North thrower wins at Hamline Elite Meet

Jake Kubiatowicz entered the discus competition at the Hamline Elite Meet on April 29 as the top seed and went out and proved it. Kubiatowicz, a junior at North High School, won the event by nearly six feet.

Kubiatowicz entered the Hamline meet with a season-best throw of 184 feet, four inches and even though he was unable to better that mark, he did outdo the competition. His top throw, which came on his fourth attempt, traveled 176 feet.

That distance beat the runner-up, Rosemount junior Trevor Otterdahl, by five feet, 10 inches. Otterdahl finished second despite entering the event as the 10th seed.

Kubiatowicz is no stranger to throwing at Hamline University’s Klas Field. He competed there in the Class AA state meet last year as a sophomore and finished sixth in the discus.

In addition to the discus, Kubiatowicz also took part in the shot put at the Hamline Elite Meet. He finished eighth with a top effort of 51 feet and one-quarter inch. 

One other member of the North boys track and field team competed at the Elite Meet. Senior Isaiah Koran ran in the 100-meter dash and finished second with a time of 11.02 seconds. Only Robbinsdale Armstrong senior Evan McClellon was faster as he set a meet record with his winning time of 10.57 seconds.

North’s girls team had three entrants in the Hamline Elite Meet. Senior Kally Kolbeck posted the Polars’ highest finish by placing fourth in the pole vault. She cleared 10 feet, 10 inches, which was four inches higher than her previous season high.

A seventh grader had a hand in North’s other two entries. Alexis Pratt qualified for the meet in 100-meter dash and had a time of 13.31 seconds in the prelims, but it wasn’t fast enough to advance to the finals.

Pratt then joined the freshman trio of Haylee Pedersen, Brianna Bixby and J’Ianna Cager in running the 4x100-meter relay. The foursome finished ninth with a time of 51.48 seconds.

Both North track and field teams are in action on May 10 in the section true team meet at Mounds View High School. The winning teams advance to the Class AAA state true team meet on May 20 at Stillwater Area High School.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

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