State track and field competition wraps up prep athletes’s season

Wheelchair athletes had their day in the spotlight at the Minnesota State High School League’s track and field championships. St. […]

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Wheelchair athletes had their day in the spotlight at the Minnesota State High School League’s track and field championships. St. Michael-Albertville High School hosted the championships the first weekend of June.

Returning athletes defended their titles and in some cases set state records. Adaylia Borgmeier, a Mankato East freshman, broke her own Class AA record in the 100 meter wheelchair dash.  Borgmeier defended her 100 and 200 meter dash crowns from 2023 at the state meet, and also won the 400 meter dash. She holds the Class AA and all-time records for those events.  Borgmeier is a veteran of international wheelchair competitions. Her summer schedule includes the Paralympic trials in Florida in July.

Fairmont junior and repeat state champ Nelson Remington set two Class AA records and brought home with three first-place medals. He set Class AA records in the boys 100-meter wheelchair dash and the boys 800-meter wheelchair run. He also won the state 400 meter dash title. Remington opted not to defend his 200 meter wheelchair dash title from 2023.

Athletes compete in three classes at the state meet. Class A wheelchair dash champion and state record holder Tyler Gunnarson of St. Charles defended his 2023 100 and 200 meter wheelchair dash titles. Terrek Jenniges of Lakeview placed second behind Gunnarson in both events.

Gunnarson also won the 400 meter wheelchair dash event.

Lucas Taylor of Lakeview defended his wheelchair discus throw crown. Gunnarson placed second. Two other Lakeview athletes, Borden Stensrud and Terrek Jenniges, placed third and fourth in the discus throw.

In Class A girls’ competition, Ana Berry of Mille Lacs was the lone competitor in the 100 meter and 200 meter wheelchair dash events. She was also the lone competitor in the wheelchair shot put throw.

The Class AA competition had more girls competing than any other class. In the 100 meter wheelchair dash, Madison Harbarth of Mankato East placed second, Isabella Angell of Monticello placed third and Emily Scheidegger of Milaca placed fourth. Angell and Scheidegger placed second and third in the 200 meters. Scheidegger placed second in the 400 meters.

Taylor Gassman of Big Lake defended her wheelchair shot put title, with Harbarth placing second and Addison Swenson of Zimmerman placing third.

Devin Filzen of Winona won the 200 meter dash and the 1,600 meter title. Filzen capped his meet by winning the wheelchair discus throw.

In the 100 meter Class AAA wheelchair dash, it was a one-two finish for Wayzata’s Michael Allen and Macalister Hedtke. Hedtke defended his 2023 200 meter wheelchair dash title and also won the 400 meters. He also was the repeat champion in the wheelchair discus throw.

Allen defended his 2023 800 meter and 1600 meter wheelchair run crowns.

Class AAA, which is for the largest high school, had no girls’ wheelchair competitors.  

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