalie Windels and Lakeville North's Danielle Bellino.
"I was warming up for triple and they told me and I literally started crying," Weiss said. "I was like, 'I don't know what to do with myself right now.' I was crying. My coach was crying. It's emotional but I was really excited."
With a first jump of 39 feet, 1 inch, Weiss was in her element right away. Her final jump of 39-7 ¾ was enough to secure her place atop the podium, beating Minnetonka's Annika Muller (38-0) and St. Cloud Tech's Jodi Lipp (37-8 ½).
"It honestly doesn't feel real," Weiss said about seeing her winning jump on the scoreboard. "It's been such a whirlwind of five years with this team. It's always exciting; it still doesn't feel real.
"It probably won't hit me for a while. In my last meet as a high schooler, it's a good way to go out."
Now with her high school career at an end, Weiss' focus turns to college where she will compete for Stanford.
"I move in September 20, so I got some time to relax," Weiss said.