Track: Elk boys are a close 3rd in true-team section

Mitch Peterzen took seventh in the intermediate hurdles here and sixth in the highs. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Mitch Peterzen took seventh in the intermediate hurdles here and sixth in the highs. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

The Elk River boys placed a strong third in a close Section 4AAA true-team meet at their home track on Tuesday, edged by two conference rivals.

Champlin Park won with 821.5 points, followed by Andover with 810 and Elk River 806. Coon Rapids was right behind with 788.

Lucas Trapp battled Andover's Christopher Meados in the 3200. Meados and Trapp finished 1-2. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Lucas Trapp battled Andover’s Christopher Meados in the 3200. Meados and Trapp finished 1-2. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

“Champlin Park is pretty good, and we only lost to them by 15 points — that’s less than one point per event,” said Elk coach Brian Gilbertson. “We were definitely gunning for it. We knew this was our best chance to go to state since the split with Rogers and Zimmerman (10 years ago). We’ve been in the fifth to eighth range since then, until this year.”

Logan Grace took both hurdles races and the Elks also won the 4×400 and 4×800 relays.

Grace had three firsts as he also led off the winning 4×400 team. That group  included Riley Filipovich, Fanaka Ndege and Ryan Trapp.

Ndege uncorked a career-best 43-5 triple jump to place second ran on both first-place relays. The 4×800 team had Nate Webster, Ndege, Mitchell Weege and Lucas Trapp.

Ryan Trapp was second in the 3200 and third in the 800. Lucas Trapp was second in the 3200. Morris Dennis took third in the 400 dash and seventh in the 100. Christopher Thorndal placed fourth in pole vault.

Gilbertson lauded Grace for his three firsts, Dennis for scoring in three sprints and his strong 400 especially, Ndege for his versatility, and Filipovich for doing four events and Ryan Trapp for three events.

Riley Filipovich took the baton from Isaac Schwab in the 4x200. The Elks were 4th in the event. (Photo by Bruce)

Riley Filipovich took the baton from Isaac Schwab in the 4×200. The Elks were 4th in the event. (Photo by Bruce)

Asked if the true-team outcome showed the Elks are also a Northwest Suburban Conference contender (because eight NWSC teams are in it), Gilbertson said:

“Well, we think were are in the mix. Champlin Park has some big guns. They’ve got people in every event and they have some big-time sprinters and throwers. Maybe they’ve got too much top-end talent, but maybe we can stay with them, with  our depth.”

The Elks have a dual meet at Champlin Park on Tuesday. The NWSC meet is slated for May 21 and 23 at Coon Rapids.

Team scoring
1. Champlin Park 821.5
2. Andover 810
3. Elk River 806
4. Coon Rapids  788
5. Anoka 652
6. Osseo 588
7. Maple Grove 565
8. Park Center 516.5
9. Rogers 431

Christian Tobin launches one of his attempts in shot put. He placed xxxx. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Christian Tobin launches one in the shot put. He placed eighth. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

How Elk boys placed
110 high hurdles — (1) Logan Grace 15.45 (6) Mitch Peterzen 16.3 (20) Derek Cross 18.4
300 intermediate hurdles — (1) Grace 39.76 (7) Peterzen 43.09 (15) Bryan Edwards 44.67
100 dash — (7) Morris Dennis 11.61  (21) Abel Remi 12.21 (23) Trent Pink 12.30
200 dash — (8) Denis Bardashevsky 23.43 (10) Isaac Schwab 23.65 (13) Dennis 23.93
400 dash — (3) Dennis 51.10 (8) Riley Filipovich 52.92  (23) Cameron Barringer 55.97
800 run — (3) Ryan Trapp 2:01.82 (9) Jeremy Hanson 2:08.42 (16) Nathan Webser 2:12.26
1600 run — (2) Ryan Trapp  4:30.46 (8) Jeremy Hanson 4:47.99 (11) Breck Hickman 4:52.97
3200 run — (2) Lucas Trapp 10:01.43 (9) Mitchell Weege 10:24.37 (16) Hickman 10:48.39
4×100 relay — (3) Elks 44.17
4×200 relay — (4) Elks 1:33.38
4×400 relay — (1) Elks 3:27.52
4×800 relay — (1) Elks 8:16.53
Shot put — (8) Christian Tobin 42-10 (19) Nicholas Labatt 39-5 (26) Austin Heston 36-0
Long jump — (9) Jacob Buhl 20-3 (10) Ndege 20-1 (14) Edwards 19-7
Triple jump — (2) Ndege 43-5 (16) Buhl 39-3 1/2 (17) Queety Badio 39-3 1/4
High jump — (11) Max Person 5-10 (13) William Hoff 5-8 (16) Filipovich 5-6
Pole vault — (4) Christopher Thorndal 11-0 (9) Odrey Bechtel 11-0 (16) Barringer 9-6

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