A group of local track and field athletes recently competed in the 2013 Star of the North Games, held at Macalaster College in St. Paul on June 29.
Ben Hedtke, 15, of St. Bonifacius, competed in the 15-16 age division and won the 800-gram javelin with a throw of 93 feet, 7.25 inches. Ben also won shot put and discus events. He threw the 12-pound shot put a total of 39-11.25 and won the 1.6-kilogram discus at 104-05.
Samantha Hedtke, 11, also of St. Bonifacius, won the shot put in the 11-12 age division with a throw of 29-09. She also won the 1-kilogram discus at 66-1.75.
Trent Hedtke, 43, competed in the first Star of the North Games back in 1988 and thought it would be fun to competed alongside his children in their first Games. Hedtke won three events on the day in the 40-45 age division. He won the 800-gram javelin with a throw of 117-01, won the 16-pound shot put at 35-02, and was first in the 2-kilogram discus with a event-winning throw of 98-09.
Abby Gray, 13, of Minnetonka, competed in five events in the 13-14 age division at the meet and medaled in three. She won the six-pound shot put with a throw of 31-05, placed second in the 1-kilogram discus with a personal record throw of 73-11.5, and was also second in her inaugural effort in the 600-gram javelin at 54-4.5. Gray was also fifth in the 100 meter dash in 15.74 seconds and also competed in the long jump.
Marty Gray, 43, a Waconia High School alum, joined his daughter Abby with a day full of personal records. Competing in the 40-45 division alongside Trent Hedtke, Gray was third in the 16-pound shot put with a throw of 30-10.75. Gray was also second in the 800-gram javelin at 80-02 and third in the two-kilogram discus at 78-2.25.
All medalists at the Star of the North Games qualify to compete at the State Games of America national meet in Hershey-Harrisburg, Pa. July 31-Aug. 4.
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