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Track: All six Tigers reach medal stand at state (with photos)

Morris/C-A junior Camden Arndt hits the final hurdle in the 110-meter hurdles event during finals of the Class A State Track and Field meet Saturday, June 9 at Hamline University in St. Paul. Despite hitting the hurdle, Arndt took fifth place in the race. Jake Schultz / Forum News Service1 / 6
Morris/C-A's Tate Nelson starts the 4x800-meter relay at the gun. Nelson is the only senior on the 4x800-meter relay team that took eighth place at the Class A State Track and Field meet Saturday, June 9 at Hamline University in St. Paul. Jake Schultz / Forum News Service2 / 6
Morris/C-A Tate Nelson expresses encouragement at teammate Ben Hernandez as Hernandez takes off for the second leg of the 4x800-meter relay at the Class A State Track and Field meet Saturday, June 9 at Hamline University in St. Paul. Jake Schultz / Forum News Service3 / 6
Morris/C-A's Noah Stewart and anchor Jaden Maanum exchange the baton in the final handoff of the 4x800-meter relay at the Class A State Track and Field meet Saturday, June 9, at Hamline University in St. Paul. The relay of Tate Nelson, Ben Hernandez, Stewart, and Maanum finished in eighth place to medal. Jake Schultz / Forum News Service4 / 6
Jaden Maanum after crossing the finish line first in the slower of two 4x800-meter relay heats at the Class A State Track and Field meet Saturday, June 9 at Hamline University in St. Paul. Jake Schultz / Forum News Service5 / 6
Morris/C-A's Maddie Carrington runs the 1600-meter finals at the Class A State Track and Field meet Saturday, June 9 at Hamline University in St. Paul. Carrington took ninth in the race to medal. Jake Schultz / Forum News Service6 / 6

Morris Area / Chokio-Alberta sent six track and field participants to the Class A State Track and Field meet Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, at Hamline University in St. Paul. All six reached the medal stand to end the 2018 track and field season.

Arndt on the medal stand for the 110-meter hurdles. Photo by Scott ArndtCamden Arndt had the best finish of all Tiger competitors. The junior finished fifth in the 110-meter hurdles with a finals time of 15.61 seconds. Arndt’s prelim time of 16.05 was ninth overall and earned him a spot in the finals.

Arndt also participated in the 300-meter hurdles and finished in 10th overall, missing finals by 0.2 seconds with a prelim time of 41.0.

The Morris/C-A 4x800-meter relay of Tate Nelson, Ben Hernandez, Noah Stewart, and Jaden Maanum also reached the podium after being seeded in the slower of the two heats. The Tiger relay cut over 10 seconds off their season best time to finish first in their heat, and eighth overall, with an 8:16.70.The Tiger 4x8 team on the podium after an eighth place finish. Photo by Cheryl Stewart

Unlike 2017 where only three relays cut time from their seed time, 10 teams improved from their seed time this year. First-place finishing Math and Science Academy (8:02.99) cut almost 12 seconds off their seed time and was the only relay team to cut more time than MACA. Starter Tate Nelson is the lone senior on the relay team, and Hernandez, Stewart and Maanum will be back on the track in 2019.

Carrington with a ninth place medal from state. Photo by Holly CarringtonSophomore Maddie Carrington earned a spot on the medal stand after a ninth place finish in the 1600-meter run. She finished with a season best 5:16.43, nearly eight seconds better than her previous best, and seed time, set at the Section 6A meet Thursday, May 31.

Carrington also participated in the 800-meter run at state. Her time of 2:22.13 was good for 13th overall.

The Tiger track and field team graduates 14 seniors: Nelson, Connor Koebernick, Dalton Dierks, Gage Wevley, Judah Malek, Kyle Staebler, Carly Wohlers, Cheyenne Baumgart, Islande Sperr, Kali Berlinger, Laura Pester, Maria Gallegos, Maria Schneider, and Mia Hockel.

Brooke Kern

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