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Published May 31 2012

Double duty: Breckenridge-C-T’s Whitney qualifies for state in two events

MOORHEAD – Qualifying for the Minnesota state track meet in two events is something Michael Whitney cannot complain about.

How he got there, however, is something he can critique.

The Breckenridge-Campbell-Tintah junior speedster won the 100 meters and finished second by one-hundredth of a second in the 200 on Thursday at the Class 1A, Section 6 track meet at Minnesota State Moorhead.

“He beat me by 0.01,” he said about his second-place finish to Pillager’s Wesley DeLong. “I feel that he ran a really good race today and I tried my hardest too. It is in the books, so there is nothing I can do about it now other than hope to improve.”

Whitney returns to the state meet for a second consecutive season in both events, where he finished sixth in each last year.

He opened the 200 in the fourth lane, and by the time he reached the bend, he rifled past four runners for first.

Whitney came down the stretch, where he started to slow down and DeLong caught up.

Whitney’s 100 performance, toward the end, nearly mirrored what he did in the 200.

He got out to a strong start and was nearly nipped by Staples-Motley’s Brian Huber.

Whitney was quick to admit there are a few things he wants to work on heading into next week’s state meet.

He outlined conditioning, staying away from weights before a meet and refining his form.

Whitney’s hope is he can make those adjustments and take first place.

It is possible given Whitney held Class 1A’s fastest times throughout the state in both the 100 and 200 coming into the section meet.

“I don’t know, I guess it’s my go-getter personality,” Whitney said when asked about making improvements. “I just want to get better. That’s really what it is all about.”

Haugrud qualifies

in three events

Pelican Rapids junior sprinter Sommer Haugrud said she was happy to qualify for the state meet in the 100, 200 and 400. Haugrud won the 100, finished second in the 200 meters by two-hundreths of a second and third in the 400.

She held the lead in the last 10 meters of the 200 before being edged for the win.

Reaching state in three events, she said, is just a continuation of a strong season.

“I think I am so blessed with how things have gone this year,” she said. “I broke the school record in the 400 and the 100, and that was a major accomplishment. It was a goal I have always wanted. But state is something that I definitely expected too.”

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