Will history bring WHS another title?

Sports Editor

It’s True Team karma at Lake Relays event

If history repeats itself – for the 10th year in a row – Wayzata High’s boys track and field team will be Minnesota’s State True Team champion next month.

For the last nine years, the winner of the Lake Conference Relays has gone on to win the state Class AA boys True Team title. And by edging Edina 117-111 April 11 in the Lake meet at Eden Prairie High, Wayzata is in a good position to win its fourth state True Team title in a row.

“Obviously, they’re not handing out state True Team trophies just yet,” said Wayzata head coach Aaron Berndt. “But this is a nice early-season indicator.” Neither Wayzata nor Edina used its strongest lineup at the Lake Relays. Coach Berndt didn’t use two of his big scorers, distance runner Khalid Hussein and sprinter Lewis Gibson. And the coach limited some of his other big scorers to only two events.

Junior Michael Dugan of the Wayzata High boys track and field team makes it look easy as he clears a high hurdle during the Lake Relays April 11 at Eden Prairie High’s Aerie Stadium. Dugan’s sixth-place finish among 22 competitors helped Wayzata take the team title. (Sun Sailor staff photo by John Sherman)
Junior Michael Dugan of the Wayzata High boys track and field team makes it look easy as he clears a high hurdle during the Lake Relays April 11 at Eden Prairie High’s Aerie Stadium. Dugan’s sixth-place finish among 22 competitors helped Wayzata take the team title. (Sun Sailor staff photo by John Sherman)

“It was 50 degrees that day, so I was apprehensive about overusing our sprinters,” said Berndt. “This was our first outdoor meet of the season, and we were competing against some of the best track athletes in the state.”

The standout of the meet for Wayzata was junior John Taylor, who won the triple jump and finished second in the long jump. Taylor’s best triple jump of the afternoon was 43 feet, 5 inches.

“John was just a couple of inches off of his life best,” said Berndt. “Another one of our jumpers, freshman Dante White, is already over 20 feet in the long jump and 40 feet in the triple jump.”

Wayzata made a strong showing in the discus with a 1-2 finish from seniors Tyler Story and Mitchell Faust. Story’s throw of 129 feet, 9 inches was a personal best.

Wayzata’s performance on the track was highlighted by two relay victories.

Juniors Max Archbold and Tommy Leisen joined seniors Drake Kapler and Chris Stanek to win the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay. Senior Gemechu Meskele led off Wayzata’s winning 4×800 relay that also included sophomore Grant Price and juniors Frank Fetrow and Anders Sonnesyn.
Price’s performance could be one of the keys to the Trojans’ success in big meets later this season.

“As a sophomore, Grant is faster than Josh Thorson and Jaret Carpenter were at this stage of their careers,” said Berndt.

One of Wayzata’s goals for the Lake Relays was to get a lot of boys involved. By limiting the workload of his top scorers, Berndt was able to accomplish that goal.

At 4 p.m. Friday, April 21, Berndt will organize a True Team meet at the Wayzata track. He will divide his 210 athletes into three teams, and this will show the newcomers what it’s like to vie for a True Team championship.

Contact John Sherman at john.sherman@ecm-inc.com