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Kyle Blood places third at state meet; TH girls break personal records

Head Coach Tony Altiere, Leann Fynboh, Madisen Stroozas and Assitant Coach Matt Peterson after the state track meet last weekend. (Submitted)1 / 2
Mariner Kyle Blood (second from left) on the podium after receiving his medal for a third-place finish at the state track and field meet in the 800-meter race. (Submitted)2 / 2

This year was Silver Bay senior Kyle Blood's third trip to the Minnesota State Class A Track and Field Meet. The meet was held at Hamline University in St. Paul last weekend.

Blood's coach Rick Frericks said they set a very specific goal at the beginning of the year--beating the 1 minute 56.9 second mark in Blood's 800-meter run. They wrote it on a piece of paper and taped it in the back of Blood's locker: 1:56.9.

In his first heat at the state meet last weekend, Blood shattered that goal by running his race in 1:56.73. He broke his personal record, the Silver Bay record set in 1969 and possibly the Section 7A record. He couldn't muster that same pace in the finals, but still ran a 1:57.63, finishing third.

"I was even surprised by how fast he ran," Frericks said.

Two Harbors senior Madisen Stroozas made the trip to state to compete in discus. She placed second at the Section 7A meet and proved herself a tough competitor at the state level as well. She threw a career best; landing the disc at the 110 foot, 9 inch mark. It is the fifth best throw in Two Harbors history and was good for an eighth place finish at state, earning her all-state honors.

Leann Fynboh, Two Harbors sophomore, made it to state in two events: the 100-meter and 400-meter dashes. She had a bad start in the 100-meter dash at the state meet and ran her race in 13.21--almost three-tenths of a second slower than her career best of 12.95. Her personal record is the fifth-best time in Two Harbors history.

Her 400-meter race went considerably better. She set a career best with a time of 1:01.15, just one place away from making it to the finals. Her time is the fourth best time in Two Harbors history.

LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native who began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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