Track: Elk girls place in 4 state events; Detloff snags 3 medals
by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Dani Detloff took home medals in three sprint events as the Elk River girl tracksters scored in four of their seven events at the state Class AA meet Friday and Saturday.
Detloff, a junior, took sixth in the 200 dash and was part of a fourth-place 4-by-200 and a sixth-place 4-by-100 at Hamline.
On Friday, Dani’s sister Molli, a freshman, placed third in the discus with 132-0.
“I have no complaints. It feels pretty good to walk away today with ho they performed,” said coach Russ Gnan.
The Elks placed (top nine) in four of seven events in which they qualified, and totaled 23 points for 12th place. Hopkins was runaway champ with 84 and Alexandria was second with 48.
The Elk 4-by-200 team of juniors Alana Embury and Detloff, and freshmen Jenna Kively and Logan Ann Daulton, placed fourth with 1:43.16 and broke the school record set last year. They moved up three spots from seventh place in the prelims.
The 4-by-100 team of Embury, Detloff, junior Kelly Edwards and Daulton placed sixth in 49.09, moving up two spots from their prelim place. They set a school record of 48.93 in the section meet.
“Our relays ran really well today,” said Gnan. “The stress of being at ‘state’ was off today, and they looked good. The handoffs were good. The 4-by-100 handoffs were as close to perfect as we can make them.”
Handoffs are the big issue at state where most of the teams are pretty fast.
“Down here, in the 4-by-one, if you blow one handoff you’re out of there,” said Gnan.
“Yes, and we had the inside lane, too,” said Daulton. “so we can see everyone and catch them.”
“We all had really good handoffs –it was all good,” said Edwards. “We worked on them a lot in practice.”
Gnan said the girls requested to get the Hamline early and practice handoffs.
“They got to the school at seven so they could be out there at eight, working away,” he said.
Temps around 60 kept the times modest across the board.
“Wish it would have been 20 degrees warmer,” said Gnan, “to see what they could have run then.”
Dani Detloff took sixth with 25.75 in the 200 — a race that had four Northwest Suburban Conference runners in the finals including the winner, Sasha Davis of Park Center in 24.8.
Detloff, who was seventh last year (25.89) when she went to state in just the one event, said the season was frustrating for a while but ended well.
“The weather was not so good earlier, and was I not as fast as last year then,” said Detloff, “but the state finals, yes, that was better this year.”