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State Track: Championships are family matter for CMCS’ Wubbens

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Showing maximum effort, Central Minnesota Christian School senior Dani Wubben used her top-seeded status as a jumping-off point to win the long jump for the second time in three years at the Minnesota State Track and Field Meet Friday at Hamline University. Wubben won gold with a pit pass of 17 feet, 1.25 inches. The Class A meet continues at 3:30 p.m. today at Hamline’s Klas Field.

ST. PAUL — Dani Wubben carried on a family tradition Friday at the Class A Track and Field meet at sun-splashed Klas Field.

The Central Minnesota Christian School senior closed out her high-school career by winning her second long jump gold medal in three springs with a winning traverse of the sand pit of 17 feet, 1.25 inches. That gave her a one-inch margin over runner-up Aimee Allen of Mesabi East (17-00.25).

Taking third was Kinlee Swanson, a Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa senior.

Wubben also won the event as a sophomore and took fifth as a junior. Her older sister, Bri, won gold in both the high jump and long jump, and her brother Aaron, now at Dordt College, also won high jump gold.

Dani was the No. 1 seed coming in at 17-04.50 and had her best jump on her second try.

“No, it didn’t bother me to be the top seed,” she said. “But I was a little nervous with other events coming up at the same time.”

She ran the 100 dash and also on the Bluejays’ 4x100 relay that included her sister Nicole a junior.

“I’m very happy,” Wubben said. “It’s been a great day.”

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa took home two medals the first day. Swanson went 16-10.25 for long jump bronze, overtaking a number of high seeds.

Taylor Gregory placed sixth in high jump (5-02), in her second state meet before going on to UW-LaCrosse where she may try track and field.

Other medal winners were Mitch Danner of Litchfield whose 51-0 toss got him on the seventh-step of the podium facing the Klas Field grandstand.

In girls discus, Bailey Erickson of ACGC took fifth (112-07) and Rachel Jensen of LQPV/DB took sixth (110-10).

Niko Berge, a sophomore vaulter for BOLD/BLH, cleared 12-6 for eight-place.

Except for the 3200 runs, races on Friday at Hamline University were prelims to sort to the final nine. Paynesville’s Kari Hoeft advanced in both hurdles, though barely in the 300s where she placed ninth. Ben Burgett ran a personal-best 1:57.24 to move on in the 800 as the sixth seed. The Community Christian, Willmar, junior also runs in the 1600 today.

LQPV/DB senior Jacinta Roggenbuck ran a personal-best 58:48 to qualify third in the in the 400 dash, a step behind Paynesville freshman Katelyn Spanier (58.87) in second place going into the finals. Roggenbuck also advance in the 200 dash. Among those also in line for medals today are Mathew Van Eps of CMCS in the 400 and Jack Schultenover of Minnewaska in the 100.

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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