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Panthers compete at Hamline Elite girls track meet

The Park Rapids girls track and field team was invited to compete in two events at the Hamline Elite Meet at Hamline University Friday.

Lydia Lutz, Summer Ellefson, Lora Remus and Shelby Pierce earned a spot in the 4 x 800-meter relay with a qualifying time of 10:01.2. That relay team finished 12th Friday with a time of 10:06.08. Mounds View took first in this relay with a winning time of 9:29.28. There were 12 relay teams that competed.

Last year, Lydia Lutz, Ellefson and Pierce joined Victoria Lutz in this relay to clock a 9:41.86 for sixth place.

Mady Vaudrin also earned an invitation to compete in this meet in the 100-meter dash. Vaudrin, who qualified with a time of 13.1, finished 21st during preliminaries with a 14.14 on Friday.

A total of 22 runners competed in this race. Mary Tanoe of Hopkins had the fastest preliminary time of 12.84 while Sid'Reshia Floyd of Robbinsdale clocked a 12.57 to finish first in the finals.

"This meet is held for the top individuals and relays in the state. We are very honored these girls qualified and were invited to compete," said Park Rapids head coach Corey Hill. "Hamline was not our best meet. The girls ran well, but you could tell it was only our second outdoor meet compared to the fifth for most of the other teams we went up against. I'm not making excuses, but you just can't replace that training when you're trying to compete with the best."