Chatfield’s 2019 state experience centered on its boys sprint relays. A couple “track” guys and four strong and fast “football players” teamed to get the Gophers to the medal stand twice. The 4×100, comprised of Carson Larrabee (football guy), Ben Muller (track guy), Gage Tuohy (football), and Chance Backer (football) qualified (44.74) eighth of nine on Friday. In Saturday’s finals, they ran 44.43 to take seventh. The team from Jordan set a new Class A record (42.79) to win the 4×100. Chatfield’s three fastest times of the year came in the section final (44.31) and at state, their only three sub-45-second races. The Gopher 4×200, comprised of Muller, Jared Baker (track guy), Jack Tuohy (football), and Backer qualified fifth (1:31.35). In the finals, they ran 1:32.30 to take sixth, just ahead of LFCMC (1:32.57). Chatfield couldn’t top their best time of the year, 1:31.78 (section finals). Jordan again took first (1:29.25), using three of the same guys as the 4×100. Gopher relays should again be alive next year, as Muller, Baker, and Backer are juniors. Larrabee and the Tuohys are seniors. It’s not the first “Baker” to be associated with a Chatfield relay. Jared’s older sister Ashley was part of six total Gopher gal relay teams including the state champion 4×200 in 2013, the state runner-up 4×200 in 2014.
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