St. Croix Preparatory Academy won its first-ever Minnesota Charter School Conference championship in boys’ track and field team on Tuesday at Richfield High School.
Setting the pace for the Lions were senior Cameron Mehls, who anchored their first-place 4×400 relay team that also included Nick Richardson, Ian Bramstedt and Michael Gutierrez. Mehls also earned all-conference honors with strong finishes in the 100- (third) and 200-meter (second) races. Richardson won the long jump with a distance of 19-2 and was second in the 400 meters. Bramstedt was the runner-up in the 800 meters and Gutierrez placed third in the 1,600 and fourth in the 800.
Additional all-confereence performers for the Lions include: Jacob Salkowicz in the shot put (second), Frank Utech in the 110 high hurdles (third), Austin Have in the 300 intermediate hurdles (third) and Sam Richardson in the triple jump (second).
The SCPA girls’ team finished third in the conference, led by All-MCSC performers Taylor Lather and Lauren Strobehn. Lather finished second in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:30 and added second-place finishes in the 800 meters and as a member of the 4×400 relay. Strobehn also ran on the 4×400 relay and placed second in the 3,200 meters. Carly Scheuerman won the 400 meters for the Lions.
“Many athletes had lifetime personal bests, despite the extremely hot conditions,” Lions coach John Vallez said. “We had great performances from our captains and upperclassmen and also had some younger kids really step up and compete at the next level for the first time all year.”