BLAINE -- Staples-Motley's 4x200-meter relay set a school record on its way to a fourth-place finish in the Class A state track and field meet Saturday at the National Sports Center.
The Cardinals' time of 1:32.86 beat the previous school record of 1:36.06.
"We ran the best race we've run this whole year," S-M's Tyler Frisk said. "We were so pumped up, we've been waiting the whole year for this."
The Cardinals were seeded second-last in the race and their fourth-place finish surprised a few people, including Tony Johnson who ran the first leg.
"I'm baffled," Johnson said. "I'm still in awe. We were totally unheard of and we came out and ran the races of our lives."
Josh Smith and Bobby Burton filled out the team for Staples-Motley.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines girls' 4x800-meter relay team raced to a seventh-place finish with a time of 9:57.16.
Kourtney Anderson, Katie Lorentz, Elissa Buresh and Avery Buresh made up the Wolverines' entry, which dropped more than five seconds off its state qualifying time in Saturday's finals. The team was seeded 10th.
Amy Jackson of Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale competed in the 100-meter high hurdles Friday but failed to qualify for the final event Saturday.
Jackson finished the race with a time of 17.41, putting her in 16th place.
Adam Barnett of Staples-Motley placed eighth in the 110 high hurdles in Saturday's final.
Barnett finished the race in 16 seconds and earned all-state distinction for finishing in the top nine. On Friday he qualified with a time of 15.51, which would have been good enough for sixth place Saturday.
"I'm pretty happy with my race," Barnett said. "Just getting here was a pretty good accomplishment."
Barnett also raced in the 300 intermediate hurdles preliminary. He placed sixth in his heat with a time of 42.45.
Mike Jacobs of Pequot Lakes competed in the 100 dash preliminaries Friday. His time of 11.58 wasn't enough to qualify for Saturday's finals.
Josh Ganske of Pequot Lakes raced in the 400 preliminaries Friday.
Ganske placed 16th with a time of 52.79.
Ninth-grader Courtney Stach of Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale didn't qualify for the 300 hurdles finals but will probably have more chances in the future. She finished the preliminaries in 48.91.
Jeremiah Duvall of Pequot Lakes tied for 12th place in the high jump Saturday. He jumped two inches shorter than his state qualifying jump.
Jason Tholl of Staples-Motley placed ninth and grabbed all-state honors in the 800 run. Tholl cited his older brother, Justin, who competed in last year's state meet, as his main inspiration for running.
"He's run some really good 800s," Tholl said. "I've just been trying to catch him."
David Schwen of Pequot Lakes competed in the 800 race as well though he didn't qualify for the finals. Schwen's time in the preliminaries was 2:00.43.
Wadena-Deer Creek's entry into the girls' 4x400 meter relay placed ninth with a time of 4:14.69.
Elissa Buresh, who ran the anchor leg, said her team was satisfied with their finish.
"I think we're all happy with the race," Buresh said. "We came here to have fun and do the best we could. It was a fun experience."
The Staples-Motley 4x400 boys' relay team took fifth with a time of 3:28.65
Staples-Motley's team won the event last year. Only Tony Johnson returned from the defending champion team.
"We just wanted to make sure we were up on the stand," Jeff Brever said. "It probably could have been better, but we're not disappointed."
Joining Brever and Johnson were Bobby Burton and Jason Tholl.
Josh Hegman of Aitkin placed 13th in Saturday's triple jump. Hegman's jump of 39-6 1/2 was more than a foot less than his state qualifying jump in the section meet at Duluth.
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