Scenes from State Track 2012
Bluejacket senior Forrest Kalk cleared heights of 6-0 and 6-02 in the Class AA boys high jump the morning of June 9, placing 13th and getting a big hug from C-I Coach Clint Lundeen when he finished competing (inset). Track & field is a big family tradition for the Kalks, with older sister Rachel and twin brother Jordan scoring many multi-event team points along with Forrest.
“I didn’t think I would make it to State at the beginning of the season. Then I didn’t think I was going to ‘PR’ it by 3-inches at sections in the high jump– making 6-05 at Princeton was awesome. I’m just glad I got to make it to State,” said Kalk. “Rachel started the tradition, and we all just kind of joined and kept going– trying different events. It’s been fun competing against everyone, and it’s just a fun sport.” Photo by Greg Hunt
Later that day, Kordiak joined Travis Holt, Trevor Galligan and Daniel Kropidlowski (in the “AA” boys 4×400 relay race. The foursome, who twice set team records in the 4×400 this spring, finished in 15th place with a time of 3:27.7. Photo by Rick Orndorf, Sun ThisWeek
In the “AA” girls pole vault on Saturday morning, C-I senior Adelle Nelson was clearing well during warm-ups, but unfortunately she sprained her ankle on her first live attempt and was unable to continue. Photo by Rick Orndorf, Sun ThisWeek
C-I senior Jackson Larson brought home four 2nd-place medals while going head-to-head against Irondale’s Mark Braun in the wheelchair division events. Larson set personal-bests by over 2-feet in both the State shot put (15-06) and discus (33-08). On Saturday morning, he incredibly cut his 1600-meter time by a full minute to finish at 5:03.7, then he knocked 23 seconds off his seed time in the 800 (2:28.7) later that morning.
“Jackson has been such a hard worker and important part of our team this year,” noted C-I Head Coach Kent Viesselman. “I really can’t say enough about how proud I am of him and what a privilege it’s been to work with Jackson and his brother this year in track & field. It has been an honor. Jackson 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.” Photo by Greg Hunt
Braham seniors Jacob Rajkowski and Austyn Eng closed out their careers by bringing home 9th-place medals from the Class A Track & Field meet at Hamline University. After staying alive in the June 8 prelims, Rajkowski (left) ran a 51.42 second time in the boys 400-meter finals on Saturday. Eng climbed the “A” girls pole vault ladder by clearing 9-09– tying her personal-best and team record. Photos by Victoria Dahlin, Post Review