ST. MICHAEL — Rochester Century should keep running this 4x100 relay all summer, just to see what it might come up with.
That girls relay team has made massive strides in just the last two weeks.
What it came up with Saturday was an inspired second-place finish in the event at the Class AA state track and field meet at St. Michael-Albertville.
It marked the first time in Century history it had even sent a girls 4x100 relay team to state, much less finished second in it.
But the combination of sophomore Favor Omoijuanfo, junior Addison Clarey, junior Sarrah Lindner and sophomore Maddy Habberstad was up to the task. They were timed in a school-record 48.65. First place went to St. Michael-Albertville, in 48.28.
Just a week ago, that same foursome finished in 49.40 at their section meet, also a school record at the time.
But they took it to an entirely different level on Saturday.
“It is still setting in what we did,” Habberstad said. "We just all came together at the end and got dramatically better. Having all the competition we did at state helped.”
Century coach Kris Allen could hardly wrap her head around their progress.
“To go from (never having had a 4x100 team at state), to a 48.65, that was so far beyond anything I was hoping for,” Allen said. “I watched it and just cried (from happiness) as they finished.”
Mayo’s Hanson lands third
Hannah Hanson has been working all season on one thing when it comes to the hurdles. It’s to quickly get her trail leg up and over the hurdle.
Saturday, the Mayo sophomore competed for the first time in the state meet. She wasn’t flawless, that trail leg hitting the very first hurdle she went over as she competed in the 100 hurdles. After that, it was smooth sailing and seamless enough for Hanson to land third overall.
She did it in 14.72. That was shy of her Section 1AA meet time of 14.56, but the all-around athlete (volleyball, basketball, track and field) was able to live with that. At least for the most part.
“I always think I can do better,” Hanson said. “But the experience here was super cool, seeing so many schools and athletes that I’ve also seen in other sports.”
Mayo coach Jered Smiley was thrilled with Hanson’s showing. He also knows how unique she is.
“Hannah does so many special things in so many sports,” Smiley said. “She is just one of those great multi-sport athletes.”
Lambrecht excels in the 400
It was a busy meet for Byron’s Katie Lambrecht, the senior having qualfied for state in the 100, 200 and 400.
Lambrecht made the most of it, including twice earning medals. She was fifth in the 400 and ninth in the 200. She was also 13th in the 100.
Lambrecht sizzled in the 400, achieving her pre-season wish of cracking 57 seconds. She did that with a 57.62 time, breaking the Byron school record. The winner there was Edina superstar Maddie Dahlien (55.48), who won all three sprints.
Habberstad, Gordon honored twice
Century’s Habberstad and Penelopea Gordon both went home with a pair of medals.
Besides being a part of that second-place 4x100 team, Habberstad was also seventh in the long jump (17 feet, 2 3/4 inches).
Gordon got her medals in the 4x800 (Gracie Shannon, Sophia Trabuco, Kennedy Speer, Gordon) and the 800. The relay team was seventh, with Gordon running a spectacular final leg and her team finishing in 9:32.17.
Gordon had to make up a massive amount of ground to catch the girl in front of her. But stride by stride, she did it.
“When I heard someone say ‘you can pass her!’ I put the wheels down and had to go,” said Gordon, who ran a swift 2:16 split. “When I see someone in front of me, I do my best to run them down.”
Gordon ran a 2:17.60 in the open 800.
Another strong finish
While Century was first in the 4x100 relay, Winona wasn’t far away, landing fourth. The team of Anissa Lee, Chloe Hughes, Nevaeh Mitchell and Marquette Berlin-Burns was timed in 49.03. Hughes, who has been dealing with an injured hip. also managed a 10th-place finish in the 300 hurdles (45.66).
CLASS AA STATE MEET
(Winner; Section 1AA teams)
1. Rosemount 86, 11. Century 17, 15. Farmington 15, 32. (tie) Northfield 8, Mayo 8, 41. (tie) Byron 6, Winona 6, 56. Lakeville North 3.
(Winner; Section 1AA finishers)
100 — 1. Maddie Dahlien (Edina) 11.99; 4. Mackenzie Jacobson (Rosemount) 12.08; 11. Marquette Berlin-Burns (Winona) 12.40; 13. Katie Lambrecht (Byron) 12.43. 200 — 1. Maddie Dahlien (Edina) 24.45; 4. Mackenzie Jacobson (Rosemount) 25.11; 9. Katie Lambrecht (Byron) 25.77. 200 wheelchair — 1. Emily Sullivan (LeSueur-Henderson) 1:15.89. 400 — 1. Maddie Dahlien (Edina) 55.48; 5. Katie Lambrecht (Byron) 57.62; 6. Jenna Johnson (Rosemount) 57.69. 800 — 1. Zoie Dundon (Burnsville) 2:10.54; 5. Taylor Heimerl (Rosemount) 2:15.40; 9. Penelopea Gordon (Century) 2:17.60. 1,600 — 1. Alexandra Weimer (St. Michael-Albertville) 4:49.93; 4. Anna Fenske (Farmington) 4:53.94; 14. Ruby Gernandt (Faribault) 5:15.35. 100 hurdles — 1. Ava Cinnamon (Rosemount) 14.49; 3. Hannah Hanson (Mayo) 14.72. 300 hurdles — 1. Ava Cinnamon (Rosemount) 44.01; 10. Chloe Hughes (Winona) 45.66.
4x100 — 1. St. Michael-Albertville 48.28; 2. Century (Favor Omoijuanfo, Addison Clarey, Sarrah Lindner, Maddy Habberstad) 48.65; 4. Winona (Anissa Lee, Chloe Hughes, Nevaeh Mitchell, Marquette Berlin-Burns)49.03. 4x200 — 1. Park Center 1:42.39; 10. Rosemount 1:45.34; 11. Lakeville South 1:45.62. 4x400 — 1. Edina 3:54.75; 3. Rosemount 3:59.41; 11. Farmington 4:04.88. 4x800 — 1. Wayzata 9:08.02; 7. Century (Gracie Shannon, Sophia Trabuco, Kennedy Speer, Penelopea Gordon) 9:32.17; 14. Northfield 10:02.48.
Long jump — 1. Olivia Peal (St. Michael-Albertville) 18-1 3/4; 7. Maddy Habberstad (Century) 17-2 3/4; 8. Mikelle Naatjes (Lakeville North) 17-1 3/4. Triple jump — 1. Samantha Barrett (Prior Lake) 39-6 1/4; 7. Ava Cinnamo (Rosemount) 36-8; 14. Catelyn Ketterling (Rosemount) 33-10 1/2. High jump — 1. Niamya Holloway (Eden Prairie) 5-8; 5. Sophie Hart (Farmington) 5-4; 12. Sylvia Stephenson (Lakeville South) 5-0. Shot put — 1. Hadley Streit (Mounds View) 41-4 1/4; 2. Jordan Hecht (Rosemount) 4011; 3. Ava Webster (Rosemount) 38-6 3/4. Discus — 1. Jordan Hecht (Rosemount) 134-11; 2. 3. Shelby Svien (Northfield) 126-11. Pole vault — 1. Julia Gherardi (Hibbing) 12-6; 8. Mikelle Naatjes (Lakeville North) 10-6; 14. Molly Vaughan (Hastings) 9-6.