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Hamline to Host State Track & Field Championships


Thousands of fans and some of the state's best student-athletes will converge on Hamline's campus on June 10 & 11 for the 2011 Minnesota State High School League (MSHL) Track and Field Meet. It takes place from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. both days on Klas Field, located on the north end of the Saint Paul campus. You can find a map here.

This will be the sixth consecutive year that the university has played host for the event. Back in 2005, the MSHL considered a few venues when it was seeking to improve the meet, but ultimately preferred Hamline for its central location and facilities.

“The Minnesota State High School League really likes the venue and the track,” Paul Schmaedeke, Hamline’s director of track and field operations, said. “They have really enjoyed coming here.”

Hamline’s role is simply limited to preparing the facilities for the meet, which Schmaedeke believes will draw approximately 8,000 people to campus.

“We get a lot of students, parents, and their friends on campus and that’s good for Hamline,” Schmaedeke said. “We don’t know how many students the university has gained from this initial experience, but it gets students and parents here for a look.”

Tickets to the event are $10 for adults and $7 for students. For more information on the Minnesota State High School League Track and Field Championships, visit: http://www.mshsl.org

Faculty and staff should note that parking at Hamline will be impacted by this event, as will access to Klas Center and Walker Field House. Faculty and staff are encouraged to park in the lots on the south end of campus first before filling other lots (to avoid parking difficulties). You will be asked to show your Hamline ID to a parking attendant in order to park in the Hamline lots. You will also need your Hamline ID to enter Klas Center or Walker Field House both days (without having to pay the entry fee for the track meet).

Parking will be limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.