The Cambridge-Isanti track & field teams send a good representation to this weekend’s Class AA State Meet at Hamline University after performing well in the June 2 Section 7AA finals hosted by Princeton.
In the final team standings, the C-I boys placed 6th and the girls were 8th. The Andover boys and Elk River girls claimed the 2012 section championship crowns, with both Forest Lake teams placing 2nd.
C-I had its first boys 4×400 relay to make it to State when Dan Kropidlowski, Travis Holt, Trevor Galligan and Aaron Kordiak set a new school record of 3:27.05 to place 2nd to Forest Lake. Kordiak also advanced in the 400-meter with a new school record 50.42.
Forrest Kalk cleared a personal-best 6-05 to win the high jump and claim his first State berth. The Bluejackets sent two pole vaulters on when Adelle Nelson won the girls title by clearing 10-03 and Patrick Jones set a personal-best mark of 13-02 to take 2nd in the boys battle.
The Bluejackets also send their first representative to State in the wheelchair division when Jackson Larson qualified in the shot put (13-02), discus (31-07), 800 (2:51) and 1600 (6:04), setting school records in each event.
C-I Boys Coach Kent Viesselmann on his team’s accomplishments: “I can’t say enough about our senior boys. They really did an outstanding job of leading our squad and that leadership really manifested itself at the section meet by our performances. “
“We are hoping to continue our momentum at the State meet. I think we have a great opportunity to have even better performances with the outstanding competition we will see at that meet.”
“I am so proud of our boys. I had several coaches from other schools come up to me at the meet and say what great sportsmanship our kids displayed throughout the meet. I am more excited about that than even our performances. Our community should be very proud of these young men.”
On Jackson Larson’s work: “Jackson has been such a hardworker and such an important part of our team this year. I really can’t say enough about how proud I am of him to have had the privelege to have been able to work with he and his brother this year in track and field. It has been an honor.
“We are excited to not only see how he does at the State meet, but he has also qualified for the National meet in Arizona this year. I know he will represent our community incredibly well as a person and as an athlete.”
More Bluejacket highlights from the 7AAs:Kylie Baas 3rd in the high jump (5-01); Paige Muehlhauser 3rd in the 200 (1:01.4); Erica Young 4th in the 200 (26.7); Emily Santiago-Holboy 5th in the shot put (37-07) and 8th in the discus (100-08); Jordan Kalk 6th in the high jump (6-0); Holt 7th in the 200 (23.9); Kropidlowski 7th in the 400 (52.4); Anna Nelson 7th in the pole vault (9-01).