St. Paul, MN (WDAY TV) - The small schools took center stage for the evening session at the Minnesota state track meet, but make no mistake, there were plenty of athletes that had big-time performances, at Hamline University, which included two state championships.
Girls 400 had three contenders from the area, all 3 making tomorrow’s final, Morgan Miller of Norman County was tops at 58.57 for 5th, followed by Park Christians Courtney Nepstad and New York Mills Lydia Rutten.
Boys Pole Vault. Perham's Eli Beachy, was one of the favorites; he gets on the podium. He takes 2nd place clearing 13'3.
In the boys triple jump OTC dominated, led by Tony Ukkelberg who jumped 44 feet 11 inches. His cousin Petric Van Erp took 3rd, Ukkelberg was held out of state last year with a stress fracture in his back.
Boys 3200 meter run, Perham's Keegan Hurley trying to overcome last years’ second place finish, looked on a mission pulling away in the final lap to win in 9:36.58.
Keeghan Hurley/State Champion-3200 Meters (9:36:58): “I've been trying to win this since last year, I knew coming in today had fastest kick and fastest time so I knew the guys have to go with me and sit and kick soon as I saw that I won, so happy, overwhelmed me, always wanted to do, dreams do come true.”
Tony Ukkelberg/State Champion – Triple Jump (44’11): “Knew it was going to be tough competition, there were a lot of good jumpers, have to go a long ways, feels great to be a state champ and all the hard work paid off.”