Track and Field: Deason notches school record in pole vault at state

Class 3A State Finals June 11

Brenna Deason competes in the Class 3A State Finals
Brenna Deason clears the bar in the pole vault at the Class 3A State Finals Saturday, June 11, 2022, at St. Michael-Albertville High School.
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ST. MICHAEL — Brenna Deason said she came into the Class 3A State Finals angry Saturday, June 11, at St. Michael-Albertville High School.

The Brainerd junior wanted to redeem herself with a good performance in the pole vault after failing to get to the finals in the 100-meter dash and in the 4x100 relay Thursday.

She responded with a new personal best and school record in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 11-foot-3, which was good enough for sixth in state.

“I definitely did have a lot of anger coming into this meet,” Deason said. “I feel like that helped a lot. I had more time for this event because I wasn’t running the 100 or the 4x100 so that helped, too. I just wanted to PR and do my best today.”

Deason said competing in three events at state like she did is more of a mental challenge than anything.


“It’s more of a mind game,” she said. “You know how to do it, you just have to stay with it.”

The boys 4x800 relay team of Brandon Stark, Michael Howe, Baden Bastian and Thomas Ruhl raced to a third-place time of 8:00.50, which was .02 seconds better than Anoka.

“It’s a really tight bond and we really kind of flow with the hand-offs today,” Stark said. “We just have a connection.”

Stark, who led off the relay, also ran in the finals for the 400 dash and finished eighth with a personal best of 50.11.

“It was tough being out in the seventh lane, but I just had to get out fast and really get it into gear for the last 100,” Stark said.

Stark said being in two events at the state finals was intimidating.

“Not going to lie,” he said. “It was fun, but I was a little nervous. It’ll definitely help my confidence next year.”

Hanna Caughey placed 13th in the shot put with a throw of 35-9.5. She was sixth in the discus Thursday at 124-1.


The girls 4x800 relay team of Emily Bastian, Annelise Baird, Brooke Wenz and Bridget Collins finished 14th with a time of 9:52.73.

Madi Miller competed in the 1600 run and was 15th in 5:16.68.

Boys Results

400 dash: 1- 8-Brandon Stark (Brd) 50.11

4x800 relay: 1- 3-Brainerd (Brandon Stark, Michael Howe, Baden Bastian, Thomas Ruhl) 8:00.50

Girls Results

1600 run: 1- 15-Madi Miller (Brd) 5:16.68

4x800 relay: 1-Eagan 9:14.93, 14-Brainerd (Emily Bastian, Annelise Baird, Brooke Wenz, Bridget Collins) 9:52.73

Shot put: 1- 13-Hanna Caughey (Brd) 35-9.5

Pole vault: 1- 6-Brenna Deason 11-3

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Started at the Dispatch in June of 2019.
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