Wente, relay team in state for C/M boys
A week earlier, Jared Josephson performed a nearly "sub-human" feat when he took the baton in the 4x400-meter sub-sections, passed the field and got his team into the sections.
But Thursday, despite a gut-wrenching try, Josephson sailed in third behind Luverne and Montevideo runners. He was devastated and took it personally.
The team gathered together on the track and teammate Cole VanOverbeke told him, "It was not your fault."
They were not sure, Josephson was buying it.
The other three gathered around Josephson and senior team member Jalyn Ufkin told him, "This is not a one-man deal. We're a team."
It was particularly tough day for Josephson, who didn't place in his premiere event, the 400-meter dash.
There was some redemption for the Canby/Minneota relay teams. The boys 4x200-meter relay team actually finished third, but their time of 1:22 qualified them for state because it beat the standard time.
That put VanOverbeke, Jaden Kindopp, Jared Josephson and Wente into the state meet.
Wente cruised to a championship in the 110-meter hurdles — the same as he did last year. "He has the experience," said his Coach Sara Hemish. "Now he's one of the top hurdlers going into state," she added.
Her assessment of the senior runner is solid. "He has a chance to medal," she added.
A year ago Wente made it to state, but couldn't get his steps right and didn't qualify for the finals.
"That was a bad one. He can do better," said Coach Hemish.