Breaking a school relay record that’s stood for 43 years was the highlight for the White Bear Lake boys track team at the state meet.
In the 4x800 relay that opened the action Saturday morning at Hamline, sophomores Max Nelson and Logan Tanttu, and seniors Jace Bartz and Michael Rohlinger, churned to fourth place in 7:55.39, shaving almost 13 seconds off their sectional time of 8:08.44.
“They broke a school record that’ was set in 1975 — one of the oldest records we had,” coach Thomas Paulson said. “The oldest is discus, which was 1965. They all ran really well and broke the record by three seconds.”
The quartet was running in the slower heat, against conference and section rival Stillwater, and familiar rivals pushed each other to third- and fourth-place finishes.
Meanwhile, junior hurdler Conor McManamon reached finals in both hurdle races, and senior Ben Vanderbosch got on the podium in the 1600 run.
McManamon placed fifth in the 110 highs with 15.11, after qualifying with a 14.94 in the section. He was eighth in the 300 intermediate with 40.06 after a 39.90 sectional. Both those races were won by conference rivals from Mounds View.
Vanderbosh, in the last of multiple state meets in cross country and track, ran a personal-best 4:16 for eighth place, beating previous PB of 4:21.57 in the sectional.
White Bear Lake was conference and section champion this year, also qualifying for state true-team as a wild card after placing second in the section. They qualified for state in 12 events although most of them didn’t place. The team placed 20th with 15 points.
“It was a great season, despite all the weather issues, ranging from snow to blistering heat go lightning and everything else. They really kept up their focus.”
The 4x100, 4x200 and 4,400 teams did not advance to finals. Andrew Kohnen and Sean Ruohamaki, who placed 1-2 in shot put at the section, and Connor Thieseld, section discus champion, did not throw as far at state and didn’t reach finals.