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Panthers shatter school record in 4 x 800 relay at Hamline meet

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Park Rapids' 4 x 800-meter relay team took advantage of an invitation to compete at Friday's Hamline Elite Track and Field Meet at Hamline University by breaking the school record.

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Lydia Lutz, Shelby Pierce, Summer Ellefson and Victoria Lutz finished sixth with a time of 9:41.86. That broke the school record of 9:47.42 set by the Lutzs, Hannah Wolff and Sophie Shogren at the Section 8A meet in 2008. That relay team finished fifth at last year's state Class A meet with a time of 9:59.01.

The Panthers' relay team entered the elite meet with a qualifying time of 9:54.25. That was the sixth fastest qualifying time in the state. Prior Lake took first with a time of 9:27.72 while Hopkins was second in 9:29.33. Also finishing ahead of the Panthers were Minnetonka in 9:30.20, Sartell-St. Stephen in 9:31.76 and Roseville in 9:41.70. All those relay teams are from Class AA schools.

Defending Class A champion Kasson-Mantorville was seventh in 9:47.85 and Perham was eighth in 9:49.41.

The Panthers' time of 9:41.86 is the fastest time so far among the Class A teams in the state.

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