Crowned Champions in Class 3A, 2A Athletics

After his Champlin Park track teammates finished praising his performance and tinkling the three first-place medals around his neck, junior Richlu Tudee pulled out a bag of Cherry Sours and enjoyed his tradition of post-competition.

What happens before meets played a bigger role in Tudee’s rise to the top sprinter in the state. Tudee won the title on Saturday, blazing around the St. Michael-Albertville track to claim the Class 3A titles in the 100 and 200 meters and running the second leg of the victorious 4×100 relay.

“It’s called voodoo magic,” Tudee said. “My trainer makes me do it before every race.”

The official term is Reflexive Performance Reset. Rebels sprints coach Zach Dykes called it “neurological stimulation.” This is to ensure that all the muscles in the body are working properly. It’s different, but it works. »
Fitzgerald sets a record

Roseville senior standout hurdler Ava Fitzgerald first met East Ridge grad Karina Joiner earlier this season, where the two ladies discovered they had something in common.

“She’s like, ‘I wish you would break my record,'” Fitzgerald said. “And I was like, ‘I’d like to break your record.’

Fitzgerald took him down on Saturday. His 13.81 lowered the mark Joiner set in 2016.

Honoring sprinters

Edina senior Maddie Dahlien, who won the long jump on Thursday, was hoping to defend her three sprint titles starting in 2021. Maple Grove junior Jordyn Borsch changed those plans.

Borsch, seeded third in the 100m preliminary, exploded to win the final in 11.78. Losing by just three hundredths of a second hurt Dahlien.

“It was tough,” Dahlien said. “Especially arriving with the best time. It’s the only race where I thought I could breathe a little.

Borsch held the fastest preliminary time in the 400m and won the final in 54.27. “I consider myself a 400m runner, so winning was unreal,” Borsch said.

Dahlien placed second, but turned to greet her coaches and fans because she had a good time.

The pair met once again in the 200m. Dahlien won in 23.80, pushing his right arm in victory after crossing the finish line.

“I loved coming out with a win,” said Dahlien, who will trade track and field for full-time soccer next year in North Carolina.

Both sprinters praised each other’s performances.

“She’s amazing,” Dahlien said.

“It’s a lot easier to run faster when you have someone pushing you, so it was good to run against her,” Borsch said.

Double Nyenati

Andover senior Blake Nyenati won the 3A 110 and 300 hurdles titles, a brilliant finish to a high school career twice interrupted by COVID-19.

Nyenati reached state competition as a rookie but did not qualify for the Final 110. In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic put an end to all spring sports. Last year, lingering concerns over the virus led Nyenati’s parents to keep him away from athletics.

With one chance remaining, Nyenati achieved double greatness.

“That’s where I was aiming, but I wasn’t sure I hadn’t raced in two years,” he said. “I knew I had the potential, I just had to put in the work. And it paid off.”

Nyenati helped the Huskies win the 3A title with 62.2 points, with Rosemount second at 58. The Rosemount girls won the state title with 93 points, followed by Minnetonka with 81.

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