ST. PAUL — Perham senior Ashley Hokanson was once intimidated by the pole vault. On Saturday, she became a two-time Minnesota Class 1A champion in the pole vault and the new state record holder at Hamline University.

Hokanson won the title when she cleared 11 feet, 9 inches, but she continued to raise the bar. She eventually cleared 12-7 to set the record. She tried to clear 12-10 but was unable.

"It feels amazing," Hokanson said. "I knew I could do it, so I went in confident. There was a little more pressure, being ranked first and winning last year. It was a lot more pressure than normal."

Hokanson set a personal record of 12-6 earlier this season, which helped her realize she could achieve the Class 1A mark. She said she felt the pressure even after securing the title when she was the only vaulter to clear 11 feet, 9 inches.

Hokanson said it was a different feeling entering this year’s championships as the defending Class 1A champion. She said she had to be confident and know that she could do it.

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"I didn’t have to take as many jumps, especially after we started moving up in 3-inch increments," Hokanson said of her goal.

Rockford’s Alayna Schloeder came in second with a height of 11-6.

"I like competition, so I think that helped me do what I could do," Hokanson said. "There was a real strong competition this year."

After hitting 12-6, Hokanson said she knew she could attain the Class 1A record height and set out to do it.

"After (getting 12-6 earlier in the season), I knew I could easily get that," Hokanson said. "I am relieved, but I still have to keep working for my upcoming years."

After overcoming her fears of the pole vault, Hokanson said she thought it would be fun and couldn’t believe it brought her to this point.

"It feels very good, and it was definitely worth it," Hokanson said.

W-DC has a big day

Wadena-Deer Creek had something to prove on the final day of the Class 1A state track and field meet.

All three of the events the Wolverines competed in on the second day saw marked improvement, as the 800-meter relay team finished third with a time of 1 minute, 30.62 seconds and the 1,600 relay closed out with a time of 3:24.09 for second place. Bereket Loer jumped to third with a personal record when he finished with a time of 50.53 seconds in the 400.

The Wolverines finished fourth as a team with 32 points.

Hunter Hawkins was a key member of last year’s state championship relay teams. He believes there's a dynasty forming.

"It feels great. Improving on the seed times was awesome, especially with the jump that we had from where we started. Our goal is to race against our time," Hawkins said. "Relays in Wadena have just become a dynasty, and I’m glad I can be a part of the relay dynasty in Wadena."

Loer said everyone on the relay teams hold each other accountable and they push each other hard in practice.

"We have a very like-minded team and a very like-minded coach," Hale said. "I’m very honored to have that."

The 800 team consisted of Isaac Hale, Dawson Lupkes, Loer and Hawkins.

After running in the 800 relay, Loer turned his sights on the 400.

"I just reacted better than a lot of people in the race with the temperature and the wind," Loer said. "Some people, it held them back, but you have to push through the adversity. I was better today than a couple of other guys and I’m thankful for it."

Loer said he just wanted to do his best and that it was a bonus to make it to the finals. Loer captured three medals on the day for the Wolverines.

"It’s the best feeling to know you did your best at the biggest stage,” Loer said. "You can’t ask for anything more than that."

Hale, Loer and Hawkins were joined by Lucas Hinojos on the 1,600 relay, which closed with a season record and a second place finish.

"I am feeling really good about this. Last year, coming as an alternate and watching us do great things," Hinojos said. "Now, being able to actually compete and do well is very nice."

Motschenbacher caps state meet

Moorhead Park Christian's Karley Motschenbacher led the Falcons to a tie for fourth in the team rankings of the Class 1A girls state track and field meet with 34 points.

Motschenbacher finished third in the 200 with a run of 25.68 and fourth in the 100 with a run of 12.66 to go along with a second-place finish in the long jump on Friday.

Motschenbacher wasn't the only local athlete to come home with a third-place finish, as Perham's 3,200 relay team of Bailey Evenson, Chase Belka, Clayton Anderson and Jacob McCleary finished third with a run of 8:06.55.

Class 1A boys

Team totals: Jordan 87, Providence Academy 58, Pierz 36, Wadena-Deer Creek 32, Pipestone 28, St. Peter 28, Perham 26, Plainview-Elgin-Millville 24, Morris Area 24, Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin 24, Stewartville 24, Minnehaha 22, Fairmont 22, Breck 22, Nova Classical Academy 20, Rockford 19.5, Hinckley-Finlayson 18, Ellsworth 18, Lake City 16, Mounds Park Academy 16, Pine Island 15.5, Lanesboro 15, Caledonia 15, LeSueur-Henderson 14, Minnewaska 14, Lewiston-Altura 13.5, Ely 12, Clearbrook-Gonvick 10, International School 10, Mountain Iron-Buhl 10, Cook County 10, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 10, Mora 10, Maple River 10, New Richland 9, Virginia 9, Southwest Minnesota 9, Blue Earth 9, Mesabi East 9, Ada-Borup 8, Roseau 8, Staples-Motley 8, Dover-Eyota 8, Luverne 7, Chatfield 7, Howard Lake 6, East Grand Forks 6, Two Harbors 6, Christs Household of Faith 5, St. Charles 5, Nicollet 4.5, Pillager 4, Waterville 4, Northome 4, Byron 4, Math & Science Academy 4, Canby 4, Pelican Rapids 3, Evelth-Gilbert 3, Murray County Central 3, Zumbrota-Mazeppa 3, West Marshall 3, Rushford-Peterson 3, Osakis 3, Eden Valley-Watkins 3, Pine City 2, Deer River 2, United North Central 2, East Central 2, Moose Lake-Willow River 2, Frazee 2, St. Croix Lutheran 2, Medford 2, Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton 1.5, New London-Spicer 1.5, Triton 1, Holy Family Catholic 1, Wabasso 1, Royalton 1, Mankato Loyola-Cleveland 1, Annandale 1, St. Clair 0.5.

Final event winners and area finishers

100: 1, Peckenschneider, Providence Academy, 11.

200: 1, Peckenschneider, Providence Academy, 22.11. 11, Wang, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, 23.29. 12, VanErp, Ottertail Central, 23.50.

400: 1, Bade, Plainview-Elgin-Millville, 50.15. 3, Loer, Wadena-Deer Creek, 50.53. 5, Finseth, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, 50.86.

800: 1, Olson, Ely, 1:55.48. 10, McCleary, Perham, 2:03.36. 15, Breitweser, Park Rapids, 2:00.98.

1,600: 1, Uhrbom, Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin, 4:18.22. 5, O'Hara, Perham, 4:29.69.

110 hurdles: 1, Ekiyor, Providence Academy, 14.96. 8, Geifer, Frazee, 16.10. 12, Scheidecker, Perham, 15.93. 15, Leibl, Fertile-Beltrami, 16.31.

300 hurdles: 1, Reicks, St. Peter, 38.54.

400 relay: 1, Jordan (Powell, Dietel, Sievers, Wiley), 42.79. 12, Park Rapids (Engst, Z. Fritze, S. Fritze, Day), 45.24. 14, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (Johnson, Winter, Leach, Tucker), 45.41.

800 relay: 1, Jordan (Powell, Dietel, Sievers, Bruzek), 1:29.25. 3, Wadena-Deer Creek (Hale, Lupkes, Hawkins, Loer), 1:30.68. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (Winter, Leach, Tucker, Wang), DQ.

1,600 relay: 1, Fairmont (Wolter, Artz, Moeller, Kennedy), 3:23.96. 2, Wadena-Deer Creek (Hale, Hinojos, Hawkins, Loer), 3:23.96. 9, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (Gulseth, Taves, Finseth, Wang), 3:30.58. 14, United Clay-Becker (Magnusson, Johnson, Donovan, Vetter), 3:32.30.

3,200 relay: 1, Nova Classical Academy (Andre, Johnson, Zeise, Akinmusire), 8:03.05. 3, Perham (Evenson, Belka, Anderson, McCleary), 8:06.55. 10, Ottertail Central (Himmelspach, Scholten, Carlson, Amundson), 8:20.44. 11, Park Rapids (Brandt, Stearns, Breitweser, Monaghan), 8:23.31.

Discus: 1, Roddy, 162-5. 4, Miller, Ada-Borup, 150-6. 7, Kostynick, Perham, 144-2.

High jump: 1, Madar, Mounds Park Academy, 6-10. Barber, Ada-Borup, NH.

Long jump: 1, Davis, Providence Academy, 22-8 3/4. 11, VanErp, Ottertail Central, 19-10 1/2. 13, Finseth, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, 19-1.

Class 1A girls

Team totals: The Blake School 57, Cotter 44, Rockford 42.5, Pequot Lakes 34, Moorhead Park Christian 34, Rochester Lourdes 30, Belle Plaine 29, Mesabi East 28, Watertown-Mayer 27, Luverne 26, Grand Meadow-LeRoy-Ost-Kingsla 26, Stewartville 24, Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 23.83, Concordia Academy-Roseville 22, Maple Lake 22, Maple River 20, Minnewaska 18.5, Perham 17, Heron Lake 16, Osakis 16, Pelican Rapids 16, Albany 15, Canby-Minneota 15, Lanesboro 14, Morris Area 13.33, Windom Area 13, Zumbrota-Mazeppa 12, Frazee 11, Melrose 11, Triton 11, Providence Academy 11, East Grand Forks 10, Northome-KB 10, SWMCH-EHS 10, Byron 10, Spectrum 9.33, Plainview 9, Barnum 8, Brooklyn Center 8, Braham 8, Minnehaha Academy 8, Rush City 8, Milaca 8, Eden Valley 7, Jordan 7, St. Charles 6, United North Central 6, Eveleth-Gilbert 5.5, Mounds Park Academy 5, Mora 5, Bigfork 5, Lake City 5, Fairmont 5, LCWM-Nicollet 4, Glencoe-Silver Lake 4, St. Croix Lutheran 4, Park Rapids 4, Barnesville 4, United Clay-Becker 4, St. Croix Prep Academy 3.5, Northwest Nighthawks 3, Pine Island 3, Two Harbors 3, Clearbrook-Gonvick 2, Crookston 2, Crosby-Ironton 2, Annandale 2, Ottertail Central 2, Cannon Falls 2, Martin County West 2, Breck School 1, Pine City 1, Jackson County Central 1, Dilworth-Glyondon-Felton 1, Janesville 1, Pillager 1, St. Peter 1, St. Clair 0.5.

Final event winners and area finishers

100: 1, Harmon, Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, 12.37. 4, Motschenbacher, Park Christian, 12.66. 14, Malone, Wadena-Deer Creek, 12.91.

200: 1, Thompson, Blake, 25.46. 3, Motschenbacher, Park Christian, 25.68.

400: 1, Grace, Blake, 56.31. 6, Wiley, Pelican Rapids, 59.50. 14, Danielson, United Clay-Becker, 1:00.16.

800: 1, Hill, Mesabi East, 2:13.33. 10, Rustad, United Clay-Becker, 2:21.42. 11, Gabrielson, Ottertail Central, 2:20.58.

1,600: 1, G. Ping, Cotter, 4:59.07. 8, Rustad, United-Clay Becker, 5:12.04. 10, Covington, Perham, 5:17.40

100 hurdles: 1, Gilbert, Watertown-Mayer, 15.09. 3, Ziegler, Frazee, 15.60. 7, Johannsen, Frazee, 16.17.

300 hurdles: 1, Struck-Schmitz, Belle Plaine, 43.11.

400 relay: 1, Rochester Lourdes (Dravis, Horstman, Einertson, Adamson), 49.62. 7, Park Rapids (Scholz, H. Johnson, J. Johnson, Morgan), 51.42. 10, Perham (Lipp, LaFond, Thiel, Schultz), 51.

800 relay: 1, Grand Meadow (Reiland, Hindt, Buchholtz, Queensland), 1:44.47. 8, Ottertail Central (Heibel, Hovland, Frederick, VanErp), 1:48.12. Park Rapids (Scholz, H. Johnson, J. Johnson, Morgan), DQ. 10, Frazee (Reierson, Johannsen, Ziegler, Oswald), 1:48.55. Perham (Thiel, LaFond, Hokanson, Schultz), DQ.

1,600 relay: 1, Pelican Rapids (Guler, Syverson, Paulson, Wiley), 3:59.56. 8, United Clay-Becker (Danielson, Koenig, Vetter, Rustad), 4:07.05. 12, Ottertail Central (Hovland, Gabrielson, VanErp, Frederick), 4:07.69.

3,200 relay: 1, Luverne (Feit, Anderson, Nelson, VerSteeg), 9:22.92. 5, Perham (Richter, Covington, Birkeland, Wegscheid), 9:48.77. 15, Park Rapids (Lopez, Johnson, Koppelman, Renneberg), 10:04.39.

Pole vault: 1, Hokanson, Perham, 12-7. 9, Nelson, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, 10. 14, Harris, Park Christian, 9. Lipp, Perham, NH.

Shot put: 1, Engholm, Pequot Lakes, 43-11 1/4. 9, Carlson, Park Rapids, 37-3 1/4.

Triple jump: 1, Larson, Maple Lake, 38-7. 6, Passa, Barnesville, 35-6 1/4. 11, VanErp, Ottertail Central, 34.