Minnetonka sends five qualifications to the Class AA State Track and Field Meet June 7-8 at Hamline University in St. Paul. But it feels like it should be more.

The Skippers, which missed in four running events by one position, had a 4x400 relay disqualified for "throwing the baton." The Minnetonka team was one of four Section 6AA teams to run under the state standard.

Faith Robinson, one of 10 finalists for the Minnesota Ms. Track and Field award, is going to state in three events, section champion in long jump at 18 feet, 4 1/2 inches.

She was also second in the 100 meters in 12.35 seconds, running anchor in victorious 4x200 relay. Other runners were Ella Roach, Desiree Ware and Ashley Shields in 1:41.86.

Annalise Johnson, Kylie Melz, Anna Wander, and Kate LeBlanc also qualified for state in the 4x800 relay in a second-place time of 9:27.74.

LeBlanc is running in an individual event as well, the 800 meters, after placing second in 2:16.73.

Minnetonka, second to Wayzata 119-109.5 in the girls team standings, got third-place runs from Ware in the 400 meters (58.96), Ruby Pajibo in the 100 hurdles (15.70) and Erin Shoemaker in the 300 hurdles (46.99). Grace Robinson was also fourth in the 300 hurdles in 47.08 seconds.

Roach, Callie Creech, Shields, and Robinson missed state by 22 hundredths of a second by the standard, two hundredths behind Eden Prairie, in 49.44 seconds in the 4x100 race.

Bryn Senske was fifth in high jump (5-1) with Annika Muller taking fourth in the triple jump (35-5.25).


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