A pair of middle-school sisters from Minneapolis Edison put their impressive speed on display at the University of Minnesota High School Indoor Track and Field championships Saturday at the U of M Fieldhouse.
Jia Lewis, a seventh-grader, and her sister Jada, an eighth-grader, took first and second in the 60-meter dash. Jia won in a time of 8.00 seconds, just ahead of Jada, who was timed at 8:05.
Blake junior Clare Flanagan, the two-time Class 1A cross-country champion and the defending Class 1A champion in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs, cruised to victory in the 1,600 Saturday with a time of 5:06.39.
After finishing second in the preliminaries in the 60-meter hurdles, Blake’s Carolyn Nye pulled out her best effort in the finals, squeaking by Stillwater’s Brooke Hunter to win the race in a time of 9.57.
Nye also won the pole vault with a vault of 10 feet, 6 inches.
Prior Lake won the meet with 96.5 points. Blake had the best showing for teams from the west metro, taking fourth place with 31 team points. Minneapolis Washburn was fifth with 29 and Edison sixth with 12 points.
In the boys’ meet, Minneapolis Washburn’s Jamison Whiting took first places in the 400-meter dash in 53.14 seconds and in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 11 inches. Whiting, a football player who has signed to play defensive back at Northern Iowa, finished second in the high jump at 6 feet, 2 inches.
Boys from the west metro swept the distance running events. Derek Peterson of Wayzata won the 800 (2:00.94), Matthew Lumbar of Edina won the 1,600 (4:30.18) and Connor Olson of Wayzata won the 3,200 (9:31.08).
Blake’s Grant Krieger dominated the field in the pole vault, clearing 14 feet, 6 inches. His vault was 18 inches higher than runner-up Eddie Hidani of Wayzata, who topped 13 feet.
Wayzata was the highest-finishing west metro boys’ team, taking fourth with 35 points, while Washburn was fifth with 28 points.
Sutton named to Canadian team
Blake’s Lydia Sutton, one of five members of the Minnesota Elite Girls’ Lacrosse Club to recently commit to a Division I college, has been selected to the 2013 Canadian Women’s World Cup Lacrosse team. Sutton, a native of Canada who will play at the University of Southern California, is the youngest player on the roster.
The Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup will be held in Oshawa, Ontario, from July 11 through July 20.
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