Two of the most decorated athletes in their program’s histories, Andover’s Alexa Havon and St. Francis’ Elijah Hylen, concluded their careers by placing second in final all-state individual performances during the Class AA State Track and Field Championships at Hamline University in St. Paul June 7-8.
Havon earned runner-up honors in a tightly packed 800-meter run, crossing the line in 2:12.56. She moved up three spots from her finish a year ago in the same event to once again attain all-state distinction.
Havon also teamed up with Claire Beckman, Michelle Dyrdahl and Cedar Jorgenson in a medal winning 4x800 relay for Andover as the distance group finished sixth in 9:28.36. The same relay team added a 12th place finish in the 4x400 in 4:04.25.
Alyssa Gerth earned all-state with an eighth place run of 11:08.90 in the 3,200 on the opening day of state, then came back with a 13th place time of 5:19.83 in the 1,600 on the final day of competition.
Beckman added an 11th place finish in the 300 hurdles in 45.98 and Jorgenson recorded a 12th place leap of 16-5.5 in the long jump.
St. Francis’ Nadia Sanford competed in both throwing events, taking 11th in the shot put at 37-11.5 and 14th in the discus at 109-7.
Anoka’s Madison Sieben earned 11th place in the pole vault, clearing 11 feet.
Hylen, a state champion two years ago and a sixth place finisher last spring, took second place in a down-to-the-wire high jump competition, clearing 6-6.
Andover’s Jorge Olivo Cabrera closed out his career in all-state fashion, earning fifth place in the 110 hurdles in 14.83, while Coon Rapids’ Spencer Hoium medaled in the event as well, earning eighth place in 15.08.
Also for Andover, Blake Nyenati placed 15th in the 110 hurdles in 15.37 and Cameron Heppner placed 16th in the 800 in 2:00.61.
Anoka’s 4x800 relay team of Sebastian Fernandez, Aaron Taylor, Blake Fuller and Bruce Muehlhauser earned a spot on the medal stand, teaming up for an eighth place time of 7:58.95. Levi Yeebahn tied for 11th place in the high jump at 6-0 and Micah Madyun finished 15th in the high jump.
The Andover girls tied for 19th place overall as a team in Class AA.
The St. Francis boys tied for 31st place, Andover tied for 42nd and Anoka and Coon Rapids tied for 52nd.