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Tyler Tappe from Pequot Lakes High School won the boys pole vault with a jump of 15 feet Friday at the Minnesota Class A track and field championships at Hamline University. Photo by Bill Johnson.

Class 1A State Track and Field: Tappe wins vault, Jacobson secures a third

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Class 1A State Track and Field: Tappe wins vault, Jacobson secures a third
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ST. PAUL — Tyler Tappe is a state champion.

The Pequot Lakes senior won the Class 1A state pole vault with a 15-foot effort Friday at Hamline University.


While not as good as his state record tying 15-6 vault that placed him second in last year’s state meet, Tappe still won by almost two feet.

“Honestly, I was more worried about going for the record more so than the state championship,” said Tappe. “I guess if you get the record you’re going to the winner, but last year we went to 15-6 and I was part of that record. That was a lot of fun just battle back-and-forth with Grant Krieger last year. This year I came into the meet at 14-6 and if I would have just stayed there I would have won the meet so it wasn’t too exciting.”

Tappe’s effort would have placed him first in Class 2A as well. After clearing 15-0 he jumped the bar up to 15-8 and almost secured the all-class record, which was set last year by Mitchell Valli of Buffalo, another friend of Tappe.

“I had my grip wrong and I just ran out of time,” said Tappe. “I couldn’t get it in. I should have switched my grip earlier, but that’s the game of pole vault. It keeps you coming back for more. I had quite a bit of height went I cleared 15, which is why I jumped it up to 15-8. I switched to stiffer pole hoping to tighten things up a little bit. The last jump it would have worked, but I just had some technical difficulties.”

Pequot Lakes’ Travis Jacobson threw the shot put a third-place 52-10.25. Chatfield’s Jayme LaPlante tossed the winning distance of 56-11.26, but Jacobson improved his Section 6-2A winning toss of 51-5 by a foot and a half.

Fellow Patriot thrower Ellie Erholtz placed 10th in the discus final with a toss of 103-8. She’s competing in Saturday’s shot put as well.

Also placing 10th was Crosby-Ironton’s Jude Severson in the 3200 run. The senior ran a 10:05.59, which was nine seconds faster than his section winning time.

In prelims action, Staples-Motley’s Jaelin Beachy ran the top 100 hurdles time of 15.1 and the third fastest 300 hurdle time.

Pequot’s 4x100 girls relay of Rachel Allen, Chloe Bermel, Sarah Rudlang and Vanessa Lane dropped almost a second from its section time to secure the No. 1 spot for Saturday’s finals.

The foursome ran a school-record time of 49.45, which was better than the time Pequot needed to win last year’s state title. That time was 49.54.

“We got the first handoff and by the time we got tot the third exchange we were in the lead and then Vanessa just hung on,” said Pequot head girls coach Jana Lueck. “The goal is to maintain that No. 1 spot in the relay. Vanessa is hurting right now, but she’ll be ready to go.”

Lane qualified for the 100 dash. The defending state champion secured the eighth and final spot with a 12.63.

Pequot’s 4x400 relay also set a school record with its 4:04.18. That’s good for fourth heading into Saturday’s finals.

Pierz’s Robbie Skiba didn’t advance to Saturday’s finals in the 400 dash, but he did break the school record with his 50.44. Skiba placed 10th in the prelims.

Boys final results

3200 run: 1-Keeghan Hurley (Perham) 9:36.58, 10-Jude Severson (Crosby-Ironton) 10:05.59

Pole vault: 1-Tyler Tappe (Pequot Lakes) 15-0

Shot put: 1-Jayme LaPlante (Chatfield) 56-11.5, 3-Travis Jacobson (Pequot Lakes) 52-10.25

Boys prelim results

110 hurdles: 1-Jon Tollefson (St. Croix Lutheran) 14.60, 15-Brody Wangsness (Wadena-Deer Creek) 16.18

400 dash: 1-Jonathan Webb (Minnehaha Academy) 49.33, 10-Robbie Skiba (Pierz) 50.44, 15-Riley Jacobs (Crosby-Ironton) 52.22, 17-Zack Hofmann (Staples-Motley) 52.78

800 run: 1-Shane Streich (Waseca) 1:51.92, 13-Will Goodwin (Crosby-Ironton) 1:59.72

4x100 relay: 1-Foley 43.58, 15-Pequot Lakes (Chase Blaeser, Cole Funk, Isaac Allen, Tyler Tappe) 45.58

4x200 relay: 1-Rochester Lourdes 1:29.77, 14-Pine River-Backus (Shane Sepin, Jacob Harper, Tyler Bestgen, Henry Krecklau) 1:34.55

4x400 relay: 1-Rochester Lourdes 3:22.63, 13-Crosby-Ironton (Jacobs, Daniel Hudrlik, John Stockman, Goodwin) 3:33.94, 14-Staples-Motley (Cody Rivetts, Tyler Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Hofmann) 3:37.18

Saturday’s finals

4x800 relay: Crosby-Ironton (Stokman, Isaac Carlton, Severson, Goodwin)

Discus: Travis Jacobson (Pequot Lakes) , Samuel Moore (Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale)

High jump: Justin Gordan (Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale)

Girls final results

3200 run: 1-Emi Trost (Cannon Falls) 10:56.30, 15-Amber Posner (Pillager) 12:19.09

Long jump: 1-Danielle Wubben (Central MN Christian) 17-1.25, 16-Vanessa Lane (Pequot Lakes) 14-8.0

Discus: 1-Katelyn Weber (St. Claire) 126-1, 10-Ellie Erholtz (PL) 103-8

Girls prelim results

100 hurdles: 1-Jaelin Beachy (Staples-Motley) 15:10

300 hurdles: 1-Taylor Grandgenett (Blue Earth Area) 44.59, 3-Beachy (SM) 45.39, 16-Kasey Willis (Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale) 48.22

100 dash: 1-Jia Lewis (Minneapolis Edison) 12.28, 8-Lane (Pequot Lakes) 12.63, 19-Chloe Bermel (Pequot Lakes) 13.06

200 dash: 1-Kayla Stowell (LeSueur-Henderson) 25.20, 11-Lane (PL) 26.59

4x100 relay: 1-Pequot Lakes (Rachel Allen, Bermel, Sarah Rudlang, Lane) 49.45

4x400 relay: 1-Blue Earth Area 4:00.81, 4-Pequot Lakes (Grace McGuire Lyndsey Johnson, Rudlang, Bermel) 4:04.18

Saturday’s finals

Shot put: Ellie Erholtz (PL)

Triple jump: Danyel Post (Wadena-Deer Creek)

Pole vault: Millie Klefsaas (Staples-Motley), Autumn Jahnke (Wadena-Deer Creek)