Saturday’s Section 2A Track and Field Meet in Mankato saw a pair of thrilling finishes lead to state meet berths for the Mt. Lake Area-Comfrey track and field team.
The Wolverine boys 4×800 relay team took command of a state-qualifying spot early in its race and never looked back, finishing as the section runner-up with a time of 8:36.78. Runners on the team are Zach Klassen, Ethan Schroeder, Caden Swoboda and Kody Wassman.
Three of the four on the relay then ran in the open 800-meter run, with Wassman finishing in a photo finish with Ryan Koberoski of Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain for the runner-up spot.
A review of the finish line video showed Wassman edging Koberoski by .002 seconds to advance to state as the section runner-up with a time of 2:03.261.
MLAC’s boys finished 12th in the team standings with 26 points. Jackson County Central and Sibley East tied for the team title with 73 points each.
MLAC’s girls placed 17th in the team standings with 12 points. JCC won the team title with 108½ points.
Other placewinners for the Wolverine boys included Klassen, who placed fourth in the 800 (2:05.22). Tido Xayachak placed sixth in the pole vault (11-3). Cayden LaPointe finished eighth in both the 110 hurdles (16.78) and 300 hurdles (45.21).
For the girls, Lana Kestner finished fourth in the 400 (1:03.32). Haily Green placed fifth in the 300 hurdles (50.93). Riley Schroeder finished sixth in the pole vault (8-4).