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Hurdlers shine for Frazee, advance to state

Paige Ziegler, left, and Jaryn Johannsen battled to the finish line and both advanced to state in the 100m hurdles at the Section 8A championships in East Grand Forks Saturday, June 1. Joleen Giefer

Paige Ziegler and Jaryn Johannsen ran at a school record pace to advance to the Class A state tournament in hurdles dueling with each other to the finish line to lead the Frazee girls track team at sections in East Grand Forks Saturday, June 1.

“Our girls performed very well today,” head coach Jim Jacobson said. “I couldn’t be more proud of their effort on the track. We had some top notch performances, everyone stepped up and competed in the big stage. It has been a great year with a wonderful group of girls.”

Ziegler and Johannsen advanced to state in the 100m hurdles. Ziegler won the event running 15.50 with Johannsen on her heels finishing in 15.52.  

Ziegler also broke her own school record of 15.49, set last year, running 15.42 to place first in the prelims.

The girls 4x200 relay team placed at state last year and will make a return trip to Hamline. Ellie Reierson, Johannsen, Ziegler, and Paige Oswald bested their season best time by over a second and are now within striking range of the school record in that event (1:46.33). The team placed second to Park Rapids with a time of 1:48.70.

Joby Giefer

Joby Giefer will represent the Hornet boys after placing second in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.56.

Much of Frazee’s success in hurdles is due to volunteer coach Jeff Johannsen. He was named the Section 8A Volunteer Coach of the Year. In his eighth year coaching the hurdles, Johannsen has coached multiple school record holders and advanced a number of athletes to the state meet.

“He is a class act and we are very fortunate to have someone like him as a member of our community and team,” Jacobson said.

The Frazee girls scored 46 team points to place eighth in the field of 23 teams. Barnesville won the section title with 59 points. The Hornet boys scored 45 points to place fifth out of 21 teams. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton scored 114 to claim the 8A team title.

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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