Armstrong, Artz, Koberoski medal at state track & field meet
ST. MICHAEL — Blue Earth Area junior Addison Armstrong, Fairmont sophomore Hank Artz and Madelia/Truman/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Martin Luther junior Ryan Koberoski all exited the St. Michael-Albertville track and field facility with state medals draped around their respective necks on Friday.
Armstrong, who earned her incredible third state tournament bid of the 2022-23 school year, elevated to clear 10 feet, 6 inches to earn a three-way share of fourth place in the Class A pole vault competition.
Armstrong merited individual all-state accolades by matching Maple River freshman Lauren Mutschler and Perham senior Danial Van Watermulen vault-for-vault on the meet.
Perham freshman Gracie Morris edged Legacy Christian Academy senior Cecily Fager for the Class A state pole vault crown by clearing 12 feet even on her initial attempt. Fager missed her first vault before netting 12-0 on her second attempt.
Artz continued collecting Class AA all-state recognition for the southern Minnesota ranks on Friday by heaving the shot to a fifth-place distance of 51-11. Fairmont’s sophomore strongman produced his medal-winning mark on the fourth of his six throws on the day.
Stewartville senior Peyton Byrne won the Class AA state shot put championship with a toss of 54-8.
Koberoski generated all-state honors by crossing the finish line in the Class A 400-meter finals with a time of 51.45 to net eighth overall.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa senior RJ Sylak captured the Class A state gold medal in the open 400 by breaking the tape in a first-place time of 49.83.
Fairmont teammates Macy Hanson and Bella Larson completed the area contingent’s efforts during Day 1 of the Class AA state meet in St. Michael. Hanson posted a time of 11:44.9 to place 12th in the 3,200-meter run.
Hutchinson junior phenom Isabelle Schmitz captured yet one more Class AA state crown by crossing the finish line in a first-place time of 10:43.68 in the 2-mile race.
Larson cleared the opening height of 4-8 in the Class AA state meet’s high jump on Friday and finished in a tie with Zimmerman junior Marissa Rotz for 16th place in the event.
Detroit Lakes junior Grace Gunderson edged Princeton freshman Kyleigh Noble and Bloomington Kennedy senior Deshawna Neal for the Class AA state high jump championship.
Gunderson, Noble and Neal each cleared 5-5, but Gunderson earned the state crown by not having any misses until reaching the 5-6 mark.
Fairmont’s Sawyer Tordsen and Hank Artz will compete for the Class AA state discus championship starting at 10:15 a.m. today back in St. Michael. Tordsen is the defending state champion in the event.
Fairmont’s Nelson Remington will look to repeat as a Class AA state champion when he competes in the wheelchair 100 at 10:19 a.m. today, the wheelchair 800 at 12:10 p.m. and the wheelchair 200 at 12:24 p.m.