Track: Edwards, Detloff wrap up conference crown for Elk girls

Kelly Edwards triple-jumped a personal best 35-5 and won the conference gold. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

It was up to Kelly Edwards and Molli Detloff to nail down the conference track championship for Elk River on Friday.

Which made their coaches and teammates feel pretty good about the Elks’ chances.

“They are both rock-solid individuals,” said coach Russ Gnan, after Edwards won the triple jump and Detloff placed second in shot put at Coon Rapids to secure the Elks’ third consecutive crown.
“They both had lifetime bests today. It was a good way to finish out the meet.”

Molli Detloff's PB of 38-8 earned second place in shot put. She won discus Tuesday. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Edwards, a senior seeded fourth, glided 35 feet, 5 inches in the event once called hop-skip-and-jump, beating Champlin Park’s top-seeded Melanie Hill (34-10 1/2).

Detloff, a sophomore who won discus on Tuesday, was shot put runner-up with a 38-8 heave, grimacing through occasional pain from a strain of her tricep. Courtney Pasiowitz of Coon Rapids won with 41-3 3/4.

The Elks, who held a slight lead over three other teams in an extremely close Northwest Suburban Conference meet with those two events left, pulled away to win by 15 with 100.5 points. Osseo had 85.5, Champlin Park 83, Blaine 81 and Armstrong 79.

“We figured out last night that even if we just stay where we are seeded, we are probably going to win,” said Gnan. “And they both out-performed what was expected.”

Edwards, whose previous best 34-11 came at state true-team a week earlier, went 35-3 in the opening round and 35-5 on her next-to-last jump.

“Her first jump in the finals, she came out flying, and scratched by about an inch and a half,” said jumps coach Bill Martell. “We moved her back a couple inches and that one was perfect.”

Edwards, a co-captain, was well aware what was at stake.

“I wanted to help us win (team title) again, and it helped having a lot of people around me,” said Edwards.

She added that notching her first individual conference gold was a nice bonus.

“I didn’t even have that (listed) as one of my goals this year so I was real happy with that.”

One thing she did have listed was making state in the long or triple jump, which comes up for her and the Elks next Wednesday and Saturday at Section 7AA in Princeton.

The Elks managed to retain their NWSC championship status despite scoring zero points in the three sprints, with their standout senior Dani Detloff, the team leader in points, sidelined by a minor hamstring problem.

“What people may not realize is that we are good because we have a lot of good athletes,” said Gnan. “We’ve never  been just the Dani Detloff Show. We had a great showing in all our field events.”

Team scoring

1. Elk River 100.5
2. Osseo  85.5
3. Champlin Park  83.0
4. Blaine 81.0
5. Armstrong 79.0
6. Andover 68.5
7. Coon Rapids 58.0
8. Centennial  46.0
9. Anoka 41.5
10. Maple Grove 27.0
Park Center 27.0

Event leaders

100 hurdles — (1) Michelle Ndely, Champlin Park, 15.54 … Elks: (3) Jordyn Sohns 15.69 (7) Lindsey Lowe 16.47
300 hurdles — (1) Amber Harris, Coon Rapids, 46.46 … Elks: (4) Sohns 48.08

100 dash — (1) Phillis Webb, Osseo, 12.18
200 dash — (1) Anuli Okonkwo, Osseo, 25.35
400 dash — (1) Raquel Thelen, Andover, 59.95
800 run — (1) Megan Kienholz, Centennial, 2:16.80 … Elks: (5) Samantha Hendricks 2:25.24
1600 run —(1) Katelyn Fritz, Anoka, 5:11.48 … Elks: (4) Rachel Ness 5:20.23
3200 run — (1) Melissa Cabak, Armstrong, 11:07.08 … Elks: (5) Ness 11:38.28 (8) Chelsea Schlegel 11:55.47

4-by-100 relay — (1) Andover 49.44 …. Elks: (2) Molli Detloff, Alana Embury, Kelly Edwards, Logan Daulton 50.49
4-by-200 relay — (1) Osseo 1:43.26 … Elks: (5) Embury, Josie Brown, Jenna Kivley, Daulton, 1:50.62
4-by-400 relay — (1) Osseo 4:06.15 … Elks: (3) Anna Haugen, Embury, Chelsey Petrich, Abigail McDonald 4:08.77
4-by-800 relay — (1) Centennial 9:48.03 … Elks: (3) Haugen, Gabrielle Jung, Kennedy Warner, 9:59.26

Long jump — (1) Brianna Puckett, Osseo, 19-1 3/4 … Elks: (4) Dani Detloff 17-1 1/2 (7) Edwards 16-8 1/2 (8) Daulton 16-6
Triple jump — (1) Edwards 35-5
High jump — (1) Nicole Christenson, Coon Rapids, 5-4 … Elks: (6) Lindsay Madden 4-10
Pole vault — (1) Embury 10-0 … Other Elks: (8) Laura Crepeau  9-3

Shot put — (1) Courtney Pasiowitz, Coon Rapids, 41-3 3/4 … Elks: (2) M. Detloff 38-8
Discus — (1) M. Detloff 130-3