MN State Track: Blacklock in good company

By RICK SOLEM
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ST. PAUL - Ellen Blacklock unleashed the best throw of her career in earning a trip to the MSHSL Class AA Track and Field Championships last Friday.

The Winona High senior has now put herself among the best in the state. Her 135-foot, 10-inch mark – three feet further than her previous best - is the fourth best throw in the state.

Odds are, however, she won’t be winning state, which begins at 9 a.m. Friday at Hamline University. The favorite there is St. Francis senior Maggie Ewen.

Ewen, who is going to Arizona State and is the three-time defending champ, has already broken her own Minnesota record this year and, actually, has the best throw in the state – boy or girl.

Ewen’s 175-9 on May 7 is a few feet better than the state’s second best throw by Lakeville North senior Ben Krynski (171-11).

The girls national record in the discus is 188-4 by Suzy Powell of Modesto, Calif., in 1994. And, just for curiosity’s sake, the boys national record is 234-3.

MEET SCHEDULE

MSHSL CLASS AA TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

At HAMLINE UNIVERSITY, ST. PAUL

FRIDAY, 9 a.m.

GIRLS

(local qualifying seeds)

400: 8. Carly Moran (Winona, jr.) 58.04.

SHOT PUT: 8. Audrey Scharmer (Win., jr.) 39-11½.

FOUR IN STATE DISCUS: 4. Ellen Blacklock (Win., sr.) 135-10.

BOYS

800 RELAY: 11. Winona (Birth, Albrecht, Thomas, Clark) 1:30.68.

200:11. Travion Clark (Win., sr.) 22.37.

3,200: 18. Hunter Bailey (Win., soph.) 9:53.72.

LONG JUMP: 16. Eric Birth (Win., sr.) 21-6.

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