Area athletes competed on college track teams
Park Rapids’ Lydia Lutz had a solid freshman season as a member of the University of North Dakota women’s track and field team.
During the indoor season, Lutz placed second in the 3,000-meter run in 10:41.52 at the University of Minnesota Northwest Open, finished 21st in the 3,000 run in 10:23.64 at the Bill Bergan Invitational at Iowa State, placed fifth in the mile in 5:14.54 at the NDSU Thundering Herd Classic and finished eighth in the mile in 5:17.25 at the University of South Dakota Open.
Lutz ran on UND’s distance medley relay team that finished ninth in 12:49.83 at the Big Sky Conference meet. UND finished 11th with 15 points. Sacramento State won the conference title with 107 points.
During the outdoor season, Lutz placed sixth in the 1,500 run in 4:54.66 at the Seahawk Invitational in Wilmington, NC, finished 11th in the 1,500 run in 5:00.57 at the Dakota Duals, and finished 12th in the 5,000 run in 18:10.14 at the Jim Duncan Invitational in Des Moines, IA.
At the Big Sky Conference meet, Lutz finished 16th in the 10,000 run in 41:13.00. UND finished 11th with 18 points. Sacramento State won the conference title with 155.50 points.
Thelen repeats as conference champ
Park Rapids’ Rachel Thelen ended her senior season by repeating as a conference champion in two events for the College of St. Scholastica women’s track and field team.
During the indoor season, Thelen’s best efforts were an 8.12 in the 60 dash for runner-up honors and a height of 10 feet, 2 inches for fifth place in the pole vault at the Lake Superior Challenge.
At the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Indoor Championship, Thelen finished second in the 60 in 8.26 and placed third in the pole vault by clearing 9-7. St. Scholastica won the conference title with 312 points. The University of Minnesota-Morris was second with 108 points.
Thelen capped off her collegiate career during the outdoor season by defending her title in the 100 dash and helping the 4 x 100 relay team repeat as conference champs.
Thelen’s top performances outdoors were a 12.80 to repeat as conference champ in the 100 dash at the UMAC Outdoor Championship and clearing 10-2 to finish seventh in the pole vault at the St. Mary’s Open. Thelen also ran on the 4 x 100 relay team that took first at the St. Mary’s Open with a 50.12 and was the runner-up at the St. Norbert Invitational in 51.18.
At the UMAC Outdoor Championship, Thelen won the 100 dash and helped the 4 x 100 relay repeat as conference champs with a time of 50.94. Thelen also cleared 9-4.5 in the pole vault to finish fourth. St. Scholastica won the conference title with 308 points while Morris was second with 171 points.
Thelen graduates as a three-time all-conference performer and four-time all-conference academic athlete. Thelen holds the school record in the 60 dash (8.04) and 100 dash (12.66) and as a member of the 4 x 100 relay team (48.96).
Lutz, Pierce compete at Duluth
Park Rapids’ Victoria Lutz and Shelby Pierce competed as members of the University of Minnesota-Duluth women’s track and field team.
During the indoor season, Lutz took second in the 800 in 2:19.17 at the Border Battle and ran on the 4 x 400 relay team that took second. Lutz also took second in the mile in 5:20.55 at the Lake Superior Challenge and was fourth in the 800 in 2:18.09 at the NSIC Championship.
Pierce competed in six indoor meets, placing fourth in the 1,000 run in 3:20.32 at the College of St. Scholastica Opener, seventh in the 800 in 2:33.59 at the Super 8 Invitational at Bemidji, seventh in the 800 in 2:33.07 at the Mankato Open, seventh in the 600 run in 1:46.43 at the Border Battle, eighth in the 800 in 2:33.36 at the Lake Superior and 32nd in the 800 in 2:37.26 at the University of Minnesota.
This past spring, Lutz finished fifth in the 800 in 2:22.22 at the Viking Classic and eighth in the 800 in 2:18.47 at the Meet of the Unsaintly at Hamline. Lutz capped off the season by placing 11th in the 800 in 2:18.19 at the NSIC Championship.
Pierce competed in three outdoor meets, placing 81st in the 1,500 run in 5:34.95 at Hamline, 20th in the 800 in 2:40.13 at the Warrior Open in Winona and 41st in the 800 in 2:33.52 at the Meet of the Unsaintly.
Duluth finished fourth with 85 points at the NSIC Indoor Championship and fifth with 81.50 points at the NSIC Outdoor Championship. The University of Mary won both title with 185 points indoors and 180 points outdoors.
Drury breaks pole vault records
Park Rapids’ Forrest Drury made an immediate impact as a member of the Southwest Baptist University men’s track and field team.
Drury broke both the indoor and outdoor records in the pole vault during his freshman season. Drury cleared 12 feet, 6.25 inches to break the indoor record at the University of Nebraska Tune-Up Invitational and cleared 14-4 to break the outdoor record at the Missouri Southern State University Last Chance Twilight Invitational.
Ellefson competes at St. Thomas
Park Rapids’ Summer Ellefson competed for the St. Thomas University women’s track and field team this season.
During the indoor season, Ellefson finished 15th in the 600 run in 1:43.93 at the University of Minnesota and seventh in the 600 in 1:43.55 at Concordia College. At the MIAC Indoor Championship, Ellefson finished 16th in the 600 in 1:42.29 and was 26th in the 800 in 2:25.12. St. Thomas compiled 180 points to win the conference title for the 14th year in a row.
Ellefson competed in one outdoor meet, placing 12th in the 800 in 2:27.13 at the Tom Cat Open at St. Thomas.