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3 Otters receive All-Conference honors at Central Lakes meet

Published 10:58am Friday, May 23, 2014

WILLMAR — The Fergus Falls Otters track and field team recorded five Central Lakes All-Conference honors and four honorable mentions as it competed at the CLC meet Thursday.

In boys action, Connor Danielson and Al Suek claimed All-Conference honors for the Otters, while teammate Mitchell Cole received two All-Conference honorable mentions.

Danielson continues to shine in long distance runs as he won the 3200 meter with a time of 9:39.78, while Suek took runner-up honors in the shot put with a throw of 49’03.5.

Cole would finish fourth in both the high jump (5’11) and triple jump (41’09.25).

“Connor is knocking on the door of the school record. (9:34.3), coming very close today. Al continues to be motivated for the 50’ mark and was just about there again today,” Otter boys’ coach Randy Hansen said. “Mitchell Cole had an outstanding day, almost breaking 6’ in the high jump and posting a 40” personal best in the triple jump. That big of an improvement almost never happens.”

Fergus’ other top finisher included Taylor Lemke in the 100 meter (eighth, 11.55) and 200 meter (eighth, 23.94).

In the relays, the 4×100 team of Luke Velde, Sam Nelson, David Wallington and Lemke placed seventh (47.07), the 4×400 team of Velde, Austin Gendron, Nelson and Michael Ervin took eighth place (3:47.16) and the 4×800 team of Gendron, Danielson, Ervin and Lemke also took eighth (9:02.35).

The 4×200 relay team of Wallington, Daniel Kowalski, Tanner Wulfekuhle and Jacob Ugstad posted a time of 1:43.39 for ninth place.

On the girls side, senior Brianna Rasmusson was able to receive All-Conference in three events, Lauren Norgren and Annie Magnusson received honorable mention and the Otters posted 19 personal bests at the meet.

“We had 19 season bests in events today,” Otter girls’ coach Niki Welde said. “That is a great number of bests going into our section meets next week.”

Rasmusson posted a first place finish in the triple jump (36’02.50) and two third place finishes in the long jump (16’01) and 100 meter dash (12.90).

Norgren, who had been recovering from an injury, would place fourth in the high jump with a leap of 4’10, while Magnusson took fifth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:25.81.

Paige Larson finished in eighth in the 3200 meter run with a time of 12:23.62, while Emma Daniels took 10th in the 200 meter dash (28.73).

The team of Magnusson, Larson, Emilie Reard and Johanna Schmidt finish in fifth in the 4×800 meter relay with a time of 10:32.35, while the 4×200 meter relay team of Rasmusson, Norgren, Magnusson and Daniels finished in seventh (1:53.60).

The 4 x 400 team of Joey Kugler, Emily Ratz, Reard and Taylor Larson (4:37.88) and 4×100 team of Daniels, Laura Enderson, Claire Ripley and Ally Ringquist (56.80) both took ninth place at the meet.

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