Polars compete in section true team meet

The “true team” format for track and field continues to be a Minnesota phenomenon. The coaches association started it back in 1987 and it survives still today.

The boys and girls teams from North High School went after berths in this week’s state true team meet at the Section 6AAA meet on May 10 at Mounds View High School. North’s boys team finished third in the team standings, while the Polars’ girls squad took fourth.

Only the winning team from each gender advances to the state meet and in the case of Section 6AAA, that was Mounds View for both. The Mustangs’ boys have won 19 of the last 20 section true team titles, and the girls squad is up to 12 consecutive section championships.

At the Class AAA level of true team track, each team is allowed three entrants per event and all entrants earn points for their team as long as they complete their race or record a distance or height. 

In a nine-team section, that’s up to 27 competitors per event.

Each North team recorded two event victories and both of the girls team’s wins came in relays. Combining to take first place in the 4x100-meter relay were freshman J’Ianna Cager, senior Hannah Pedersen, sophomore Jebeh Cooke and seventh- grader Alexis Pratt. Their time of 50.39 was the second-fastest time in program history and beat the runner-up team from Mounds View by 0.81 seconds.

Cager, Cooke and Pratt also had a hand in winning the 4x200-meter relay. Their fourth runner was freshman Haylee Pedersen and the foursome recorded a time of 1:48.03, which beat runner-up Roseville by more than a full second.

Cager and senior Kally Kolbeck added second-place finishes to North’s total. Cager was runner-up to Cretin-Derham Hall senior Breiasha Hobbs by two one-hundredths of a second in the 100-meter dash. Hobbs was a two-time state champion two years ago as a sophomore.

Kolbeck took second in the pole vault with a top height of 11 feet, 6 inches. Mounds View freshman Julia Fixsen won the event with the same height.

Other top-five finishes for North included the 4x800-meter relay team taking fourth. Pratt finished fifth in the 200-meter dash, and junior Callista Hobbs wound up fifth in the discus.

For the North boys, junior Jake Kubiatowicz claimed both victories. He won the shot put with a toss of 50 feet, 7 1/4 inches, which was more than 4 1/2 feet better than the distance recorded by runner-up Ryan Murphy of Mounds View.

Kubiatowicz also won the discus by a hefty margin. His top effort of 165 feet, 11 inches beat runner-up Michael Fahim of Mounds View by 25 feet.

The Polars also recorded one second-place finish, one third, three fourths and one fifth. The 4x200-meter relay team finished second to only Cretin-Derham Hall, and senior Ben Allen ran third in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:33.21.

Fourth-place efforts came via senior Bishop McDonald in the 100-meter dash and the long jump and junior Adam Chiarella in the pole vault. The 4x800-meter relay team added a fifth-place performance.

As a team, North’s boys amassed 686.5 points to edge Minneapolis Washburn by 31 points for third place. The North girls scored 680.5 points and finished 5.5 points behind third-place Minneapolis Washburn.

Mounds View won the boys’ title with 1,057.5 points and Roseville was second with 933.5. On the girls’ side, Mounds View racked up 1,066 points and beat Roseville by 41.



The Titans took part in the Section 2AAA true-team meet at Eagan High School on May 10. The Tartan girls team finished seventh and the boys were eighth.

Individually, Tartan recorded five top-five finishes between its two teams.

Seniors Sam Nofziger and Chase Fleischauer combined for three of those top-five efforts. Nofziger claimed second place in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:29.65 while East Ridge’s Noah Wondimu took first in 4:27.94.

Nofziger added a third-place performance in the 800 meters with a time of 2:01.33. Marcus Haskins of East Ridge won the event in 1:59.99 and Stillwater’s Isaac Krahn was second in 2:00.96.

Fleischauer landed in the fifth place in the long jump with a top effort of 19 feet, 2 1/2 inches. Woodbury’s Mason Roomes won the event with a top jump of 21 feet, 11 inches.

On the girls’ side, junior Paige Cater finished second in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:34.27 while Woodbury’s Katlyn Ableidinger won the race in 5:22.01. Cater added an eighth-place finish in the 800 meters.

Eighth-grader Claire Cater followed Paige Cater across the finish line in the 1,600 meters. She took third place in 5:37.28 and added an eighth-place finish in the 3,200 meters.

Stillwater won the boys team title with 807.5 points and beat out runner-up East Ridge by 34. Eagan claimed the girls title with 792.5 points and edged Stillwater by 20.5 points.

The section true-team meet winners and one wild card from each gender compete in the state meet on May 20 starting at 4 p.m. at Stillwater Area High School.


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




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