MOORHEAD — The Fergus Falls and Ashby/Brandon-Evansville track and field teams took to indoor competition Friday as they competed at a meet at Concordia College.
For the Otter girls, the team saw several top-three finishes at the meet and took third behind Alexandria (191) and Moorhead (142.5) with a 110 score.
Audrey Mudford claimed two individual firsts at the meet winning the long (15 feet, 4 inches) and high (5’0) jumps, while teammate Jadyn McKeever captured gold in the pole vault (9’6). Emily Nuss and Hallie Sheridan each had runner-up finishes as Nuss took second in the 1600 meter run (5:48.10) and Sheridan in the pole vault (9’6). Hannah Prody would finish in third in the high jump (4’10) for the Otters, while Aspen Rohde finished in third in the 1600 meters (5:50.34).
In the relay events, the 4×200 team of Ashlyn Fronning, Anna Anderson, Miranda Hoffman and Sabrina Fronning (1:54.64) took second, and the 4×800 team of Nuss, Rohde, Emma Koeckeritz and Berit Skogen (11:07.95) also claimed runner-up honors.
“It was so nice to have this opportunity to compete indoors, considering the weather,” Otters girls’ head coach Niki Welde said.
For the Fergus Falls boys, the Otters would place fourth at the meet with three individuals finishing in the top three.
Robert Sewell captured the team’s lone first-place finish with a leap of 20’6.5 in the long jump. Teammate Tyler Hansen would take second in the high jump (5’8), while Matthew Oehler finished in third in the 800-meter run (2:16.99).
For the ABE track teams, the indoor meet was the first meet of the season.
“Indoor meets have a limited number of events, but gives athletes a chance to compete and see where they are in conditioning,” ABE head coach Jennifer Froemming said.
Senior Aanika Anderson had a great start to her season as she placed second in the 200 meter dash with a time of 1:06.5 and then was the lead off leg for the 800m relay that placed fifth with teammates Catherine Koefod, Kylie Hanson and EmmaLee Brethorst (2:01.62). Koefod also placed fourth in the 55 meter hurdles in 10.44 seconds.
For the boys, sprinter Cade Carlson started off the meet with a fourth-place finish in the 55 meter dash (7.13) and took tenth in the long jump (16’10.25). In the hurdles, the boys 800 meter relay team of Carlson, Nathan Baumann, Morgan Storey and Jake Rein captured fourth (1:47.74). Abram Fossel, Nolan Bitzan, Wesley Siira and Sam Heeter placed fourth in the 3200 meter relay with a time of 9:58. Deirk Goeden finished third in pole vault with a personal best of 8’6.