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Kerry Collins, Published June 06 2009

Record breaker

ST. PAUL – Skyler Jackson can get used to this.

The last time he was at the Minnesota state track meet, the Frazee speedster tied a state record in the 100.

He doesn’t share it anymore.

Jackson ran a 10.85 in Friday’s prelims of the state meet to break the mark of 10.94 he ran last year.

“In that sense, it was a good race for me,” Jackson said. “But I think I can go faster.”

He shared the previous record with Blake’s Isaac Anderson, who ran 10.94 in 2005.

Cameron Boy of Jordan also ran a 10.85, but Jackson beat him by .003.

Jackson was busy all day. He also qualified in the 200 (22.37), ran the 400 relay – which didn’t make it to finals – and took fourth in the triple jump (43 feet, 4 ½ inches).

“I was going from the marshalling tent at one end of the field to triple jump or whatever at the other end all day,” Jackson said. “I had to go back and forth five times before I even ran. It was a busy day.”

Boy wound up getting his state record. The future Gopher ran a 21.62 in the 200 prelims.

“He’s going to (the University of Minnesota), so you have to expect that out of him,” Jackson said. “I’m going to have to be ready tomorrow.”

Huge day for HUH’s Mattson

Skyler Jackson wasn’t the only one to set a Class 1A record in the 100.

In the heat before Jackson’s Nate Mattson ran a 10.85, giving him the third fastest time entering today’s finals.

“I had that record for 1 minute, 30 seconds,” Mattson said. “This was a good day. I blew it out of the water.”

Mattson also qualified for finals in the 200 – running a school record 22.39 – and he anchored HUH’s 400 relay (44.31) into today’s finals as well.

Despite two personal records in the individual events, the relay was easily the most meaningful to the always team-first Mattson.

“I just wanted to help that relay get in, and the four of us got it,” Mattson said. “We were disqualified my first year down here, and last year we dropped a baton and finished last.

“To finally get into finals means a lot.”

Kevin Olson, Brian Fetting and Justin Morrison were the other members of the relay.

LaVoy wins shot put title

Anthony LaVoy has waited a long time for this.

The Mahnomen-Waubun senior captured the shot put title with a toss of 54 feet, 8 ¾ inches. Not bad for a kid that took dead last in the event at state two years ago.

“This is a big deal to be a state champ in anything,” LaVoy said. “It’s my third year down here, and it means a lot.

“When I saw that the last throw wasn’t as far, it was like a huge weight off my chest.”

LaVoy’s previous best in the event was 52-9.


Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton’s Cody Stuhaug cleared 13 feet to finish sixth in the pole vault. … Moorhead senior John Bye qualified for today’s finals in the 300 hurdles. The senior ran 39.90 in prelims to get the ninth and final spot for today’s race. … Wayzata is in front of the Class 2A team standings with 25 points, three more than second-place Owatonna.


Class 2A

Team scores: Wayzata 25, Owatonna 22, Robbinsdale Armstrong 13, St. Paul Highland Park 12, St. Michael-Albertville 12, St. Francis 12, Rosemount 10, Andover 10, Lakeville North 8, Woodbury 8, Blaine 8, Mounds View 8, Eastview 7, Red Wing 6, Bemidji 5, Anoka 5, Forest Lake 4, Minneapolis North 4, Simley 4, Osseo 3, Albert Lea 3, Farmington 3, Mankato East 3, Roseville 3, Mahtomedi 2, Mankato West 1, Eden Prairie 1, Centennial 1, Hopkins 1.

Individual winners and local placers

3,200: 1, Drenckhahn, Wayzata, 9:18.46.

Shot put: 1, Dehn, Owatonna, 61-5.

Triple jump: 1, Pollard, Highland Park, 45-11.

Pole vault: 1, Schuette, St. Francis, 15-0.

Class 1A

Team scores: Blake 22, Concordia-Roseville 20, Mahnomen-Waubun 12, Cotton-CCO 12, Medford 10, Glencoe-Silver Lake 10, Brooklyn Center 10, LeSueur-Henderson 8, Redwood Valley 8, Nevis 8, Caledonia-Spring Grove 6, St. Croix Lutheran 6, Eveleth-Gilbert 6, Frazee 6, Byron 6, Litchfield 5, Annandale 5, Foley 5, Belle Plaine 5, DeLaSalle 4, Lanesboro-Fillmore Central 4, Pequot Lakes 4, Milaca 4, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 4, Paynesville 3, Schaffer Academy 3, Holy Family 2, Lac qui Parle Valley-DB 2, Luverne 2, West Marshall 1, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 1.

Individual winners and local placers

3,200: 1, Koullick, Blake, 9:38.87.

Pole vault: 1, Berner, Concordia-Roseville, 14-0. 6, Stuhaug, DGF, 13-0.

Triple jump: 1, Schofield, Cotton-CCO, 45-1 ½. 4, Jackson, Frazee, 43-4 ¼.

Shot put: 1, Lavoy, Mahnomen-Waubun, 54-8 ¾.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Kerry Collins at (701) 241-5548.

Collins’ blogs can be found

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