Area has 2 silver medalists after 1st day of state track
ST. PAUL -- Bret Deyo, a senior for Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, and Gabi Swoboda, a junior for Redwood Valley, each took home silver medals on Friday during the first day of competition at the Class A boys and girls state track and field meet at Hamline University.
Deyo was second in the triple jump with a leap of 44-3. Tim Halvorson of Concordia Academy won the event with a 45-3.
Swoboda was runner-up in the girls' 3200-meter run in a time of 11:08.63. Her time was three seconds off the 21-year-old school record. Swoboda collapsed at the finish line from exhaustion. Maddie McClellan of Perham was the winner in 10:52.98.
In the boys' shot put, three area throwers earned medals. BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector senior Tyler Minkel finished seventh with a toss of 49-11¼, Taylor Snelling, a senior from Litchfield, was eighth in 49-11 and Matt Schmiesing, a senior from Paynesville, finished ninth with a 49-3¾ throw. Jackson Henrich, a Morris senior, finished 13th with a 47-3¼ toss and Morris junior Connor Arnold was 16th with a 42-8½.
The top nine earn medals.
In the boys' pole vault finals, Ferny Zamora, a senior from Minnewaska, was 12th with a height of 12-6. Montevideo sophomore Chase Testa was 16th with an 11-6 vault.
Also earning a medal Friday was Jenna Peterson, a senior from Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, who placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 116-7.
In the girls' high jump, Haley Stahl of New London-Spicer, a freshman, placed 10th with a leap of 5-0.
Nick Lecy of Yellow Medicine East qualified for today's finals in the boys 100-meter dash after running an 11.2 in his preliminary race.
LQPV/DB placed third (44.39) in the preliminaries of the 4x100 relay with Blake Hoium, Matt Anderson, Andrew Roiger and Ryan Hoium. They will run in today's finals.
Lincoln Arnold, a senior from Morris, qualified for the finals in the 400 dash in a preliminary run of 50.57. Roiger also qualified for the 400 finals with a run of 50.79.
Joel Bauman, a senior from Benson/KMS who was named the Tribune's Hengstler-Ranweiler Award winner on Thursday, was second in the preliminaries in boys 300 hurdles in a time of 39.66. Dan Knapper, a senior from MACCRAY/RCW, was fourth in 40.50.
Ryan Swenson, a junior from LQPV/DB, had the fastest qualifying time (1:57.98) in the 800 run. Morris senior Stefan Lemke was second in 2:02.21 and Litchfield senior Tyler Warren sixth in 2:00.16.