Nine Years Ago – Stenberg finishes fourth at state
In 2004, Monticello sent four individuals to the track and field state meet. Of those four, one especially stood out.
Jill Zaruba, Traci Weidenbacher and Cory Stenberg all had memorable seasons capped by a state tournament appearance. Zaruba finished 18th in the discus (107 feet, 10 inches) at state, Weidenbacher finished sixth in her 200-meter preliminary heat (26.74) and Stenberg took 17th place in the shot put (46 feet, 11.25 inches).
But Cody Stenberg took the cake. The senior sprinter took fourth place in the 400-meter sprint, earning All-State honors.
Stenberg barely got the chance. In prelims, his time was 50.42. It was the eighth fastest qualifying time, barely sneaking him into the final round.
In the final round, he took advantage of his opportunity. His time of 49.01 not only earned him a first place finish, but it also broke the school record (previously held by him).
Stenberg also competed in the 100-meter dash, finishing 14th with a time of 11.6 seconds.
16 Years Ago – Lindquist, Cannon finish top 12 at state golf meet
Amanda Lindquist and Cindy Cannon both turned in great day one performances on their way to top-12 finishes at the two-day state golf meet in 1997.
Lindquist finished with 165 total strokes over two days, finishing in eighth place at the Class AA State Meet. Cannon wasn’t far behind, finishing in 12th place with 168 strokes.
The teammates, both juniors, played really well on the opening day at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids. They finished day one tied for sixth place after dueling scores of 81. Cannon shot an impressive 37 on the front nine on day one, but a couple of bad holes on the other side forced a back-nine 44. Lindquist meanwhile relied on her chipping and putting to turn in a consistent 18-hole round, the best round of her career.
Hilary Homeyer, Edina, took home the championship with a score of 152.
The Magic golf team finished second in Section 2AA.
25 Years Ago – Redmen runners take third at state
The beauty of qualifying multiple events for the track and field state tournament is that you get multiple cracks at making your mark. Monticello took advantage of those opportunities in 1988. While three of their five entries missed out on advancing to finals, the two that advanced took advantage. The boys sprint medley relay team and the girls entry in the 800-meter race, Joanna Johnson, each earned third place honors at the Class AA State Meet.
The sprint medley relay team entered the finals with the top seed. Their time of 3:32.70 had been the fastest qualifying time during Friday’s preliminary races.
But hot, windy weather slowed down the times during Saturday’s final, and Monticello found themselves trying to play catchup at the end. Anchorman Pete Lundblad did the best he could. The 800-meter runner made up three places during his time with the baton, catapulting the Redmen to that third place finish, just two tenths of a second out of runner-up honors. Monticello’s time was 3:35.02. Other members of the team were Scott Quick (200 meters), Chris Sonju (200 meters) and Chris Meyer (400 meters).
The winning time was 3:34.22, turned in by Minnetonka.
In the girls 800-meter race, Johnson turned in a strong finishing performance. The sophomore outkicked two other runners down the stretch to hold onto her third place honors and finish with a time of 2:19.33. Her preliminary time, 2:18.06, had set the school record. Her final time was slower due to a focus on positioning by all runners in the state championship race.