by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
With one mighty heave on her last attempt, Elk River freshman Molli Detloff snagged a third-place medal at the state track meet Friday.
“I knew I had one like that in me,” said Detloff about her 132-foot throw in the discus at Hamline. “I just had to get one out there.”
Detloff’s previous best throw was 121-7 and she improved from seventh to third place on the final throw, behind St. Francis’ outstanding sophomore Maggie Ewen with 155-4 and White Bear Lake’s Angie Guenther with 132-4.
The Elks also had three of their six running entrants advance to Saturday’s finals although none was among the leaders.
Detloff, whose best throw has been 132-4, a school record, fouled on two of her first five attempts. She said she had to make sure to avoid another foul and the best way to do that is to not admire your work.
“You have to keep your head back,” she said. “If you watch your throw, you’ll foul.”
Molli’s sister Dani, a junior sprinter, made finals in all three events in which she qualified for state.
“I’ll be back to tomorrow, to watch her,” said Molli.
Dani Detloff was sixth in the 200-dash prelims with 25.69. The 4-by-100 team of Alana Embury, Detloff, Jenna Kively and Logan Daulton w as seventh with 1:44.41.
The 4-by-200 team of Embury, Detloff, Kelly Edwards, and Daulton was eighth in 47.79.
Not advancing to finals were the 4-by-400 team, Anna Haugen in the 800, and Lindsey Lowe in the 100 hurdles.
On Saturday, the 4-by-200 will run at 10:05 a.m., the 4-by-100 at 10:46, and Detloff’s 200 at 11:56.