Tracksters punch state tickets with impressive section performances

Blaine was runner-up to Mounds View for the Section 5AA team titles with the girls 81 points behind Mounds View. The Mustang boys were 47 points clear of Blaine, which edged St. Michael-Albertville by one point.

Section 5AA girls

Blaine junior Alex Williams will return to state as the section 100 hurdles champ (14.21 seconds) and placed third in the 300 hurdles (44.77).

Anoka swept the top two spots in the high jump with senior Claire Lundberg and Miranda Phipps each clearing the bar set at 5-3 but Lundberg emerged with the title.

Andover sprinter Raquel Thelen, left, win the Section 7AA 100 meter dash title. Photo by Bruce Strand

Andover sprinter Raquel Thelen, left, win the Section 7AA 100 meter dash title. Photo by Bruce Strand

Coon Rapids sisters Kalley Harris and Amber Harris placed fourth (45.39) and fifth (45.69) in the section finals, respectively, and also qualified for the state meet.

Coon Rapids’ 4×400 relay team (Brianna Clarke, Michelle Onyekaba, Rozlynn Lund and Kalley Harris) won the section title in 3:59.03 or 2.43 seconds ahead of runner-up Mounds View.

Anoka’s 4×800 relay team came up just short of the section crown but finished with a state qualifying time of 9:31.22, less than one second behind section winner Mounds View and more than five seconds ahead of third-place Coon Rapids.

Members of the Andover 4x100 relay team make a clean exchange during the section finals at Zimmerman High School May 31. Photo by Bruce Strand

Members of the Andover 4×100 relay team make a clean exchange during the section finals at Zimmerman High School May 31. Photo by Bruce Strand

Blaine’s 4×200 relay team placed third in 1:45.12.

Blaine’s Alyssa Nebo was second in the long jump going 18-0 1/4, seven inches behind Champlin Park’s Allison Gerads.

Spring Lake Park ninth-grader Erin Guse placed third in the 3200 run in 11:32.46. Coon Rapids freshman Bryna DelCastillo was sixth, Anoka’s Maria Kalkman and Lindsay Gast placed seventh and ninth, respectively.

Blaine senior Danielle Peterson was third in the 1600 run in 5:25.82 and Anoka ninth-grader Kalkman fourth place in 5:26.17. Anoka’s Lindsay Gast was eighth and Spring Lake Park’s Melissa Mash placed eighth and ninth, respectively.

Another Bengal placed third in ninth grader Elisha Lindsey in the 400 dash finals in 59.33 with Spring Lake Park junior Charolette Wolf fourth.

St. Francis freshman Amanda Anderson won the shot put and has her sights set on an all-state performance at state. Photo by Bruce Strand

St. Francis freshman Amanda Anderson won the shot put and has her sights set on an all-state performance at state. Photo by Bruce Strand

Juniors Sam Lefaive of Coon Rapids and Molly McGrath of Blaine placed third and fourth, respectively, in the pole vault clearing 9-10.

Bengals’ Nebo was sixth and Anoka senior Steph Nielsen seventh in the 100 dash finals and didn’t qualify for state.

Blaine sophomore ShaRon Miller was second in the shot put reaching 39-10 1/2 and third in the discus 117-11 and freshman teammate Jaclyn Kingman fifth in 110-07.

Section 5AA boys

Spring Lake Park senior Grant Walter is heading to state as the section pole vault champion. He was the only vaulter to clear the bar set at 13-9 to win the title by six inches.

Anoka junior jumper Ky’Eric Baynes won the triple jump going 47-8 and was runner-up in the long jump (22-0 1/4).

Casey Lewis of Coon Rapids beat out Blaine junior Logan Nelson at the line by one-hundredth of a second for second place in the 100 dash finals.

Coon Rapids junior Charles Futunbi was second in the 400 and third in the 200 dash (22.84) and Spring Lake Park’s Grant Walter was fifth (22.99).

Blaine senior thrower Caleb Butler placed second in both throwing events with a discus throw of 162-02. He reached 52-09 1/2 in the shot put.

St. Francis' Jonathan Santiago, right, clears a hurdle during the 110-meter hurdle section final. Photo by Bruce Strand

St. Francis’ Jonathan Santiago, right, clears a hurdle during the 110-meter hurdle section final. Photo by Bruce Strand

Blaine junior Nathaniel Jacobson was third in the 800 and Anoka’s Jacob Baldus sixth.

Spring Lake Park distance runner Nick Lawson was fifth in the 1600 and sixth in the 3200 runs.

Blaine’s 4×100 relay team of Rodney Williams, Ted Rainwater-Walker, Caleb Butler and Nelson placed fourth in a qualifying time of 42.94.

Coon Rapids’ 4×800 relay team of David Dujmovic, Gavin Nord, Trevor Tallaksen and Jackson Bednar was third in 8:01.61.

Rainwater-Walker and Anoka’s Riley Rieck each cleared 6-3 in the high jump to place third and fourth, respectively, but both were two inches shy of the state qualifying distance.

Section 7AA girls

Andover won the section boys title, 22 points ahead of runner-up St. Francis while Forest Lake won the girls title. St. Francis was third and Andover fifth.

Individually for the girls, Andover’s Raquel Thelen won the 100 dash and was third in the 200 dash.

Huskies’ ninth-grader Jolene Daninger won the 800 run in 2:18.22.

St. Francis’ 4×200 relay team of Justyne Schake, Cassidy Day, Taylor Karasch and Jessica Justin won the section title in 1:46.27.

Saints junior Bailey Demar won the long jump (17-6 1/2) and triple jump (36-11 1/2).

The Saints 4×100 relay team of Demar, Karasch, Emma Street and Justin placed second.

Andover senior Hannah Wolfe was third in the shot put (37-0), St. Francis sophomore Natalie St. Marie was fourth (36-7) and Andover junior Kassi Hofschild sixth (34-2).

St. Francis freshman Amanda Anderson was runner-up to Elk River senior Molli Detloff in the discus with a throw of 133-6. Anderson’s teammates Keturah Marxhausen and Kendra Barck were fifth and sixth, respectively.

Day placed fifth in the high jump with Andover’s Taylor Finnes sixth.

Section 7AA boys

St. Francis’ Genuine Matthews won the 100 dash (11.25) and was second in the 200 (22.68).

Andover senior Chris Meados was second in the 1600 run (4:28.71) and teammate Alec Lorimer was seventh. Meados finished third in the 3200 run (9:50.70).

St. Francis junior Jon Santiago won the 300 hurdles (38.95) and was runner-up in the 110 hurdles.

Andover’s 4×100 relay team of Jay Madesen, Chris Larson, Austin Lorch and Kyler Kettler won the section title in 43.20 and the 4×200 relay team of David Keller, Bas Baartmans, Nathan Engstrom and Lorimer won in 1:30.65. The Huskies 4×400 relay team of Larson, Lorch, Patrick Maki and Kettler was second (3:30.54) to Elk River with the St. Francis team of Lucas Carroll, Tyler Pallum, Jacob Snelling and Grant Olsen third in 3:32.29.

Andover’s Larson was runner-up in the long jump with a jump of 20-9 and teammates Vincent Clark and Alex Probert placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

Legacy Christian

Legacy Christian’s Marissa Kuik placed 11th in the 1600 (6:06) at the Section 5A meet at St. John’s University, May 28, after qualifying in the Sub-Section 5A meet in a time of 6:01 at Annandale High School. She was the lone Lion to represent the program at the section meet.

On the boys’ side Luke Johnson cleared the high jump bar set at 5-10 to win the MCAA Conference title but couldn’t replicate that attempt at the Sub-Section meet.

Jason Olson is at
jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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