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Hamline to Host State Track & Field Championships


Hamline is proud to once again host the Minnesota State High School League (MSHL) Track and Field Championships, June 7 & 8 at Klas Field starting at 9 a.m. 

This is the eight 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 6,000 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 about the Minnesota State High School League Track and Field Championships (including details about spectator parking), please visit the league’s website

Hamline students, faculty, and staff should note: During the track meet the parking lot closest to Drew Residence Hall on the north side of campus (lot B) will be reserved for participating student athletes and coaches (see campus here). Taylor Avenue will be closed to traffic. Hamline community members are encouraged to use the Anderson Center’s underground parking, street parking, and parking lot E (near the Hamline School of Law). Because of these restrictions, the Anderson Center’s parking area will be available for students, faculty, and staff at no charge during the track meet. A Hamline ID will be required to access Anderson Center parking, lot E, Klas Mall, Klas Center, and Walker Fieldhouse in order to enter without paying the ticket cost for the event.

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