Missota Conference high jump champion
(photos by Jim Lindquist)
The Tigers edged by New Prague by one-half point on the final event of the day to finish fifth in the 2011 Missota Conference Track and Field Championships held Thursday, May 26, at Tiger Stadium.
Shakopee won the team title with 182.5 points. League newcomer Chanhassen finished a distant second at 150, followed by Red Wing 147, Northfield 104, Farmington 96.5, New Prague 96, Holy Angels 76 and Chaska 44.
"The meet went about as expected for us with some personal records and great performances," coach Brian Helmstetter said. "We had set our goal as fourth place and as you can see it was within our range.
"We had some nice performances from our seniors and our underclassmen competed well for their first championship style meet."
Sam Hanson scored the lone Tiger first place finish. Hanson, who earlier this spring set a new school high jump record at 6-7, was coming off an injury but still managed to lead the pack with a 6-1 effort.
2nd 200-meter dash; 4th 100-meter dash and 7th 400-meter dash
Another senior, sprinter Tyler Grubb, had a good all-around day after missing several recent meets with a leg injury. Grubb placed second in the 200-meter dash, fourth on the 100-meter dash and seventh in the 400-meter run.
Senior thrower John Schimmel had a personal best 51-7 toss in the shot put to finish second and also ranked sixth in the discus.
Yet another senior, Zach Wyatt, put together a solid performance, taking third in triple jump, ninth in the long jump and running a leg on the third place 4x400 relay team.
The 4x400 quartet of Wyatt, Charlie Wicks, Tyler Lerbakken and Tanner Grubb supplied the points that vaulted the Tigers into fifth place, defeating New Prague by a fraction of a second.
McKinley Bassett eclipsed his personal best by almost a foot and placed fourth in the long jump and Reid Taubenheim ranked fifth in the pole vault. Carl Elmer cut 20 seconds off his career-best time to take fifth in the 3200-meter run and Tyler Beckett had a personal best in the 300-meter hurdles to take sixth. Jake Rudeen placed seventh in the 3200-meter run and Lerbakken finished eighth in the 800-meter run.
In the relays the 4x800 meter team of Eric Stoeckman, Jared Wolt, Hunter Meyers and Lerbakken took fifth. The 4x100 foursome of Jake Erickson, Wicks, Alex Chadwick and Mason Auge finished sixth and the 4x200 quartet of Tommy Weigel, Blake Ross, Erickson and Auge came in seventh.
The Tigers next hit the track this Saturday at the Section 1AA Championships at Lakeville South.