Class 2A Track and Field: Warriors' Hebert ties for 5th at 2A state meet
ST. PAUL—Brainerd's Ethan Herbert finished tied for fifth in pole vault while Zach Henke and Jeff Spieker both advanced to the finals in the 300-meter hurdles following Friday's opening day of the Class 2A state meet at Hamline University.
Hebert cleared 13-6 tying Rocori's Isaac Massmann for fifth place on the podium. The Warrior junior moved all the way up from his 14th-place seeding of 13-0 which he set when he finished second in the Section 8-2A meet. His 13-6 also moves him into a third-place tie with Nick Edwards (2005) on the Warrior Honor Roll (top 15 efforts in program history).
"You never really know what's going to happen and we had a little bit of a cross wind and a couple of the top-seeded vaulters didn't handle that very well and ended up no-heighting," Warrior boys head coach Rod Reuer said. "What he did was come in clean at 12-6 and 13-0 and PR'd with 13-6 and that was good enough to get him fifth place. He tied with the kid from Rocori, who is developing into a nice friendly rivalry.
"The thing about Ethan is he rises to the occasion. He did that last year at sections and got through and got to state. He did the same thing at sections this year. He needed a big jump to move from fourth place into that second-place spot and again today. He handles that pressure pretty well."
Last year, Hebert placed 16th with a 12-0 in his first year at state as a sophomore.
After Friday's prelims in for the 300 hurdles, Henke is sitting third (39.19) and Spieker ninth (39.60). They trail Caden Turner of Waconia who turned in the fastest time of 39.11. Finals are scheduled for 11:42 a.m. Saturday, June 9.
"Jeff came out pretty quick," Reuer said. "He kind of stalled a little bit down the home stretch, but held on to get ninth place and get into the finals. Then Zach ran the second heat. He got out really well and pushed the pace and being in that second lane, you kind of see the field ahead of you until you get to the turn so he knew exactly where he was at. He was in really good position coming out of the turn and finished strong and with his time he has a favorable seed. He'll have a good lane to run in on (Saturday).
Reuer said the top-seeded hurdler from Wayzata missed the cut so the event is wide open. Spieker is only .49 seconds out of first place.
"Tomorrow is going to be fun," Reuer said. "It's going to be a battle."
Spieker also competed in the 110 hurdles, but missed advancing to the finals by 1/100th of a second when he finished 11th with a 15.40.
Also competing in final events Saturday, June 9, will be Brainerd's Cami Harmer, seeded 13th in girls pole vault at 9 a.m., and Connor Powers, seeded 14th in boys high jump at 9 a.m.
Friday, June 8
Pole vault: Finals: 1-Alex Wittman (East Ridge) 14-6, 5-Ethan Hebert (Brd) 13-6
110 hurdles: 1-Josh Sampson (Mounds View) 14.71, 11-Jeff Spieker (B) 15:40
300 hurdles: 1-Caden Turner (Waconia) 39.11, 3-Zach Henke (B) 39.19, 9-Jeff Spieker (B) 39.60
High jump: Finals: 1-Madison Schmidt (Blaine) 5-8, NH-Sophia Sowada (LF)