Podium finishes abound at state track meet

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Johnson jumps to runner-up finish, Wilson sets new throwing PRs

St. Louis Park and Benilde-St. Margaret’s were each represented at the Class AA state track and field meet on June 9-10 by two entrants.

Sophomore jumper Maddie Johnson and senior thrower Eric Wilson represented Benilde while Park seniors Zach Nelson and Eric Jones wore the black and orange with pride for the Orioles at Klas Field at Hamline University.

Park senior Zack Nelson, middle, leaves the starting blocks in the 100-meter prelims Friday. (Sun Sailor photo by Jason Olson)
Park senior Zach Nelson, middle, leaves the starting blocks in the 100-meter prelims Friday. (Sun Sailor photo by Jason Olson)

Johnson came into state with a high jump personal best of 5 feet, 5 inches but propelled herself on Friday morning at Klas Field at Hamline University to clear the bar set two inches higher to tie for second place. She cleared 5-7 to share runner-up with Lakeville South senior Jenny Mosser while Osseo eighth grader Nyalaam Jok won the state title going 5-8.

Meanwhile, Wilson was competing in the shot put and also put together a PR throw. He reached 55-01 to place fifth and rewrite the program record book one more time in what’s been a storied 2017-18 school year for Wilson. In the fall he was captain of the first state championship football team to come from Benilde.

Madison Johnson clears the bar during Friday's high jump event at the Class AA state meet at Hamline, (Sun Sailor photo by Jason Olson
Madison Johnson clears the bar during Friday’s high jump event at the Class AA state meet at Hamline, (Sun Sailor photo by Jason Olson

On Saturday he put together another PR throw this time in the discus to finish sixth going 165-05.

Madison Johnson approaches the high jump bar on Friday at state. (Sun Sailor photo by Jason Olson)
Madison Johnson approaches the high jump bar on Friday at state. (Sun Sailor photo by Jason Olson)

Nelson put together the fourth-best prelims time in the 100-meter dash with a new PR of 10.72 seconds to qualify for the finals where he finished ninth in 11.11 seconds.

He also set a new PR in the 200 dash prelims in 22.13 to finish ninth. He improved by two positions in the finals but ran a slower time of 22.41.

Jones cleared the high jump bar set at 6-4 to place eighth at state, tying his PR height, set at the Section 6AA meet which he was runner-up on June 1 and the same height he used to win the Metro West Conference title on May 18.

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