The Shakopee boys track and field team capped off the season with a strong performance at state.
Shakopee finished the Class 2A state track meet in 22nd place but had four podium finishes. Junior Connor Raines had three (two individual and one relay) of those podium finishes to lead the way for the Sabers.
Raines and teammate Jared Meier tied for the best finish by the Sabers as they both earned fifth place medals at the state meet.
Raines earned fifth place in the 200 meters where he ran a 22.36 seconds. He qualified for the finals with a time of 22.01 seconds in the prelims. Hopkins’ Joe Fahnbulleh was first with a time of 21.21. He was the only runner to break the 22-second mark in the 200 meters.
Meier’s top finish came in the high jump, where he cleared 6 feet, 4 inches to tie for fifth place with Burnsville’s Joseph Fee. Chaska’s Noah Cvetnic won the state title with a jump of 6-8.
Meier cleared 6 feet and 6-2 on his first two jumps of the meet. He missed on his first two attempts at 6-4 but cleared it on his third and final attempt. He passed at 6-5 and then couldn’t clear 6-6 in three attempts to have 6-4 be his best height and finish fifth.
Raines also got on the podium in the long jump, where he finished in ninth place with a distance of 21-.5 feet. He hit that distance on his third attempt.
The fourth and final podium finish for the Sabers came in the 4x100 relay, where the team of Montez Hinton, Bryce Janke, Jack Casey and Raines finished in fifth place with a time of 43.07. Alexandria won the state title with a time of 41.92 seconds.
Those four high finishes helped the Sabers earn 15.5 points at the Class 2A state meet and finish in 22nd place. Hopkins edged Rosemount for the state title with 78 points. Rosemount finished with 76.
Shakopee also competed in two other events at state but did not reach the finals.
Hinton ran a 11.27 seconds in the preliminaries of the 100 meters but didn’t qualify for the finals.
Shakopee’s 4x200 relay team of Carter Broze, Ashton Schriever, Hinton and Raines ran into some misfortune in the preliminaries. The team ran a 1:29.95 in the prelims which was 10th out of 16 teams, but with only nine teams qualifying for the finals, it wasn’t good enough to advance.
However, it was ruled that the team from Stillwater interfered with the Sabers when one of its runners fell into Shakopee’s lane and forced Raines to jump over the runner.
The track officials gave Shakopee’s 4x200 relay a re-run at the end of the day on Friday and another chance to qualify for the finals. In the re-run, the Sabers ran a 1:30.44 but was disqualified because of a bad exchange.
The Shakopee girls track and field team had one competitor at the state meet in senior Abby Edgar.
Edgar competed in the pole vault but did not place for the Sabers as she finished in 10th place — one spot from the podium.
She cleared 10 feet on her first attempt of the meet. The next height was 10-6 and she missed on her first two attempts at that height but cleared it on her third attempt.
The next height was 11 feet, and she cleared that height on her second attempt to set a new school record.
She missed on her three attempts at 11-6 to finish in 10th place.