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Three strike it rich; Cannon, Moser of Morris Area, CMCS' Wubben win gold

(Tribune photo by Rand Middleton) Jumping to gold on Saturday was high jumper Aaron Wubben of Central Minnesota Christian. Wubben is shown here clearing by a thread at 6-foot-7.1 / 3
(Tribune photo by Rand Middleton) Jumping to gold on Saturday was vaulter Rachel Moser of Morris Area. Moser, in perfect form, didn't have a miss through her winning vault of 11-0.2 / 3
(Tribune photo by Rand Middleton) Jumping to gold on Saturday was hurdler Cody Cannon, center, of Morris Area in the 110. Cannon and Aaron Dunphry of Duluth Marshall top the final hurdle together, but the Eagles' senior would win the sprint to the finish line by .06. Morris Area teammate Tristan Michealson, far right, placed fifth.3 / 3

ST. PAUL -- Aaron Wubben of Central Minnesota Christian and Morris Area athletes Cody Cannon and Rachel Moser topped the area medal haul at the state track and field meet on Saturday.

All three jumped for gold in Class A.

Wubben cleared 6-foot-7 in the high jump, Moser pole vaulted 11-0 without a miss and Cody Cannon won a narrow victory in the 110 hurdles.

Second-place awards at Klas Field on the campus of Hamline University included Dawson's Ryan Swenson, running for Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd. He placed runner-up in the 800-meter run for a second straight year, but set a career-best time of 1:56.65. Zach Jensen, also with a second-place finish for the EagleJacks, surprised himself with a do-or-die discus heave of 152-1 that qualified him for the final nine. His career-best throw stood up for the silver.

On Friday, Brandon Zylstra of New London-Spicer earned a third-place medal in triple jump (43-3¾).

Willmar's Rose Jackson won three medals in her four events and the Willmar girls 2x200-relay placed ninth.

NLS senior Alanna Dietz also reached the podium in three events.

Wubben finished runner-up a year ago by clearing 6-foot-6 -- indoors due to rain. In 2009, he went 6-5 for silver, also in the field house.

This year, for once, the weather conditions were excellent -- sunshine, only a breeze with the mercury reaching the high 60s.

"I'm really happy," said Wubben, whose older sister Brianna graduated in 2009 after earning one gold and two silvers at state. "My quad strain hurt. Six-foot-seven ties my personal best."

Moser, the top seed, didn't have a miss on her accent to 11-0. After securing first, she had the bar set at 11-7, but missed three times in an attempt for the state meet record. The Morris senior, whose personal best is 11-3 this season at sub-sections, also won silver in 2009 and took seventh last year.

Cannon won by the slimmest of margins by lowering his head and bucking forward at the finish. His time of 15.42 in the 110-high-hurdles nipped Aaron Dunphy of the Marshall School in Duluth by .04 of a second.

"I was hoping for top three down here," said the Tigers' senior, who placed fourth in the 300 intermediates. It was the fifth state medal for Cannon, including running on the Tigers' third-place 4x400 relay in 2010.

For the second year in a row, Swenson took silver in the 800-meter run. He made his move on the second lap early on the backstretch. But Section 3A rival Justin Cook of Jackson County Central outsprinted in front of the cheering crowd to win in 1:55.97 to Swenson's 1:56.65.

The race didn't conclude Swenson's stellar prep career. He's been selected to play in the All-Star football game at TCF Bank Stadium later this month. The 200-win Blackjack wrestler plans to study agricultural engineering at South Dakota State and walk-on to the Jackrabbits' D-I football program.

Jensen was sitting on a throw of 139-3 with one throw left in qualifying.

"I was sitting near the bottom, but I knew I could do better," he said smiling. His 152-1 beat his previous best by about three feet and his section throw by 13 feet. The LQPV senior said he may join the track team at Gustavus Adolphus.

After the first-place by Moser, who said her vaulting career is finished, the next highest medals among area girls were at seventh.

Willmar's Jackson took seventh in the 200 dash (25.88), eighth in long jump (16-9¼) and anchored the Cardinals' 4x200 relay which medaled in ninth place (1:45.56). With Jackson were eighth-grader Shelby-Lyn Schneider and seniors Brittney Anderson and Sam Bierbaum. Their time missed the 2005 school record by 1.5 seconds.

In the 100 hurdles, Dietz was in step with the leaders, Bree Woelber of Pipestone and Katlyn Sawtelle of Luverne, the 2010 champion. But Dietz nicked the third-to-last hurdle with her leading foot. It checked her speed only for an instant, but enough to drop her back to seventh place as Woelber nudge Sawtelle for first.

Most notable among individual performances was that of Analisa Huschle, a senior at Bagley/Fosston. She won the 100 and 200 dashes, the long jump and triple jump. She won long jump for the third consecutive year and triple jump for the fourth time.

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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