Track: Thunder’s Ortberg leads 728 area athletes at state track prelims
Zimmerman hurdler Cassandra Ortberg had the second-best time in the 300 hurdles preliminaries Friday at the state track meet, the top performance among District 728 athletes there.
Ortberg, a junior competing in Class AA for the first time after qualifying twice in Class A, won her heat with a career-best 44.69 at Hamline, well under her 45.42 at section that was .02 behind a Forest Lake hurdler who did not make finals Friday.
Thief River Falls eighth-grader Meleah Biermaier won the other heat with a torrid 43.33 and Lakeville South’s Shaina Burns matched Ortberg’s time of 44.69.
Ortberg’s other event didn’t go as well, as her 15-10 long jump placed 12th and didn’t make the finals. She had gone 17-2 1/4 at sectionals.
Also advancing to finals were Elk River’s Jordyn Sohns in the 100 hurdles, the Elks 4-by-100 girls relay, along with Rogers’ Madeline Schaeffer in the 300 hurdles.
Elk sophomore discus thrower Molli Detloff was not close to her best with a 125-4 that placed 13th. Her PR was 142-9 this year and she placed third at state last year with 132-0.
Sohns had the ninth-best prelim time in the 100 hurdles at 15.29 (beating her first-place section run of 15.38) to grab the last slot in the finals.
The Elk 400 quartet of Detloff, Alana Embury, Kelly Edwards and Logan Daulton had the fifth-best prelim time, 49.70, beating their section qualifying time of 50.17. Hopkins had the best time, 48.56.
Schaeffer posted the eighth-best prelim time in 300 hurdles, 45.67, slightly behind her 45.46 that won her section.
Caleb LeClaire, Rogers senior, placed 16th in the 3200 meter finals with 9:58.28. He had run a PR of 9:43.18 in the section to qualify.
Logan Grace, Elk River junior, took fifth in his heat of the 300 intermediate hurdles with 39.82 and did not advance to the finals. He was slightly off his qualifying time of 39.74.
Two Elk 4-by-800 relay teams that placed second at sectionals will compete in the first event of finals on Saturday, the girls at 9 a.m. and the boys at 9:13 a.m.
Sohns’ 100 hurdles final is set for 9:33 a.m., while the Elk 4-by-100 team will run at 11:13 a.m., and Ortberg and Schaeffer in the 300 hurdles final is set for 11:23 a.m.