There weren’t great numbers of athletes representing Carlton County at last weekend’s Minnesota State Track and Field meet, but area qualifiers certainly represented themselves well during the two-day meet at Hamline University.
In Class AA, Cloquet’s 4x800 relay team of Blaine Bong, Logan Dushkin, Mario Genereau and Dennis Osvold shaved over four seconds off their section qualifying time by finishing in 8:17.04 – good for a fifth-place heat finish and just missing the medal stand.
On the girls’ side, freshman Olivia Jameson got a taste of the big stage by taking sixth in her heat in the 100-meter hurdles, Her time of 15.64 didn’t quality her for finals, but she did take eighth place in the high jump at 5-02.
In Class A boys, Esko sent two relays to state. The 4x100 team of Aaron Moore, Shane Snaza, Elijah Blue and Luke Wagemaker finished eighth in its heat at 45.36, but the team of Moore, Dylan Edland, Blue and Wagemaker finished one place better in their 4x200 heat in 1:33.84. Neither effort, however, was able to place the Eskomos into a final.
Daniel Lilja of Moose Lake-Willow River had the best individual performance of a Carlton County athlete, finishing second in the wheelchair shot put at 20-07.5. Samuel Goodwin of Barnum was fifth in the shot put with a toss of 47-07.50 and Jackson Thompson of the Rebels participated in the pole vault, but didn’t clear a height.
Cromwell-Wright’s Ben Hansen also came home fifth in his heat in the boys 400 meters, in 51.91.
On the girls’ side, Cromwell-Wright’s Shaily Hakamaki took part in the long and triple jumps for the second straight year. She finished ninth in the long jump at 15-10 and was fourth in her flight in the triple jump at 34-01.50, but didn’t qualify for finals.
Lexi Bonneville of Barnum, who broke the school record in the discus during subsections, finished third in the discus with a toss of 124-05 – short of her own record, but 6 feet better than her qualifying distance.
Fellow Bomber Reese Miletich was eighth in her heat in the 100 meters in 13.16, and she came back to anchor Barnum’s 4x100 relay team with Gracie Nelson, Dana Weets and Brooke Doran. That team finished ninth in its heat in 53.40 seconds.
Skyla Thompson of Moose Lake-Willow River was 15th in the pole vault at 9-0.