Jennen, Norgren lead Otters at CLC meetPublished 11:51am Monday, March 31, 2014
Despite a shorthanded roster due to the choir trip to Chicago, the Fergus Falls track and field team found some success at St. Cloud State University on Saturday at the Central Lakes Conference indoor meet.
Senior Lauren Norgren led the way for the Otter girls, placing in three events. Norgren placed second in the high jump (4-10.00) and claimed seventh in the 200 meter dash (28.86). She also placed sixth in the 4 x 200 relay (2:02.80) with teammates Ally Ringquist, Emma Daniels and Chandler Frigaard.
Emily Ratz, Emily Weidner, Jazmin Reckmo and Emilie Reard finished seventh in the 4 x 800 (11:41.85).
“We were missing a large number of athletes to the choir trip to Chicago. This was a great day to let our young and new athletes stretch their legs,” said head coach Niki Welde. “Senior Lauren Norgren led the day, placing in all three of her events. She is coming into this season strong and with great leadership skills. This first meet is always a great chance for us to see where everyone is physically. It was encouraging to see strong times from our distance girls. Emilie Reard led the pack with two fantastic 800s today. In the shot put, Amanda Nelson led the day with a great season starting performance.”
Jake Jennen led the boys team placing in two different events. Jennen took third in the 1600 (4:50.59) and fifth in the 800 (2:15.56).
Two more Otters placed in the 60 meter dash. Taylor Lemke took fourth (7.45) and Brandon Smith finished in seventh (7.55).
In the team relays, the Otter boys finished eighth in the 4 x 200 (1:47.10) and the 4 x 400 (4:05.11).
“It was great to see the kids we did have compete well,” added head boys coach Randy Hansen. “Jake Jennen was a nice surprise in the 1600, running a faster time than he ran all of last year. Zach Kunz broke 40 feet in the shot put, which is a great accomplishment for a 9th grader. It was also great to see both Taylor and Brandon place in the 60 meter dash. That race should give them both a lot of confidence going forward.”
The Otters placed ninth in both the boys and girls events. Alexandria took the top spot for the girls event, while Sartell-St. Stephen finished first for the boys.