ST. PAUL — After waiting out the storms and rain, area athletes got their events in at the Minnesota State Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday. For some, it was well worth the wait.
Faribault senior Megan Gehrke beat the rain in the shot put, besting all the other throwers in the process.
She came into the event put seeded second, but a personal record of 44 feet, 4¾ inches was enough for her to capture a gold medal. She set the personal best in her final throw before joining the track and field program at St. Thomas University this fall.
Teammate Lauren Isaacson was fifth in the discus throw with a distance of 131 feet, 8 inches.
Waterville-Elysian-Morristown was well represented in St. Paul, with a few Bucs making their way onto the medal stand.
MaeLea Harmon took second in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 12.16 seconds, just 0.2 seconds from first place. That wasn’t her only trip to the podium, however. In the long jump, she jumped 16 feet, 4 1/4 inches to earn ninth place.
Along with Alexis Morsching, Toryn Richards and Shelby Hermel, she also took second on the 400-meter relay team that missed the top of the podium by only an eighth of a second.
In addition to the relay, Richards was seventh in the pole vault and 14th in the high jump.
The WEM 400-meter relay team — Christopher Byrne, Tyler Hermel, Tanner Ranslow and Taylor Glende — took 12th.
Glende and Byrne ran on the Buccaneer 800-meter relay team that took second in Class A, along with teammates Isaac Pratt and Jaden Taylor.
In his first trip to state, Taylor placed 10th in the pole vault as well.
Bethlehem Academy’s Avery Hunt capped off his track career with his third straight appearance at state. He just missed out on the podium, placing 11th with a distance of 42 feet, 11½ inches.
For the full story and more photos on this weekend’s track and field championships, turn to page B1.