If you are going to the Class A state track meet this weekend, expect to hear the announcer say “from Jordan High School” a lot.
That’s because Jordan qualified 14 athletes in 17 events out of the Class A, Section 2 meet on Saturday at Mankato West High School. The Hubmen will be all over the place as they compete in 12 of the 18 events at state with 10 different track athletes.
The Jaguars will also be well represented at Hamline University as they qualified four individuals for five events.
To qualify for the state meet, you must finish in the top two at your section meet or meet the state meet qualifying standards.
With that much success at the section meet, it’s no wonder both teams finished high in the final team standings. The Jordan boys team won the section championship with 141 points, while Fairmont was a distant second with 78 points.
The Jordan girls track team finished second with 72 points. Belle Plaine won the section title with 94 points. Fairmont was third with 68.
“Sections was a really great day for Jordan track and field,” head coach Ben Nylander said. “Our kids performed so well across the board on both the boys and girls teams. I was so impressed by the focus and determination by both teams. I’m very excited for state as both teams are looking to place high at state this year.”
The Class A state track meet will take place on Friday and Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Hamline University in St. Paul.
With 10 individuals competing in 12 events, Jordan has a great chance of improving on last year’s fourth place finish at state and should be right in the mix for the state championship.
The Hubmen won eight section titles and broke two school records and a section record on their way to the team championship. Senior Marlon Wiley dominated the sprint events as he won both the 100 and 200 meters and anchored the winning 4x100 relay team.
The two-time defending 100-meter state champion won the section crown with a time of 11.17 seconds. That’s the fifth fastest qualifying time out of the 17 qualifiers.
Wiley edged out St. Peter’s Jade Reicks for the 200 section title with a time of 22.76. Reicks finished in 22.88.
The 4x100 relay crew of Jerry Powell, Thomas Dietel, Bryce Sievers and Wiley broke the section and school record with a time of 43.28 seconds — the fastest qualifying time of all 16 qualifiers.
Sievers and Dietel will also compete in three events at state. Besides running in the 4x100 relay, they’ll team up with Powell and Caden Bruzek in the 4x200. Sievers will also compete in the triple jump and Dietel in the long jump.
The 4x200 relay team won the section title in a school record time of 1:30.83 — the fifth fastest qualifying time.
Sievers and Dietel both won their jumping events. Sievers lept 43 feet, 2 inches to claim the triple jump title while Dietel jumped 21-4.75 feet to win the long jump.
But those weren’t the only Jordan track stars to qualify in three state events. The Hubmen also had Max Ceplecha, Ben Larson and Symon Keiser qualify in three events. Mason Vogel will run in two events.
Ceplecha earned the 400 meters section title with a time of 50.99 seconds. He also teamed up with Larson, Vogel and Keiser to finish second in the 4x400 relay and qualify for state. He also won the section title in the 4x800 relay with teammates Vogel, Aigen Langheim and Keiser.
Larson finished second in both hurdle events to qualify for state. He ran a 15.63 seconds in the 110 hurdles and a 40.26 seconds in the 300 hurdles to qualify. Keiser ran a 1:59.74 to finish second in the 800 meters and qualify.
The Jordan girls track and field team will have Madi Kes, Jessie Westman, Basia Babcock, and Kendra Krueger competing at state.
Kes qualified for state in the long and triple jump after winning both section titles. She jumped 36 feet, 9.75 inches to win the triple jump title. In the long jump, she jumped 16-9.5 to win the title. Her triple jump distance is the second best qualifying distance.
Krueger and Babcock both qualified by winning their distance event races. Krueger ran a 5:16.93 to win the 1,600 meters while Babcock ran a 11:41.96 to edge out Fairmont’s Laura Thompson by .42 seconds to win the 3,200 meters crown.
Westman qualified for state in the pole vault when she cleared 9 feet to finish second. She didn’t qualify for state in the 300 hurdles but she did set a new school record in that event with a time of 48.25 seconds, which put her in fourth place.