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Members of the Class A boys state track and field champion Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd team take a victory lap on the Klas Field track at Hamline University campus on Saturday evening. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

State Track and Field Meet: LQPV/DB boys takes top prize

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ST. PAUL -- What a way to polish off you're senior year of high school.

With the silver baton in hand, Matt Anderson crossed the finish line in first place ending the Class A Track and Field Meet Saturday at Klas Field.

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The nearly two-second victory for the Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd 4x400 relay team also meant victory for the athletic pairing of the two school districts.

"This is the happiest I've ever been," said Anderson, a 1,000-yard runner in football and a 1,000-point scorer in basketball at Dawson-Boyd. "I always dreamed of winning a state title. I never thought it would be in track."

The LQPV/DB relay team's win squeezed past Worthington for the first-place team trophy by one point, 53-52.

Also on board the winning relay were three other Blackjacks: Bret Deyo, who was second in Friday's triple jump; junior Ryan Swenson, who ran third in the 1600 and second in the 800; and Andrew Roiger, who earned unexpected points in the 400 dash.

The unit didn't come together until late this spring.

"We ran together for the first time in sub-section and knew right away we had something with a time of 3:23," said Roiger. "This feels great. What a way to end your high-school career."

Swenson finished third in the 1600 run for a second straight year with a time of 4:23.25. Fourth last year in the 800 run, Swenson took second this time, losing at the finish by a step to Brian Saksa of Dassel-Cokato in a time of 1:58.29.

Asked which was his toughest race Saturday? Swenson replied: "They're all pretty tough, but that mile was hard. Especially when you get passed at the end."

The boys trophy matches the first-place finish by the LQPV/DB girls in 2005.

Light rain fell most of the time during the meet, forcing the high jump and pole vault to be held inside the fieldhouse behind the Klas Field on the Hamline University campus.

For the second year in a row, Aaron Wubben, a Central Minnesota Christian sophomore, took second in the high jump. He cleared 6-6, an inch below his career-best 6-7. Austin Dennis of Walker/Hackensack won at 6-7. Those were the only two athletes to go beyond 6-3.

Joel Bauman of Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg capped his illustrious high-school career with a third-place medal in the 300 hurdles. His time of 39.44 was just .32 out of first. Bauman, who will wrestle at the University of Minnesota, placed fifth in the 400 dash as a junior.

The area had three finalists in the discus. Taylor Snelling of Litchfield placed fourth at 152-2 with Jackson Henrich of Morris fifth at 150-7. Critical for LQPV/Dawson-Boyd's team win was a seven-foot improvement by Zach Jensen, whose throw of 146-8 catapulted him from the first flight into the finals where he placed seventh.

Kruiz Lindblad, who was the defending champion in the long jump, was seventh this year. His best jump was 20-9½, placing him just behind Yellow Medicine East's Nick Lecy, who was sixth in 20-10½.

Lecy's strong two days of competition also included a fifth-place finish in the 100 dash in 11.42 and a seventh-place finish in the 200 in (23.03).

Half-miler Tyler Warren of Litchfield led part of the race and finished fourth in 1:58.56. The Morris 4x400 relay took third in the meet's final event. Stefan Lemke, who ran the second leg, took home two other medals: fourth in the 1600 in 4:24.83 and sixth in the 800 in 1:59.63.

In contrast to last year when senior athletes Briana Wubben of CMCS and Kendra Mooberry of Benson/KMS each garnered four medals in Class A girls and six area teams placed top 25, the highest placing team this time was Redwood Valley in 27th place.

Mary Erickson was Willmar's only entry in Class AA. She threw the discus 115-3 to earn a ninth-place medal.

Class A boys results

Team scoring (Top five and area)

(1) Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd 53 (2) Worthington 52 (3) St. Paul Humboldt 36 (4) DeLaSalle 31 (5) Glencoe-Silver Lake 30 ... (9) tie, Morris Area 25, Mayer Lutheran 25 (25) Litchfield 14 (27) Yellow Medicine East 12 (40) Benson/KMS 8 (59) tie, Redwood Valley 3, BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector 3 (74) tie, Paynesville and MACCRAY/Renville County West, each 0.7

Individual leaders

(Winner, plus area results)

Hurdles

110 highs: (1) Rahmaan Patterson, DeLaSalle, 15.11 ... (17) Dan Knapper, MACCRAY/Renville County West 15.83 ... 300 intermediates: (1) Jordan Jarland, Lanesboro/Fillmore Central, 38.76 ... (3) Joel Bauman, Benson/KMS, 39.44 (9) Dan Knapper, MACCRAY/Renville County West, 41.56

Sprints

100: (1) Calvin Clark, St. Paul Humboldt, 11.22 ... (5) Nick Lecy, Yellow Medicine East, 11.42 ... 200: (1) Calvin Clark, St. Paul Humboldt, 22.01 ... (7) Nick Lecy, Yellow Medicine East, 23.03 (9) Lincoln Arnold, Morris Area, 22.90 (14) Matt Anderson, Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, 23.39 ... 400: (1) Calvin Clark, St. Paul Humboldt, 48.89 ... (8) Andrew Roiger, Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, 51.26 (9) Lincoln Arnold, Morris Area, 51.87

Runs

800: (1) Brian Saksa, Dassel-Cokato, 1:58.11 ... (2) Ryan Swenson, Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd 1:58.29 (4) Tyler Warren, Litchfield, 1:58.56 (6) Stefan Lemke, Morris Area, 1:59.63 ... 1600: (1) Mubarik, Musa, Worthington, 4:21.623 ... (3) Ryan Swenson, Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, 4:23.25 (4) Stefan Lemke, Morris Area, 4:24.83 ... 3200: (1) Mason Ferlic, Mounds Park Academy, 9:27.62

Relays

4 x 100: (1) DeLaSalle 43.55 ... (5) Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd: Blake Hoium, Matt Anderson, Ryan Hoium, Kruiz Lindblad; 44.36 ... 4 x 200: (1) Pipestone 1:30.49 ... 4 x 400: (1) Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd: Bret Deyo, Ryan Swenson, Andrew Roiger, Matt Anderson; 3:24.53 ... (3) Morris Area: Cody Cannon, Stefan Lemke, Cory Nohl, Lincoln Arnold; 3:26.24 (12) MACCRAY/Renville County West 3:30.22 ... 4 x 800: (1) Jackson County Central 8:09.18

Weights

Shot put: (1) Shawn Johnson, Eveleth-Gilbert, 55-½ ... (7) Tyler Minkel, BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector, 49-11¼ (8) Taylor Snelling, Litchfield, 49-11 (9) Matt Schmiesing, Paynesville, 49-3¾ (13) Jackson Henrich, Morris Area, 47-3¼ (16) Connor Arnold, Morris Area, 42-8½ ... Discus: (1) Shawn Johnson, Eveleth-Gilbert, 178-4 ... (4) Taylor Snelling, Litchfield, 152-2 (5) Jackson Henrich, Morris Area, 150-7 (7) Zach Jenson, Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, 146-8

Jumps

Long: (1) Jordan Jarsland, Laneboro/Fillmore Central, 22-3 ... (6) Nick Lecy, Yellow Medicine East, 20-10½ (7) Kruiz Lindblad, Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, 19-6¾ ... Triple: Tim Halvorson, Concordia Academy, 45-3 ... (2) Bret Deyo, Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, 44-3 ... High: (1) Austin Dennis, Walker-Hackensack/Akeley, 6-7 ... (2) Aaron Wubben, Central Minnesota Christian, 6-6 (7) Randy Juell, Redwood Valley, 6-2 (11) Brandon Zylstra, New London-Spicer, 6-0 ... Pole vault: (1) Anthony Puckett, Mayer Lutheran, 14-0 ... (12) Ferny Zamora, Minnewaska Area, 12-6 (16) Chase Testa, Montevideo, 11-6

*Class A State Meet record

Class A girls results

Team scoring (Top five and area)

(1) Luverne 54 (2) Kasson-Mantorville 46 (3) Bagley/Fosston 44 (4) Waseca 42 (5) Concordia Academy-Roseville 36 ... (27) Redwood Valley 10 (32) Benson/KMS 8 (58) tie, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City and Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, each 4 (67) Morris Area 0.7

Individual leaders

(Winner, plus area results)

Hurdles

100 intermediates: (1) Katlyn Sawtelle, Luverne, 15.23 ... 300 lows: (1) Bree Wolber, Pipestone, 44.94 ... (12) Alanna Dietz, New London-Spicer, 47.34

Sprints

100: (1) Ashley Magelssen, Concordia Academy, 12.26 ... (19) Haley Stahl, New London-Spicer, 12.92 (20) Ashley Peterson, BOLD/BLH, 13.10 ... 200: (1) Ashley Magelssen, Concordia Academy, 25.08 ... 400: (1) Malayshia George, Breck, 56.95 ... (14) Halle Christianson, Minnewaska, 1:01.30 (17) Jamila Stimpel, BOLD/BLH, 1:03.70

Runs

800: (1) Kate Shelerud, Esko, 2:15.59 ... 1600: (1) Taylor Mikkalson, Kasson-Mantorville, 5:10.61 ... 3200: (1) Maddie McClellan, Perham, 10:52.98 ... (2) Gabi Swoboda, Redwood Valley, 11:08.63

Relays

4 x 100: (1) Holy Family Catholic 49.01 ... (6) Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd: Hayley Wittnebel, Jacinta Roggenbuck, Sonja Larson, Sara Melom; 51.10 ... 4 x 200: (1) Luverne 1:45.03 ... 4 x 400: (1) Belle Plaine 3:59.58 ... (5) Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg: Catherine James, Emily Auch, Kayla Hampton, Emma Peterson; 4:06.71 ... 4 x 800: (1) Kasson-Mantorville 9:22.39* ... (7) Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg: Samantha Goff, Catheryn Rosemeier, Kayla Hampton, Emma Peterson; 9:44.94 ... (11) Redwood Valley: Gabi Swoboda, Kara Thul, Mary Fixen, Kayla Huhnerkoch; 9:53.01

Weights

Shot put: (1) Ashley Thooft, St. Clair, 41-¾ ... (15) Abby Goraczkowski, Litchfield, 31-10¾ ... Discus: (1) Elisa Moenkedick, Perham, 140-6 ... (6) Jenna Peterson, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, 116-7

Jumps

Long: (1) Analisa Huschle, Bagley/Fosston, 18-4¾ ... Triple: (1) Analisa Huschle, Bagley/Fosston, 38-3 ... High: (1) Katie Guse, Waseca, 5-8 ... (10) Haley Stahl, New London-Spicer, 5-0 ... Pole vault: (1) Chelsey Pflipsen, Foley, 11-1 ... (8) Rachel Moser, Morris Area, 9-6

*Class A State Meet record

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Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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