Josh Sampson closed his glittering track-and-field career at Mounds View with two gold medals in hurdles and a silver in a relay on Saturday.
Also finishing strong was Austin Streit with silvers in the 1600 and the same 4x400 relay.
They led the Mustangs to sixth place in the Class AA team standings at Hamline University in the two day meet.
Meanwhile, Julia Fixsen, the school’s most-accomplished prep trackster ever on a state and national level, closed her prep career in relatively modest fashion with one bronze medal in three events.
Sampson won the 110 high hurdles in 14.23 and the 300 intermediates in 38.11. He repeated as 110 champion and moved up from third place last year in the 300 when his times of 14.60 and 39.28.
Streit battled Eli Hoeft of Hopkins in the 1600, with Hoeft slipping past him in the last 100 yards to finish in 4:12.67. Streit was right behind at 4:12.25.
The 4x400 team of Joshua Thomsen, Lukas Hessini, Streit and Thomsen in 3:20.92, behind Hopkins (3:19.37).
Thomsen, a sophomore, also medaled in both hurdle races with fourth place in the 300 with 38.57 and seventh in the 110 with 14.91.
Also taking their places on the podium were Hessini, a senior, with sixth place in the 800 run with 1:57.55 and junior Jack Roeber in the triple jump with 44-10 1/2.
The Mustangs had two state qualifiers in the 3200 but didn’t medal as Finn Sokolowski took 10th (9:34.29) and Will Sacay 14th (9:55.30). Eighth-grader Elliott McArthur was 14th in the 1600 (4:28.10).
Fixsen’s previous prep ledger includes two state golds and a silver in pole vault, along with the state record of 13-9 1/4, plus a silver and bronze in high jump, and competing for Team USA in last summer’s U19 world meet. This year she competed this year in high jump, 100 hurdles and long jump, after shockingly not qualifying in pole vault; she started at 12-7 in section (routine for her) but missed all three attempts.
Fixsen placed third with a 5-4 high jump (she had 5-5 at sectionals), scratched on all three long jumps, and didn’t make finals in the hurdles with a 15.94 prelim, after 15.30 in the section. But Fixsen has another national meet coming up and will resume her career at University of Georgia.
Also medaling at state was Aleah Keske with a personal best 41-2 3/4 shot put for sixth place. It was Keske’s third state trip and her first time on the podium. She threw 39-8 at section and her previous best was 41-1. In previous state meets, she threw 37-9 and 36-3 3/4 at previous state meets. Keske also qualified in discus, placing 13th with 110-4.
Eighth-grader Taylor Isabel placed 13h in the 3200 with 11:32.