Boys 4x100 and 4x200 are state bound

LEIF ERICKSON/CHATFIELD NEWS Chatfield’s 4X100-meter and 4X200 relay teams consisting of, from left, Jared Baker, Gage Tuohy, Carson Larrebee, Jack Touhy, Chance Backer and Benjamin Mueller took first place in their respective relays and advanced to the state meet.

LEIF ERICKSON/CHATFIELD NEWS Tessa McMahon takes off after getting the baton from Chatfield teammate Sydney Allen in the 4X800-meter relay. They finished in ninth place at the section meet.
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“We were able to get our boys 4x100 and 4x200 (relay teams) on to state,” said head track coach Jeff DeBuhr. “It was a great night in which our athletes performed at their best when the lights were brightest.  That shows great character from our athletes.”

Members of the 4x100-meter relay team are Carson Larrabee, Ben Muller, Gage Tuohy and Chance Backer.  They finished second in their heat in the preliminaries with a time of 45.240 seconds, and qualified for the finals.  In the finals on Thursday they took first with a time of 44.31.

The 4x200 team of Muller, Jared Baker, Jack Tuohy and Backer finished first in their heat in the prelims on Tuesday, with a qualifying time of 1:32.28.  In the finals they had a time of 1:31.78 and nosed out Lanesboro/Fillmore Central/Mabel-Canton (1:32.31) for the gold medal.

The two relay teams are the only Gophers heading to track’s big dance. 

Rebecca Fox qualified for the finals in the 300-meter hurdles (49.49), but did not have a finishing time in the finals as she got tripped up on a hurdle.  The girls’ 4x200 relay team (Zayda Priebe, Alyssa Baum, Ann Warren, Lauren Cole) had a preliminary time of 1:55.13, but did not make the finals.  The girls 4x400 (Cole, Karla Gomez, Fox, Stephanie Bradt, 4:25.66) did not make the finals.  And the 4x800 team of Gomez, Sydney Allen, Tessa McMahon and Abbi Gillespie, with a time of 10:52.91, finished ninth.

In the high jump, Autumn Frederick had a jump of 4’6”, but did not place in the top eight.  Silja Erickson was seventh in the discus with a throw of 102’10”.

In the boys’ 200-meter dash, Jack Tuohy had a time of 24.34, missing the finals by one spot.  Chatfield’s 4x800 relay team (Brady Woltz, Treyton Lanning, Cooper Frederick, Colby Aarhus) had a time of 9:10.96, and finished 10th.  Jonathan Frank was 12th in the shot put with a toss of 43’10”.  In the discus Frank was seventh with a throw of 133’.

The state meet is this Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, at Hamline University, St. Paul.  Class A events will begin at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Friday.