Boys Track Captures Fifth State Title


Wayzata track team celebrating their fifth consecutive victory at state. Photo by Kraig Lungstrom

Sam Lavely, Staff Writer

 The Boys Track Team was awarded their fifth consecutive True Team State Title on May 19. They defeated Mounds View and Lakeville South, while making the school proud by keeping Edina in second place. The Trojans were anchored
at True Team by outscoring Edina by more than 20 points in the 800, high jump, long jump and discus. In the final
results, Wayzata won with 863.5 points, well ahead of Edina’s 794.5.
  Lewis Gibson ran out of his lane in the 4×200 and disqualified the relay which was a big killer. He came back later and won the 400, which was very helpful in boosting the team to victory despite starting off in around fourth place.
  Discus also provided the Trojans with a generous amount of points. Senior Mitchell Faust placed sixth, with Junior Charlton Johnston in the middle of the pack at tenth place. The throwers had been providing the team with consistently high placings throughout all of their regular meets during the year, and luckily they carried it over to True Team.
  Mitchell Faust also placed fourth in the high jump, jumping at six feet. However, the real star of the high jump was senior Ben Grosse who jumped six feet, four inches, gaining first place in the meet. Grosse was the highest scoring athlete on the team, placing ninth in the 300m hurdles, first in the high jump, third in the long jump, and ended with eighth place in the triple jump. Grosse will be continuing with Track and Field at the University of Connecticut next year. The boys 1600m and 3200m run majorly impacted Wayzata’s successes, considering the team had three boys place in the top five of the 3200m, as well as three boys placing in the top ten of the 1600m race. Edina’s strongest events are the long distance runs, and Wayzata’s high rankings helped to limit the point boost that Edina would have had from those events.
  The team will be losing many seniors during the summer, but hopefully the Trojans can continue their dominance from the past five seasons.