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Published June 09, 2012, 09:37 AM

Minnesota State High School Track Meet

St.Paul, MN (WDAY TV) - It was all or nothing at today's Minnesota state track meet down at Hamline University.

It was all or nothing at today's Minnesota state track meet down at Hamline University.

Trevor Peterson has more on several local athletes who shined in St. Paul.

Two of the bigger area stories of the day two at the state track meet, were an eighth grader winning her first state title and a senior capping her career with a fourth. Fergus Falls senior Haylie Zenner capped her stellar high school track career off in style, winning her fourth 800 meter title in five years, in a time of 2:11.27 was also a career best.

Haylie Zenner – 4-time State 800 Champ (Fergus Falls): “Getting four state championships is something I never thought I could ever do. It's extremely exciting I am so happy. I've just been blessed my whole high school career.”

In the AA girls 300 hurdles, Thief River Falls eighth grader Meleah Biermaier was the favorite and she didn't disappoint, winning in a time of 43:48.

Meleah Biermaier – State Champ 300 Hurdles (Thief River Falls): “I don't know this is crazy, coming in as an eighth grader. It's unreal really. I was very lucky to do this and just blessed.”

In the Class A discus Ottertail Central's Steffan Stroh had the best throw coming in and unleashed a personal best toss of 159.5 to win the state title.

Steffan Stroh – ‘A’ Discus Champ (Ottertail Cent.): “It feels really nice knowing that all the hard work I put in paid off. My coach came out and gave me a big hug and he was crying and it was a sight to see.”

The only double winner from the area was Michael Whitney of Breckenridge. The junior set personal bests in winning both the 100 and 200 meters, unquestionably the fastest man in class A.

Michael Whitney – ‘A’ 100 & 200m Champ (Breckenridge): “It means quite a bit, it has been a while since Breckenridge has had a state champ and it's fun, it's definitely fun.”

After getting edged in the 100 by 5 hundreths Sommer Haugrud of Pelican Rapids bounced back to edge Warroad's Deidre Hahn and win the 200 in 25.73.

Sommer Haugrud – ‘A’ 200m Champ (Pelican Rapids): “I came so close in the 100, so I really wanted to do it in the 200 to finish out the year with a state title.”