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Cannon, Moser win gold at state meet

Jumping to gold on Saturday was hurdler Cody Cannon, center, of Morris Area in the 110. Cannon and Aaron Dunphry of Duluth Marshall top the final hurdle together, but the Eagles' senior would win the sprint to the finish line by .06. Morris Area teammate Tristan Michealson, far right, placed fifth.

ST. PAUL -- Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta athletes Cody Cannon and Rachel Moser jumped for gold at the state track and field meet on Saturday.

Moser pole vaulted 11-0 without a miss and Cody Cannon won a narrow victory in the 110 hurdles.

This year, for once, the weather conditions were excellent -- sunshine, only a breeze with the mercury reaching the high 60s.

Moser, the top seed, didn't have a miss on her accent to 11-0. After securing first, she had the bar set at 11-7, but missed three times in an attempt for the state meet record. The Morris senior, whose personal best is 11-3 this season at sub-sections, also won silver in 2009 and took seventh last year.

Cannon won by the slimmest of margins by lowering his head and bucking forward at the finish. His time of 15.42 in the 110-high-hurdles nipped Aaron Dunphy of the Marshall School in Duluth by .04 of a second.

"I was hoping for top three down here," said the Tigers' senior, who placed fourth in the 300 intermediates. It was the fifth state medal for Cannon, including running on the Tigers' third-place 4x400 relay in 2010.

Tiger Tristan Michealson placed fifth in the 110 hurdles.