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Future bright for 'Jacks after State

The Cloquet Lumberjacks top boys finisher at last weekend's Class AA Minnesota State High School League's boys and girls track and field state meet was Andrew Shepherd, who was ninth in the 800-meter run. The state meet ran last Thursday through Saturday at

St. Michael-Albertville High School.

Shepherd was also part of the 4x800 relay team which finished 13th, along with Calvin Snesrud, Emmett Prosen and Evan Rothamel.

"Shepherd is going to be awfully fun to watch in his next two seasons," said Cloquet coach Tim Prosen. "He is an amazing athlete, and I can't wait to see him grow as a runner."

Cloquet also had a nice day from Mason Sundquist, who finished 13th and 18th in the shot put and discus, respectively.

"We will really miss Mason," Prosen said. "He's a great kid and is just the nicest, hard-working kid you'll ever meet."

On the girls side, Makenzie Lynch overcame a disappointing finish in the 100-meter hurdles to grab sixth place in the 300-meter hurdles.

"The day started rough for her, but she is going to be very special to watch in the years to come because she is only a freshman," Prosen said.

Ava Luiten, a sophomore, also reached the podium by taking ninth in the discus.

"The sky is the limit for her because this was her first year throwing, and she is so passionate about it," Prosen said.