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Lake City's Bailey Cronin (right) takes the baton from teammate Madi Green during the final leg of the Class 1A girls 4x400-meter relay at the state track and field championship meet Saturday at Hamline University in St. Paul. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)

Track and Field: Z-M's Lindhart second in shot put; Lake City girls win three medals

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ST. PAUL – After she cemented her place as one of Class 1A’s top throwers, Zumbrota-Mazeppa junior Maddie Lindhart was still very modest about her accomplishments.

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“I got a good one in,” Lindhart said after competing in the Class 1A state shot put finals.

Lindhart’s best throw went 39 feet, 2 ½ inches, good for second place during Day 2 of the state track and field championship meet Saturday at Hamline University.

After qualifying for the shot put finals with a prelim throw of 37-1 ¾, Lindhart put up her top mark with her first throw in the finals. The only thrower to beat Lindhart was St. Clair senior Katelyn Weber, who won with a throw of 43-2 ¾.

Lindhart’s spot on the podium was a lot higher than last season when she placed ninth with a finals throw of 35-10.

“I improved a lot from last year, so that’s all you can ask,” Lindhart said.

The second-place shot put capped off an award-winning weekend for Lindhart, who placed third in the girls discus on Friday with a throw of 118-3.

“It’s fun,” Lindhart said about taking two medals at state. “All your hard work shows.”

On the track, the Lake City girls brought home hardware in three of the four relays it brought to state: the 4x800-, 4x200 and 4x400-meter relays.

In the final race of the day, the 4x400, the Tiger girls came in as the No. 2 seed after a time of 4:03.30 in Friday’s prelims. Ultimately, the foursome of Morgan Dammann, Braeden McElmury, Madi Green and Bailey Cronin finished fourth with a time of 4:03.49. Osakis won the 4x400 in 3:58.46, holding off Blue Earth Area’s time of 4:58.96.

“That is the race where it’s not just time anymore, but it’s placement that matters,” McElmury said. “Time’s not going to get you anywhere, so you have to know where you are and you have to stay with them.”

The Tigers got another fourth-place relay finish as the 4x800 team of Liv Kozlowski, Green, Taylor Heitman and Dammann placed with a time of 9:47.75. Waseca was the state champion with a time of 9:31.57.

The Lake City girls’ last relay medal came from the 4x200 as Shannon Ting, Brandy White, Cronin and McElmury finished sixth in 1:47.96.

“I’m just really proud of my team. I’m glad we got the four relays here,” Cronin said.

McElmury added, “It’s more fun with more people here.”

Not to be outdone by the girls, the Lake City boys' 4x100 was also able to medal on Saturday. After sneaking into the finals by finishing ninth in Friday’s prelims, the foursome of Matt Kjos, Edwin Vazquez, Elijah Hodgell and Elijah Kroll took sixth in 44.87. Foley was the state champion with a time of 43.29.

“We were completely shocked,” Kroll said of the team’s sixth-place finish. “Anything can happen. A lot of times, we got maybe a little lucky. … Our team, we performed, we worked for this and this is what we’ve come to do.”

Kroll continued, “We accomplished a lot of things. Our team broke the school record (at sections), which we’ve been trying to do the past three years. We have advanced past sections and into state, which we haven’t done since 2008. A lot of our team goals got accomplished this year.”

Z-M eighth-grader Skyler Jacobson also competed as an individual, placing 16th out of 17 runners in the 1,600 with a time of 5:36.51. Redwood Valley’s Kayla Huhnerkoch was the state champion with a time of 5:03.02.

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Joe Brown
Joe Brown is the sports editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he worked at the Marshall Independent and the St. Cloud Times. For updates on local sports, follow Joe on Twitter at @RE_JBrown.
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