by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Elk River’s Lucas Trapp placed third in the 800 run and Morris Dennis placed sixth in the 400 dash on Saturday at the state Class AA track meet at Hamline, with the Elks otherwise not having a productive final day.
Athletes competed in a light but steady rain the whole meet with the temperature in the high 50’s.
Trapp, a sophomore, ran a personal best 1:53.1, after his 1:54.93 in the preliminaries. He got the third-place medal behind Bloomington Jefferson’s Matthew Rosen (1:52.32) and Eden Prairie’s Cal Lawton (1:52.90), both seniors. Trapp was the only sophomore in the finals.
Dennis, a senior, took sixth with 49.64, after setting a personal best of 48.78 in the prelims. Michael Smith of Wayzata won in 47.99.
The boys 4×400 team was eight seconds slower than its prelim time and placed ninth among nine Matthew Olson, Trapp, Nathan Wallestad and Dennis had run a 3:21.35 in the prelims but struggled to a 3:29.25 in the finals. The event was won by Wayzata in 3:18.57.
In Trapp’s first event, the 1600, he placed last among 15 runners. He was in mid-pack after two laps and eased up to save his energy for the 800 and the relay. His time was 4:43.90, after winning the section with 4:26.24.
Elk sophomore Rachel Ness placed 12th among 17 in the 1600 run despite a strong 5:10.35 which was 11 seconds under her section time. She was sixth at state last year with 5:05.3. It was a much faster race this time led by Shakopee’s Tess Misgen in 4:50.78.
The Elk girls who placed 1-2 in the section shot put did not advance to finals at state.
Both Molli Detloff and Sidney Wentland had 36-11.25 for their best throw. Detloff had one foul, slipping on the wet surface. Lakeville South’s Shaina Burns won with 44-10.5. At the section meet, Detloff threw a PR 41-0 and Wentland had 37-11.5.
Detloff, a senior who’ll throw at North Dakota next year, placed third in discus on Friday for the Elk girls lone medal this year.
Wentland was one of only four freshman qualifiers and placed second among that group.