Thies finishes 9th in State meet’s 800 meters


Sibley East standout distance runner Andrew Thies finished 9th in the 800 meter run at the Class A State Track and Field Championships held Friday and Saturday at Hamline University.

Thies reached the finals of 800 meters with a clocking of 2:02 in the Friday’s preliminaries. In the finals, the Sibley East junior clocked a time of 2:05.

Dassel-Cokato senior Brian Saksa was the State’s 800 meter champion in a time of 1:58.11. He edged Ryan Swenson of Lac Qui Parle Valley who was second at 1:58.29. Holy Family Catholic’s Weston Holasek finished eighth in the highly contested race with a time of 2:01.

In the 1600 meters, Thies finished in 13th place. He posted a time of 4:30 in the mile which was three seconds better than his seeding time.

Winning the 1600 meters was Worthington sophomore Musa Mubarik. He was clocked at 4:21.63 while Mason Ferlic, a junior from Mounds Park Academy, was runnerup in a time of 4:21.86.

This marked the third time Thies has competed in the State Track and Field championships. He qualified for State in the 3200 and 1600 meters in 2009. That season, Thies placed 13th in the 3200 meter race. He did not compete in the 1600 meter run due to a leg injury.

It was another standout performance for Glencoe-Silver Lake athletes. The Panthers posted the fifth most team points at State with a score of 30.

GSL was State runnerup in the 4×200 meter relay. Clocking a time of 1:30.65 were Panthers Ryan Kuester, Aaron Lueders, Luke Alsleben and Trevor Kuester. The winning time in the race was 1.30.49.

Ryan Kuester also placed in the 100 meter dash while Trevor Kuester placed in the 110 meter hurdles.

A Belle Plaine relay team finished second in the 4×400. Members of that squad included Travis Latzke, Wiliam Lajeunesse, Marty Walsh and Nate Schrot.

Le Sueur-Henderson’s Ryan Obele finished runnerup in the shot put and discus. Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop’s Jay Rogotzke finished sixth in the 200 meter dash.

Katie and Michael Kemmerer, the grandchildren of Raphael and Mary Miller of Gaylord, also competed in the state track and field championships. Katie Kemmerer and her 4×100 meter relay teammates won a state title for the second straight season. They clocked a time of 49.01.