2022 Track and Field State Meet Class A Finals
Posted: Friday, June 10, 2022 - 10:11 PM
Shaina Zinter came into the last meet of her high school track and field career with one main goal: win four events.
The senior from Concordia Academy in Roseville almost accomplished it, too, winning the 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash in the Class A state championships at St. Michael-Albertville. She finished a close second in the long jump to Brielle Kuechle of Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball.
Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball won the Class A girls team competition with 81 points, getting first-place finishes by Kuechle in the long jump, Ellie Kuechle in the 400 and the 4x100 relay team of Jocelyn Zoller, Hope Kuechle, Brookelyn Kuechle and Ellie Kuechle.
Zinter scored 46 points on her own, and teammate Nora Wilhelm won the discus and was second in the shot put as Concordia Academy finished in second place finished with 68 points. Zumbrota-Mazeppa and Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland/Southland tied for third with 48 points.
Jade Rypkema of Nevis was a double winner among Class A girls, winning the 1,600 and3,200. In the Class A girls wheelchair division, Emily Sullivan of LeSueur-Henderson won gold medals in the 100, 200 and shot put.
In Class A boys competition, double winners were the theme of the championships. Jacob McCleary of Perham swept to victory in the 800 and 1,600, Owen Petersohn of Triton was first in the 110 and 300 hurdles, Ashton Sandbulte of Luverne won both the 100 and 200, and relay teams from St. Cloud Cathedral won the 4x400 and 4x800 races. Aidan Gravelle of Mankato Loyola/Cleveland was a four-event wheelchair champion, placing first in the 100, 200, 1,600 and discus.
The Class A boys team competition was amazingly close, with Nova Classical Academy taking first with 47.5 points. Minneapolis North Community was half a point back in second with 47 and Perham placed third with 46.