With strong performances in the final three events of the evening, the Wayzata boys' track and field team captured the coveted first place trophy at the state True Team meet on Friday, May 17 at Stillwater High School.
It's the first ever state True Team title for the Trojans, who finished in second place last year behind the Minnetonka Skippers.
The Trojans found themselves in a tight battle with the hosts from Stillwater, as the Ponies held a 13-point lead (677-664) with just the 200-meter dash, the 3,200- meter run and the 4x400- meter relay events remaining.
The Trojans made up the difference and then some in the 200-meter dash as they outscored the Ponies 65-25 in the race.
Junior Michael Smith won the race with a time of 22.22 seconds, while senior Jeff Borchardt took fourth place with a time of 22.44 seconds.
Wayzata's third entrant in the race, junior Steele Berg, finished 14th with a time of 23.13 seconds.
Stillwater's three runners in the 200 meters finished 16th, 18th and 25th.
The Trojans also had a strong showing in the 3,200-meter run event as all three of their entrants placed within the top 10.
Sophomore Connor Olson placed second in the event with a time of 9 minutes and 14.38 seconds.
Freshman Jaret Carpenter and sophomore Andrew Quirk finished in eighth and ninth places respectively.
The Trojans entered the final event with a 19-point advantage and were able to clinch the championship by winning the 4x400-meter relay by nearly three seconds.
Wayzata finished with 830 points, while Stillwater finished with 807. Hopkins placed third, with Mounds View and Blaine rounding out the top five.
The win in the 4x400-meter relay not only gave the Trojans the state title, but it also gave them a sweep of the four relay events.
They won the 4x800-meter relay event with by a margin of nearly five seconds.
The finish in the 4x200-meter relay was much closer, but the Trojans were able to clip the team from Rosemount by less than a second.
It was a similar story in the 4x100-meter relay event as the Trojans clocked a winning time of 42.82 seconds to edge Rosemount by .94 of a second.
The Trojans received several other outstanding individual performances at the meet.
Michael Smith won the 400-meter race with a time of 48.43, just edging Champlin Park's Emmanuel Egbujor by .08 of a second.
Smith also took fourth place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.25 seconds, while Borchardt finished right behind him in fifth place with a time of 11.33 seconds.
Junior James Smith took fourth place in the 400 meters with a time of 49.60 seconds, while senior Chris Pierson took seventh in the race with a time of 50.84 seconds.
Junior Obinnaya Wamuo finished third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 40.66 seconds, while sophomore Josh Gillespie and junior Chris Spencer placed seventh and eighth respectively in the event.
Senior Derek Peterson placed fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of one minute and 59.97 seconds, while Olson added a third- place showing in the 1,600 meters with a time of four minutes and 18.70 seconds.
The Trojans didn't fare quite as well in the field events, but still recorded several top-10 finishes.
Senior Eddie Hidani placed fourth in the pole vault by clearing 13 feet and six inches.
Junior Ben Yost placed seventh in the pole vault by clearing 12 feet and six inches and 10th in the high jump by clearing five feet and eight inches.
Freshman Julien Jean-Pierre added an eighth-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 40 feet and four inches.
It was a big week for the Trojans as they also won the Lake Conference Championships on May 14 by edging Eden Prairie 111-106. Minnetonka placed third, followed by Hopkins in fourth and Edina in fifth.
The team will now look ahead to the Section 6-2A meet, which will take place at Robbinsdale Cooper High School. Preliminaries are scheduled for Tuesday, May 28 with finals slated for Thursday, May 30.
Tonka girls fifth at True Team
Just like the Wayzata boys' team, the Minnetonka girls' track and field team had a busy week as they won the Lake Conference Championships on May 14 and then placed fifth at the state True Team meet.
Junior Elizabeth Endy won two events at the state True Team meet including the 400 and 800 meters.
The 400-meter run was the Skippers' best event as they placed all three of their runners in the top six.
Endy won the event by more than two seconds as she clocked a winning time of 57.28 seconds.
Freshman Lucy Hoelscher took third place in the race with a time of 59.54 seconds, while sophomore Meghan Janssen placed sixth with a time of one minute and .92 seconds.
Later in the evening, Endy and Hoelscher claimed the top two spots in the 800-meter run.
Endy crossed the finish line first with a time of 2 minutes and 17.64 seconds, while Hoelscher was right behind her with a time of 2 minutes and 18.61 seconds.
The Skippers also won the 4x400-meter relay in dominating fashion with a time of 3 minutes and 58.76 seconds.
Junior sprinter Carolina Bowe placed second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.81 seconds and added a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.67 seconds.
Junior Piper Jensen took first place in the triple jump with a mark of 37 feet and 2.25 inches.
Jensen also placed fifth in the long jump with a mark of 16 feet and 10 inches.
Junior Mia Barron took second place in the triple jump and fourth place in the long jump.
Junior Macy Narr placed third in the pole vault, sophomore Krista Kuglin took seventh in the high jump and sophomore Celeste Snyder finished eighth in the discus throw.