Thinclads earn three medals
at state meet
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 10:30 AM
When over 80 programs gathered at Hamline University in St. Paul for the Minnesota State High School League Track and Field Championships on June 7-8, three Caledonia/Spring Grove athletes earned All-State track commendations by winning a medal. Those highly prized laurels are only awarded for the top nine places.
Aly Folz competed in shot put for the second straight season at the Class A State Track & Field Championships.
The Warrior girls tied for 30th place among the 79 teams that scored team points. Seven other girl's programs were represented, which did not compile points. Warroad with 42 points edged out Blake School by one point for the girls team championship.
The boys tied for 27th place among 81 teams that registered points. The only TRC School ranking higher than C/SG was Chatfield, which tied for 24th. Foley claimed the state team title by a wide 22-poiint margin.
In girls competition, Warrior Emma Lange was again at the top of the race for the state high jump championship, finishing as state runner-up for a second straight year. She cleared the bar at 5 feet 5 inches, close to her 5-6 mark from last year. In 2011, she won the state title as a sophomore.
Junior Ryan Pitts also had an excellent meet, setting a new personal record in the 100-meter dash preliminaries (11.03 seconds). He went on to take fifth in the finals, crossing the line in 11.27 in an officially headwind-affected race.
Pitts also competed in the 200M dash, notching a prelim time of 23.33 which was slightly better than his qualifying mark of 23.34 at section. That time was good for 15th place but did not allow him to advance to the finals.
Junior West Spier also finished near the top in the finals of the boys high jump, clearing the bar at 6-5, which was two inches higher than his section-championship mark and also a new school record.
Only one jumper went higher, with Spier winding up as one of five athletes to clear an identical six-and-a-half-foot mark. Tiebreakers eventually placed him at fifth.
Junior Aly Folz placed 14th with a shot put throw of 34-02.25. That's one foot and one inch farther than the distance she recorded at state a year ago.