Track: Thunder host their first track meet with Elks, Royals, Mora as guests

Zimmerman senior track star Cassie Ortberg, in her first-ever race at home, finished just behind Elk River's Jordyn Sohns in the 100 hurdles. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Zimmerman senior track star Cassie Ortberg (front), in her first-ever race at home, finished just behind Elk River’s Jordyn Sohns in the 100 hurdles. Ortberg won the 300H.  (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Zimmerman High School, in its 10th year, had another special “first” on Tuesday, hosting a track meet for the first time.

The Thunder’s District 728 siblings Elk River and Rogers were on hand for the occasion along with a conference rival, Mora.

“Our first home track meet was a really special for our students, staff, and community,” said activities director Jaime Hilyar, an ERHS alum. “Having Elk River and Rogers at the event made it even more special.”

Elk River senior Ryan Trapp (left) nipped his freshman brother Lucas in the 800. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Elk River senior Ryan Trapp (left) nipped his freshman brother Lucas in the 800. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Watching students from the district intermingle and then compete fiercely against one another was “like best friends competing, nobody wants to lose and the intensity picks up.”

Zimmerman’s track was constructed last fall. The original home opener slated for April 9 against Mora and Milaca was canceled due to winter weather. The Thunder, coached by Jennelle LeBlanc, will host one more meet, May 21 against conference rivals Little Falls, Princeton and Becker.

Hilyar expressed appreciation to Elk and Royal coaches for advice throughout the entire process including design of the track, ordering equipment, and running a meet.

ZHS and the community pitched in enthusiastically.

“It was really cool to see how many staff members and parents agreed to help with the meet,” said Hilyar in a memo to the staff. “Without you, this would have been a difficult task to pull off. This also allowed Jennelle and her coaches to truly focus on coaching our students. Jennelle and her coaching staff did a wonderful job!”

Elk senior Molli Detloff nears the tape in the 4x100 with Zimmerman's Bailey Bright bring her team in second. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Elk senior Molli Detloff nears the tape in the 4×100 with Zimmerman’s Bailey Bright bringing her team in second. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

The A.D. added that Fairview Medical Staff donated  $4,000 toward a new timing system, in large part through the efforts  of Karen Pensinger. He’s working on the rest of the funding needed.

Elk River won both the boys and girls meets, with the Rogers boys and Thunder girls placing second.

One of the most intriguing races was girls 100 hurdles where two past state qualifiers dueled and Elk River’s Jordyn Sohns nipped Zimmerman’s Cassie Ortberg. In the 300 hurdles, Orberg cruised to first place with the Elks’ Lindsey Lowe second.

Zimmerman assistant coach Cassandra Olson preps a group of Thuder runners preparing for  the 4x100 relay. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Zimmerman assistant coach Cassandra Olson preps a group of Thuder runners preparing for the 4×100 relay. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

Another run run was Elk River’s Trapp brothers dueling elbow-to-elbow the last 200 meters of the 800, with Ryan, a senior, edging Lucas, a freshman, by .19 of a second. Lucas is a two-time state qualifier in cross country and a potential state champion. Ryan captained a state-qualifying CC team last fall.

“I can beat him in the 800 and it’s a tossup in the 1600, but everything beyond that, he’s better,” acknowledged Ryan.

Said Lucas: “I really wanted him today. He beat me last year (in this race).”

Ryan said they’d probably both run the 800 in other meets, too.

Sprinters from Elk River, Rogers, Zimmerman and Mora compete in one of many heats of the 100 dash. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Sprinters from Elk River, Rogers, Zimmerman and Mora compete in one of many heats of the 100 dash. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

Other Zimmerman winners in their first home meet were Dustin Neseth in shot put, Megann Seymour in triple jump and Brooke Borchardt in high jump. Amber Magnussen was runner-up in shot put and discus behind Elk River standout Molli Detloff, who also won the 100 and anchored a 4×100 win.

BOYS
Team scoring

1. Elk River 129.3
2. Rogers 67.3
3. Mora 39.3
4. Zimmerman 36

Event leaders

110 high hurdles — (1) Logan Grace, ER, 15.25 (2) Zach Dohmen, Rog, 15.84
300 int. hurdles — (1) Grace 40.77 (2) Dohmen 41.14
100 dash —(1) Morris Dennis, ER, 11.06 (2) Samuel Marohn, Mora, 11.59
200 dash — (1) Dennis 23.06 (2) Travis Carr, Zim, 23.81
400 dash — (1) Hunter Naab, Mora, 53.27 (2) Isaac Aanerud, Rog, 53.94
800 run — (1) Ryan Trapp, ER, 2:00.62 (2) Lucas Trapp, ER, 200.81
1600 run — (1) Reed Parent, Rog, 4:29.97 (2) Tyler Asmus, Zim, 5:04.41
3200 run — (1) Breck Hickman, ER, 10:33.31 (2) Brendan Johnson, Mora, 10:40.87
4×100 relay — (1) Elk River 45.51 (2) Zimmerman 46.45
4×200 relay — (1) Elk River 1:32.70 (2) Mora 1:33.57
4×400 relay — (1) Elk River 3:31.15 (2) Rogers 3:37.39
4×800 relay — (1) Rogers 8:57.03 (2) Zimmerman 9:20.2
Shot put — (1) Dustin Neseth, Zim, 44-0 (2) Christian Tobin, ER, 42-10
Discus — (1) Trent Rgonti, Rog, 141-8 (2) Caleb Weinand, Mora, 116-8
Long jump — (1) Fanaka Ndege, ER, 19-3 (2) Jacob Buhl, ER, 18-10
Triple jump — (1) Ndege 40-10 (2) Trevor Anderson, Mora, 39-10
High jump — (1) Marohn 6-0 (2) Mitchelle Bracket, Rog, 5-10
Pole vault — (1) Odrey Bechtel, ER, 10-6 (2) Christopher Thorndal, ER, 10-0

Elk River's Kennedy Warner leads the pack in the 1600 meter run. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Elk River’s Kennedy Warner leads the pack in the 1600 meter run. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

GIRLS
Team scoring

1. Elk River 155
2. Zimmerman 74
3. Mora 42
4. Rogers 2

Event leaders

100 hurdles — (1) Jordyn Sohns, ER, 15.56 (2) Cassie Ortberg, Zim, 15.77
300 hurdles — (1) Ortberg 47.13 (2) Lindsey Lowe, ER, 49.76
100 dash — (1) Molli Detloff, ER, 12.77 (2) Hannah VanEps, ER, 13.32
200 dash — (1) Shayne Schoenfelder, ER,  27.91 (2) Ava Kramer, ER, 28.82
400 dash — (1) Courtney Madden, ER, 1:06.59 (2) Chelsey Petrich, ER, 1:06.88
800 run — (1) Rachel Ness, ER, 2:25.78 (2) Anna Haugen, ER, 2:29.84
1600 run — (1) Kennedy Warner, ER,  5:35.25 (2) Jessica Klutch, ER, 5:48.53
3200 run — (1) Sharmae Coleman-Miles, Mora, 11:48.30 (2) Maria Brown, ER, 12:34.94
4×100 relay — (1) Elk River 51.94 (2) Zimmerman 54.00
4×200 relay — (1) Elk River 1:50.21 (2) Zimmerman 1:59.68
4×400 relay — (1) Elk River 3:31.15 (2) Rogers 3:37.39
4×800 relay — (1) Mora 11.13.71 (2) Zimmerman 12:17.91
Shot put — (1) Detloff 40-6 1/2 (2) Amber Magussen, Zim, 35-9
Discus — (1) Detloff 123-0 (2) Magnussen 99-1
Long jump — (1) Ortberg 16-4 (2) Stephanie Hanowski, ER, 14- 1/4
Triple jump — (1) Megann Seymour, Zim, 32-3 1/2 (2) Sidney Wentland, ET, 29-.7
High jump — (1) Brooke Borchardt, Zim, 4-10 (2) Rosemary Edberg, Mora, 4-10
Pole vault — (1) Callie Smith, Mora, 7-6 (2) Marissa VanTassel, ER, 7-0

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