Desera Engholm and Matthias Algarin proved that seedings do matter Friday, June 7, at the Class 1A State meet at Hamline University, St. Paul.
Engholm, a Pequot Lakes senior, and Algarin, a Pierz junior, each collected a state title after both being seeded No. 1 one heading into Friday's finals.
Engholm threw a 131-4 on her final attempt to win the discus throw. She was sitting at 124-7 as her best throw before her final attempt. That had her sitting behind state runner up Elizabeth Pahl of Osakis.
"That was pretty cool," Pequot girls head coach Jaime Wagner said. "The girl from Osakis has been a pretty consistent competitor. They have been the two that have qualified from our section now for a couple of years. They know each other pretty well. I was talking to the Osakis coach afterward and he said, 'I don't get nervous a whole lot, but I know your girl is the real deal and I assumed one of those last throws she was going to have it in her.'
"She is just a tough competitor mentally. Being able to respond like that was just so cool. As soon as it was off her hand you just kind of knew. Everyone was holding their breath. When the number went up she threw her hands up and it was just great to see. That's why you coach. Just those moments of pure elation."
Engholm won the section 6-1A title with a 130-2.
"I was talking with (assistant coach Jeff) Brever and he said, 'the last throw of your high school career, what better time than now to go out and win a state title."
Algarin didn't top his section distance in the triple jump, but then he didn't need to in order to collect his state title. But he didn't go without his share of adversity. Algarin scratched his first two attempts and went 42-10.5 to make the finals.
He popped his winning distance on his first attempt in the finals.
"He came back on his third jump to get into the finals," Pierz head coach Craig Johnshoy said. "He was in eighth place heading into the finals. Then his first jump of the finals he went 45.
"He had one jump, one of his scratches, we were just looking at some of the video and his first phase, it was out like 20 feet and he was just so high in the air he came down and he couldn't handle it. He couldn't handle all the force of his body coming down. He's done that before, though."
Algarin also qualified for the 100- and 200-meter dash finals and he'll compete in the long jump Saturday.
"He's just going to let it all out," Johnshoy said. "I think he's got a better shot in the 200, but he ran a better 100 race than we thought he would."
Engholm and Algarin are both seeded No. 1 in their field events Saturday. Engholm in the shot put and Algarin in the long jump.
Staples-Motley's Emmet Anderson placed third in the 3200 run finals with a 9:36.71. The sophomore's time was almost 13 seconds faster than his state qualifying time. S-M's seventh grader Kyanna Burton placed 10th in her first state meet. She ran an 11:46.02.
"They both did really well," S-M head coach Bruce Furhman. "We kept him out of the heat today and that helped a little bit. We rested him a little more and I think he responded really well to that. He's had a sore Achilles that's been holding him back, but he should have been second. He lost it there at the end, but he came back from a long way for a solid third.
"Kyanna ran really well. She was in the No. 8 slot and then got into a runoff at the end and ended up getting 10th. She tied her personal record so that was outstanding, too. Just to get your feet on the track is really good for her."
Wadena-Deer Creek's Cooper Folkestad bettered his state qualifying distance of 51-0 to place fourth in the shot put finals. The junior posted a 52-4.5.
In other finals results, Wadena-Deer Creek's Mikaela Malone was 10th in the long jump followed by Jordyn VanVickle's 11th-place finish. Crosby-Ironton's Kathryn Ireland was 16th in the high jump and W-DC's Cody Wheeler placed 11th in the pole vault.
In the prelims, Pillager's Tucker Peterson will join Algarin in both the 100 and 200 dashes.
Pierz's Zachary Becker and Carter Moulzolf both qualified for the 300 hurdles finals as did both Pioneers relays in the 4x100 and 4x200.
"We thought Zach Becker for sure would make finals," Johnshoy said. "Carter had a busy day as he ran both relays and then the 300 hurdles all within an hour. It was 90 degrees down here. He was just trying to drink water and stay cool. It was crazy for him.
"They both made the finals and Zach, I thought he was going to win his heat even. He was right there in the mix of things at the end."
W-DC's Bereket Loer finished eighth in the 400 dash to advance and then anchored the Wolverines 4x200 and 4x400 relays into the finals.
VanVickle will run again Saturday in the 400 dash finals.
Pequot's 4x400 relay team dropped four seconds off its section title to place seventh and advance to the finals.
3200 run: 1-Geno Uhrbom (Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin) 9:24.07, 3-Emmet Anderson (SM) 9:36.71
Shot put: 1-Shane Byrne (Stewartville) 56.3.5, 4-Cooper Folkestad (WDC) 52-4.5
Triple jump: 1-Matthias Algarin (Prz) 45-3.75
Pole vault: 1-Jacob Munsch (Plainview-Elgin-Millville) 15-0, 11-Cody Wheeler (WDC) 13-0
300 hurdles: 1-Jade Reicks (St. Peters) 38.69, 4-Zachary Becker (Prz) 40.75, 9-Carter Moulzolf (Prz) 41.17, 11-Nate Wosmek (PRB) 41.83
100 dash: 1-Max Peckenschneider (Providence Academy) 10.91, 6-Tucker Peterson (Pill) 11.28, 7-Matthias Algarin (Prz) 11.37
200 dash: 1-Peckenschneider 22.24, 4-Algarin 22.67, 8-Peterson 22.91
400 dash: 1-Kyler Bade (Plainview-Elgin-Millville) 49.98, 8-Bereket Loer (WDC) 50.92
4x100 relay: 1-Jordan 42.72, 9-Pierz (Ryan Stangl, Moulzolf, Colton Kasper, Alex Gross) 44.75, 11-Pequot Lakes (Vincenzo Sposito, Carter Sjoblad, Joe Keiffer, Bode Magnuson) 45.19
4x200 relay: 1-Jordan 1:29.57, 4-Wadena-Deer Creek (Isaac Hale, Dawson Lupkes, Hunter Hawkins, Bereket Loer) 1:31.14, 7-Pierz (Moulzolf, Becker, Kasper, Gross) 1:32.06
4x400 relay: 1-Fairmont 3:24.15, 6-Wadena-Deer Creek (Isaac Hale, Lucas Hinojos, Hunter Hawkins, Bereket Loer) 3:26.25
3200 run: 1-Lauren Ping (Cotter) 10:39.34, 10-Kyanna Burton (SM) 11:46.02
High jump: 1-Madi Schirmer (Maple River) 5-4, 16-Kathryn Ireland (C-I) 4-10
Discus: 1-Desera Engholm (PL) 131-4
Long jump: 1- Robbie Grace (The Blake School) 19-1.5, 10-Mikaela Malone (WDC) 16-0, 11-Jordyn VanVickle (Pill) 15-11
100 dash: 1-MaeLea Harmon (Waterville-Elysian-Morristown) 12.29, 14-Mikaela Malone (WDC) 12.91
200 dash: 1-Grace 25.58, 8-VanVickle 26.54
400 dash: 1-Robbie Grace (Blake) 56.56, 10-VanVickle (Pill) 59.11
4x400 relay: 1-Belle Plaine 3:59.23, 7-Pequot Lakes (Mirjana Ganley, Carly Chaney, Cassidy Chaney, Lydia Hubbard) 4:02.71
Next: Class 1A State Meet at Hamline University, St. Paul, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8.