White Bear Lake track star Conor McManamon closed his prep career with fourth- and fifth-places finishes in hurdles at the state meet Saturday.
The Bears also had podium finishes in two relays — seventh in the 4x800 and eighth in the 4x400 — along with Andrew Kohnen with ninth place in shot put.
McManamon churned to fourth place in the 110 highs with 14.56 and fifth in the 300 with 38.85. His 300 time was a personal best, while his 14.50 in the section remains his 110 best.
“I’m very happy with that,” said McManamon. “The 110 was very tight and only about .04 separate fourth from second, and I got a PR in 300. The prelims Friday (when it was very hot) took a lot out of me.”
That gave McManamon four state medals; he took fifth in the 110 and ninth in the 300 last year.
“Conor had an outstanding career. He finishes as our No. 3 all-time in both the 110 and 300 and we’ve had some extremely good hurdlers,” longtime coach Tom Paulson said. “His flexibility is a huge factor. We spent a lot of time working on that. He’s very hard-working and a student of the event. He’s a tough kid, too, and you have to be. You get banged up a lot, especially knees, in hurdles.”
The Bears’ 4x800 team of Sam Verkerke, Isaac Maruyama, Max Nelson, and Logan Tanttu posted a 7:57.67 for seventh place, 11 seconds better than their sectional time, and missing the school record by just two seconds.
“The best thing is, they are all juniors,” Paulson said. “They will be our nucleus next year. They get along real well and they are together in cross country, too.”
The 4x400 quartet of Aaron Wahl, Nelson, Carter Ehlers, and Adam Bear finished in 3:27.23 for eighth place after a 3:25.11 prelim.
Kohnen placed ninth with a 50-11 shot put, just under his section throw off 51-4.
Sean Ruohomaki did not reach finals in discus with 126-4, well off his 147-10 at section. Also not reaching finals were Kevin Boeing with a 38-5 triple jump (after 43-5 at section) and Tanttu in the 800 with 1:59.91.
The Bears placed 15th in team points with 18. Hopkins won with 78.