Track: Trapp places 3rd, Dennis 6th in state final events

Lucas Trapp (black uniform) of the Elks runs with athletes from Bloomington Jefferson and Eden Prairie in the 800 meters. He placed third. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Lucas Trapp (black uniform) of the Elks runs with Bloomington Jefferson’s Matthew Rosen  and Eden Prairie’s Cal Lawton down the final straightaway  in the 800 meters. He placed third. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

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.

Morris Dennis got on the podium with a sixth-place finish in the 400 meters. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Morris Dennis got on the podium with a sixth-place finish in the 400 meters. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

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.

Sidney Wentland didn' t make top nine in discus but ranked second among the four freshmen. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Sidney Wentland didn’ t make top nine in shot put  but ranked second among the four freshmen. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

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.

Rachel Ness (10) had a good time in the 1600 but placed 12th.

Rachel Ness (16) had a good time in the 1600 but placed 12th.

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.

Elk 4x400 anchor Morris Dennis has to swerve around other third-leg runners  after getting the batan from Nate Wallestad. The Elks took ninth. (Photo by Bruce Strand_

Elk 4×400 anchor Morris Dennis has to swerve around other third-leg runners after getting the baton from Nate Wallestad. The Elks took ninth. (Photo by Bruce Strand_

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