Track: Elks’ Detloff gains ‘state’ in discus; six Elks score on first day of section

Molli Detloff of Elk River qualified for the state meet by placing second in discus in Section 7AA on Wednesday at UM-Duluth while Fanada Ndege just missed in the triple jump.


Most of the event finals will be held Saturday.


Detloff, a junior, qualified in discus with a heave of 140-6. The winner was defending state champion Maggie Ewen of St. Francis with 158-7.


Ndege, a senior, placed third in triple jump with 43-1 1/2. Nicholas Krouse of Andover won with 45-3 and Kenechu Udejiofor of Hermantown was a half-inch ahead of Ndege with 43-2. Results released by the section had Ndege in second place, which is what the Star News reported earlier. Coach Brian Gilbertson confirmed that Ndege was officially third and that there had been a mix-up in whether Ndege had a 43-3 1/2 or 43-1 1/2 when the officials were scoring the competition.

Elk athletes scoring points in other finals were freshman Lucas Trapp, fifth in the 3200 with 10:06.96; senior Odrey Bechtel, sixth in pole vault with 11-6; eighth-grader Kennedy Warner, seventh in the 3200 with 12:02.66; and sophomore Jacob Buhl, eighth in triple jump with 40-1/2.


Elk girls qualifying for finals in prelims were Lindsey Lowe and Jordyn Sohns in both hurdle events, Detloff in the 100 dash, Rachel Ness and Samantha Hendricks in the 800. Lowe had the fastest 300H (46.71) and Sohns had the fastest 100H (15.73).


Elk boys qualifying for finals were Logan Grace in both hurdle races, Mitch Peterzen in the 300 hurdles, Denis Bardashevskiy and Isaac Schwab in the 200, Morris Dennis in the 400 and Ryan Trapp in the 800.