C-I track competes at State Tourney

Cambridge-Isanti senior Dimitry Stallings starts in the blocks for the first leg of the boys 4x200 relay at Hamiline University on June 9. Photos by Mike Bleninger Cambridge-Isanti sophomore Dylan Jones hits the corner with a full head of steam after  taking the baton on June 9. Char Morke with her third-place state medal in the pole vault at Hamline University on June 10. Photo provided Cambridge-Isanti’s Shelby Orr (10) at the state meet on June 9  handing off to Chloe Nelson (9).
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Cambridge-Isanti senior Dimitry Stallings starts in the blocks for the first leg of the boys 4x200 relay at Hamiline University on June 9. Photos by Mike Bleninger

The Cambridge-Isanti boys and girls track teams ended their season after an exciting weekend at the state tournament.

On June 9, the boys and girls 4×200 teams and C-I sophomore Char Morke headed to Hamline University in St. Paul for their shot on the big stage.

Morke was riding high entering the meet as the Section 7AA champion in the pole vault, and did not disappoint.
She finished in a two-way tie for second-place (officially scored as third) with a height of 11-3. She was only three inches shy of Julia Fixsen of Mounds View, who won the meet at 11-6.

Girls head coach Michael Galligan was excited for Morke, and with how she has competed all season.

“She is a very hard working and humble athlete that leads by example with her strong character, a complete team player,” he said.

On the track, the girls 4×200 was the first team up for the Bluejackets. Freshman Jackie Ohlander took the first leg of the relay from lane eight. By the time that senior Hannah Haight received the baton for the final stretch, the race was already out of reach.

The girls finished with a time of 1:46.72, which was not far off of their season best of 1:46.26. The team can certainly be proud of their time and finished 14th overall.

Next up was the boys 4×200 relay. Senior Dimitry Stallings started out for the Bluejackets in lane 3. The team finished .25 seconds shy of their top time this season, but it was still good enough for a top 10 finish. The Bluejackets finished 10th overall with a time of 1:30.