Wayzata boys, Lakeville South girls repeat at True Team track

  • Article by: DAVID LA VAQUE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 16, 2014 - 11:50 PM
hide

Wayzata’s Foster Conzet, right, handed off the baton to teammate Keante Johnson during the 4x200 meters at the True Team state meet.

Photo: KYNDELL HARKNESS, kyndell.harkness@startribune.com

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

Repeat champions were the story of Friday’s Class 3A True Team track and field state meet at Stillwater High School.

The Wayzata boys’ team defended its title from a year ago while the Lakeville South girls’ team went one better by earning a third consecutive championship.

In True Team competition, each team is allowed three entries in individual events and one entry in each relay. Every entry scores points according to the order of finish, making depth paramount to success. By contrast, a handful of talented athletes can win the “team” trophy at the Minnesota State High School League state meet in June.

Lakeville South used star power and great depth to pull away from second-place Prior Lake in the meet’s latter stages.

Through 14 events, Prior Lake held a one-point lead. But the Cougars retook the lead after 15 events and never trailed again. The 200-meter dash put Lakeville South in control. All three runners placed in the top nine, led by victorious sophomore Haley Lubow.

Showing off its depth in the field events, the Cougars offset an individual Prior Lake victory in the discus throw by scoring eight more points overall.

The high jump provided the best of both worlds for Lakeville South. Junior Caraline Slattery won the event and Morgan Pieri and Jocie Johnson placed within the top eight. Using similar formulas on the track, Lakeville South dominated the 200 and bunched up its athletes well in the 300 hurdles.

Hurdlers Slattery (third), Shaina Burns (fourth) and Johnson (seventh) squeezed critical depth points out of the event.

The Cougars stayed ahead late thanks to the 3,200 crew of Andrea Brekken (fourth), Erin Kilbride (12th) and Patty Jo English (13th). The trio provided 55 points to only 29 for Prior Lake.

On the boys’ side, Wayzata did its damage on the track, excelling in middle-distance races and relays.

A first-place finish in the first event, the 4x800-meter relay, was an indication of what the Trojans had in store. They placed second in the 4x200 before winning again in the 4x100 and closing out the meet with a 4x400 victory.

Strong middle distance running fueled Wayzata. All three 800 runners — Aaron Breyer, Kevin Myers and Andrew Quirk — placed in the top 10. The 1,600 trio was even better. Connor Olson took third behind fellow elite competitors Eli Krahn of Stillwater and Joe Klecker of Hopkins. Jaret Carpenter placed fifth and an eighth-place finish from Ian Eklin rounded out a successful event.

Olson and Carpenter weren’t finished. Later in the evening, they helped cement the team victory with strong efforts in the 3,200. Olson won the event and Carpenter took third. The Trojans also received a big lift from fifth-place finisher Jack Prazich.

The 400 was an additional bright spot for Wayzata. Teammates Michael and James Smith took first and second while Tyler Didier grabbed 10th to provide a total of 71 points.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Buffalo 12/28/14 12:00 PM
New England
Cleveland 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Dallas 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Washington
Indianapolis 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Jacksonville 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Houston
San Diego 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
NY Jets 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Chicago 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Minnesota
Philadelphia 12/28/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
New Orleans 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Carolina 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Atlanta
Detroit 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Oakland 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Denver
Arizona 12/28/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
St. Louis 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Cincinnati 12/28/14 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Marshall 52 FINAL
Northern Ill 23
Navy 17 FINAL
San Diego St 16
Central Mich 48 FINAL
Western Ky 49
Fresno State 6 FINAL
Rice 30
Illinois 12/26/14 12:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
Rutgers 12/26/14 3:30 PM
North Carolina
NC State 12/26/14 7:00 PM
UCF
Cincinnati 12/27/14 12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Duke 12/27/14 1:10 PM
(15) Arizona State
Miami-Florida 12/27/14 2:30 PM
So Carolina
Boston College 12/27/14 3:30 PM
Penn State
(25) Nebraska 12/27/14 7:00 PM
(24) USC
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Texas
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
Stanford
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Do you like the Twins' offseason moves so far?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close