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Youthful Hornet track teams set marks at state

Frazee's state track and field teams have a bright outlook on next year with 11 of the 14 members being underclassmen. Submitted photo

The Frazee Girls Track Team had an outstanding State Track Meet at Hamline University June 8-9 with a new school record from a departing senior and strong efforts by underclassmen.

"We had a great meet to top off a great season,” head coach Jim Jacobson said. “These girls ran their tails off this weekend and left everything on the track. I am very proud of this group and everything they have accomplished this season."

Sophomore Paige Ziegler qualified seventh in Friday’s 100m hurdles prelims and ran seventh in Saturday’s finals with a time of 15.68 to finish the year with the top individual mark on the team.

Senior Ellie Morgan ended her career at Frazee setting another new school record of 11:49.18 in the 3200m run placing 13th overall. Morgan had broken the same record during the section meet June 3.

 Moore, Ziegler, Oswald, Reierson

Sophomore Paige Oswald ran 27.50 in the 200m dash prelims finishing 13th overall.

Sophomore Jaryn Johannsen ran 48.11 to place 14th in the 300m hurdles.

The girls had two relays in competition. The 4x100m team of Ziegler, freshman Ellie Reierson, eighth-grader Rylee Moore and Oswald ran 51.10 in the prelims to qualify eighth for the finals.

The team ran a time of 51.34 finishing in seventh place in the finals.

The 4x200 relay of Reierson, Johannsen, Ziegler and Oswald ran a school record time of 1:46.39 qualifying fourth. In the finals they beat their record running 1:46.33 to place sixth.  

The previous 4x200 record was held by  H. Watson, H. Hausmann, A. Hanson, E. Mois set in 2000 with a time of 1:46.80.

The Frazee girls track team qualified for the Gold State Academic All-State award with a team grade point average of 3.91.

In addition, six girls were selected as Individual Academic All-State. These girls had to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher and run at the state meet, achieve all-conference honors, or run the honor roll times listed on the Minnesota Track & Field Coaches Association site.  Earning these honors were: Johannsen, Oswald, Ziegler, Morgan, Reierson and Megan Danielson.

Frazee 4x200 relay team places 15th

The Frazee boys 4x200m relay team went to state seeded 16th and ended up moving up one seed to finish 15th in Friday’s preliminary race.

The team beat their seed time of 1:35.28 with a finish of 1:34.08 in prelims but did not make finals.  

“I was very proud of the boys as they ran their best time of the year at the state meet amongst some stellar competition,” head coach Brian Tangen said. “It was a nice way to finish our season, saving our best for last.”

The team consisted of seniors Michael Miller and Caleb Drescher, junior Caleb Wutzke and sophomore Cole Fleisher. The alternates were junior Joby Geifer and freshman Kaden Hiemenz.

The Frazee boys track team made State Academic Gold as the GPA average of the top ten boys on the team was 3.83.

Wutzke was named Academic All-State as he participated in the state meet and carried a GPA over 3.6.

In team awards: Fleisher was named Most Valuable-Field Events; Wutzke was named Most Valuable-Sprinter-Hurdler; Miller was named Most Valuable-Relays; Alex Beck was named Most Valuable-Distance and Drescher won the Coaches ACE award.

“The future looks bright for the Hornet boys track team as we only had two seniors on the team and return many talented athletes,” said Tangen. “We are already excited for next year. Although the leadership, talent and dedication of seniors MIchael Miller and Caleb Drescher will be greatly missed.”

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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