Track: Elk River girls 7th in state true-team

Dani Detloff churned toward second place in the 200 meter dash here. She had two other second-places and one third-place, for the Elks. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

In their third straight year at the state true-team track meet, the Elk River girls were hoping to finish in the top half for the first time.

The Elks couldn’t meet that goal but had some good performances in placing seventh among nine teams in Class 3A on Friday evening in Stillwater.

“We had some ups and some downs. Nothing horrible, and we did a few good things,” assessed coach Russ Gnan. “We thought we could get as high as third if everything went right. You’ll see that third through seven are pretty close.”

Logan Daulton took fifth in long jump with a PB of 17-7 just after a second-place finish in the 4-by-100. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Elk sophomore Molli Detloff had the team’s lone first, with a 142-9 discus throw that raised her school record for third straight meet.

“The three long jumpers had an excellent meet and Molli set a school record, again,” said Gnan.

In long jump, Dani Detloff took second, Logan Daulton fifth and Kelly Edwards eighth among 27 entrants, all with personal-bests. Those three and Molli Detloff took second in the 4-by-100.  Dani Detloff was the Elks big scorer, also placing second in the 200 dash and third in the 100. Jordyn Sohns placed fourth in 100 hurdles and Alana Embury was sixth in pole vault.

The Elks have placed fifth, sixth and seventh at state in their three-year reign as section  champion.

Lakeville South was team champion, followed by Prior Lake. The boys meet was won by Minnetonka.

Molli Detloff tested her arm before making her single shot put attempt. She strained a tricep while winning discus. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Molli Detloff’s victory came with a price. She strained the tricep in her right arm on her first throw.

“On my release, my whole arm tingled, and I could tell something was up,” said Detloff. “I still threw the rest of them, and that was probably not a good idea, but, I got my PR on the last one.”

Her 142-9 placed first by over 12 feet, and beat the 140-9 she had in a dual meet at Champlin last week.

“I was really focused and I got a good spin,” she said,  adding, “Every time I throw, I pick a spot I want to hit, and tap my feet and look at that spot. If somebody is standing there, then I think, that person is going down!”

With her arm hurting, Detloff made just one shot put attempt (she got 12th with 36-1), then got an ice-pack taped to her arm, as per instructions by event coach Wayne Becklin. With conference coming up Tuesday and Thursday, she and her coaches are hoping for a quick recovery.

The long-jumpers had a great meet for the second straight year, in part because both years they’ve been able to jump right after the 4-by-100.

“All three of them are in the 4-by-100. Last year, too, they all popped lifetime bests right after the relay,” said jumps coach Bill Martell, “and that happened again.”

Anna Haugen raced around the turn in the 800 on the way to 12th place among 27 runners. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

After placing second behind Minnetonka in the relay, the Elks hustled back for their last couple of jumps. Detloff fouled, then “really nailed one, with maybe a quarter inch left on the board,” said Martell. Her 17-10 3/4 leap was more than 10 inches over her personal best. Daulton followed with a 17-7 that eclipsed the 17-6 she got last year in winning the event. Edwards fouled on a prodigious leap, but came back with a 17-5 on her last attempt, beating her PB (also set at the same meet last year) by five inches.

“It really helps to go right after the 4-by-100,” agreed Edwards, “because then you still have that endorphin high.”

Last year, Daulton was first, Edwards third and Detloff fifth.

True-team is the meet where each team enters three in each event and every score counts, one through 27, rather than regular meets where only the top six, eight or nine count.

Elk junior Chelsea Schlegel took 14th in the 3200 run. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

“This is a super fun meet, with everybody here, especially knowing this will be my last year here,” said Edwards, one of a core group of senior standouts crucial to three years of sustained success.

With stifling low-90’s heat in the afternoon, and a brisk wind into the runners faces on the home stretch all meet, nobody was getting personal-bests in runs. On the other hand, the wind was at the long- and triple-jumpers backs, and probably helped.

The Elk girls will try for their third consecutive championship in the NWSC meet Tuesday and Thursday at Coon Rapids.

Team scoring

1. Lakeville South 880.0

2. Prior Lake  822.5

3. Mounds View 725.0

4. Stillwater 713.5

5. Minnetonka 710.5

6. Lakeville North 643.0

7. Elk River 569.5

8. Forest Lake  495.5

9. Moorhead 450.5



Event results

(27 in each individual event, nine in each relay)

100 hurdles — (1) Kai Mason, Mounds View, 15.74 … Elks: (4) Jordyn Sohns 16.02 (7) Lindsey Lowe 16.40 (25) Jadie Jopp 18.91

300 hurdles — (1) Shaina Burns, Lakeville South, 44.99 … Elks:  (16) Sohns 49.69 (18) Lowe 49.81 (26) Taylor Schimmel;man 53.56

100 dash — (1)  Carolina Bowe, Minnetonka, 12.68 … Elks: (3) Dani Detloff 13.12 (13) Alana Embury 13.50 (15) Molli Detloff 13.54

200 dash — (1) Bowe  26.04 … Elks: (2) D. Detloff 26.17 (17) Embury 27.66 (24) Logan Daulton 28.20

400 dash —(1)  Kelcie Kempenich, Stillwater, 57.99 … Elks: (19) Abby McDonald 1:03.21 (21) Samantha Hendricks 1:03.55 (27) Chelsie Petrich 1:07.96

800 run — (1) Elizabeth Endy, Minnetonka, 2:18.60 … Elk: (12) Anna Haugen 2:26.88 (21) Gabriella Jung 2:32.55 (27) Kennedy Warner 2:36.97

1600 run— (1) Taylor Scholl, Prior Lake, 5:12.84 … Elks: (10) Rachel Ness 5:276.60  (20) Taylor Odegard 5:45.49

3200 run — (1) Scholl 11:02.60 … Elks: (8) Ness 11:37.19 (14) Chelsea Schlegel 11:46.55 (27) Ali Manthey 12:51.69


4-by-100 relay — (1) Minnetonka 49.64 … Elks: (2) 49.90

4-by-200 relay — (1) Stillwater 1:44.23 … Elks: (6) 1:48.97

4-by-800 relay — (1) Minnetonka 9:40.46 … Elks: (7) 10:02.51

4-by-400 relay — (1) Stillwater 3:59.74 … Elks: (6) 4:13.75


Long jump — (1) Burns 17-11 1/4 … Elks: (2) D. Detloff 17-10 1/2 (5) Daulton 17-7 1/4 (8) Edwards 17-5 1/4

Triple jump — (1) Ali Zimmerman, Mounds View, 36-8 1/2 … Elks: (6) Edwards 34-10 3/4 (20) Lowe 32-7 3/4 (21) Mollie McLain  32-5 1/4

High jump — (1) Morgan Pieri, Lakeville South, 5-6 … Elks: (16) Lowe 4-8 (20) Lindsay Madden 4-6 (26) Sohns 4-4

Pole vault — (1) Paige Clements, Mounds View, 11-3 … Elks: (6) Embury 10-0 (19) Laura Crepeau 8-6 (24) Katrina Dufresne 7-6


Shot put — (1) Jordyn Thornton, Lakeville South, 44-3 1/4 … Elks: (12) M. Detloff 36-1 (20) Sidney Wentland 31-11 3/4 (23) Madeline Gregersen 30-8

Discus — (1) Molli Detloff, Elk River, 142-5 … Other Elks: (23) Gregersen 84-10 (24) Sophia Zabee 83-3