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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Central Minnesota Christian's Dani Wubben sails through the air during the long jump competition at the Class A State Track and Field Meet on Friday at Hamline University in St. Paul. Wubben joined her sister, Brianna, as a state champion with a jump of 17-feet, 11.25-inches.

State Track and Field: Wubben wins girls long jump in Class A

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ST. PAUL -- Dani Wubben sailed 17-11 and a quarter inch to win the Class A girls long jump by six inches at Hamline University on Friday afternoon during the first day of the state track and field meet.

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The Central Minnesota Christian sophomore's first five jumps all exceeded 17-3 and her final just missed 17 feet by a quarter inch.

She's the third member of her family to win gold at state in the last three meets. Brianna won long jump in 2008 -- she was second in 2009 -- and her brother Aaron won high jump last June as a junior. He'll compete in that event today.

Dani said she got a text offering encouragement from her older sister this morning. Brianna, who attends Dordt College in Iowa, placed second in the heptathlon at the NAIA national meet earlier this spring.

The younger sister had an incredible run of jumps today with the temperature around 90 on the sunny afternoon.

Her six jumps, minus fractions of an inch, were 17-4, 17-11, 17-4, 17-8, 17-3 and 16-11.

"I just felt so prepared," she said after accepting her first-place medal in front of the grandstand crowd at Klas Field. "I did run-throughs every day this week to get my steps down."

She did that at the MACCRAY High School track in Clara City since CMCS does not have a track and only the rudiments of a jumping pit.

Her personal-best before Friday was 17-5; her section qualifying jump was 16-10.

Sara Melom of Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd placed third in high jump. She cleared 5-3, two inches better than her seed.

Several area efforts broke school records; that included the Litchfield boys 4x100 relay and the Morris/CA girls 4x100 relay. The Tigers' quartet lowered the Morris record for the third time this year, which until this spring had held firm since 1977. On the Morris/CA unit are Beth Holland, Sydney Engebretson, Adrianela Mendez and Katie Holzheimer.

Willmar's Rose Jackson made it through the Class AA prelims Friday morning in both the 100 and 200 dashes.

The junior has the fifth best time in the 100 (12.23) and will seed seventh of nine for the 200 (25.30) this morning. She finished third in the second heat of the 100. Both times were under her seed time out of Section 8AA.

Alexandria eighth-grader Wensia Johnson posted the best time in both events, 11.74 and 24.26.

Area Class A Boys

(Preliminaries; top nine advance)

Hurdles

110 highs: (13) Jon Terning, Litchfield, 16.10 ... 300 intermediates: (6) Chase, Testa, Montevideo, 40.99 (12) Terning 41.56

Sprints

100: (12) Aaron Wubben, CMCS, 11.28 ... 200: (16) Jacob Pederson, YME, 23.16

Runs

800: (5) Chase Austvold, NLS, 1:59.18 (12) Evan Robinson, LQP/DB, 2:00.82 ... 3200 (finals): (13) Ben Burgett, Willmar Community Christian, 10:30.79

Relays

4x100: (5) Litchfield: Schliemann, Godejahn, Anderson, Terning; 44.93 (12) Montevideo: Lipinski, Douglas, Janisch, Enger; 45.46 ... 4x200: (8) Montevideo: Testa, Douglas, Lipinski, Enger; 1:33.52 ... 4x400: Montevideo DQ

Jumps

Triple (finals): (16) Jake Douglas, Montevideo, 40-5 ... Pole vault (finals): (13) Testa 12-3

Area Class A Girls

(Preliminaries; top nine advance)

Hurdles

100 intermediates: (7) Kari Hoeft, Paynesville, 15.82 (13) Morgan Munsterman, LQPVDB, 16.47 (15) Shelbie Walsh, Litchfield, 16:68 ... 300 lows: (7) Hoeft 47.16 (11) Emma Peterson, Benson/KMS, 47.42

Sprints

100: (4) Katie Holzheimer, Morris/CA, 12.55 (7) Jamila Stimpel, BOLD/BLHS, 12.61 (9) Sara Melom, LQPVDB, 12.66 ... 200: (8) Katie Holzheimer, Morris/CA, 26.03 (11) Jacinta Roggenbuck, LQPVDB, 26.26 (12) Melom 26.34 ... 400: (13) Beth Rosemeier, BKMS, 1:00.63

Runs

800: Jamilah Carson, Montevideo, DNF ... 3200 (finals): (13) Makenzie Smith, Morris/CA, 12:06.02

Relays

4x100: (6) Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd: Munsterman, Roggenbuck, Deyo, Melom; 50:88 (7) Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Holland, Engebretson, Mendez, Holzheimer; 50.89 ... 4x200: (14) Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City: Lang, Rudie, Kaddatz, Knisley: 1:50.44 ... 4x400: (7) Benson/KMS: Mikkelson, Peterson, S. Goff, Rosemeier; 4:07.12 (12) New London-Spicer: Bergh, Kingman, Clark, Kieft; 4:13.30

Jumps

Long (finals): (1) Dani Wubben, CMCS, 17-11.25 ... High (finals): (3) Sara Melom, LQPVDB, 5-3 (13) Alexandra Bosch, Montevideo, 5-0

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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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