Section 5AA Track: Sprinters, jumpers and throwers secure section gold

Four area schools will be represented at the Class AA State Track and Field Meet after successful performances at the Section 5AA meet held on the same track as the state meet.

Mounds View won the girls’ team title over St. Michael-Albertville with Blaine third, Anoka fifth, Coon Rapids eighth and Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village 11th out of 15 teams.

Blaine's Taylor Morgan
Blaine’s Taylor Morgan

Champlin Park won the boys’ team title over St. Michael-Albertville and Spring Lake Park third, Blaine fifth, Coon Rapids eighth and Anoka 11th out of 16 teams.


The Bengals began the meet with their strong sprinters and continued that success with the relays.

Sophomore Taylor Morgan won the section 100-meter dash title in 12.04 seconds and senior Courtney Purcell qualified for state with a third-place finish in a qualifying time of 12.34. Morgan also finished fifth in the triple jump and teammate Marissa Eggerichs was seventh.

Coon Rapids' Jason Lilja
Coon Rapids’ Jason Lilja

Blaine coach Ann Stalboerger said to have both qualify in the 100 is great, knowing Morgan’s times all season were well under the qualifying standard. “I’m very proud of Courtney for making it,” she said, knowing the senior would need to run a personal best to have a shot. “She’s worked hard all season so it was nice to see. We talked before the race and I just let her know how proud I was of her and what she needed to do to move on to the state meet which was to stay close to Taylor.”

• Sophomore Britney Monteon finished third in the 200 finals but ran a qualifying time of 25.59 and teammate Katelyn Marciniak was fourth in 26.12.

• Sophomore Alex Williams was rewarded for being one the Blaine’s hardest-working tracksters  at the section meet winning the hurdles events – 100 hurdles in 14.79 and the 300 hurdles in 46.01. “She’s always wondering what she can do to better herself in her races,” Stalboerger said as Williams continues to extend a tradition of strong hurdlers at Blaine. “I love that about Alex. With her speed and determination, it’s not surprising to see her in the state meet in both hurdles events.”

• Blaine’s relays came through by winning the 4×100 and 4×200 events. The 4×100 team of Morgan, Purcell, Monteon and Alyssa Nebo won in 48.85 and the 4×200 team with the only change being sophomore Katelyn Marciniak who ran the anchor leg to help the team run a 1:42.32. The 4×400 team of Elisha Lindsey, Hailey Lachinski, Kiersten Falck and Breanna Mahoney placed third in 4:14.32.

• Nebo qualified for state with a second-place leap of 16-08.50 in the long jump and is still looking to reach her personal best 17-02, which was set last season, and hopes to reach that mark in her first state meet.

• Dajuan Copeland placed fourth in the 110 hurdles in 14.84, well under the 15.09 state qualifying standard. He narrowly missed state in the 300 hurdles with a third-place time of 39.55.

• Patrick Mendin qualified for the state meet in the 200 dash, despite a fourth-place finish in the section finals in 22.22, well below the 22.52 state qualifying standard.

• The Bengals 4×200 relay team of Copeland, Kunle Ayinde, Joe Robel and Mendin placed second in 1:29.88 and will compete at state. Ayinde tied for seventh in the high jump clearing 6-03, two inches under the state qualifying height.

• Thrower Caleb Butler placed third in the shot put going 52-07.25 and teammate Jake Ringwelski finished sixth with 48-05.25. Butler also placed third in the discus with a throw of 152-08.00, less than three feet from the state qualifying distance and teammate Chris Gillund finished fifth in 144-00.


• Senior Gabbi Guimont placed second in the 100 hurdles in a state qualifying time of 15.12, trailing only Blaine’s Alex Williams. Guimont placed third in the high jump tying for third place clearing 5-02, two inches from the state qualifying standard of 5-04. Teammates Claire Lundberg and Courtney Hlavka placed seventh and eighth, respectively.

• Junior Lexi Fritz was fourth in the 1600 run in 5:22.49 and sixth in the 3200 run in 11:52.21.

• Moe Strong won the long jump reaching 22-02.50, 1.5 inches farther than Coon Rapids’ runner-up Jason Lilja, and tied for fifth place in the high jump, clearing the bar set at 6-05, one of five jumpers to reach the state qualifying standard. He also placed fourth in the triple jump with a state qualifying distance of 44-09.50.

• Ky’eric Baynes placed second in the triple jump with a jump of 45-01.75, 0.25-inch behind Park Center champion Treyton Daniels.

• Tony Erickson was fifth in the pole vault clearing 11-11.

Coon Rapids

Coon Rapids continued to make progress finishing among the top half of the teams with so many contributors returning next season.

• Senior Courtney Pasiowitz captured the shot put title for the second season in a Section 5AA meet record 43-01.25, beating the previous record of 43-01.00 set by Emily Lesser in 2010. Pasiowitz was fourth in the discus reaching 111-10.

• Junior Amber Harris finished runner-up in the 300 hurdles in 46.91 to qualify for state for the second year in a row.

• The Cardinals 4×800 relay team of Paige D’Heilly, Elise Weimholt, Anna Nelson and Stefani Weimholt placed fourth in 9:56.42.

• D’Heilly was fourth in the 800 dash, a couple seconds away from state, and Ali Stalboerger was sixth in the 200 dash.

• Jason Lilja won the high jump, one of six jumpers to clear 6-05, which came down to a jump off to determine the order, and placed second in the long jump reaching 22-01.00, 1.5 inches behind Anoka’s Moe Strong for the title.

• Junior Charles Fatunbi placed third in the 400 dash in 51.33 and teammate Vernon Hachaba was sixth in 51.91.

• The Cardinals 4×400 relay team of Fatunbi, Hachaba, Lilja and Trevor Tallaksen was third in 3:27.21. The 4×800 team placed fifth with David Dujmovic, Abdirahman, Tallaksen and Jackson Bednar in 8:12.78.


Spring Lake Park 

• CJ Janu will return to the state hurdles events after winning the 300 hurdles in 39.02 and second in the 110 hurdles in 14.59, one of four to move on to state.

• Grant Walter qualified for the state meet, despite finishing sixth in the 100 dash with a time of 11.09, a few hundredths of a second away from the qualifying standard of 11.12 seconds.

• Jacob Ojile placed second in the 400 dash in 50.59 seconds to qualify for state.

• Isaac Krause placed second in the 800 run in 1:57.34.

• Ryan Delmonico placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 148-08 and teammate Derek Malbrue was sixth with a throw of 141-.03.

• Kirsten Whitney was fourth clearing 9-05 in the pole vault.

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