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Track and Field: Morris/C-A sends off athletes to state

The group of Morris/C-A athletes headed to the 2019 Class A State Track and Field meet Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, at Hamline University in St. Paul. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times1 / 8
Young Tigers help decorate the school vans at the state track send-off Thursday afternoon, in Morris. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times2 / 8
The Morris/C-A boys 4x400-meter relay team of Zach Hughes, Camden Arndt, Jaden Maanum and Mace Yellow get a photo taken of their matching lightning bolts shaved into the side of their heads at the state track send-off Thursday afternoon, in Morris. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times3 / 8
The Morris/C-A statebound boys load up one of three school vans headed to the Class A State Track and Field meet at the state track send-off Thursday afternoon, in Morris. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times4 / 8
Lexi Pew and Olivia Lebrija grab their snack bags and lunches at the state track send-off Thursday afternoon, in Morris. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times5 / 8
Kaylie Raths goes to grab her duffel bag and load it in the van at the state track send-off Thursday afternoon, in Morris. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times6 / 8
(From left) Olivia Lebrija, Meredith Carrington, Lexi Pew, and Maddie Carrington pose for a photo in the school van at the state track send-off Thursday afternoon, in Morris. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times7 / 8
A group of Cyrus residents stand on the sidewalk and cheer as the school vans go through town on the way to the Class A State Track and Field meet Thursday, June 6. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times8 / 8

The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tiger track and field teams will have 11 participating in the Class A State Track and Field meet Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, at Hamline University in St. Paul. To advance to the finals from the preliminary heats, the top two from each heat advance along with the next five best times.

Junior Lexi Pew competes in her first state track and field meet in the high jump finals right when the Class A portion gets underway at 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 7. Her height of 5-02 is a top four height in the field of 20 girls. Thirteen girls have a seed mark of 5-02 with the top seed mark being 5-04. The girls high jump will start at a height of 4-10.

Sophomore Kaylie Raths and freshman Olivia Lebrija will participate in the first running event of the Class A state meet, the 100-meter hurdle preliminary heats, at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Raths had a season best 16.72 while teammate Lebrija had a season best 16.6 at the Section 6A meet last week. Both those seed times rank in the bottom half of the preliminary heats.

Senior Camden Arndt will participate in the 110-meter hurdles. His seed time of 15.42 ranks in a tie for sixth in the field of 17 boys.

The next event for the Tigers is the boys 4x200-meter relay of Kenny Soderberg, Mace Yellow, Zach Hughes and Noah Thielke. Kenny Soderberg ran in the Section 6A meet as an alternate in place of Nathan Beyer, who got injured, and helped the relay finish in 1:33.37. The seed time for the Tiger relay is ranked 13th in the field of 17. Beyer and Arndt are alternates for the state 4x200-meter relay.

The 800-meter run preliminary rounds is the next event for the Tigers. Maddie Carrington participates in the first heat of the girls race and Jaden Maanum is slated in heat one for the boys race. Carrington’s seed time of 2:21.86, a season best for the junior, is 11th in the field of 16 runners. Maanum’s seed time of 2:02.44 is 14th in a field of 21 runners. Maanum has a season best time of 2:00.89 in the event.

The boys 4x400-meter relay team of Hughes, Arndt, Yellow and Maanum compete in the final preliminary event on Friday evening. The foursome has a seed time of 3:31.31, which ranks 10th out of the 16-team field. Solomon Johnson and Ben Hernandez are alternates for the relay.

Carrington, Noah Stewart and Maanum all participate in finals slated for Saturday, June 8.

Maanum’s personal best long jump of 21-02 in the finals of the Section 6A meet ranks ninth in the state long jump field of 17 participants. He’ll compete in the second heat in the long jump finals right when the finals get underway at 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Carrington and Stewart will run in the 1600-meter run. Carrington’s season best time of 5:18.81 ranks 10th in the girls field of 17 runners. Stewart’s seed time of 4:29.70, also a season best, ranks fifth in the boys field of 16 runners.

Brooke Kern

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