Otters track claim 11 firsts at Wild OatesPublished 10:44am Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The Fergus Falls track and field team started its outdoor season with a strong performance, winning 11 events as the Otters hosted the Wild Oats Invitational Tuesday .
In boys action, last season state qualifier Connor Danielson claimed two first place finishes, winning the 800m (2:06) and 1600m (4:39) runs. Danielson was joined on the top podium by teammates Jacob Jennen (3200m, 10:37), Al Suek (shot put, 48’03) and Hayden Vogel (discus, 132’05).
Taylor Lemke (100m, 11.26) and Mitchell Cole (high jump, 5’10) each took runner-up honors in their respective events. Other individual placers for the Otters included Zach Kunz in discus (third, 121’06), Vogl in shot put (43’08), Cole in triple jump (38’05.5), Suek in discus (120’06), Brandon Smith in the 100 (fifth, 11.65) and long jump (fifth, 18-03), Luke Velde in discus (sixth, 119’06) and Michael Ervin in the 400m (sixth, 56.58).
The boys 4×100 relay team claimed first with a time of 46.53. The 4 x 200 (1:44.00) and the 4 x 400 (3:53.00) relay teams each finished in third.
“It was so fun to finally compete outside in nice weather and also include some of our middle school athletes,” Otter boys coach Randy Hansen said. “Both Connor and Jake had great days in the distance events. Hayden and Al dominated in the shot and disc, just as they did last year.”
The Fergus Falls girls nearly matched the boys as they took home five first place finishes of their own.
Individually, Annie Magnusson (800m, 2:28), Paige Larson (3200m, 12:59) and Brianna Rasmusson (long jump, 16’11) each claimed first place finishes, while the 4×800 (11:11) relay team of Magnusson, Johanna Schmidt, McKenna Hatlewick, Josie Schmidt and the 4×200 (1:52) relay team of Magnusson, Rasmusson, Emma Daniels and Lauren Norgren captured firsts.
Johanna Schmidt, Amanda Nelson and Rasmusson each claimed second place finished in the 3200m (14:01), shot put (27-04) and triple jump (33-04.50), respectively.
Other top Fergus girls finishers included Kate Groesbeck in discus (third, 74’05) Amzie Aho in the 100m (third, 13.32) and 200m (fifth, 29.53), Norgren in the high jump (fourth, 4’08), Daniels in the 200m (fourth, 29.31), Emilie Reard in the 1600m (fifth, 5:58), Nelson in the discus (sixth, 68’07) and Ally Ringquist in the long jump (sixth, 13’11).
“Tonight was a night led by both upperclassmen and new, young athletes,” Otter girls coach Niki Welde. “Brianna, Lauren Josie and McKenna all stood out in their individual and relay events. This is going to be a fun year to coach all aspects of this team.”
The Otters will now prepare for its second meet of the week as it travels to Moorhead at 2 p.m. Friday.