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FF track opens season at Moorhead

Published 10:40am Monday, March 25, 2013

MOORHEAD — Though the weather outside is frightful, the Fergus Falls track and field team found the Concorida College indoor track more than delightful as they kicked off their 2013 season Friday.

“This has been a very interesting spring so far,” Otter boys coach Randy Hansen said. “It has been very difficult to get meaningful training in.”

Fergus Falls girls coach Niki Welde’s comments concurrent with her fellow coach.

“It is hard to believe that we had our first meet. It has been a whirlwind start to our season. With the weather and other activities wrapping up, we had our team together for the first time this past week.”

Well, there is no time like to the present as the Otters took on the competition with positive results.

In boys action, Connor Danielson was able to open the season with a win in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:58.43, while teammate Al Suek captured second in the shotput with a throw of 43’3.

“Connor turned in a nice performance in the 1600, as did Al Suek in the Shot. Al is already throwing better than he did at the end of last year and Connor picked up just about where he left off,” Hansen added.

Travis Seidel took home a third place finish in the triple jump for Fergus.

Other top finishers for the Otters were the 4×200 relay team of Brandon Smith, Mitchell Nacke, Mitchell Cole and Taylor Lemke taking third with a time of 1:41.45, Clay Danielson in the 1600 meter run (5:03.68), Mitchell Cole (fourth, high jump), Hayden Devorak (fourth, triple jump), Kaleb Rotering (fourth, shotput), Smith (fifth, long jump), Lemke (fifth, 200 meter dash) and the 4×800 team of Clay Danielson, Cal Mouritsen, Jacob Jennen and Connor Danielson (fourth, 9:27.94).

“We are a very young team and it will be fun to see how we develop over the course of the season.”

The Fergus Falls girls started off their season with a some key places as Morgan Hensch took second in the triple jump with a distance of 31’9.5 and the 4×800 relay team of Kayla Jarandson, Emily Ratz, Johanna Schmidt and Emilie Reard captured second with a time of 11:48.74.

Hensch also finished in fifth in the 55 meter hurdles (10.59) and sixth (4’8) in the high jump.

“We had great performances considering the quick start to the season we have had. Morgan Hensch stood out in all three of her events for us. She is picking up where she left off last year at this time,” stated Welde.

Other top placers for the Otters included Samantha Velde finished in third in the shot put with a distance of 31’5.25, CallieAnn Hoffbeck in the long jump (fifth, 14’4.50), 400 meter dash (fifth, 1:08.33) and 200 meter dash (sixth, 29.08) and Paige Larson in the 1600 meter run (fifth, 6:03.22).

The Otters next scheduled meet was suppose to be at home on April 2, but the event has been canceled.

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