Annandale's Aeikens, Melrose's Brinkman win state track championships

Annandale's Aeikens, Melrose's Brinkman win state track championships


Annandale's Aeikens, Melrose's Brinkman win state track championships



Annandale’s Brooke Aeikens has something to cherish: her first first-place medal.

Melrose’s Hailey Brinkman adds another medal to a fast-filing personal trophy case

And the Foley boys track team has a clear goal for 2013: bring home the gold after finishing second Saturday at the state track and field championships at Klas Field on the Hamline University campus.

It was a day of many highlights for Central Minnesotans, who brought home two firsts and numerous seconds and thirds.

To highlight:

Aeikens, a senior, won the 100-meter dash in 12.52 seconds, which was a tad off her prelim time of 12.43. But couple that with a second-place finish in the 400 relay with fellow Cardinals Calisha Norgren, Katie Provo and Jenna Loch and it was an incredible — albeit sunny and hot — day.

“I was hoping for it (a state championship) and I was nervous, but not too bad,” Aeikens said. “I felt comfortable.”

The 400 relay was another matter. Aeikens ran the final leg and nearly caught Byron’s Jillian Krier. Byron won the event with a 49.76. Annandale was second in 49.82.

“Another five meters and I’d have caught her,” Aeikens said.

The Cardinals broke a 25-year-old state record in the preliminaries with a 50.19, then broke it again Saturday, thanks to Aeikens.

“She’s a stud,” Norgren said.

“You can always count on her,” Loch said. “I’m pretty happy with second place.”

Brinkman helped lead Melrose to a state gymnastics title in February. Saturday, the senior cleared 37 feet, 7 ¾ inches to win on criteria over Andrea Bartz of Plainview-Elgin-Millville.

Foley, meanwhile, finished with 46 team points in the boys’ standings, 10 behind state champion Waseca.

On Saturday, the Falcons did it with a bunch of place-finishers, though their only state champ was Charlie Lawrence in the 3,200 on Friday.

Lawrence ran in one of the most entertaining races of the weekend, the 1,600. More on that in a moment.

Sophomore Tyler Beehler had a big day for Foley. He was second in the 100 (11.15), getting edged by Breckenridge/Campbell-Tintah’s Michael Whitney (11.13).

Then, he anchored the Falcons’ 400 relay team of senior Alex Brenny, junior Sheldon Hamers and sophomore Luke Kelvington.

The Falcons took eighth in 44.83, which was better than their preliminary time of 45.04.

Then, Beehler took second again to Whitney in the 200. He ran a 22.40. Whitney was at 22.31.

“Not a good day for me,” Beehler said. “I’m not feeling good and my first turn was awful.”

He said he was having stomach issues and almost bowed out of the relay event, but decided against letting his teammates down.

It was all good, though. Beehler nearly didn’t come out for track this season. He’s also on Foley’s baseball team and had to be coerced to come out for track.

Good decision, Tyler.

“It was awesome coming down here and being a part of this,” he said.

Also helping the Falcons pile up points was Sam Udermann. The junior finished second in the discus with a toss of 157-3. That was more than a foot better than his seed time (156-1).

Steffan Stroh, a junior from Ottertail Central, won with a 159-5.

Then came the 1,600. Lawrence wound up eighth in a wildly entertaining race. His time was 4:27.63.

“I kind of left it all out here (Friday) in the 3,200,” the junior said. “I didn’t have it.

“But I’m coming home with a state title.”

Blake’s Brandon Clark won it in 4:20.08. Waseca’s Shane Streich was second (4:20.26) and St. Cloud Cathedral’s Nick Golebiowski was third (4:20.78). That’s three guys coming to the finish line and finishing .70th of a second apart.

“I’m still excited,” Golebiowski said a while later. “I feel a lot better with this performance than I did (Friday in the 3,200). I just feel so much more confident than I did (on Friday) …

“I thought I was going to win it with 200 meters left. I hadn’t raced Shane this year and he’s got great speed. He ran the 800 open, too. And Brandon, I’ve got to give him a shout-out. He’s just tough.”

More highlights

* St. Cloud Christian School’s McKenzie Holt followed up her second-place finish in the 3,200 with a third-place finish in the 1,600. She wound up with a time of 5:11.97. Blake’s Clare Flanagan, the 3,200 champ, had a 4:59.22.

It was a good performance on another dreadfully hot day that saw another runner wheeled off the track on a golf cart because of heat exhaustion.

This day, Holt had a strong kick, moving up two positions in the final lap.

“I don’t know why,” Holt said. “It’s the competition, I guess. You get so much adrenalin going at state.”

She placed sixth in the 1,600 last year and was pleased to move up place-wise in both events.

“I feel really good to just make an improvement on last year’s placements,” she said. “It’s just a blessing to be able to compete here.”

* Rocori ninth-grader Erin Huls finished third in the Class 2A 300 hurdles, getting a strong finish to wind up with a time of 44:29.

“I’m very happy with it,” Huls said. “I was going for a top three and that’s what I got. I’m more excited than anything.”

Tears, too

* Foley senior Claire Gapinski shed a few tears after taking eighth in the 200 with a time of 26.35. After taking second last year, it wasn’t what she was hoping for.

“I’m disappointed about my whole season,” she said. “It’s just hard.”

* Sauk Centre Elizabeth Hemsworth was also disappointed after taking second in the 400 and fourth in the 200.

“It’s not what I wanted, but …” Hemsworth said. “In the 400 last year I got third, so second is fine there.”

And the 200? “I wasn’t really sure what to expect because we were all so really close in our times. I got fourth and I didn’t place last year, so … “

She’ll accept it. But she wanted more.

Fun finishes

* St. John’s Prep junior Zoe Novak wound up third in the girls’ 300 hurdles. It was only the fourth time she had run the race.

Her first 300 hurdles was in the subsection meet. Then came the Section 5A final and then came Friday’s state preliminaries and Saturday’s fine.

“It’s been an interesting year,” she said.

She missed time with a torn hamstring and because of her role as Belle in the spring musical, Beauty and the Best.

* The Sauk Rapids’ boys 400 relay team wound up with a seventh-place finish, two spots higher than their seed time. They were ecstatic because it wasn’t even a dream to do so well in the race this season.

“I’m glad we ended so well,” said Sauk Rapids senior Zack Haffner, who also placed fourth in the long jump. “We didn’t even think we had a chance at state.”

Senior Matt Huberty and juniors Brandon Landowski and Jake Lynch also ran on the relay.

“Every time we ran it, we improved,” Landowski said. “We’ve been lucky.

“But we’ve worked hard all season, so I’m glad it’s all worked out.”

* Tyler Broadwell wound up with a personal-best 4:24.94 in the Class 2A boys’ 1,600.

The senior who is headed to Luther College in Iowa had joked during the week that he’d take the lead in the race just to experience it as a 15th seed. It actually happened early, though coach Jeff Kellerman told him not to.

“I feel good,” Broadwell said. “I was seeded second to last, so I wasn’t disappointed in any way.”

Broadwell plans to major in international relations and social work.


Boys team results –1. Wayzata 81; 2. Park (Cottage Grove) 64; 3. Minnetonka 55; 4. Apple Valley 41; 5. North St. Paul 39; 6. Rochester Mayo 32; 7. Andover, Roseville Area 31; 9. Lakeville South 29; 10. Stillwater 27; 32. Sauk Rapids 9; 38. (tie) Sartell 6; 43. (tie) St. Cloud Tech 5.

Girls team results — 1. Lakeville South 56.5; 2. Alexandria, Minnetonka 49; 4. Hopkins, Farmington 40; 6. Prior Lake 39; 7. Minneapolis Southwest 32; 8. Mounds View 31; 9. Osseo 26; 10. Apple Valley, Cretin-Derham Hall 25; 35. (tie) Rocori 8.

Area finishers

Boys 400-meter relay — 7. Sauk Rapids (Matt Huberty, Zack Haffner, Brandon Landowski, Jake Lynch) 43.23.

Boys 1,600 — 15. Tyler Broadwell (Sartell) 4:24.94.

Boys long jump — 4. Haffner (Sauk Rapids) 21-8; 17. Andrew Reid (Becker) 19-9.

Boys high jump — 4. Josh Lieberg (Sartell) 6-6.

Boys discus — 15. Paul Kaczor (St. Cloud Tech) 139-7.

Girls 300 hurdles — 3. Erin Huls (Rocori) 44.59.

Girls pole vault — 12. Rachelle LeBlanc (Little Falls) 10-6; 19. Mikayla Dockendorf (Sartell) 9-6.


Boys team results — 1. Waseca 56; 2. Foley 46; 3. Ottertail Central 38; 4. Pillager 34; 5. Moose Lake/Willow River 32; 6. Fairmont, Blake 30; 8. Madelia/Truman 28; 9. Concordia Academy-Roseville 25; 10. Byron 24.5; 28. (tie) St. Cloud Cathedral 13; 36. (tie) Annandale 9; 50. (tie) Sauk Centre 5; 58. (tie) Albany 3.

Girls team results — 1. Blake 39; 2. Watertown-Mayer 38; 3. Annandale, Blue Earth 36; 5. Byron 29.5; 6. St. Clair 28; 7. Esko 26; 8. Osakis 24; 9. Staples-Motley 23; 10. Belle Plaine/Holy Family 22.5; 18. (tie) St. Cloud Christian, Sauk Centre 18; 24. (tie) Foley 14; 28. (tie) Melrose 11; 41. (tie) St. John’s Prep 8; 49. (tie) Paynesville 6; 54. (tie) Milaca 5; 61. (tie) Albany 4; 67. (tie) Royalton, St. Cloud Cathedral 2.

Area finishers

Boys 100 — 2. Tyler Beehler (Foley) 11.15.

Boys 200 — 2. Beehler (Foley) 22.40.

Boys 1,600 — 3. Nick Golebiowski (St. Cloud Cathedral) 4:20.78; 8. Charlie Lawrence (Foley) 4:27.63; 10. Daniel Borash (Royalton) 4:30.34.

Boys 300 hurdles — 8. Mitchell Kollodge (Albany) 41.64.

Boys 400 relay — 8. Foley (Alex Brenny, Sheldon Hamers, Luke Kelvington, Beehler) 45.23.

Boys 3,200 relay — 9. Albany (Kyle Nienaber, Luke Holt, Seth Hare, Gage Sachs) 8:21.91; 15. St. Cloud Cathedral (Hunter Peterson, Thomas Friebe, Cole Wintheiser, Beau Gerding) 8:38.81.

Boys discus — 2. Sam Udermann (Foley) 157-3.

Boys long jump — 5. Cooper Galdin (Annandale) 21-3; 7. Thomas Schwinghammer (Sauk Centre) 21-1.

Girls 100 — 1. Brooke Aeikens (Annandale) 12.52.

Girls 200 — 4. Elizabeth Hemswroth (Sauk Centre) 26.07; 8. Claire Gapinski (Foley) 26.35; 9. Kaija Crow (Milaca) 26.38.

Girls 400 — 2. Hemsworth (Sauk Centre) 57.11.

Girls 800 — 9. Madi Sachs (Albany) 2:26.06.

Girls 1,600 — 3. McKenzie Holt (St. Cloud Christian) 5:11.97; 12. Courtney Alama (Annandale) 5:34.72.

Girls 300 hurdles — 3. Zoe Novak (St. John’s Prep) 46.12; 5. Kari Hoeft (Paynesville) 46.95.

Girls 1,600 relay — 7. Albany (Allyson Wenzel, Kaylee Roelike, Madi Sachs, Cassandra Solis) 4:07.47.

Girls 3,200 relay — 8. St. Cloud Cathedral (Alyssa Unger, Morgan Durbin, Brigid Brew, Rachel Eickhoff) 9:50.79; 13. Holdingford (Jo Merten, Kaitlin Preusser, Emily Wolter, Alli Ruprecht) 9:57.52.

Girls 400 relay — 2. Annandale (Calisha Norgren, Katie Provo, Jenna Loch, Aeikens) 49.82.

Girls triple jump — 1. Hailey Brinkman (Melrose) 37-7.75; 8. Macy Weller (Sauk Centre) 35-0.5.

Girls shot put — 3. Cassandra Cardinal (Foley) 41-9; 5. Katie Gruys (Annandale) 41-0.25.


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