It seemed like a longshot for Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta junior Jaden Maanum to medal in the boys 800-meter run after coming into the Class A State Track and Field meet as the 15th seed.
Then he ran a time of 1 minute, 56.39 seconds in the preliminary round on Friday, June 7 to become the second seed in the finals on Saturday, June 8, at Hamline University in St. Paul.
"I wasn't ranked high up there," Maanum told the West Central Tribune. “But then it was a great time to shave off a few seconds. I got up there and felt great and got to a whole new level.”
Dueling with Ely's Luke Olson for the entire race, Maanum ended up in second place by setting a new school record with a time of 1:56.18.
"The race started and I thought, OK, this is a good pace to go at," Maanum said. "I kept on with it and ended up running a really great time."
Olson was able to get a couple steps ahead of Maanum heading into the final 100 meters and was able to sustain that lead, winning at 1:55.48.
"I was trying to catch up to him but he had more energy to spare than I did," Maanum said. "It was a good race and it was a lot of fun."
It was the first time Maanum broke the two-minute mark in his high school career. He also took 14th in the long jump on Saturday with a mark of 19-0.
The 4x400-meter relay also broke the school record. The foursome of Camden Arndt, Zach Hughes, Mace Yellow and Maanum ran a record time of 3:25.99 in the prelims on Friday. It was the third-fastest time in the preliminary round.
In the finals, the group of Arndt, Hughes, Kenny Soderberg and Maanum finished fourth overall in 3:26.5. Yellow was unable to run the finals due to an injury sustained in the finals of the 4x200-meter relay.
The Morris/C-A boys got another medal when junior Noah Stewart placed fourth in the 1,600-meter run with a season best time of 4:26.88. The 4x200-meter relay of Soderberg, Yellow, Noah Thielke and Hughes reached the podium with an eighth place finish (1:33.57).
Maddie Carrington brought home two individual medals for Morris/C-A in the 800-meter run (sixth, 2:18.84) and 1,600-meter run (seventh, 5:10.30). She shaved over three seconds off her season best 800-meter time and over eight seconds off her season best 1600-meter time.
Lexi Pew finished in a three-way tie for third place. The junior cleared the bar at 5-02 while 5-04 won the event.
Kaylie Raths and Olivia Lebrija also competed in the 100-meter hurdles at state and finished in times of 17.12 and 17.73, respectively. Arndt competed in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in 14th with a time of 16.15.
West Central Tribune's Joe Brown contributed to this story.
Class A State Track and Field
RUNS – 800: (6) Maddie Carrington 2:18.84… 1600: (7) Carrington 5:10.30
HURDLES – 100: (15) Kaylie Raths 17.12 (16) Olivia Lebrija 17.73
JUMPS – High: (3) Lexi Pew 5-02
RUNS – 800: (2) Jaden Maanum 1:56.18… 1600: (4) Noah Stewart 4:26.88
HURDLES – 110: (14) Camden Arndt 16.15
RELAYS – 4x200: (8) Morris/C-A (Kenny Soderberg, Mace Yellow, Noah Thielke, Zach Hughes) 1:33.57… 4x400: (4) Morris/C-A (Arndt, Hughes, Maanum, Soderberg) 3:26.5
JUMPS – Long: (14) Maanum 19-0