Track and field state championships
When, where: Friday and Saturday, Hamline University in St. Paul
Daily start times: 9 a.m. for Class 2A, about 3:30 p.m. for 1A
Championship events: Friday — Girls’ long jump, high jump, discus; boys’ triple jump, pole vault, shot put; girls’ and boys’ 3,200 meters. Saturday — all other events. For a full event list, go to www.mshsl.org.
Parking: Free at the State Fairgrounds. Shuttle buses will run every 10 minutes.
Tickets: $10 adults, $7 students.
boys’ athletes to watch
Akeem Sirleaf, senior, North St. Paul: Won past two Class 2A 200-meter state titles. Capable of all-state finishes in the 100 and long jump as well.
Jon Tollefson, senior, St. Croix Lutheran: Two-time defending Class 1A state champ in both 110 and 300 hurdles. Ran 13.82 seconds in the 110 this spring, breaking the state record from 1981.
Josh Brown, Dallas Krech, Troy Brown and Sam Zenner, Eagan: Clocked best 4x100 relay time this spring (41.76 seconds) and second-best in state history by .09 seconds. Minnetonka ran 41.94, good for fourth all-time, and will be in hot pursuit.
girls’ athletes to watch
Jedah Caldwell, junior, Chanhassen: Aiming for title of state’s fastest female. Top seed in both the 100 (11.86 seconds) and 200 (24.35) after finishing top-4 in each event last spring.
Brieasha Hunter, junior, Cretin-Derham Hall: Defending state champion in 100 and 400. Fought back from injury to win three section titles: 100, 400 and 4x400 relay.
Ann Harlos, Karina Joiner, Rachel Schow, Alexandra Williams:
How is this for a 100 hurdles field? Harlos (Eden Prairie) and Joiner (East Ridge) both eclipsed the state record set by Williams (Blaine) a year ago. Harlos dropped the mark to 14.13 seconds. Schow (Rosemount) won the state title in 2013.
DAVID La VAQUE