Track: Elk girls eke out another true-team crown, head for 4th state meet in row

Molli Detloff takes the baton across the body to her left hand from Ava Gardner in the 4x100 because her right thumb was burned. Nonetheless the Elks won the event at the true-team sectional. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Molli Detloff takes the baton to her right hand from Ava Kramer in the 4×100 because her left thumb was burned. The Elks placed third. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

The Elk River girl tracksters had many holes to fill in the lineup this year, and a new coach, but the Elks have still stretched their Section 4AAA true-team dynasty into a fourth year.

On their home track, the Elks, led by junior Molli Detloff but getting contributions from literally every class, 7 through 12, piled up 871.5 points, overtaking Anoka in late events Tuesday. Anoka had 858 and Maple Grove was third with 778.5 in a nine-team meet.

“Russ Gnan really got this thing going, and we were able to win another one,” said Elk coach Steve Hamilton, referring to the coach the past 19 years who resigned. “And he comes today and helps run the meet, too.

“We had a ton of help from our young girls today … We have really good senior leadership which you need with so many young athletes.”

Captains are Detloff and seniors Jordyn Sohns, Anna Haugen, Lindsey Lowe and Chelsey Petrich.

The Elks graduated four of their top athletes from 2012, and had four others drop track this spring to concentrate on soccer, so picking up another true-team title was no easy feat. The Elks will also try for a fourth straight title in the Northwest Suburban Conference and in the regular section meet.

Kennedy Warner catches her breath after the 3200 which went well for the Elks. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Kennedy Warner catches her breath after the 3200 which went well for the Elks. She placed third. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Their win Tuesday on a (finally!) sun-kissed afternoon and evening, before a festive home crowd, secured a fourth straight trip the state true-team meet at Stillwater on Friday, May 17.

Detloff, competing hard despite a painful burn on her left thumb from an accident over the weekend, won discus with a heave of 120-7 and placed third in shot put with 36-2, while anchoring a 4×100 third-place, in which she had to take the handoff with her left rather than right hand because of the burn injury. She also placed sixth in the 100 dash.

“Molly really toughed it out,” said Hamilton. “She was in tears running the 100, from the pain. She only had a day to work on changing the handoff. She’s a real team player. We can’t win this thing without her.”

Detloff got that handoff from eighth-grader Ava Kramer, and there was a slight hesitation that cost them a fraction of a second but it went remarkably well under the circumstance. Detloff’s other 4×100 teammates were seventh-graders Hannah Van Eps and Shane Schoenfelder.

Elk River 4x400 anchor Anna Haugen churns toward the tape, with relay teammates Chelsey Petrich and Rachel Ness looking on. The Elks won the event. Taylor Odegard was the other member. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Elk River 4×400 anchor Anna Haugen churns toward the tape, with relay teammates Chelsey Petrich and Rachel Ness looking on. The Elks won the event. Taylor Odegard was the other member. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Meanwhile, Haugen anchored two relay victories and placed second in the open 800 behind freshman teammate Rachel Ness. Haugen missed much of the Nordic Ski season with a back injury from a fall, but the three-sport, 16-letter athlete is back contributing strongly in her last prep season. “Anna is our closer,” said the coach.

The 4×800 team of sophomore Gabriela Jung, junior Jessica Klutch, junior Courtney Madden and Haugen won the day’s first event, and the 4×400 team of soph Taylor Odegard, Petrich, Ness and Haugen took the final event.

Ness won the 800 in 2:25, Haugen was next in 2:28 and soph Samantha Hendricks placed ninth for a big package that  put the Elks solidly in contention in the third-to-last event.

Ness was also second in the 1600 and eight-grader Kennedy Warner was fourth. Warner then led a strong showing by the Elks in the 3200 run, placing third. “Kennedy did the dirty double tonight,” said Haugen admiringly, referring to the sport’s two longest races.

Maddie Gregerson placed sixth in shot put for the Elks. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Maddie Gregerson placed sixth in shot put for the Elks. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

In hurdles, Sohns won the 100 with Lowe third. In the 300, Lowe was second, Sohns fifth and junior Rebecca Sultany 10th. In field events, eighth-grader Sidney Wentland took fourth in shot (35-6). ninth in discus, and 12th in triple jump.

Team scoring
1. Elk River 871.5
2. Anoka 858
3. Maple Grove 778.5
4. Coon Rapids  725
5. Champlin Park 718
6. Andover 581.5
7. Osseo 554.5
8. Rogers 488.5
9. Park Center 411.5

How Elk girls placed
100 hurdles — (1) Jordyn Sohns 16.00 (3) Lindsey Lowe 16.49 (15) Jadie Jopp 18.46
300 hurdles — (2) Lowe 47.67 (5) Sohns 49.55 (10) Rebecca Sultany 51.82
100 dash — (5) Molli Detloff 13.38  (11) Hannah Van Eps 13.78 (14) Shayne Schoenfelder 13.80
200 dash — (11) Schoenfelder 28.14 (13) Chelsey Petrich 28.32 (22) Dakotah Berg 29.27
400 dash — (6) Emily Johnson 1:05.02 (10) Taylor Odegard 1:05.94 (12) Courtney Madden 1:06.27
800 run — (1) Rachel Ness 2:25.15 (2) Anna Haugen 2:28.31 (9) Samantha Hendricks 2:32.87
1600 run — (2) Ness 5:22.76 (4) Kennedy Warner 5:25.68 (21) Ali Mathei 6:03.10
3200 run — (3) Warner 12:13.92 (5) Maria Brown 12:23.71 (9) Kari Radke 12:24.91
4×100 relay — (3) Elks 51.83

Kari Radke took a deep breath after placing ninth in the 3200. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Kari Radke took a deep breath after placing ninth in the 3200. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

4×200 relay — (4) Elks 1:49.94
4×400 relay — (1) Odegard, Petrich, Ness, Haugen 4:14.59
4×800 relay — (1) Gabrielle Jung, Jessica Klutch, Courtney Madden, Anna Haugen, 10:03.9
Shot put — (3) Detloff 36-2 3/4 (4) Wentland 35-6 (6) Maddie Gregerson 33-9 1/2
Discus — (1) Detloff 120-7 (5) Sophie Zabee 95-1 (9) Wentland 91-7
Long jump — (11) Johnson 13-9 3/4 (16) Gina Honek 13-6 (19) Schoenfelder 13-1/2
Triple jump — (12) Sidney Wentland 30-7 (17) Honek 29-11 (23) Jopp 28-8 3/4
High jump — (5) Lowe 4-8 (12) Sohns 4-8 (23) Emily Loberg 4-2
Pole vault — (21) Kailey Erdahl 6-0 (22) Marissa VanTassel 6-0 (23) Becca Brummer 6-0

 

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