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Boys track: Hussung punches state tickets in throws

There was an audible gasp from the crowd as Logan Hussung's second preliminary shot put toss sailed high through the air at last Thursday's Section 1AA Championships.

Seconds later, there was thunderous applause when the distance of the heave was announced on the loud speakers at Lakeville South High School's track: "60 feet, six and one-half inches."

Hussung didn't hear any of it. He has trained himself not to. The senior had just uncorked the best toss of his career and qualified for the state meet, but he was already thinking about adjustments he could make that would allow him to throw the 12-pound ball just a little bit farther.

"I felt like I had a lot more speed and I was able to get it out there, but I'm still missing some things, some small little details," he said. "At the end of the throw I didn't get a good flick and I think that could get me to go another one or two feet."

It's that desire to get better that has pushed Hussung, especially in the last calendar year. Last spring, his track season came to an end with a seventh-place state finish in the shot put and a third-place effort in the discus. He upped his workout regimen in the fall and winter and came back this spring stronger and better-prepared to compete for state titles in both events.

Hussung's section shot put toss ranks No. 1 among section throws, is the fourth best throw in the state this season and ranks 32nd nationally this year. His discus spin of 188-4 at the Missota Conference Championships in Shakopee is the No. 1 throw in Minnesota this year and ranks 25th nationally.

Hussung finished second at the section meet in the discus behind good friend Luke Johnson of Red Wing, but his spin of 169-5 ranks second state-wide among section tosses. He hopes going in with his regular routine (wearing the same warm-up clothes, listing to rap music and eating a Snickers) will help produce another discus throw in the 180s and put him in state title contention.

"I've just got to go in mentally prepared. You can't have an off day. You have to be ready to go," Hussung said. "Mr. Froehling will help me get my adrenaline going and my technique has to be there."

The shot put competition begins at 9 a.m. Friday and the discus gets under way at 9:45 a.m. Saturday.

Tigers finish eighth

Hussung's tosses provided 18 of the team's 41 1/2 points as the Tigers finished eighth out of 15 teams at last Saturday's Section 1AA Championships in Owatonna.

Rosemount dominated the meet with 131 points, 32 ahead of the pace of runner-up Lakeville South. Owatonna was third and Big Nine Conference teams Faribault and Winona rounded out the top five.

The Tigers saved their top relay finish for last as the foursome of Tyler Grubb, Andrew Thomas, Matt Shutey and Levi Freetly just missed a state qualification with a third-place time of 3:29.53.

The same four runners also teamed up for a fourth-place time of 1:32.43 in the 4x200 relay, just over two seconds from a state berth.

Grubb also placed seventh in the 400 and Shutey was eighth in the 300 hurdles. Jordan Keller finished ninth in the 300 hurdles and seventh in the 110 highs.

Two Farmington jumpers cracked the top 10. Sam Hanson tied for fourth in the high jump with a leap of 6-0 and Freetly ended up ninth in the triple jump.