White Bear Lake girls track has captured its first conference championship since 1999, edging Forest Lake by scoring points in all 18 events.

The Bears tallied 188 points, followed by the Rangers with 181 and Mounds View 166 for the top three among nine teams at East Ridge, May 22 and 24.

Needing to win the final event to overtake Forest Lake, the Bears 4x400 team of Yajaira Lansiquot, Jordan Gast, Danielle Madden and Erika Townley came through, hitting the tape in 4:03.04.

The team was pleased to present the trophy to longtime coach Richard Samuelson, who has sat out this season due to cancer treatment. It was an emotional moment for “Coach Sam,” the athletes, and the coaches who’ve worked with him for years, including Patty Percival and Tyler McCormick, serving as co-head coaches this year.

Townley won the 100 hurdles (15.39) and 300 hurdles (45.49). Claire Odmark took second in the 400 (59.98), fourth in the 200 and shot put, and anchored a second-place 4x200 team. 

The Bears also won the 4x800 with Olivia Schwintek, Tori Taugner, Emily Brockberg and Madeline Verkerke (10:13).

Also putting the Bears over the top were getting three of the top six in both hurdle races (Lansiquot third and fifth, Sophie Verkerke sixth in each) and the 400 (Jordan Gast third, Brockberg sixth). Alexys Guidry and Opeoluwa Olusi were 3-4 in shot put.

Bears scoring points

100 hurdles — (1) Erika Townley 15.39 (5) Yajaira Lansiquot 17.07 (6) Sophie Verkerke 17.42

300 hurdles — (1) Townley 45.49 (3) Lansiquot 46.84 (6) Verkerke 50.51

100 dash — (8) Madelyn Sanda 13.71

200 dash — (4) Claire Odmark 27.05 (8) Sanda 27.50

400 dash — (2) Odmark 59.98 (3) Jordan Gast 1:00.36 (6) Emily Brockberg 1:02.22

800 run — (5) Olivia Schwintek 2:28.44 (8) Tori Taugner 2:231.38

1600 run — (7) Margaret Blanding 5:37.33

3200 run — (5) Natalie Anders 11:59.60

4x100 relay — (5) Katie Hoover, Caitlyn Wallace, Sanda, Danielle Madden 50.78

4x200 relay — (2) Madden, Madeline Wallace, Victoria Abedisi, Odmark 1:47.14

4x400 — (1) Lansiquot, Gast, Madden, Townley 4:03.04

4x800 — (1) Schwintek, Taugner, Brockberg, Madeline Verkerke 10:13.00

Shot put — (4) Odmark 38-1 (5) Opeoluwa Olusi 36-3 1/2 

Discus — (3) Alexys Guidry 118-2 (4) Olusi 117-3

Long jump — (7) Abedisi 16-6 3/4 (7) Kailee Tran 16-5 1/2

Triple jump — (9) M. Wallace 33-1 1/2

High jump — (6) M.Wallace 4-10

Pole vault — (6) Tran 11-0

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