Mounds View chasing state true-team glory

Track and field tends to be viewed as a sport more focused on individual performance and results. In most of the events, each individual athlete is competing against all of the other entrants, sometimes even against members of his or her own team.

That perception changes for one weekend each May in Minnesota when high school track and field comes together for the state true-team meet. No individual medals are handed at the state true-team meet, just championship trophies for the winning teams. 

True-team track is divided into three classes and the biggest class holds its state meet on May 20 at Stillwater Area High School. Both of Mounds View High School’s teams are entered once again. The Mustangsí girls team has qualified for the past 12 state true-team meets while the boys squad has gone to 19 of the last 20.

Mounds View’s girls enter Friday’s meet as the defending champions but more than a dozen of the Mustangs who competed in last year’s state meet were seniors. The Mustangs won the state title in 2015 by a mere 18 points.

Lakeville South was the runner-up to Mounds View last year and prior to that won three consecutive state championships. The Cougars are one of the nine teams competing this season so it would make sense to expect to see them in the mix again this time around.

Mounds View is chasing its seventh state true-team title. In addition to last year, the Mustangs also claimed championship in 2010, 2009, 2007, 1995 and 1994.

On the boys’ side, Wayzata is the three-time defending state champion and the Trojans’ last two title runs were runaways. They won the 2014 title by 139 points over runner-up Mounds View and last year finished 158 points ahead of second-place Stillwater.

The last two boys state true-team meets have basically been battles for second place with Wayzata entering as prohibitive favorites both years. The Trojans are again the favorites this time around.

Mounds View enters the meet in search of its ninth state championship and first since 2007. The Mustangs won back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007 and prior to that rattled off six in a row from 1998 to 2003. The six consecutive championships is still the record over all classes and genders.

In addition to Class AAA on Friday, true-team championships will be decided in Class A and AA on Saturday, also at Stillwater. 

 

Section true-team meet

Mounds View’s track teams secured their berths in the state true-team meet by winning the Section 6AAA meet on May 10 at Mustang Stadium. 

The boys team amassed 1,057.5 points and beat out runner-up Roseville by 64 points while the girls squad scored 1,066 points and topped second-place Roseville by 41 points. The third-place teams for each gender — North St. Paul boys and Minneapolis Washburn girls — finished more than 300 points out of first place.

The field events were where Mounds View dominated. The girls team outscored Roseville by 57 points in the six field events and the boys held a 36-point advantage over Roseville. 

Mounds View’s boys team made the most hay in the discus as it scored 19 more points in that one event than Roseville. The girls’ team’s biggest point advantage in a single event came in the triple jump, in which it outscored Roseville by 19 points.

In terms of total points, the boys’ best event was the 800 meter, in which it scored 75 points. The highest number of points available in one event is 78. Mounds View added 74 points in the 300-meter hurdles and hit 70 or more points in four other events.

The girls reached 70 points seven times with the highest total, 76, coming in the discus. Mounds View reached at least 73 points in all six field events and also topped 70 in the 400.

Mounds View claimed four first-place event finishes and two went to junior Leah Klein. She won both the shot put and discus to help with the Mustangsí domination in the field events.

Freshman Julia Fixsen added a win in the pole vault and sophomore Marya Schuelke picked up a win in the high jump. Schuelke added a second-place finish in the long jump.

The Mounds View boys team won three events. Sophomore Calvin Cignanik gave the Mustangs a sweep in the pole vault with his win.

Mounds View also claimed a pair of wins in relays. Junior Charles Haik, sophomore Micah Smith, junior Ezekiel Lelinga and senior Grant Delaune teamed up to take first in the 4x400-meter relay. Lelinga and Delaune joined seniors Hans Adamsson and Michael Brown to win the 4x800-meter relay. 

 

After true-team state

Following the state true-team meet, there are three weeks of the season remaining. The Suburban East Conference championships are May 24 and 26 at East Ridge High School. Then there is the Section 5AA meet on June 1 and 3 at Hamline University and the season concludes on June 10 and 11 with the Minnesota State High School League state mee

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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