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Track and Field: Albright crowned champion at state

Brainerd Warriors compete in the Class 3A State Meet June 9 at St. Michael-Albertville

Andrew Albright wins state in shotput
Brainerd Warrior Andrew Albright throws the shotput Thursday, June 9, 2022, at the Class 3A State Meet at St. Michael-Albertville High School.
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ST. MICHAEL — Andrew Albright was a busy man in the Class 3A State prelims Thursday, June 9, at St. Michael-Albertville High School.

The Brainerd senior competed in three events including the finals in the shot put and the triple jump. He also raced in the 110-meter hurdles.

All the events started at around 9 a.m. First, he finished his 110 hurdles in 15.58 which put him 0.11 seconds off from making the finals.

He then hustled to throw the shot put and compete in the triple jump.

Albright launched his second shot put throw in 57-foot-1 which would hold and make him a state champion.

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“I was pretty comfortable,” Albright said. “I thought that throw was going to be third place because the Moorhead guy and the Rosemount guy were seeded above me and thrown far all season. But it ended up taking me to win.

“It felt crazy considering I went back to shot put last year and winning state this year, I love it.”

Albright is the first state champion Warriors boys head coach Rod Reuer has had in his tenure.

“The biggest thing was being able to manage the three events at the same time,” Reuer said. “The way it worked out, they were all at the same time and we couldn’t move him up in any of the flights. It takes a pretty calm, cool, collected mind to be able to handle all that and the coaches did a good job of getting him to where he needed to be and then he was just in the moment. He popped that big one on the second throw and we were hoping he could throw before going to hurdles, but the time just didn’t work.

“To cap it off with a state title in the shot put, I know that was a major goal for him and that was kind of our focus today, was to give him the best chance in the shot put.”

He made the podium in the triple jump with a seventh-place finish. Albright’s first attempt was 43-6.75.

“It would’ve been nice to make it for all three, but I’m just fine where I am at right now,” Albright said. “I’m pretty tired, but I’m feeling pretty good.”

Another Warrior, Brandon Stark, advanced to the finals in the 400 dash. Stark finished third in his heat with a time of 50.46 which was sixth overall. Top two in each heat advanced and the five next best times advanced to finals.

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“He just did what Brandon Stark does,” Reuer said. “The goal today is to qualify for finals. You don’t have to run your record time today, you just need to make it to Day Two and that’s what he was able to do.”

The girls 4x100 of Kate Stadum, Myah Nelson, Molly Hagelie and Brenna Deason did not have the same luck.

Despite running a qualifying time of 49.48, the Warriors were out of the exchange area in the first exchange and were disqualified.

Warriors girls head coach Ashley Rutman said Nelson, the lone senior in the relay, showed great leadership despite the disappointment.

“For Myah, she was able to find some positives and that was that they still ran really well,” Rutman said. “To not land on the podium is really disappointing, but we don’t always need medals to be proud of what we do.

“That’s not how we want the state experience to end, but I think in terms of talking with the girls a lot of it was around the legacy two of these girls have set in this relay starting in 2019. I think it’s just the beginning and they have set the bar and expectations for a successful relay for years to come.”

Deason raced in the 100 dash in 12.66 to finish 13th and not qualify for the finals.

Hanna Caughey reached the podium in the discus with a 124-1 throw. Like Albright in the shot put, Caughey’s best throw came on her second attempt.

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She’ll have a chance to add another medal Saturday in the shot put.

“I think she looked really good,” Rutman said. “I know she had some big goals for distances and what place she wanted to get today. I think for her to land on the podium is a big highlight.”

Lily Birks cleared the high-jump bar at 5-0 to finish 18th and Gavin Hoelzel placed 12th in the pole vault at 11-6.

Dillon MacLaughlin raced the 200 dash in 22.69 and did not qualify for the finals.

“We look at this as an experience to come back next year and prove to be better,” Reuer said.

Aside from Stark and Caughey, the Warriors will have Madi Miller in the 1600 run, Deason in the pole vault, and both the girls and boys 4x800 relay teams competing in the finals Saturday.

Boys Results

110 hurdles: 1-Blake Nyenati (And) 14.40, 10-Andrew Albright (Brd) 15.58200 dash: 1-Maximilian Comfere (RC) 21.32, 15-Dillon MacLaughlin (Brd) 22.69

400 dash: 1-Ramy Ayoub (Farm) 48.21, 6-Brandon Stark (Brd) 50.46

Shot put: 1-Albright 57-1

Triple jump: 1-Hakeem Ford (MS) 47-8, 7-Albright 43-6.75

Pole vault: 1-Travis Reihard (W) 15-3, 12-Gavin Hoelzel (Brd) 11-6

Girls Results

100 dash: 1-Maddie Dahlien (E) 12.03, 13-Brenna Deason (Brd) 12.66

4x100 relay: 1-Minnetonka 48.30, DQ-Brainerd (Kate Stadum, Myah Nelson, Molly Hagelie, Deason)

Discus: 1-Jordan Hecht (Rose) 148-6, 6-Hanna Caughey (Brd) 124-1

High jump: 1-Niamya Holloway (EP) 5-8, 18-Lily Birks (Brd) 5-0

CONRAD ENGSTROM may be reached at 218-855-5861 or conrad.engstrom@brainerddispatch.com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/the_rad34.

Started at the Dispatch in June of 2019.
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