Cambridge-Isanti’s Char Morke won the girls pole vault title at the Class 2A state meet held at Hamline University on Saturday, June 8.
The senior won by clearing 12-4, more than seven inches higher than any other competitor, to become the school’s first state titlist in girl’s track and field since Jenny Aronson won the long jump in 2005.
Morke was nearly perfect on Saturday, clearing six straight heights on her first attempt. She claimed the meet title with her successful leap at 12-0, but also cleared 12-4 before missing three times at 12-7 in an attempt to break her school record in her final high school meet.
Morke’s performance was the highlight of an impressive day for the Bluejackets, who had 13 different athletes earn medals.
Senior Blaze Krueger took home two of those medals, placing fourth in the shot put with a best toss of 54-6 ½ on Friday, then posted a best throw of 155-4 in the discus Saturday to earn fifth place.
Cambridge-Isanti also had two medalists in the pole vault as Joseph Stauffer took fourth by clearing 14-6, while Ethan Hintermeister claimed seventh at a height of 14-0.
Gaven Ziebarth took eighth in the 100 with a 11.08 clocking, then ran a leg on two successful relays. The 4x100 relay of Kaden Slepica, Dylan Jones, Jacob Steinbring and Ziebarth took seventh at 43.35, while the 4x200 relay of Steinbring, Dylan Larson, Ziebarth and Jones placed eighth with a 1:30.50 clocking.
As a result, the boys team placed seventh with 27 points.
The girls 4x200 relay of Aiyana Knight, Jacqueline Olander, Chloe Nelson and Anika Larson placed seventh with a time of 1:43.68. That finish, along with Morke’s title, helped the girls place 22nd with 15 points.