Autum Erickson hands off to Chatfield teammate Maddie Talamantes in the finals of the 4X200 on Saturday. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS
Autum Erickson hands off to Chatfield teammate Maddie Talamantes in the finals of the 4X200 on Saturday. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS
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Chatfield brought back two individual gold medals and a relay team silver medal from the state track and field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul this past weekend.

The 4x200 relay team as well as Autum Erickson and Jayme LaPlante represented the Chatfield track and field team at the state meet held at Hamline University this past weekend. Competition began on Friday afternoon, with the 4x200 team and Erickson participating in preliminary races and LaPlante competing in the shot put. LaPlante also participated in the discus on Saturday.

In the 100-meter dash, Erickson finished 16th in the preliminary race, which was seven places short of qualifying for the finals. Her time of 12.94 seconds was just 0.24 seconds shy of qualifying for the finals and 0.58 seconds shy of the eventual state champion's time.

The 4x200 meter relay team, consisting of Erickson, Maddie Talamantes, Ashley Baker and Maddy Kammer, finished second in its heat of the preliminaries. The team's time of 1:46.15 was the third best in the two heats and was good enough to advance to the finals.

In the finals, the Gophers cut 0.14 seconds off their preliminary time, crossing the finish line in 1:46.01. That time earned the team a silver medal and was just 0.37 seconds behind the first place team.

In the throwing events, LaPlante continued his dominance at the state's biggest stage. He began with a first place finish in the shot put on Friday. After throws in the 52' to 54' range in his first four attempts, he dialed it up a notch with his last two throws, both reaching over 56'. His final throw, measured at 56' 11 ½", was the state title winner and was over eight inches farther than the second place finisher.

With one gold medal secured, LaPlante turned his sights to the discus on Saturday. His first throw of the day sailed 148'5". Then, sandwiched in between two fouls, he recorded his longest toss of the meet, heaving the discus 162'8". That throw rendered his final attempt, measured at 157'9", irrelevant. It was also the longest throw of all competitors, earning him a second gold medal in as many days.