Four Montevideo track and field athletes earned all-state honors at the Class A meet at Hamline University Friday and Saturday.
Chase Testa scored a sixth-place finish in the 300-yard intermediate hurdles, and the Thunder?Hawks 800 relay team of Testa, Jake Douglas, Jeremiah Lipinski and Wyatt Enger finished seventh.
Testa and Douglas both had challenging days on Friday. Testa was in the pole vault finals and 300 hurdles preliminaries and Douglas competed in the triple jump finals. In addition, both had to run in prelims for relays.
Testa finished 13th in the pole vault, with a height of 12 feet, 3 inches, and Douglas was 16th in the triple jump, with a distance of 40-5.
Montevideo’s 400 relay team of Lipinski, Douglas, Jordon Janisch and Enger finished 12th in Friday’s prelims.
The 1,600 relay team of Testa, Lipinski, Enger and Douglas was disqualified. “Unfortunately, we were DQ’d for running three consecutive steps on the line — a rule that is seldomly called in high school, but it is a rule,” said Montevideo coach Dave Schimming.
Alex Bosch placed 13th in the high jump. Her jump of 5 feet was just one inch off her career-best height.
Jamilah Carson suffered a cramp in her calf muscle and collapsed about 10 meters from the finish of the 800-meter run.
Things went better for the Thunder Hawks on Saturday, with Testa and the 800 relay team winning all-state medals.
“While we always hope that all of the athletes can gain all-state medals, we also realize how tough it is. The coaching staff was not disappointed with any of the efforts,” said Schimming.
“I was an extremely proud coach watching all of the Montevideo kids really go after it at the state meet and hold nothing back. The only disappointment was knowing that it would be the last time that these incredible seniors would run wearing Thunder Hawk purple.”