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Ruby Stauber (Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune)

A little vacation and a lot of successful sports ventures highlighted summer break for three top metro-area athletes.

Defending her Class 2A 800-meter state title marked the beginning of Ruby Stauber’s big summer on the track. The recent Wayzata graduate hoped to peak during national summer events and ran her plan to perfection.

Stauber, committed to Louisiana State, posted a personal-best 800 time of 2 minutes, 3.43 seconds at the USATF Junior National Outdoor Championships in June to finish third and break her own state record.

The Minnesota State High School League lists “all time” bests on its website. But those marks must be set during the season. Stauber’s mark is recognized in a widely respected list kept by two local coaches that includes records set at competitions outside Minnesota or during the summer months beyond an athlete’s graduation.

The seeds of Stauber’s fast finish were planted about a week earlier at the Brooks PR Invitational in Washington. Her hopes for a fast field didn’t materialize.

“Talking to the girls after the race, everyone was kind of disappointed because we were all expecting someone to take it out and lead and nobody really did that,” Stauber said.

The vibe changed at nationals, where the 800 competitors from Washington were on a mission.

“Everyone was itching to get a PR, and they weren’t messing around,” Stauber said. “There were some college runners in it, too, and they took it out pretty hard. It was really fun to be around really competitive people.”

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