Elk River athletes at the state track meet advanced to the Class AA finals in three events on Friday while Zimmerman’s Cassie Ortberg established herself as a high medal contender in hurdles, at Hamline in St. Paul.
Elk junior Morris Dennis had the fifth-best prelim time in the 400 dash (49.24). The 4×400 team including Logan Grace, Dennis, Riley Filipovich and Ryan Trapp had the ninth-best prelim (3:22.10) and the top nine advance.
Elk senior Jordyn Sohns had the sixth-best prelim time in 100 hurdles with 15.28, a personal best.
Ortberg, a senior who took second in the 300 intermediates last year, posted the fourth-best prelim time, 44.85. In the long jump finals, she placed ninth with 16-7 3/4.
Molli Detloff, Elk junior who qualified in three events, had a disappointing day. With the 100 dash, 4×100 relay and discus all held at the same time, she fouled all three times in discus, and didn’t make finals in the other two. Her 100 time of 12.90 was well behind her section times.
The relay team with Hannah Van Eps, Chelsey Petrichh, Ava Kramer and Detloff ran 50.71, better than their section time, but didn’t make the top nine.
“Molli was too busy, got tired, and her knee hurt,” said coach Steve Hamilton.
He added that Detloff wanted to try multiple events this year, but they would talk about having her just throw next year as a senior. Detloff placed third at state in ninth grade when she didn’t have another event, and 13th last year when she had the 4×100 as well.
The Elk boys 4×200 team did not advance to finals. The 4×800 team did not have prelims.
On Saturday, the 4×800 group will run at 9 a.m., Sohns at 9:55, Rachel Ness in the 1600 at 10:42, Dennis at 11:21, and the 4×400 at 12:26.
Ortbeg’s final will be at 11:31, and Thunder shot-putter Amber Magnussen’s event starts at 9 a.m.