Day 3 Highlights: 2022 State Track and Field Championships


The 2022 MSHSL State Track and Field Championships returned to St. Michael-Albertville today with the start of this year's state meet. On day 3 we had the Class AA and Class AAA finals for the final day of competition. 

See also: Day 1 Highlights | Day 2 Highlights

Day 2 of the State Track and Field Championships was filled with some all-time great performances, returning state champions, and many memorable moments. Let's look at what day 3 had in store for us. 

So without further ado, here are the top performances from Day 3 of the 2022 MSHSL State Track and Field Championships. 

Final 2022 State Champions Crowned

Class AA:

Girls 4x800m - Alexandria
Boys 4x800m - Jordan
Girls 100m Hurdles - Jillian Hively 
Boys 110m Hurdles - Corbin Herron
Girls 100m - Ashley Fisher
Girls 100m WC - Adaylia Borgmeier
Boys 100m - Max Reis
Boys 10m WC - Nelson Remington
Girls 4x200m - Monticello
Boys 4x200m - Mankato West
Girls 1600m - Aleah Miller
Boys 1600m - Cameron Stocke
Girls 4x100m - Southwest Christian
Boys 4x100m - Hill-Murray
Girls 400m - Ellie Moore
Boys 400m - Gus Langford
Girls 300m Hurdles - Cecelia Woods
Boys 300m Hurdles - Jack Fischer
Girls 800m - Calia Chaney 
Girls 800m WC - Adaylia Borgmeier
Boys 800m - Kaleb Sharp
Boys 800m WC - Blake Eaton
Girls 200m - Brooke Hohenecker
Girls 200m WC - Adaylia Borgmeier
Boys 200m - Max Reis
Boys 200m WC - Blake Eaton
Girls 4x400m - Providence Academy
Boys 4x400m - Jordan
Boys High Jump - Carter Anderson
Girls Pole Vault - Julai Gherardi
Boys Long Jump - Grant Nelson
Girls Triple Jump - Cassia Cady
Boys Discus - Sawyer Tordsen
Girls Shot Put - Mandy Duellman
Girls Shot Put WC - Tayla Gassman

Class AAA:

Girls 4x800m - Eagan
Boys 4x800m - Buffalo
Girls 100m Hurdles - Ava Fitzgerald
Boys 110m Hurdles - Blake Nyenati
Girls 100m - Jordyn Borsch
Boys 100m - Richlu Tudee
Boys 100m WC - Michael Allen
Girls 4x200m - Rosemount
Boys 4x200m - Eden Prairie
Girls 1600m - Isabella Roemer
Boys 1600m - Daniel VanAcker
Boys 1600m WC - Michael Allen
Girls 4x100m - Rochester Century
Boys 4x100m - Champlin Park
Girls 400m - Jordyn Borsch
Boys 400m - Ramy Ayoub
Girls 300m Hurdles - Ava Cinnamo
Boys 300m Hurdles - Blake Nyenati
Girls 800m - Zoie Dundon
Boys 800m - Jared Gregoire
Girls 200m - Maddie Dahlien
Boys 200m - Richlu Tudee
Boys 200m WC - Michael Allen
Girls 4x400m - Eagan
Boys 4x400m - Lakeville North
Boys High Jump - Yaih Marial
Girls Pole Vault - Sofia Condon
Boys Long Jump - Justin Gleason
Girls Triple Jump - Ava Cinnamo
Boys Discus - Hayden Bills
Girls Shot Put - Adison Kaptizke

Ava Fitzgerald Breaks State 100m Hurdles Record

Ava Fitzgerald made state history at the State Meet when she ran a 13.81100m hurdles race to shatter Karina Joiner's state record of 13.94 which was set in 2016. Fitzgerald is now only the 2nd Minnesota girl ever to run below 14 seconds in the 100m hurdles. 

Ava came into the meet with a strong personal best of 14.14 in the event, but no one would've thought she would've PR'd by over .30 seconds to take all the state records in the event (state record, meet record, etc.). She now owns the 17th fastest mark nationally in 2022. 

Ramy Ayoub Runs 2nd Fastest 400m All-Time by a MN Boy

Farmington's Ramy Ayoub put the final exclamation point on his historic track and field career by running a 47.34 400m dash that ranks 2nd all-time by a Minnesota boy. His time puts him only behind Mounds Views Quinn Evans who ran a 47.18 in 2007. Ayoubs time was a 0.21 second personal best. He beat out runner-up Dwyne Smith Jr. by a second.

This was amazingly Ramy's first state title after finishing second in the 400m at last year's state meet. He graduates having run some of the fastest 200m, 400m, and 800m times in Minnesota state history. 

Gherardi Joins Rare Pole Vault Elite 

Julia Gherardi has now won back-to-back pole vault state titles, but more impressive is how she did it this time. Gherardi vaulted 13' 0" for a 5-inch PR and a 9-inch season-best time (in competition). All the more impressive is that she is now just the fifth Minnesota girl all-time to vault 13 feet or higher. That elite company including Gherardi includes Julia Fixsen, Andi Jacobs, Stacie Manuel, and Alicia Rue.

This gives her the best mark in the state this season and the best vault since Julia Fixsens state record in 2018. Her mark of 13 feet ties her for 39th nationally among all girls this season. 

St. Peter Boys and Monticello Girls Win Class AA State Titles

The St. Peter boys came away with the Class AA state title beating out runner-up Spectrum by four points. St. Peters 44 points were scored across 5 different events, mostly by different athletes. Kole Guth and Brogan Hanson were the only St. Peter boys to compete in two events. Guth scored 16 points via the 4x200m and pole vault. Hanson scored 20 points in the 4x200m and 100m dash. 

The Monticello girls brought an impressive amount of athletes to the state meet to compete in 11 events. They came away with 71 points to beat out Providence Academy with 60 points. The top point scorer for Monticello was Thalia Mendoza-Brunotte who competed in the long jump, 200m, 400m, and 4x200m relay, scoring 33 points overall. 

Adaylia Borgmeier Breaks Two State Meet Records

Newcomer to the sport of track and field, Borgmeier has taken the state meet by storm after breaking the Class AA State Meet Records in the 100m and 200m wheelchair events. Borgmeier clocked times of 21.08 in the 100m and 38.96 in the 200m to break the previous records of 22.15 and 40.39. 

According to MN Prep Track, Borgmeiers personal best times of 19.60 in the 100m and 38.96 in the 200m, are both state records for a girls wheelchair track and field athlete. Her time of 2:47.34 in the 800m is also 2nd all-time behind Rose Hollerman. 

Zoie Dundon Runs her First Sub-2:10 800m

Burnsville's Zoie Dundon has been on the brink of it for her last few meets, but she finally broke the 2:10 barrier in the 800m with a time of 2:09.51. Dundon had previously had a PR of 2:10.01 that had her just off the barrier.

Dundon had already and still ranks fourth all-time in the 800m among Minnesota girls all-time, but now she can say she is just one of four Minnesota girls to break the 2:10 barrier. The other girls to have done it are Ruby Stauber, Jeanne Kruckeberg, and Kaytlyn Larson. Her time of 2:09.51 ranks her 49th nationally among all girls in 2022.

Hayden Bills Makes Minnesota Discus History

194' 6" had been the State Meet mark to beat for a while and seemed like one that would hold up for a while...well it only ended up being 5 years. The old mark, held by Jake Kubiatowicz, was shattered by Rosemount's Hayden Bills when he uncorked a throw of 196' 2" to beat the old State Meet record.

Bills had previously owned a personal-best mark of 183' 0", but shattered his personal best, the state meet record, and the Rosemount high school, school record all at once. His mark of 196' 2" is now the fourth-best discus throw of all-time by a Minnesota boy. 

Andover Boys and Rosemount Girls Win State Titles

The Andover boys, behind the efforts of Blake Nyenati won the Class AAA boys state title over runner-up Rosemount by a score of 62.2 to 58. They were anchored by Blake Nyenati who won the 110m hurdles, the 300m hurdles and ran as the opening leg of their third-place 4x200m relay. 

The Rosemount girls won the Class AAA state title by 12 points over Minnetonka. They were led by senior Ava Cinnamo who scored 44 points individually in the 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, and in the triple jump. She scored 44 of Rosemount's 93 points. 

Jordyn Borsch's Speed Makes History

Maple Grove's Jordyn Borsch set the state meet ablaze by winning the 100m dash, the 400m dash, and by finishing third in the 200m. Borsch PR'd in all three events and all three PRs make her one of the fastest girls in state history.

Borsch ran times of 11.78 in the 100m, 24.07 (not wind-legal) in the 200m, and 54.27 in the 400m. Her time of 11.78 ranks her 8th all-time among Minnesota girls, her 400m ranks her 2nd, and her 200m would rank her 6th all-time if it was wind-legal.