Nevis' Luke DeWulf just missed reaching the podium in his debut at the state Class A boys track and field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul on Saturday, June 8.

DeWulf finished 10th in the long jump with a distance of 19 feet, 10.50 inches during the finals at Klas Field. The Nevis junior hit that mark on his first of three attempts during preliminaries. DeWulf followed with distances of 18-5 and 18-6.75.

Providence Academy's Christian Davis won the state title at 22-8.75 while Blue Earth Area's Ben Babcock finished ninth to earn the final state medal with a distance of 20-0.75. DeWulf qualified for state with a runner-up 20-7.50 at the Section 8A meet. DeWulf entered as the No. 15 seed out of 17 qualifiers.

Andrea Dudley concluded her senior season by placing 12th in the girls 300-meter hurdles with a preliminary time of 48.46 on June 7. Dudley entered her first state meet as the No. 10 seed out of 17 qualifiers with a runner-up 47.32 at the Section 8A meet. Belle Plaine's Jaylen Struck-Schmitz won the state title in 43.11.

"Andrea will be greatly missed. She was injured coming into the state meet and was determined to run despite the pain. It was her goal all year to make it to state and she wasn't going to miss that opportunity. She has so much determination and heart and really ran a gutsy race," said Nevis head coach Jen McNamee. "Andrea brought so much heart to the Nevis track program. Her leadership, dedication and her help coaching the young athletes will be hard to replace."

Nevis eighth grader Jade Rypkema finished 13th in her state debut in the girls 3,200 run in 12:00.63 during the finals on June 7. Rypkema entered state as the No. 11 seed out of 18 qualifiers after placing first at the Section 8A meet in 11:50.34. Winona Cotter's Lauren Ping led the field in 10:39.34.

In the boys 1,600 run, Nevis sophomore Jack McNamee finished 16th during the finals on June 8 with a 4:43.51. Greenway's Geno Uhrbom won the state title in 4:18.22. McNamee, who also was making his state debut, earned the No. 12 seed out of 16 qualifiers with a runner-up 4:33.76 at the Section 8A meet.

"We were so proud of the performances at the state meet, even though they didn't make it on the podium. It was a great experience for all of them," said Jen McNamee. "Jade, Jack and Andrea all had their second-best times of the year in their events. Jade and Jack were definitely affected by the (90-degree) heat. Jack ran a great first three laps of the mile and then hit a wall with 300 meters to go. He ended up suffering from some heat stroke. Luke missed qualifying for finals by 1 inch in the long jump. They all had an awesome season and the experience of state made them more determined for next year. Just to make it to state is an accomplishment considering we are a small school and don't have a track facility."

Girls 300 hurdles preliminaries: 1, Struck-Schmitz, Belle Plaine, 44.17. 2, Zinter, Concordia Academy, 44.58. 3, Waletzko, Albany, 45.81. 4, HIndt, Grand Meadow, 45.97. 5, Fultz, Eveleth-Gilbert, 46.13. 6, Feit, Luverne, 46.32. 7, Borowicz, Crookston, 46.70. 8, Breitspreche, Lanesvoro, 46.83. 9, Dimler, Janesville, 47.32. 10, DeQuevedo, Silver Bay, 47.43. 11, Veronen, Lake City, 48.21. 12, Dudley, Nevis, 48.46. 13, Kuechle, Eden Valley-Watkins, 48.82. 14, Schoemate, Blake, 49.25. 15, Hrdlicka, United North Central, 50.46. 16, Ferrell, Luverne, 51.47.

Girls 300 hurdles finals: 1, Struck-Schmitz, Belle Plaine, 43.11. 2, Zinter, Concordia Academy, 43.43. 3, Breitspreche, Lanesboro, 44.91. 4, Hindt, Grand Meadow, 45.36. 5, Fultz, Eveleth-Gilbert, 45.47. 6, Waletzko, Albany, 45.66. 7, Feit, Luverne, 46.75. 8, Borowicz, Crookston, 47.30. 9, Dimler, Janesville, 47.37.

Girls 3,200 run finals: 1, L. Ping, Cotter, 10:39.34. 2, G. Ping, Cotter, 10:50.19. 3, Gehl, Heron Lake, 10:58.15. 4, Sortland, Zumbrota-Mazeppa, 11:10.53. 5, Kelly, Providence Academy, 11:17.26. 6, Nelson, Luverne, 11:30.82. 7, Swanson, Northwest, 11:33.02. 8, Thompson, Fairmont, 11:43.79. 9, Majerus, Lake City, 11:44.34. 10, Burton, Staples-Motley, 11:46.02. 11, Kalthoff, Albany, 11:46.25. 12, Birkeland, Perham, 11:56.40. 13, Rypkema, Nevis, 12:00.63. 14, Babcock, Jordan, 12:02.05. 15, Kassebaum, Minnehaha Academy, 12:13.90. 16, Mills, Northome-Kelliher/Blackduck, 12:24.83. 17, Binsfield, Proctor, 12:43.05. 18, Stattelman, Duluth Marshall, 12:48.35.

Boys 1,600 run finals: 1, Uhrbom, Greenway, 4:18.22. 2, Gifford, Minnehaha Academy, 4:24.33. 3, Stocke, Virginia, 4:25.54. 4, Stewart, Morris Area, 4:26.88. 5, O'Hara, Perham, 4:29.69. 6, Stueven, Northome-Kelliher/Blackduck, 4:30.72. 7, LaFave, Hinckley-Finlayson, 4:31.12. 8, O'Hare, Rushford-Peterson, 4:32.89. 9, Boras, Royalton, 4:33.21. 10, Kvall, Lac qui Parle Valley, 4:36.02. 11, Baker, St. Clair, 4:38.40. 12, West, Blake, 4:38.81. 13, Hastings, Belle Plaine, 4:40.83. 14, Sather, Lac qui Parle Valley, 4:43.21. 15, Wittlief, Pine Island, 4:43.37. 16, McNamee, Nevis, 4:43.51.

Boys long jump finals: 1, Davis, Providence Academy, 22-8.75. 2, Algarin, Pierz, 22-7. 3, Heitman, Lake City, 21-11.25. 4, Dietel, Jordan, 21-7. 5, Collins, Christs Household, 20-11.50. 6, Freerksen, Byron, 20-9.50. 7, Daley, Lewiston, 20-9.50. 8, Swanson, Mora, 20-2.25. 9, Babcock, Blue Earth Area, 20-0.75. 10, DeWulf, Nevis, 19-10.50. 11, VanErp, Ottertail Central, 19-10.50. 12, Hassing, Jackson County, 19-4. 13, Finseth, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, 19-1. 14, Maanum, Morris Area, 19-0. 15, Baribeau, Mesabi East, 18-11.50. 16, Haussner, Cook County, 18-9.50. 17, Boltjes, Ellsworth, 18-7.25.