Discussions about team scoring at the state track and field championships often evolve into this question: Could one or two superstar athletes accumulate enough points to take home a team title?
That question was answered in a big way by two young sisters from Minneapolis Edison on Saturday at Hamline University’s Klas Field. Eighth-grader Jia Lewis won the Class 1A 100- and 200-meter races, and ninth-grader Jada Lewis finished third in both sprints. Adding to the symmetry, Kayla Stowell of LeSueur-Henderson placed second in both.
With 12 points for each first-place finish and eight points for third, the Edison duo’s total of 40 points gave the Tommies the team title. Belle Plaine/Holy Family Academy was second with 32.7 points, followed by Holy Family Catholic (31) and Osakis (29).
“It’s the best competition to have your sister with you,” said Jia Lewis.
There was a similar outcome in the Class 2A girls competition, where two sprint stars from Cretin-Derham Hall were the headliners. Sophomore Brieasha Hunter finished first and senior Megan Linder was second in the 100 and 400, and those finishes were reversed in the 200, with Linder winning and Hunter placing second.
No other female athletes from Cretin-Derham Hall scored points, but the Hunter-Linder total of 66 team points was good for second place behind state champion Minnetonka, which scored 80 points. Lakeville South was third with
62 points; 24 of those came from victories by Shaina Burns in the shot put and 100 hurdles.
Linder and Hunter didn’t discuss the possibilities before the state meet, but “I think it was kind of on our minds, even though we never really talked about it,” said Linder, who capped a stellar high school track career.
Last year at state Linder won the 400, was fourth in the 200 and seventh in the 100, while Hunter was third in the 400 and ninth in the 200. As a sophomore, Linder won the 400,was third in the 200 and fifth in the 100. When Linder was a ninth-grader she finished eighth in the 400. She will continue her track career at the University of Tennessee.
“I was just trying to get in the zone and soak it all in,” she said of Saturday’s experience. “I think I’ve been really privileged to do so well the past four years and I felt a little choked up today. I think I’ve truly left a legacy behind me, not just from my times but also from my attitude and the relationships I’ve made.”
--The morning began with a late start due to stormy weather which included lightning. The Class 2A portion of the competition started at 9:30, half an hour behind schedule. The Class 1A meet began on time at 3:30
CLASS 2A HIGHLIGHTS
Mia Barron of Minnetonka (pictured in the 4x100) won both the girls long jump and triple jump, setting a state-meet record of 40 feet, 5 ½ inches in the triple jump. The all-time state record is 41-1 ¾ by Wayzata’s Jordan Helgren in 2008. Barron won the long jump Friday with a distance of 19-1 ½; she set the state record of 19-10 earlier this spring.
--Terrance Bowers of Hopkins won the boys long jump and triple jump and was a member of the Royals’ championship 4x100 relay team. He also won the triple jump last year.
--Stillwater sophomore Eli Krahn repeated as the boys 1,600 champ, adding to the 3,200 title he won on Friday.
--Hopkins’ Shaheed Hickman was a repeat champion in the boys 100.
--Bloomington Jefferson’s Matthew Rosen won the boys 800 for the second year in a row.
--Akeem Sirlead of North St. Paul was the repeat gold medalist in the boys 200.
--Marissa Bartels of Delano set a meet record in the 800-meter wheelchair race, winning in 3:08.04. She also won the wheelchair 100 and shot put.
--Senior Payton Otterdahl of Rosemount captured the boys discus and shot put crowns.
CLASS 1A HIGHLIGHTS
St. Croix Lutheran junior Jon Tollefson continued his domination of the hurdle world, sweeping the 100 and 300 races for the second year in a row. He set a 1A state-meet record of 14.36 seconds in the 100 hurdles (the all-time state record is 13.85).
The closest finish of the day came in the 300 hurdles, with the results delayed while meet officials looked at photos of the finish. The victory went to Tollefson with a time of 38.317 seconds, and the time for runner-up Samuel Lundquist of Minnehaha Academy was 38.318.
-- Staples-Motley senior Jaelin Beachy won her third consecutive title in the girls 100 hurdles.
--Tyler Beehler of Foley won both the 100 and 200 for the second year in a row and anchored the Falcons’ victorious 4x100 relay team.
--In the girls shot put, Katelyn Weber of St. Clair was a repeat champion.
--Jayme LaPlante of Chatfield swept the boys discus and shot put titles.
--The girls 1,600 winner was Kayla Huhnerkoch, a junior from Redwood Valley. She also won the 1,600 (and the 800) as an eighth-grader in 2011 and was second in the 1,600 as a freshman.
--In the boys 1,600, junior Shane Streich of Waseca repeated as champion (he also won the 800, in which he placed second last year). Streich set a 1A meet record in the 1,600 with a time of 4:13.80. Runner-up Keeghan Hurley (4:13.98) also beat the previous 1A meet record.
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