Chanhassen’s Jedah Caldwell is the biggest story in high school track and field this season.
One week after dominating the short sprints in the Hamline Elite meet, the senior traveled to Sioux Falls for the highly respected Howard Wood Relays.
On May 6, Caldwell blew away the field to win the 200 meters in 23.59 seconds, setting a meet record and demolishing the state record of 23.93, set by Vanessa Clarida in 2001. Caldwell’s time is the sixth-best by a high school girl in the nation this spring.
She won the 100-meter preliminaries in a meet record of 11.71 seconds, by far the best by a Minnesota runner this year and .02 shy of the state record set by Alexandria’s Wensia Johnson in 2013. She left the meet on Friday and did not run in the finals.
“I was not expecting those times,” Caldwell told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. “I was nervous, to be honest.”
More track triumphs
• At the meet in Sioux Falls, St. Michael-Albertville’s Isaiah Weston — an all-metro football wide receiver — won the 110-meter hurdles (14.70) and the long jump (21-9¼).
• Eden Prairie’s Ashley Ramacher posted the best girls’ high jump mark of the season at the Edina Invitational with a leap of 5-9. The state record is 5-11, set by Kasson-Mantorville’s Taylor Wiebke in 2014.
Mike Ach, an assistant coach with the Blake boys’ tennis team, was named head coach of the girls’ tennis team. Also at Blake, Tyler Biwan was selected to be the boys’ basketball coach. Biwan coached St. Thomas Academy last season.