Blaine’s Madison Schmidt won the girls high jump title and the Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village duo of Charis Lawson and Tori LaBerge captured all-state doubles to lead area athletes during the Class AA State Track and Field Championships at Hamline University in St. Paul June 7-8.
The Blaine boys posted a dominant six all-state performances, led by Lucas Becker in the discus.
Schmidt won the high jump in a winner-take-all jump off at 5-10 for a repeat state championship, while the 4x100 relay team of Emanda Williams, Jaida Wiege, Natalia Valnes and Davidetta Browne sprinted to a third place performance in 49.17 seconds. The relay finished fourth in its prelim heat the first day of competition before bolting to bronze in the finals by taking 0.52 seconds off its opening time.
The 4x800 relay team of Stephanie Lewis, Kelsey Huver, Cara Shepard and Schmidt finished just off the medal pace, taking 10th place in 9:35.02.
Schmidt also finished 11th in the 800 in 2:17.15 and Browne added a 21st place finish in the 100 in 12.67.
For Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony, Lawson put together all-state finishes on the track and in the field. Lawson bettered her section title height by five inches in the pole vault, earning fourth place at 11-6. After missing one attempt at 10-6 to start the competition, Lawson cleared her next three attempts successfully to attain her fourth place finish. She also secured a sixth place finish in the 300 hurdles in 44.78.
LaBerge posted back-to-back all-state finishes in the long and triple jumps. On the opening day of the tournament, her first leap of 17-5.25 earned her a sixth place finish in the long jump. On the final day of competition, LaBerge recorded a fifth place distance of 36-10.25 in the triple jump.
Becker closed his career with a powerful performance in the discus, earning fourth place with a throw of 163-5.
The 4x200 led a trio of Bengal qualifying relays, as Cade Downey, Alex Peters, Brett Ringer and Brian Obwogi took sixth place in 1:29.28.
Ringer was the next best individual placer, earning sixth in the 400 in 49.66.
DJ Gurley recorded an all-state distance of 45-2 in earning seventh place in the triple jump, and he also took 11th in the long jump at 20-5.25.
Isaiah Giles and Brian Obwogi earned all-state honors as well, as Giles took eighth in the discus at 149-10 and Obwogi took ninth in the 100 in 11.12.
Josh Beinke was just outside of the finals in the shot put, earning 10th place with a throw of 48-11.25, and David Obwaya placed 14th in the 110 hurdles in 15.10.
The quartet of Cade Downey, Peters, Peyton Downey and Obwogi added a 15th place finish in the 4x100 relay in 44.21, and the 4x400 relay team of Peters, Obwaya, Jack Stahnke and Peyton Downey also took 15th in 3:31.23.
The Blaine boys finished 13th overall in the team standings, while the Blaine girls finished 15th and the Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village girls finished 16th.