North’s Kubiatowicz claims state track and field title

Jake Kubiatowicz entered the state track and field meet as the No. 2 seed in the discus and it appeared he had some work to do to overcome the top seed. It turned out that Kubiatowicz got the heavy lifting done early.

Kubiatowicz, a junior at North High School, won the discus state championship with his second attempt although he didn’t know it at the time. His throw of 174 feet, eight inches on his second try ended up being two inches better than that of Red Wing senior Grahm Johnson.

With the state title already wrapped up prior to his final attempt, Kubiatowicz let it all hang out and set a personal best with a heave of 184 feet, 10 inches.

Kubiatowicz qualified for the state meet by winning the Section 4AA title with a top distance of 173 feet, eight inches while Johnson was the Section 1AA champ with a try of 185 feet, six inches.

At the state tournament, the two competitors flip-flopped their positions and that gave Kubiatowicz the championship.

Kubiatowicz was making his second appearance in the state meet. As a sophomore in 2015, he finished sixth.

In addition to the discus, Kubiatowicz also qualified for state in the shot put. His top put was 52 feet, 5 3/4 inches but it wasn’t enough to advance him to the finals.

North senior Andrew Thibaudeau closed out his prep athletic career by participating in the pole vault at the state meet. He qualified for state by placing second at sections with a top height of 12 feet, nine inches. At state, he bumped that up to 13 feet and tied for 13th place.

 

North girls

The Polars’ girls track team had four entries in the state track and field meet and three of them ended up with all-state honors.

Freshman J’ianna Cager was responsible for two of those all-state performances. Running in the 100-meter dash, Cager finished fifth with a time of 12.49 seconds. Cager advanced to the finals by winning her preliminary heat with a time of 12.29 seconds.

Cager also teamed up with senior Hannah Pedersen, sophomore Jebeh Cooke and fellow ninth-grader Haylee Pedersen in the 4x100-meter relay. They had the ninth-best time in the prelims at 1:44.77 and that was enough to advance to finals, where they also placed ninth in 1:45.00.

Senior Kally Kolbeck picked up the third all-state honor in the pole vault, where she placed sixth. She cleared 11 feet, which was four inches higher than her section height.

Cager, Pedersen, Pedersen and Cooke also qualified for state in the 4x100-meter relay but did not advance to the finals. They finished eighth in their preliminary heat with a time of 50.71 seconds, which wasn’t fast enough to get them to day two of the meet.

 

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

 

 

 

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