Foley's Lawrence captures state track title

Foley's Lawrence captures state track title


Foley's Lawrence captures state track title



It was a scorcher, 90 degrees plus, with rarely a break from the sun Friday afternoon at the state track and field meet.

“I didn’t feel it,” Charlie Lawrence said.

That’s what happens when you’re sole focus is on a state championship. The distractions, like weather too hot for many runners, don’t matter.

The Foley junior won the state Class A 3,200-meter run at Klas Field on the Hamline University campus. He did it in a time of 9 minutes, 22.92 seconds, taking home the St. Cloud area’s only first-place medal on the first day of competition.

“Since third grade, I wanted to be a state champion in track and cross country,” Lawrence said afterward.

He did it with a nearly perfect tacticle race that saw him stay just behind race favorite Brandon Clark of the Breck School. Clark came in with the top seed (9:36.13), but he faltered and finished fourth.

St. Cloud Cathedral sophomore Nick Golebiowski had the second seed (9:39.18), and wound up fifth in 9:43.17.

“My strategy was to kind of stay back,” Golebiowski said. “But once I got to lap six (of eight), I hit a wall. I usually close pretty well, but I didn’t have it today.”

Golebiowski, who competes often against Lawrence, said he could see the Foley junior take off late to beat Proctor’s Matt Welch, who had a 9:23.44.

“I saw that and I thought: ‘Here we go, Charlie,'” Golebiowski said. “It’s a good comeback for him.

“The last couple weeks of the season, he’s been hurting with his leg problem.”

It wasn’t evident Friday, at least not during the race. He laid down for quite a while after he won, then walked gingerly to the podium to accept his first-place medal.

“I strained my right quad a couple weeks ago and it’s kind of messed me up,” Lawrence said. “My coaches did a great job of getting me ready.

“It’s definitely a credit to my coaches and my family.”

The Falcons’ distance coach is Becky Rasmussen. She was quick to praise Lawrence. So was Foley head coach Dave Dahlstrom, whose boys team is in fourth place after the first day with 12 points. Blake leads with 18.

“It’s been his knee lately (that has ailed him),” Dahlstrom said. “It’s probably both.

“He really needed to do what he needed to.”

It was a decent day in general for area athletes. The finals for most events are today. The Class 2A session begins at 9 a.m. at Hamline, which drew 6,535 people to Friday’s two sessions.

Class A finals begin at 3:30 p.m. today.

While Lawrence was the only champion, a lot of people did really well.

In the Class A girls’ 3,200, St. Cloud Christian sophomore McKenzie Holt had her best finish in three state appearances, taking second in 11:03.18. Blake’s Clare Flanagan won in 10:44.70.

“I wanted a PR, but it wasn’t going to happen today; I just tried to finish,” said Holt, who admitted the heat got to her, too. Two runners in her race collapsed, including top-seeded Emi Trost of Cannon Falls, who wound up sixth.

Defending state champion Elena Danielson of Cathedral wasn’t here. She nursed injuries all spring.

“I kind of missed Elena this spring,” Holt said. “We race against each other in tons of local meets. She’s a great runner and she kind of inspires me, pushes me, to do my best.”

Other highlights

* Sauk Rapids’ boys 400 relay team of Zack Haffner, Matt Huberty, Brandon Landowski and Jake Lynch qualified for today’s final. It was a pleasant surprise to the foursome, who just missed qualifying in the 800, taking 10th place. The top nine move to the finals in each event.

“That’s fun,” Haffner said. “I love it.”

“I’m still in awe,” Huberty said. “It’s amazing. I don’t even know what to say.”

The Storm set a school record in 43.20 seconds.

“We beat the record, so that was the primary goal,” said Lynch, who failed to advance in the 300 hurdles. “This is great (going to the finals) because our team feels like it accomplished something.”

* Rocori’s Erin Huls moved into the finals of the girls’ Class 2A 300 hurdles. She said she is focused on a top-three finish and didn’t feel she focused particularly well Friday.

“I just didn’t get out fast,” she said. “I was nervous. I was excited, too. I don’t know how focused I was for this race.”

* Foley sophomore Tyler Beehler is in the finals in the 100 and 200. He’s the favorite in the 200 after running a 22.08.

“That’s sweet,” Beehler said of his time. He says he prefers the 100, but his 200 times have been stronger.

“I like the 100 just because it’s shorter,” he admitted. “My starts (in the 100) have been killing me lately.”

* Sauk Centre’s Elizabeth Hemsworth is among the favorites in the 400 and 200 after excellent preliminary times.

“I was nervous because I want to win,” she said. “It’s my senior year. If I don’t win, I’ll be very disappointed.”

* St. John’s Prep junior Zoe Novak won her heat of the 300 hurdles and had the fifth-best overall time. She’s delighted because she’s missed time this spring with a torn right hamstring and because she had a key role in the spring musical “The Beauty and the Beast.”

* Albany’s girls’ 1,600 relay team set a school record in qualifying for today’s finals. The team of sophomore Allyson Wenzel, senior Kaylee Roelike, junior Madi Sachs and sophomore Cassandra Solis had a time of 4:07.39.


Area finishers

Boys’ shot put – 5. Paul Kaczor (St. Cloud Tech) 54-1.5.

Boys’ pole vault – 13. Tanner Nordlund (Sartell) 13-0.

Girls’ high jump – 17. Kelsey Mohlenkamp (Sartell) 4-10.

Boys’ 3,200-meter run – 11. Preston Zimny (Little Falls) 9:36.27.

Area advancers

Girls’ 300-meter dash – 4. Erin Huls (Rocori) 44.76.

Boys’ 400 relay – 9. Sauk Rapids 43.20.

Area non-advancers

Girls’ 400 relay – Rocori (did not finish).

Girls’ 1,600 relay – 12. St. Cloud Tech (Justice Callahan, Nyapal Miyoang, Miranda Simon, Kristin Wurm) 4:06.57.

Girls’ 800 relay – 12. Tech 1:45.17.

Boys’ 300 hurdles – 18. Luke Pennington (Little Falls) 41.47.

Boys’ 800 relay – 10. Sauk Rapids 1:30.59.

Boys’ 1,600 relay – 15. Sartell 3:27.97.

Boys’ Class 2A team scores (first of 2 days) – 1. Lakeville South 20; 2. Wayzata 18; 3. Stillwater Area, Park (Cottage Grove), Andover 12; 6. Mounds View, Apple Valley, Big Lake, Richfield 10; 10. St. Paul Central, Edina 8; 12. Rochester Mayo 7; 13. Albert Lea 6; 14. Buffalo, Eastview 5.5; 16. Woodbury, Chaska, St. Cloud Tech 5; 19. North St. Paul, Moorhead, Eagan, Anoka 4; 23. Chisago Lakes, Minnetonka, Champlin Park 3; 26. Park Center, Mankato East, Eden Prairie, Dassel-Cokato 2; 30. Irondale, Detroit Lakes, Coon Rapids 1; 33. Cambridge-Isanti .50.

Girls’ Class 2A team scores (first of 2 days) – 1. Minneapolis Southwest 22; 2. Lakeville South 19.5; 3. Shakopee, St. Francis, Farmington 12; 6. Lakeville North 11; 7. Eagan, St. Paul Highland Park 10; 9. Alexandria 9; 10. Maple Grove, Edina, White Bear Lake 8; 13. Prior Lake, St. Michael-Albertville, Mankato West 6; 16. Tartan 5.5; 17. Big Lake, Kasson-Mantorville 5; 19. North St. Paul, Wayzata, Albert Lea 4; 22. Blaine, Robbinsdale Armstrong, Bemidji 3; 25 Forest Lake, Holy Angels, Eden Prairie 2; 28. Chanhassen, South St. Paul 1.


Area finishers

Boys’ 3,200-meter run – 1. Charlie Lawrence (Foley) 9:22.92; 5. Nick Golebiowski (St. Cloud Cathedral) 9:43.37; 8. Jacob Gerhartz (Sauk Centre) 9:57.34.

Girls’ 3,200 – 2. McKenzie Holt (St. Cloud Christian) 11:03.18.

Girls’ high jump – 6. Kaila Crowe (Milaca) 5-2.

Girls’ long jump – 7. Mean Wiener (Royalton) 16-5.25.

Girls’ discus – 6. Cassandra Cardinal (Foley) 127-1.

Area advancers

Boys’ 100 – 3. Tyler Beehler (Foley) 11.01.

Boys’ 200 – 1. Beehler (Foley) 22.08.

Boys’ 300 hurdles – 9. Mitchell Kollodge (Albany) 41.18.

Boys’ 400 relay – 8. Foley 45.02.

Girls 200 – 2. Elizabeth Hemsworth (Sauk Centre) 25.78; 6. Kaila Crowe (Milaca) 25.96; 7. Claire Gapinski (Foley 25.99.

Girls 400 – 1. Hemsworth (Sauk Centre) 57.10.

Girls’ 800 – 9. Madi Sachs (Albany) 2:22.64.

Girls’ 100 hurdles – 8. Kari Hoeft (Paynesville) 15.82.

Girls’ 300 hurdles – 5. Zoe Novak (St. John’s Prep) 46.84; 7. Kari Hoeft (Paynesville) 47.16.

Girls’ 1,600 relay – 8. Albany 4:07.39.

Area non-advancers

Boys’ 800 relay – 14. Sauk Centre 1:37.15.

Boys’ 1,600 relay – 11. Kimball/Eden Valley-Watkins 3:29.80.

Girls’ 100 – 15. Claire Gapinski (Foley) 13.24.

Girls’ 800 relay – 12. Milaca 1:47.33.

Class A boys team scores (first of 2 days) – 1. Blake 18; 2. Ottertail Central 18; 3. Proctor 14; 4. Ada-Borup, Duluth Marshall, Foley 12; 7. Blue Earth 10; 8. Concordia Academy-Roseville 10; 9. Byron 8.5; 10. Rush City, Pillager, Wadena-Deer Creek, Nevis 8; 14. St. Peter, Mankato Loyola/Cleveland 6; 16. Virginia, Redwood Valley, St. Cloud Cathedral 5; 19. Esko, Murray County Central 4; 21. Park Rapids 3.5; 22. Tri-City United, Zumbrota-Mazeppa, LeSueur-Henderson 3; 25. Deer River/Northland, Legacy Christian Academy 2.5; 27. Sauk Centre, Roseau, Lewiston-Altura 2; 30. Park Christian 1.

Class A girls’ team scores (first of 2 days) – 1. St. Clair 13; 2. New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva, Blake, Central Minnesota Christian, Fulda 12; 6. St. Cloud Christian, Caledonia/Spring Grove, Warroad 10; 10. Redwood Valley, Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, Byron, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 8; 14. Belle Plaine/Holy Family Academy 7.5; 15. Windom, Plainview-Elgin-Millville, Park Rapids 6; 18. Mora 5.5; 19. United South Central, Providence Academy 5; 21. Ashby/Brandon-Evansville, Foley, St. Peter, Milaca, Cannon Falls 4; 26. Royalton 3; 27. Crookston, Stewartville, Breck, 2; 30. Ada-Borup, Pine Island, Staples-Motley 1.

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