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Boys track and field: Johnson, Blahnik help Wingers to third-place finish

Red Wing led for much of the Missota Conference Championships, according to coach Adam Nelson, but the Wingers had to settle for third Thursday at Farmington. Red Wing scored 147 points and finished three points behind second-place Chanhassen.

Shakopee won the eight-school competition with 182.5 points.

"Overall we had a really good meet," Nelson said. "A lot of coaches complimented us on how improved we were as a team."

Red Wing's Luke Johnson won both the shot put (58 feet, 11 3/4 inches) and the discus (150-10), earning himself a pair of All-Missota Conference awards. The top two individuals and the first-place relay were named all-conference.

Classmate Bryant Blahnik won two events as well. He came in first in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4 minutes, 22.30 seconds and the 800 in 1:57.98.

Nelson said Blahnik will run the 800 instead of the 3,200 at the section meet, which begins June 2.

"He'll be right in there with top guys for sections," Nelson said. "He's just running it (the 800) very well right now. He's got such a good kick at the end."

Christian Leitner came in second in the 3,200 (10:11.27) and was named all-conference. Alex Byrne also received all-conference honors by placing second in the pole vault (11-9).

All-conference honorable mention went to the third-place individual and the second-place relay.

Hokah Janis took home the honorable mention award in the discus with a personal-best toss of 135-4. It was an improvement of 24-10 over his seed mark.

Sam Whitebear took third in the 300 hurdles (41.95) while the 4x100 relay team of Tom Rother, Ethan Draz, Byrne and Alex Harder took second (44.88).

Thanks to Kaleb Cushing's eighth-place finish in the discus (119-3), Red Wing had three individuals score in that event.