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June 7, 2014

St. Clair's Weber is double-winner at state meet

Waseca relay brings home 4x800 gold

ST. PAUL — After one throw, it looked like St. Clair senior Katelyn Weber was going to win the Class A shot put again.

So she set her sights on the state-meet record of 45-feet-5 3/4. It didn't happen.

"That was my goal going into it," Weber said. "It's a little disappointing because I know I can make it, but you can't be disappointed with a state championship."

Weber won the shot put at 43-2 3/4, about four feet more than the runner-up, at the Class A state track and field meet at Hamline University . It was also 6 inches better than last season's state-championship distance.

But she sent 45-0 at the section meet, bringing the Class A record into play. However, having won the discus on Friday, she has two gold medals to take home.

"It shows that all the hard work I've done has paid off," Weber said. "I really work hard in the offseason."

Weber will be attending North Dakota, but in July, she'll attend a national meet at Eugene, Ore., to compete in the shot put, where her career best is over 47 feet.

"I'm looking forward to that," she said. "I hope I throw well."

Waseca's 4x800 relay won a championship, finishing in 9:31.57, 11 seconds faster than the seed time. Anchor Allison Breck was running alongside a girl from Luverne, when another runner from Holy Family sprinted ahead with 200 meters to go.

"I had no idea she was behind me," said Breck, who teamed with Sadie Novak-Klug, Aubrey Highum and Sally O'Brien. "But when she went by me, that just gave me more motivation. I just thought it's only 200 meters left, and we can win a state championship."

The Bluejays won the race by more than a half-second, the opposite of last season, when Waseca was less than a second from winning.

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