Blake's Jaimi Salone won the Double at the MSHSL Track and Field Championships on the weekend. She won the Class A shot and discus, where she set a new Class A record with a throw of 155'1". Her two titles and 24 points helped Blake finish second in the team title race behind Minneapolis Edison.
As she was being interviewed, the event announcer told her that Blake was in the top three and could she make sure the team and coaches could come to the awards area for the trophy presentation.
Salone is used to multi-tasking. A senior, Salone will embark on a degree program in Aeronautical Engineering at Stanford in addition to honing her skills in acting. Salone doesn't just act, she has also written a play, adapted it into a movie, and demonstrated her abilities behind, as well as in front of a camera.
Jaimi will join a former teammate Claire Flanagan, the MSHSL Class A record holder in the 1600 and "Mama Bear" to her teammates when she was at Blake. Flanagan took care of her teammates, was their leader/ role model. Salone has done her part to demonstrate to her classmates that hard work and dedication can lead to notable accomplishments.
She was not one of the favorites going into this year's state meet. She'd finished eighth in the shot put in 2015 and 2nd in the discus to Natalie Manders. But it all came together in her final year at Blake. She improved by almost nine feet in the disc and four feet in the shot put. In theatrical terms, Salone went out with a bang