Six Elk River boys qualified for the Hamline Elite Meet for their first time, in three events, and were very competitive Friday night in a meet open to the top nine recorded performances in the state in each event.
The Elk 4-by-800 team of Cole Konczal, Lucas Trapp, Fanaka Ndege, and Ryan Trapp finished third in a school record 8:05.04. The old record was 8:08.67 set in 2004 by Tony Thompson, Kevin Dusbabek, Josh Schultz, and John Kallemeyn.
The 4-by-400 relay team of Logan Grace, Riley Filipovoch, Konczal, and Trapp tied for fourth in a season-best 3:27.13.
Grace placed sixth in the 300 hurdles with a personal-best 40.14.
“Both relay teams were near the leaders for most of the race, it was so intense,”
said coach Brian Gilbertson. “I felt like we handled the meet like veterans. It (the Elite Meet) is as close to a state-like atmosphere as you can get. As one of the boys stated, ‘I think we left our mark today.’ “