Two Harbors athlete wins state triple jump titleST. PAUL — The first flight of any high school track and field event is usually reserved for those competitors just hoping to earn a berth in the final.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
ST. PAUL — The first flight of any high school track and field event is usually reserved for those competitors just hoping to earn a berth in the final.
But Two Harbors senior Caleb Hamp-Sill jumped out of the first flight of the triple jump onto the winner’s podium Friday during the first day of the Minnesota Class A track and field state meet at Hamline University.
Hamp-Sill, who is seeded first in today’s long jump but was not expected to contend in the triple jump, leaped 43 feet, 11 inches or just 1¼ inches better than runner-up Beau Kashmark of West Central. That earned the Agates 12 team points and a temporary tie for third after four events.
Esko junior Max Reinertsen was fifth in 42-9.
Among other Class A boys events, Duluth Marshall senior Aaron Dunphy placed second in the 110-meter hurdles preliminaries in 15.60 seconds; Eveleth-Gilbert senior James Greiner came in second in the 300 hurdles prelims in 40.03 and will be joined in the finals by Virginia’s Sam Stokes-Cerkvenik; and International Falls senior Jake Jensen tied for the second-highest pole vault with a lifetime-best 14-3, but placed third on the attempts tiebreaker. Blake’s Grant Krieger soared 15 feet to win the title.
-- In Class AA preliminaries, Duluth East junior Quinton Coleman ran the second-fastest 100 time (11.08), but is seeded third for today’s final because he was second in his heat. Coleman, who is running despite a tweaked left hamstring, was second in the 200 qualifying after posting a heat-winning time of 22.49 to trail only the 22.15 put up by Dontay Matthews of St. Francis in the other heat. Coleman edged Matthews at the tape in the Section 7AA meet.
-- Duluth Central senior C.J. Ham was sixth in the shot put final, tossing the orb 54-4½ to finish nearly
8 feet behind Section 7AA winner Thomas Anderson of Andover.
DULUTH CENTRAL’S STRATIOTI REACHES THREE FINALS
Duluth Central senior Paige Stratioti cruised to first place in the Class AA 400 preliminaries, running a personal-best 55.41 seconds, and also snuck in for today’s 100 and 200 finals after posting the seventh-best times in each event.
-- Hibbing senior Hailey Smith jumped a personal-best 5-5 to finish third in the high jump, just 2 inches off the winning leap by Tatyana Pashibin of Minneapolis Southwest.
-- In Class A qualifying, Esko sophomore Marisa Shady was second in the 400 in a season-best 58.75 and Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin’s Mika LaDoux was fourth; Cook County’s Ailee Larson was fourth in the 800 prelims; International Falls freshman Breanna Shofner reached the 100 finals; and Two Harbors junior Stephanie McGregor finished fifth in the discus with a throw of 116-9.