by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Elk River freshman athlete Mollie Detloff is capable of performing many spring sports tasks with aplomb.
Currently she is concentrating on throwing events for the track team, and on Tuesday she captured the gold medal in the discus as the Northwest Suburban Conference track meet got under way in Coon Rapids.
Detloff’s throw of 127 feet, 6 inches won by about four feet. Senior teammate Nicole Thorndal placed eighth with 106-4.
“I’m pretty pumped up about it,” said Detloff, who broke the Elk record two weeks ago with a 132-3 at the true-team subsection.
Detloff’s sister Dani, a junior, is an outstanding sprinter, and Mollie is pretty fast herself. As a seventh grader she placed sixth in both the 100 dash and discus at the true-team sectional.
“I do not like running, at all,” she grinned when asked about that. “I might get back into it, though. I’m only a freshman now.”
Last spring, Detloff added softball and was a starter at catcher on the JV as an eighth-grader while also throwing disc and shot.
“I miss softball. I liked it a lot,” said Detloff. “But (two sports) was too much.”
Obviously she has good potential in throws, especially the discus.
“She has a good arm whip and is very strong,” said Elk discus coach Dave Anderson. “She is naturally gifted in getting a good flight on the discus. Most young kids try to throw it like a pie.”
Detloff, who placed fifth last year with 108-6, scratched on three of her six attempts Tuesday. She was in the 123’s and 125’s on her other good throws.
She said a good throw is all about “getting the right spin, and getting your feet down fast enough.”
Finals for the 3200 were held Tuesday along with some field events. Prelims were held for all running and hurdle events. The meet will resume 3 p.m. Thursday.
Elk River also had two placers in the long jump with Logan Daulton fourth with 16 3 3/4 and Kelly Edwards fifth, also with 16 3 3/4. Kelli Loberg was ninth in high jump with 4-8. Rachel Ness, Elk eighth-grader, placed sixth in the 3200 with 11:45.65.
In boys finals Tuesday, the only Elk placer was Michael Graber, Elk senior, who took fourth in the shot put with 48 feet, 1/2 inch. He has gotten 50 feet once this year. That event was won by an Andover athlete, Tom Anderson, with a spectacular 65-4 1/2, less than two inches from the state record.