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State Track: No hurdle too tall for Silver Bay's DeQuevedo

Silver Bay’s Alexxa DeQuevedo runs to a first-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles in the Section 7A track meet May 31. Her time was 16.03. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com

Alexxa DeQuevedo of Silver Bay first started realizing something was wrong toward the end of her sophomore volleyball season in 2016.

The issue came up again during basketball, to the point where DeQuevedo collapsed in her first game. She still managed to play two more games after that.

"Yeah," she says now, "that probably wasn't too smart."

One day DeQuevedo was with her family and it happened again, this time to the point where they called an ambulance, but it couldn't come because of a snowstorm.

"I couldn't walk. I couldn't even crawl," DeQuevedo said. "I couldn't put any pressure on my feet."

DeQuevedo eventually got to the hospital, where magnetic resonance imaging revealed she had fractured two vertebrae in her lower back.

"I was fortunate enough to not have surgery, so bless the good Lord for that," DeQuevedo said.

DeQuevedo had to wear a back brace for six weeks. She missed the basketball season and returned halfway through the track season last spring. Despite missing all that training, she still managed to qualify for the state meet in the 100-meter hurdles and as part of the Mariners' 800 relay.

Now a junior, DeQuevedo has been dominant this spring. She qualified for her fourth straight state meet by winning the 100 hurdles and finishing second to Eveleth-Gilbert sophomore Natalie Fultz in the 300 hurdles at last week's Section 7A meet at Malosky Stadium. It was the first time DeQuevedo lost a hurdles race this year.

DeQuevedo has top times of 16.24 in the 100 hurdles and 46.79 in the 300s this year. She is hoping to make it to the finals in both events this weekend at Hamline University in St. Paul.

"It was hard for me to detect what happened," DeQuevedo said of her injury, joking that she is pretty clumsy. "The doctor said it would have been from anything, falling down the stairs at home or landing hard playing volleyball. Everything feels 100 percent now."

Agate siblings statebound

Two Harbors will be sending not one, not two, but three sets of siblings to the Class A state meet: sophomore Noah and eighth-grader Autumn Smith, freshman Isaac and seventh-grader Grace Swanson, and junior Wyatt and sophomore Sydney Haugan.

They all run on the Agates' state-qualifying boys and girls 3,200 relays.

Minnesota State Track and Field Meet

When: Friday and Saturday

Where: Hamline University, St. Paul

Schedule: Class AA begins 9 a.m. each day, with Class A at 3:30 p.m.; today is predominantly prelims Forecast for St. Paul: Highs should be between 75 to 80 with a 12 mph wind each day, with showers this morning

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