Track rookie Capek earns state trip
By Paul Christian
Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN
LAKEVILLE — Earlier this year, Jacob Capek was talked into going out for track for the first time. He's a senior at Rochester John Marshall and now he's heading to this week's Class AA state meet at Hamline University in St. Paul.
Last year at this time, he had no clue about competing at state.
"This has come as a surprise, a pleasant surprise," he said Saturday at the Section One, Class AA meet at Lakeville South High School where he finished second (22.62 seconds) in the 200. Josh Jackson of Farmington won in 22.60. The top two individuals, plus those meeting state standards, qualify for the meet along with the winning relay team.
"It took me awhile to get used to (track)," he said, "and I tried a few different events like the 400, but I guess I finally found the right one."
He said it was only the fourth time he has run the 200, but in this case, better late than never.
- On Thursday, Mayo senior Mike Edens advanced to state in the pole vault with a second-place jump of 13-feet, 2-inches. He tied with teammate Chris White but won on a tiebreaker. Andrew Meyer of JM and Mayo's Thomas Foote tied for seventh at 12-0.
- Mayo junior Keaton Wendroth finished eighth in the 800 (2:03.34) and seventh in the 1600 (4:31.56).
- JM senior Bryce Loken placed third in the 110 hurdles (15.88) with Century sophomore Dominique Layfield fourth (16.19) and Mayo senior Mike Edens sixth (16.97).
- The JM 800 relay was third in 1:33.96 while Mayo junior Bryce Johnson was eighth in the long jump (19-9 1/2).
- Austin boys coach Tony Einertson was named Section One, Class AA Coach of the Year. The Packers finished fourth with 94 1/2 points.
Farmington won with 136 followed by Owatonna (111 1/2) and Lakeville North (101). Mayo finished seventh (52 1/2), JM 12th (32 1/2) and Century and Dover-Eyota/St. Charles tied for 14th (19).