Track: Thunder’s Ortberg nabs state berth in long jump

Cassandra Ortberg of Zimmerman was Section 7AA runner-up in long jump. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


The Zimmerman track team, competing in Class AA for the first time, had one state qualifier – Cassandra Ortberg – on the opening day of Section 7AA Wednesday, while scoring points in three other events.

Ortberg, a junior who’s gone to state in Class A twice, placed second in the long jump with a 17-2 1/4 effort at Princeton, trailing only Andover’s Karlie Hauer (17-7 1/4).

In preliminaries, Ortberg also advanced to Saturdays finals with third in the 100 hurdles and fifth in the 300 hurdles.

Brooke Borchardt placed fifth in both high jump and discus. (Photo by Jeffrey Hage)


Thunder six-foot sophomore Brooke Borchardt  scored points in two events, placing fifth in both the high jump with 4-10 and discus with 104-2.

Two Thunder senior boys placed in the shot put as Alec Seymour threw 52-9 for fourth and Ethan Lunning 52-0 for fifth. Andover’s Thomas Anderson won with 64-1/2.

With the top eight scoring, Thunder senior Anna Huss just missed in two events, placing ninth in long jump finals (16-2 3/4) and ninth in the 100 hurdles prelims.

Most of the finals will be held Saturday, beginning 11 a.m.

Alex Seymour threw 52-9 and placed fourth in shot put. (Photo by Bruce Strand)
Anna Huss placed ninth 100 hurdles and long jump. (Photo by Bruce Strand)