Dual championships for Irondale track and field

The Irondale High School track and field teams participated in the final North Suburban Conference championship meet last week and went out on top. Both the boys and girls squads claimed team championships.

The boys team edged Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village by 5 1/2 points to snap the Panthers’ streak of consecutive titles at four. The margin of the girls race was a little greater but still close at 13 1/2 points.

Eighth-grader Julia Hayes led the way for the Irondale girls team with a pair of victories in the hurdle events. She won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.74 seconds and beat out teammate Sarah Skubal, who was second in 17.35 seconds.

Hayes won the 300-meter hurdles by nearly 2 1/2 seconds in a time of 48.35 seconds.

Senior Samantha Waddell added a victory in the pole vault. Her height of eight feet, six inches gave her the win by a half-foot.

Irondale added a pair of relay wins to its championship haul. The 4x400-meter relay team won by almost six seconds and the 4x800-meter relay squad finished more than 13 seconds ahead of the runner-up group.

The Knights won two events on the boys side. Senior Joe Kelner’s vault of 12 feet, nine inches was by far the top height in the pole vault. The runner-up height was 11 feet, six inches.

Irondale also triumphed in the 4x200-meter relay with a time of 1:33.41, which more than a full second faster than the runner-up team from Fridley.

The Knights host the Greenslit Relays on Thursday at 4 p.m. while preparing for next week’s section meet.

Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village

Among the Panthers’ individual conference champions was St. Anthony Village High School junior Nick Lawson, who brought home a gold medal by winning the 3,200 meters. His time of 10:07.65 gave him the victory by more than 20 seconds.

For the girls, junior Charlotte Wolf had a busy meet. She competed in four events and earned all-conference honors in all of them.

Wolf’s highest finish was a runner-up performance in the 400 meters. She added third-place finishes in the 100 and 200-meter dashes and the long jump.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com.

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