The Jordan Hubmen track and field team came oh so close to winning a state title.
Jordan came up just nine points shy of winning the Class 2A boys state true team title on Saturday at Stillwater High School.
Willmar edged the Hubmen for the state title by 582 points to 573 points. Mankato East was right in the mix in the end as they finished third with 553 points. Detroit Lakes was fourth and Pine Island rounded out the top five.
Jordan and Willmar battled all meet long for the top spot and it came right down to final couple of events. The last three events were the 200 meters, the 3,200 meters and the 4x400 meter relay.
Jordan earned big points in the third to last event, the 200 meters, when Marlon Wiley and Jerry Powell finished first and third, respectively. That helped Jordan outscore Willmar 46-35.
The second to last event was the 3,200 meters, which was big for Willmar as they had the second and third place finishes and outscored Jordan 45-16.
The Hubmen needed a big 4x400 relay to catch Willmar and they got it, finishing in 3 minutes, 33.2 seconds to finish in first place by three seconds. However, Willmar finished second to clinch the state title over Jordan by nine points.
Jordan had many strong performances that helped them finish in second place. Besides finishing first in the 200 meters, Wiley also finished second in the 100 meters and seventh in the long jump.
Ben Larson and Caden Bruzek continued to rack up big points for Jordan in the hurdle events. Bruzek and Larson finished third and fourth in the 110 hurdles. In the 300 hurdles, Larson was third and Bruzek 10th.
Other top 10 finishes for the Hubmen were: Bryce Sievers, third in the triple jump and ninth in the 100; Max Ceplecha, fourth in the 400; Mason Vogel, sixth in the 800; Symon Keiser, fifth in the 1,600 and 10th in the 800; Bruzek, 10th in the high jump; Aziel Asano, 10th in the pole vault and Thomas Dietel, fifth in the long jump and triple jump.
Relays were strong for the Hubmen. Besides winning the 4x400, they also won the 4x100 and 4x200 and finished third in the 4x800 meter relays.
The Hubmen entered the meet on a high note after they dominated the Minnesota River Conference Championships last Thursday at TCU High School.
Jordan won 11 of the 18 events to earn 194 points and the conference crown. Belle Plaine was second at 124.5 points, followed by Le Sueur-Henderson in third with 110, TCU (79), Mayer Lutheran (73), Sibley East (60.5), Southwest Christian (20) and Norwood-Young America (17).
The Hubmen swept all three relay events and had eight individuals earn event titles. Wiley won the 100 meters with a time of 10.94 seconds, the only runner to break 11 seconds. Jerry Powell ran the 200 meters in 22.59 seconds to finish first.
Other titles for the Hubmen were won by Ceplecha in the 400 (51.47), Keiser in the 800 (2:01.98), Bruzek in the 110 hurdles (15.36), Larson in the 300 hurdles (40.01), Dietel in the long jump (22-4.75) and Sievers in the triple jump (42-4).
The Jordan Jaguars track and field team also had a strong MRC Championship meet as they finished in second place with 113.5 points. Belle Plaine won the conference championship with 243.5 points.
Madi Kes earned two conference titles as she won the 200 meters with a time of 27.32 seconds and the triple jump with a distance of 37-7 feet.
Jessie Westman won the pole vault title when she cleared 9 feet. She also finished second in the 300 hurdles (49.42) and third in the 100 hurdles (17.09).
Kendra Krueder captured the 1,600 meter title while Basia Babcock the 3,200 meter title.