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Hornet girls Section 8A track champions

Frazee senior Ellie Morgan qualified for state in the 3,200m run, breaking her own school record in doing so and is nominated for the inaugural Minnesota Ms. Track & Field award. Robert Williams / Tribune

The Frazee girls team won the Section 8A track and field team championship by the thinnest of margins and qualified 10 girls for Class A state in six different events.

"Despite a wet start to the day and some cold weather, our girls did a great job,” head coach Jim Jacobson said. “Most of our girls performed at or near their personal best marks for the season. There are a lot of good athletes in the section this year and to come out as Section Champs is pretty special. I am very proud of our girls and how they have persevered throughout the season. They have worked their tails off throughout the season, from running continuous 200s between snow banks and wind chills in the teens to competing with temps in the 80’s last week to running in the wet and rain today, they don't make excuses. They have risen to the occasion all season and we are excited to compete a the state meet this weekend."

The Hornets scored 77 points to defeat Crookston by one point and Pelican Rapids by only three in a battle for the top spot.

Senior Ellie Morgan qualified in the 3200m run finishing in second place and recording a school record time of 11;49.40. She broke her own record of 11:52.21 set in 2016.

Morgan is also one of 15 girls nominated for the inaugural Minnesota Ms. Track & Field award.

Paige Ziegler qualified in the 100m hurdles, running her best fully automatic time time of the season (15.60).

Paige Oswald qualified in the 200m dash, finishing second (27.39).

Jaryn Johannsen (48:05) finished second in the 300m hurdles to advance to state and just missed in the 100m hurdles placing third behind Ziegler in a time of 16:10, a personal best.

The 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams captured section titles and state trips. Ziegler, Ellie Reierson, Rylee Moore, and Oswald won the 4x100 running 51.97. State alternates are Abbey Miller and Johannsen,

In the 4x200, Ziegler, Reierson, Johannsen and Oswald placed first in a time of  1:49.03. State alternates are Rylee Moore and Megan Danielson.

The Hornets had a few hear misses. The top two advance to state in each individual event.

Moore finished third in the high jump, clearing her personal best height of 4-10. She also medaled in the triple jump with another personal season best mark of 33-01 placing seventh.

The Frazee boys placed sixth overall out of 30 teams.

Thes 4x200 relay team Caleb Drescher, Cole Fleisher, Caleb Wutzke and Michael Miller punched a ticket to state placing second in a time of 1:35.28. State alternates are Joby Giefer and Kaden Hiemenz.

All athletes will compete on Friday, June 8,  All events on Friday are preliminaries with the exception of Morgan racing in the 3,200m.  Her competition on Friday is the final. All others are trying to qualify for the finals on Saturday. The state meet is held at Hamline University in St. Paul.

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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