Want proof that the True Team track and field state meet, which takes place Friday and Saturday at Stillwater, is a big deal at Wayzata? The Trojans’ two-time Class 3A state championship boys’ team won six events en route to the championship of last Wednesday’s Section 7 meet. Fittingly, half were relays, which are team events.

It makes sense that the state’s largest school in terms of enrollment would field its strongest track and field team.

Wayzata won the 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800 relays and finished second to Minnetonka in the 4x100 relay. Toss in elite-level talent at many of the individual events — distance runners Connor Olson, Ian Eklin and Jaret Carpenter, sprinter Tyler Didier, jumper Wesley Jackson and shot-putter Zack Barker — and the Trojans look primed to bring home team championship No. 3.

The rest of the boys’ Class 3A field includes Lakeville South (Section 1), Stillwater (2), Prior Lake (3), Anoka (4), Blaine (5), Mounds View (6), Moorhead (8) and Eden Prairie. The Eagles finished second to Wayzata in the Section 7 meet but performed well enough to earn the meet’s wild card entry.

On the girls’ side, section champions Minnetonka (7) and St. Michael-Albertville (8) and wild card entrant Wayzata are looking to end Lakeville South’s three-year reign as 3A champion.

The Class 3A meet begins at 4 p.m. Friday. The Class 1A meet begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by the Class 2A meet at 3 p.m. All three meets will be held at Still­water’s Pony Stadium.

Tight at the top

Through Sunday there was less than one week left in the Lake Conference baseball season, and four of the five teams — Eden Prairie, Edina, Minnetonka and Wayzata were within one game of the top of the standings. The quagmire could be settled Wednesday, when Edina plays at Wayzata and Eden Prairie travels to Minnetonka.

Houlihan heating up

Minnesota, after being upset by Iowa in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten softball tournament, apparently could use Benilde-St. Margaret’s first baseman Maddie Houlihan’s bat right now. Houlihan, who signed with the Gophers in November, went 11-for-13 with two doubles, a triple, four home runs, nine runs scored and 11 RBI in five games last week. Houlihan is hitting .651 this season.

Worth noting

• Minneapolis Washburn completed the conference season with a 6-0 record to win its fourth consecutive boys’ tennis conference championship.

• Breck hired former player Marcus Hill as its boys’ basketball coach.


Jim Paulsen • 612-673-7737