Folz, Spier, Pitts bring home state medals
Thursday, June 12, 2014 5:59 AM
Three Caledonia/Spring Grove athletes earned medals and all-state status at the Minnesota 1A Track and Field Championships at Hamline University in St. Paul last week.
Ryan Pitts (second from right) crosses the finish line at the state track meet last Saturday. The senior speedster placed fifth in the 100-meter dash for the second straight year. SAM CLEMENS/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
Senior Aly Folz took her third trip to the meet for the shot put competition. She scored her best finish, 5th, after taking 14th as a junior and 17th as a sophomore. With a best throw of 37 feet, 4 inches, Folz came very close to her school record distance of 37-05.75, which occurred at this year's section meet. It was also over two feet better than her state meet distance from 2013. There were 16 qualifiers at this year's event.
Senior West Spier earned his third all-state medal in high jump. Taking third place, he moved up a couple notches from last year's fifth-place finish, which was better than the 9th place Spier earned as a sophomore.
He cleared 6 feet, 5 inches (the same as at the state meet last year), just short of his school record 6-06 set earlier in 2014.
Senior Ryan Pitts took fifth place in the 100-meter dash, the same place he earned at state as a junior. The day brought Pitts his third all-state medal running in a field of 22 qualifying sprinters.
His time of 11.42 seconds in the finals was just a bit slower than the 11.10 from the prelims, but all of the finalists except one ran better times in the earlier race; and that competitor ran the same time in both. Pitts' all-time best 100M of 11.03 occurred in last year's state prelims.
The 100M relay squad of Pitts, senior Sam Schulte, junior Devan Heaney, and freshman Ben McCabe had the seventh-best prelim time in their field of 18 schools, but posted a "DNF" (dropped baton) in the last race of the year.
That prelim time (44.50) was their third-best mark of the year following times of 44.45 and 44.44 at section.