by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Elk River thrower Molli Detloff earned a return trip to the state track meet with a second-place finish in discus at the Section 7AA meet opening day on Wednesday in Princeton.
Three other Elk girls and four boys placed in finals held Wednesday, earning team points. Most of the finals will be held Saturday.
Detloff, a sophomore who placed third at state last year, was sitting third before uncorking a 130-4 throw on her fifth of six attempts. That’s more than 12 feet under her school record set two weeks ago but was enough for second and she had no chance at first anyway.
The defending state champion, St. Francis junior Maggie Ewen, won with towering, 150-8 throw that’s about 20 feet under her personal record.
“She’s beating me by 30 feet,” said Detloff in amazement, referring to PR’s. “She didn’t even throw that well today. She scratched on five throws and still got 150.”
Ewen is a year older, so theoretically Detloff has a shot at state gold when she is a senior.
“I asked if she has a sister. She said she has a younger sister, but she doesn’t throw,” said Detloff. “I said, ‘Perfect!’ ”
The Elks’ section hopes took a blow when Dani Detloff, Molli’s sister, re-injured her hamstring on Tuesday while running in practice. A state qualifier in sprints and relays three times, and a good bet in the long jump as well, Detloff missed most of the conference meet a week earlier and had been hoping to return for sectionals. The Elks hope to substitute her into a relay on Saturday if she can go.
Elk senior Kelly Edwards just missed a state trip in long jump, placing third with 17 feet, 1/4 inch, two inches behind the runner-up. The top two advance. Logan Daulton, a sophomore, was fifth with 16-6 1/2.
Elk eighth-grader Rachel Ness placed third in the 3200 run with 11:20.25. The top two advance to state. Ahead of her were Bg Lake’s Noelle Olson (11:10) and Forest Lake’s Allison Bartlett (11:13).
Girls advancing to finals were Jordyn Sohns, fourth in the 100 hurdles and sixth in the 300 hurdles; Jenna Kivley, eighth in the 200; and Samantha Hendricks, eighth in the 800.
Fanake Ndege, Elk junior, just missed a state trip in triple jump with a personal best 42-9 1/2 for third place, 4 1/2 inches out of second. Kaleb Orrock, Elk senior, placed fifth with 41-7.
Mitchell Weege Elk freshman, placed eighth in the 3200 with 10:05.38. Kevin Weeks, Elk senior, placed eighth in the pole vault with 11-6.
Elk sophomore Morris Dennis had the fastest prelim time in the 400 dash, 50.62.
Also advancing to finals were Logan Grace, second in the 300 hurdles and fifth in the 110 hurdles; Isaac Schwab and Denis Barashevskiy, fifth and sixth in the 200; and Lucas Trapp, eighth in the 800.