by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Elk River tracksters took home two medals from the state track meet in the seven events for which they qualified.
In finals Saturday at Hamline, the girls 4-by-100 team of Molli Detloff, Alana Embury, Kelly Edwards and Logan Dauton took seventh with 49.38, beating their 49.70 prelim time.
Jordyn Sohns, Elk junior, placed ninth in the 100 hurdles.
“Our relay did really well, especially not having Dani,” said Edwards, referring to the team’s fastest member, Dani Detloff, who missed conference, section and state with a hamstring pull.
The Elk quartet got under 50 seconds at state for the first time.
Edwards met disappointment in the triple jump. She got 34-4 3/4 in the only attempt she didn’t scratch, not making finals. Her last of three jumps was a big one that probably would have put her in the finals.
“She would have gotten in the 36’s, maybe 37, on that one,” said Bill Martell, the jumps coach. “That was too bad.”
Sohns, who had the ninth-best 100-meter prelim time (15.29) to make the finals, stayed in ninth place with a 15.41 final, just off her prelim 15.29.
“She was a little slower today, but yesterday was when most pressure was on, and she came through,” said hurdles coach Brenda Holmgren. “Logan, too, ran his second best time. I’m very proud of both of them.”
Logan Grace, Elk junior, missed finals in the 300 intermediates on Friday, placing 11th with 39.82.
Both Elk 4-by-800 teams, coming off section runner-up finishes where they set school records, were both slower at state and finished back in the pack on Saturday.
The girls eam of Rachel Ness, Samantha Hendricks, Anna Haugen and Abby McDonald placled 12th with 9:44.47, over 12 seconds off their section time.
The boys team of Andrew Konczal, Fanaka Ndege, Lucas Trapp and Ryan Trapp placed 15th with 8:21.14, twenty seconds slower than their section time.
The Elks other state qualifier was Molli Detloff in discus, who placed 13th Friday.