Class A state track: Making a push for the podium

ST PAUL – Although the first day of competition at the Minnesota Class A state track and field championships saw two Marshall-area athletes pick up gold medals, Saturday was less kind to 10 individuals competing across 12 events.

No area competitors were able to stand atop the podium at Hamline University, but 11 medals were earned on Saturday.

After capturing the area’s first individual state championship in the boys’ triple jump on Friday, Westbrook-Walnut Grove/Red Rock Central senior Jeff DeCock was back in action on Day 2 looking for two more medals in the long jump and the high jump.

DeCock was unable to duplicate his success from Day 1, but did reach the podium in both events with a pair of sixth-place finishes. His leap of 20 feet, 11 inches in the triple jump was nearly two feet shy of the winning mark of 22-7 set by Brian Juber of Staples-Motley. DeCock also finished sixth in a highly-competitive high jump by clearing 6-4.

Jada Carr, of Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, placed second in the girls’ long jump by one inch on Friday and had set a goal of capturing another medal on Saturday. With a mark of 35-4.5 in the triple jump, Carr was able to claim fifth place in the event and achieve her goal.

Murray County Central’s Jack Thony also left St. Paul draped in medals after claiming three on Saturday.

The senior sprinter placed second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.21 seconds and third in the 200 (22.44). Thony placed sixth in the 400, completing one lap of the track in 50.40.

Despite three podium finishes, Thony was left wanting more following his final high school meet.

“My goal was to win but I came up short,” he said. “It was fun, but I wanted to win a gold medal here.”

His second-place finish in the 100 was by just one-tenth of a second to Tyler Beehler of Foley, but edged the third and fourth place finishers by one one-hundredth of a second.

Thony also pulled up in the final strides of his 400 run, as the fatigue of competing in three sprints on back-to-back days caught up with him. The threat of thunderstorms also forced meet officials to move to a rolling schedule, compressing the recovery time between events for the athletes.

“It probably bothered me in the 400, but that’s about it,” Thony said. “It was from the short time they gave us (to recover between events).”

Tyler Scotting, a teammate of Thony’s, also medaled on Saturday, taking fourth in the 300-meter hurdles.

Scotting and Thony’s results, combined with Tanner Nepp’s first-place finish in the shot put on Friday, helped the Rebels to a tie for second place as a team.

Foley won the team title with 62 points, while MCC and Perham tied at 40 points.

Teammates Alaysia Freetly and Jacinta Roggenbuck picked up medals for Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd on Saturday as well. Roggenbuck ran her way to sixth place in the girls’ 400, while Freetly placed fifth in the 1,600. Freetly’s time of 5 minutes, 11.69 seconds was almost 90 seconds off the pace of winner Clare Flanagan from the Blake School, who set the Class A record en route to a gold medal with a time of 4:48.41.

Trevon Cox and Jacob Pederson earned medals for Yellow Medicine East on Day 2. Cox took sixth in the discus with a toss of 152-6, whereas Pederson was ninth in the 400 with a time of 51.84.

Chloe Arfsten finished just off the podium for WWG/RRC in the girls’ pole vault. Arfsten cleared 9-0, but placed 11th.

Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI’s Nick Stoks also missed out on a medal in his final race for the Lancers. Stoks finished 14th in the boys’ 1,600 with a time of 4:40.06.

Boys’ Individual Results:

100m: 1. Tyler Beehler (Foley) 11.11; 2. Jack Thony (MCC) 11.21; 3. CJ Moise Damey (Prairie Seeds Academy) 11.22; 4. Michael Whitney (Breckenridge) 11.22; 5. Ryan Pitts (Caledonia) 11.27; 6. Ryan Kuester (Glencoe-Silver Lake) 11.27

1,600m: 1. Shane Streich (Waseca) 4:17.32; 2. Nick Golebiowski (St. Cloud Cathedral) 4:17.52; 3. Keeghan Hurley (Perham) 4:25.62; 4. Matt Welch (Proctor) 4:27.49; 5. TJ Schiltz (New Richland-H-E-G) 4:28.18; 6. Charlie Lawrence (Foley) 4:31.30; 14. Nick Stoks (C/M/L) 4:40.06

400m: 1. Kendall Strandlund (Christ’s Household of Faith) 48.93; 2. Michael Thomas (Blooming Prairie) 49.59; 3. Cody Sprenger (LP-GE) 49.63; 4. Riley Mudek (Esko) 49.66; 5. Demario Peterkin (Rush City) 50.39; 6. Jack Thony (MCC) 50.40; 9. Jacob Pederson (YME) 51.84

300m hurdles: 1. Jon Tollefson (St. Croix Lutheran) 39.90; 2. Nicholas Sigrist (Byron) 40.44; 3. Jordan O’Reilly (Rockford) 40.91; 4. Tyler Scotting (MCC) 40.92; 5. Samuel Lundquist (Minnehaha Academy) 41.19; 6. Joe Koll (Winona Cotter) 41.27

200m: 1. Tyler Beeher (Foley) 21.85; 2. Kendall Strandlund (Christ’s Household of Faith) 22.36; 3. Jack Thony (MCC) 22.44; 4. Michael Whitney (Breckenridge) 22.71; 5. Brian Huber (Staples-Motley) 22.73; 6. Michael Thomas (Blooming Prairie) 22.84

High Jump: 1. Matt Neururer (Pillager) 6-6; 2. Josh Johanson (Madelia/Truman) 6-5; 3. Randy Juell (Redwood Valley) 6-5; 4. Anders Strandlund (Christ’s Household of Faith) 6-5; 5. West Spier (Caledonia) 6-5; 6. Jeff DeCock (WWG/RRC) 6-5

Long Jump: 1. Brian Juber (Staples-Motley) 22-7; 2. Kendall Strandlund (Christ’s Household of Faith) 22-6; 3. Randy Juell (Redwood Valley) 21-3.25; 4. Conor White (Providence Academy) 21-0.25; 5. Evan Guffey (Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial) 20-11; 6. Jeff DeCock (WWG/RRC) 20-11

Discus: 1. Sam Udermann (Foley) 169-0; 2. Jayme LaPlante (Chatfield) 167-09; 3. Dustin Gill (LeSueur-Henderson) 163-01; 4. Jake Hoops (Blake) 162-02; 5. Ryan Kruse (St. Clair) 153-4; 6. Trevon Cox (YME) 152-6

Girls’ Individual Results:

1,600m: 1. Clare Flanagan (Blake) 4:48.41; 2. Emi Trost (Cannon Falls) 4:50.82; 3. Taylor Gibson (La Crescent) 5:10.14; 4. Liz Miller (Watertown-Mayer) 5:10.46; 5. Alaysia Freetly (LQPV/DB) 5:11.69; 6. Tierney Winter (Waterville-Elysian-Morristown) 5:12.07

400m: 1. Madalyn Kammer (Chatfield) 57.79; 2. Lydia Rutten (New York Mills) 58.51; 3. Katie Heilman (Watertown-Mayer) 58.51; 4. Jenna Gatz (Belle Plaine) 58.92; 5. Marisa Fiecke (Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted) 59.10; 6. Jacinta Roggenbuck (LQPV/DB) 59.90

Pole Vault: 1. Carolyn Nye (Blake) 10-6; 2. Samantha Petry (WEM) 10-3; 2. Paige Thieke Clough (Plainview-Elgin-Millville) 10-3; 4. Jillian Krier (Byron) 10-0; 5. Mandy Mercil (Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton) 10-0; 6. Millie Klefsaas (Staples-Motley) 10-0; 11. Chloe Arfsten (WWG/RRC) 9-00.

Triple Jump: 1. Katie Heilman (Watertown-Mayer) 37-4.5; 2. Andrea Bartz (PEM) 36-6; 3. Caroline Jansen (Ashby/Brandon/Evansville) 36-1; 4. Clara Paul (Concordia Academy) 35-5; 5. Jada Carr (RTR) 35-4.5; 6. Macy Weller (Sauk Centre) 35-1.25