T’Nia Riley once chased sprinting star twins Jada and Jia Lewis during their Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board track days.
“They always used to beat me, and then I got faster,” Riley said.
Riley showed her improved speed with a sweep of the 100- and 200-meter dashes for Minneapolis North on Saturday at the Class 1A state track meet. She swept both Lewis sisters from Minneapolis Edison in the process. The Edison stars made their mark on the 1A scene during the past two seasons.
Riley took the throne for the 100 in 12.18 seconds after a 1A record of 11.95 in the prelims on Friday. The Polars sophomore then won the 200 in 25.06.
“I knew they were going to come after me, so I had to do what I had to do to win,” Riley said. “I just went out there and tried my hardest.”
Titles for the Lewises
Riley didn’t overshadow the Lewis twins all day.
Jia Lewis and Jada Lewis propelled Edison to victory in the 4 x 100 relay at 48.85. Chauntel Fleming and Linda Senaphanh also chipped in solid splits.
Ethan Dahlen, a junior at the International School of Minnesota based in Eden Prairie, came out of the shadow of Jon Tollefson on Saturday.
Dahlen won the 110 hurdles at 14.97. He edged Norman County junior Luke Heitman’s 14.98 to do so.
“I was going through my mind back and forth if I got second or first, but I kept thinking it was first,” Dahlen said.
Tollefson, who graduated in 2015 from St. Croix Lutheran, owned the previous three titles in both events. Dahlen finished third last year, and he awaited his opportunity for the past 12 months.
“Pretty badly because two people ahead of me were seniors, and I thought it’s mine,” Dahlen said.
Carlson takes two
Get to know the name Noah Carlson.
The three-sport star and Division I prospect from Rushford-Peterson/Houston won another two state titles. Carlson first repeated as triple jump champion at 48 feet, 2 inches to follow up Friday’s long jump title.
“Coming in, I just wanted to focus on really driving me knee,” Carlson said. “I really emphasized that [and] I got it done today.”
Carlson then won the 200 in 22.38. Also a star basketball and football player, he focused on improved speed after two jumping titles in 2015.
“I’ve been getting in the weight room a little bit more this past year,” Carlson said. “That’s really helped me on my speed.”
Carlson already has a long list of suitors for track and football: Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, Stanford North Carolina and Iowa to name a few.
Also of note
Winona Cotter’s Grace Ping won the girls 1,600 at 5:02.84 after a 3,200 title the day before and a 1A cross-country title from the fall. Millie Klefsaas of Staples Motley set a 1A girls’ record in the pole vault at 12-0.