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Jacob Wiedrich of Moorhead placed fourth in the pole vault Friday at the Minnesota Class 2A state track and field meet in St. Paul. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Moorhead's Wiedrich places fourth in state pole vault

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ST. PAUL – Before each vault, Moorhead senior pole vaulter Jacob Wiedrich prays to his grandpa for a little help in the upcoming vault.

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Friday, at the Minnesota Class 2A state track and field meet at Hamline University, Wiedrich nailed a vault of 14 feet on his final attempt to finish fourth in the state.

This after praying to his grandpa, Donald Cink, a high school sprinter from South Dakota who passed away a few years ago and told his grandson he was crazy for doing pole vault.

“I say, ‘Grandpa, I need some help on this one. Whatever you can get me right here,’” Wiedrich said. “I’m sure he’s up there laughing right now. I’m sure he’s proud.”

Good thing Wiedrich’s cousin Brooke Wiedrich, who was a pole vaulter at Minnesota State Moorhead, was there to convince Wiedrich in middle school to try pole vaulting. He was hooked from the start.

“Ever since middle school I’ve just loved it,” Wiedrich said. “She told me to do it and she could coach me. I tried it out one day and I loved it right away.”

Wiedrich doesn’t look too crazy after topping his previous personal record of 13 feet, 6 inches in his first trip to the state and heading to Northern State University to kick on the football team and pole vault.

“It’s just a big adrenaline rush, falling from 13 or 14 feet down,” Wiedrich said. “I’m like any Minnesota kid. I like going to the lakes and tubing and stuff. It’s kind of like that or jumping off a bridge in Detroit Lakes. It’s my niche. I found something I was good at and I loved it and stuck with it.”

Perhaps Wiedrich is just the right amount of crazy.

“You got to be a little nuts to do pole vault, going 15 feet in the air and praying your pole doesn’t snap under you,” said Moorhead assistant track coach Adam Stein, who has coached Wiedrich on the pole vault the last two seasons. “Seeing (Wiedrich) vault last year, I knew he was going to go big this year. He’s serious about it and he worked a lot in the offseason, so I knew he was going to do well.”

Lawrence reaches finals

Last season, Moorhead’s Brett Lawrence came into the state track meet with the second-fastest time in the 400-meter dash and missed out on the finals by 0.02 seconds. Friday, Lawrence came into the state meet, once again, with the second-fastest time in the 400 and wasn’t planning on seeing his high school athletic career end just yet.

“Missed it last year coming in as a two seed, so this year I had to get it,” said Lawrence after running a 48.41, the second-fastest time in the preliminaries and 0.09 seconds out of the lead Friday. “I had to go get it this year. I couldn’t let it slip by again.”

Lawrence, along with Alex Widner, Joshua Young and Luke Lillehaugen, also qualified for today’s finals in the 1,600-meter relay, as did Matt Bye in the 110-meter hurdles, Brady Andersen in the 100-meter dash and Mallori Johnson in the 300-meter hurdles for Moorhead.

Class 2A boys team totals

Team scores: 1, Hopkins 17. 2, Hastings 15. 3t, Stillwater 12. 3t, Rosemount 12. 3t, Mankato East 12. 6, Woodbury 11. 7t, Anoka 10. 7t, Chanhassen 10. 7t, Irondale 10. 10t, Eden Prairie 8. 10t, Richfield 8. 10t, Owatonna 8. 13t, Mounds View 6. 13t, Rochester John Marshall 6. 13t, Moorhead 6. 13t, Chaska 6. 17t, Hermantown 5. 17t, Totino-Grace 5. 19t, Wayzata 4. 19t, Cambridge-Isanti 4. 19t, Lakeville North 4. 19t, Little Falls 4. 23t, Farmington 3. 23t, North Branch 3. 23t, Robbinsdale Armstrong 3. 26t, St. Michael-Albertville 2. 26t, Brainerd 2. 26t, Prior Lake 2. 29t, Worthington 1.50. 29t, Spring Lake Park-St. Anthony 1.50. 31t, Detroit Lakes 1. 31t, Buffalo 1. 31t, North 1. 31t, Sartell-St. Stephen 1.

Class 2A boys area finishers

3,200: 1, Krahn, Stillwater Area, 9:00.08. 9, Lundstrom, Detroit Lakes, 9:30.21. 13, Danielson, Fergus Falls, 9:42.90.

Pole Vault: 1, Deike, Mankato East, 14-06. 4, Wiedrich, Moorhead, 14-0.

Shot put: 1, Ragnow, Chanhassen, 57-6 ¼. 12, Suek, Fergus Falls, 48-11 ¼.

Class 2A girls team totals

Team scores: 1, Alexandria 15.50. 2t, Delano 12. 2t, Kasson-Mantorville 12. 2t, Chanhassen 12. 5t, Tartan 10. 5t, Lakeville South 10. 5t, Eden Prairie 10. 5t, Cambridge-Isanti 10. 9t, White Bear Lake 8. 9t, Mahtomedi 8. 11 Anoka 7.50. 12 Bemidji 5. 13, Prior Lake 4.50. 14, Wayzata 3. 15, Forest Lake 2. 16, Becker 1.50. 17, Rochester John Marshall 1.

Class 2A girls area finishers

Long jump: 1, Barron, Minnetonka, 19-1 ½. 14, Rasmusson, Fergus Falls, 16-4.

Discus: 1, Vollmer, Prior Lake, 152-10. 10, Nielsen, Detroit Lakes, 120-11.

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Chris Murphy
Chris Murphy is the Minnesota preps and Fargo Force beat reporter for the Forum. He's covered high school sports in Chicago, North Dakota and Minnesota for the last five years and, for some reason, has been given awards for doing so. If reading him in the paper and online isn't enough, you can read more of him at the Forum Preps Blog: http://forumpreps.areavoices.com/  
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