Hornet track trio ready to lace up for state meet
Experience was a premium this season for the Frazee boys' and girls' track and field teams, but that didn't hold the Hornets back from sending three to the Class 1A state meet.
Two of the Hornets brought the majority of seasoning to the Frazee teams this season, while the other will be making her state debut Friday and Saturday at Hamline University.
For senior Hannah Daggett and junior Forrest Jackson, the state meet will be second hand, while eighth grader Ellie Bachmann will get her first taste of what it's all about after qualifying in the 800 run.
Daggett will be making her third trip in the Class 1A high jump event and for her final act, she will be in right in contention after marking a 5-04 in the Section 6-1A meet Thursday to win the competition.
"I'm working on getting to 5-06 and I haven't been able to do that, yet," Daggett said of her high jump aspirations during her senior season. "I hit 5-05 once and believe I can go 5-06 because I've had some clearance on the bar after going 5-04."
Daggett also has experience jumping at Hamline University, after competing in the state three times and the Elite Meet -- held during midseason -- the last three years, as well.
There are three jumpers hitting the 5-06 mark to lead the seedings heading into state and six at 5-04, so it will be a bunched up pack for that elusive state crown.
"Hannah will need to go 5-06 to have a chance (at placing high), but she has been down there many times and has the experience," said Frazee track and field coach Brian Tangen. "And having that experience does make a difference."
Daggett will start her preliminary jumps Friday, starting at 3 p.m.
Jackson also knows all about state after being in it on a relay team the last three years.
But this will be his first trip in an individual open event after he secured a berth in the 200-meter dash with a second-place finish time of 23.38.
Jackson also has an advantage of watching his older brother, Skyler, win state titles in the sprint events, as well.
"My brother pushes me a lot and I'm setting out to break his records," Forrest Jackson said. "We have similar running styles and he has given me lots of advice."
Jackson did have some hurdles throughout his junior season after battling a couple of injuries, including a sports hernia and a bruised heel.
He also had to overcome some disappointment Thursday in the Section meet, which was incidentally held at Minnesota State University Moorhead where his brother runs for the men's track team.
Jackson surprisingly finished in third place in the 100 dash, which wasn't quite good enough to earn him a state berth.
But he didn't have long before he was up in the 200-sprint event, so he had to forget the 100 and run for a state spot.
"I was a bit slow out of the starting block (in the 100), so I raised it up a little in the 200 and that helped," Jackson said. "The 200 was really intense, because I missed in the 100, so I just laid it all out there."
There will be 22 sprinters in the 200 dash state event, with the preliminaries starting Friday at 5 p.m.
By midseason this year, there were already hints that Bachmann was a contender for state, even as an eighth grader, Tangen said.
"We knew at the beginning of the year, Ellie was a good runner, but by midseason, she had broken the school record in the 800 three times already," the Frazee coach said. "She still has the ability to cut time. We just told her to go out and run a smart race."
Bachmann almost won the 800 section race, but finished just over three seconds behind senior Savana Weller of Sauk Centre.
"She caught me in the last 100 meters and was able to slingshot past me late," Bachmann said of the section race. "Her experience probably helped her, but I was just doing my best to make state."
With that goal in the checked off list, now she would like to place in the state meet and stay with the front-runners.
"I will definitely be nervous, but I'm going to put everything into it this weekend," Bachmann added.
The Hornet eighth grader will run her 800 prelims Friday, starting at 4:36 p.m.
The finals for the 200 and 800 events will be Saturday, while Daggett's high jump event will be concluded Friday.
Section 6-1A track and field meet at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Thursday, June 3.
Frazee boys results (*state qualifier) -- 100 dash: 3. Forrest Jackson 11.93...200 dash: *2. Jackson 23.38...110 hurdles: 13. Cody Nordquist 18.73...4x800: 8. Fraz 9:00.56.
Frazee girls results (*state qualifier) -- 800 run: *2. Ellie Bachmann 2:25.96...100 hurdles: 7. Hannah Daggett 17.41...300 hurdles: 11. Daggett 52.69...4x200: 8. Fraz 1:55.53...High jump: *1. Daggett 5-04...Long jump: 12. Krissy Marlen 13-06...Triple jump: 9. Daggett 31-03.