Five Park Rapids girls qualify for state track meet

Corey Hill was counting on the Park Rapids girls track and field team to qualify for the state Class A meet in at least two events. Hill expected Jaiden McCollum to repeat as the section champion in the shot put and was confident the Panthers wou...

State qualifiers
The Park Rapids girls track and field team qualified five individuals in four events for the state Class A meet. Advancing to state for the Panthers during Saturday's Section 8A meet at Glyndon were (from left) Hannah Morgan, Julia Johnson, Jaiden McCollum, Holly Johnson and Kendra Scholz. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Corey Hill was counting on the Park Rapids girls track and field team to qualify for the state Class A meet in at least two events.

Hill expected Jaiden McCollum to repeat as the section champion in the shot put and was confident the Panthers would qualify in one of the sprint relays.

The Panthers exceeded the expectations of their head coach.

McCollum defended her section tite in the shot put with a distance of 38 feet, 0.75 inches and qualified in the discus for the first time with a runner-up throw of 106-8. McCollum also returned to state in the 4 x 200 relay, joining Holly Johnson, Hannah Morgan and Julia Johnson with a runner-up time of 1:49.88. Morgan also ran on last year’s state-qualifying 4 x 200 relay team. Park Rapids also qualified in the 4 x 100 relay as Kendra Scholz joined Holly Johnson, Julia Johnson and Morgan by clocking a runner-up time of 52.27.

Those state-qualifying efforts weren’t enough to lead the Panthers to the team title. Frazee ended up claiming the section title with 77 points while Crookston (76) and defending champion Pelican Rapids (74) closely followed. Park Rapids was fourth with 64 points as 21 teams scored points.


Jordan Klemmer just missed advancing to state by placing third in the pole vault by clearing 8-5. Finishing fourth for the Panthers were the 4 x 800 relay team of Tori Hilmanowski, Morgan Koppelman, Jada Renneberg and Natalia Lopez (10:29.70) and Scholz in the 300 hurdles (49.96). The 4 x 400 relay team of Kamree Carlson, Holly Johnson, Julia Johnson and McCollum placed fifth in 4:22.48.

The other point producers for the Panthers were Kamree Carlson in the 400 dash (sixth in 1:03.76), Kennedy Carlson in the high jump (sixth at 4-6), Holly Johnson in the pole vault (seventh at 7-11), Renneberg in the 3,200 run (eighth in 12:45.28) and Morgan in the long jump (eighth at 15-11.75).

Also competing at the section meet for the Panthers were Morgan (ninth in 13.75) and Scholz (10th in 13.75) in the 100 dash, Coral Johnson (ninth in the pole vault at 7-5), Julia Johnson (10th in the triple jump at 32-4.75), Quinn Hunter in the 100 hurdles (14th in 18.72), Koppelman in the 400 dash (14th in 1:06.53), Lopez (14th in 2:38.13) and Hilmanowski (15th in 2:39.39) in the 800 run, and Liesel Smee in the 1,600 run (15th in 6:24.46).

Preliminaries for the state meet will be held Friday at Hamline University in St. Paul. The finals will follow Saturday.

Tigers place in five events Nevis scored points in five events to finish in 15th place with 16 points.

Andrea Dudley placed fifth in the 100 hurdles in 16.94 and sixth in the triple jump at 32-5 while Jade Rypkema finished fifth in the 3,200 run in 12:28.23.

Cole Mastley placed in both throwing events, taking sixth in the discus at 98-10 and finishing seventh in the shot put at 32-0.50.

Also competing in the section meet for the Tigers were Mckenna Frazier (10th in the 300 hurdles in 53.38 and 15th in the 100 hurdles in 18.94), Natalee Hockett (13th in the 100 in 14.05 and 15th in the 200 in 29.43) and Dudley (16th in the 300 hurdles in 1:03.39).


Team scores: Frazee 77, Crookston 76, Pelican Rapids 74, Park Rapids 64, Park Christian 54, United Clay Becker 42, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 40.50, Roseau 36.50, West Marshall 34.50, Warroad 32, Barnesville 25, Fertile-Beltrami 21.50, East Grand Forks 20, Kittson County Central 17, Nevis 16, Red Lake County 15, Northome-Kelliher/Blackduck 14, Bagley/Fosston 14, Clearbrook-Gonvick 14, Fisher-Climax/EGF Sacred Heart 7, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 4, Ada-Borup/Norman County 4.Individual results4 x 800 relay: 1, Pelican Rapids, 10:04.05. 2, United Clay Becker, 10:05.73. 4, Park Rapids (Hilmanowski, Koppelman, Renneberg, Lopez), 10:29.70.100 hurdles: 1, Ziegler, Frazee, 15.60. 2, Durbin, Crookston, 15.99. 5, Dudley, Nevis, 16.94. 14, Hunter, Park Rapids, 18.72. 15, Frazier, Nevis, 18.94.100 dash: 1, Helgeson, Roseau, 13.01. 2, Danielson, United Clay Becker, 13.11. 9, Morgan, Park Rapids, 13.75. 10, Scholz, Park Rapids, 13.75. 13, Hockett, Nevis, 14.05.4 x 200 relay: 1, Frazee, 1:49.03. 2, Park Rapids (H. Johnson, Morgan, J. Johnson, McCollum), 1:49.88.1,600 run: 1, Geist, Crookston, 5:23.38. 2, Langerud, East Grand Forks, 5:34.92.15, Smee, Park Rapids, 6:24.46.4 x 100 relay: 1, Frazee, 51.97. 2, Park Rapids (Scholz, H. Johnson, J. Johnson, Morgan), 52.27.400 dash: 1, Goulet, Warroad, 58.87. 2, Wiley, Pelican Rapids, 1:00.98. 6, Ka. Carlson, Park Rapids, 1:03.76. 14, Koppelman, Park Rapids, 1:06.53.300 hurdles: 1, Motschenbacher, Park Christian, 47.19. 2, Johannsen, Frazee, 48.05. 4, Scholz, Park Rapids, 49.96. 10, Frazier, Nevis, 53.38. 16, Dudley, Nevis, 1:03.39.800 run: 1, Syverson, Pelican Rapids, 2:28.37. 2, Rustad, United Clay Becker, 2:28.88. 14, Lopez, Park Rapids, 2:38.13. 15, Hilmanowski, Park Rapids, 2:39.39.200 dash: 1, Helgeson, Roseau, 27.32. 2, Oswald, Frazee, 27.93. 15, Hockett, Nevis, 29.43.3,200 run: 1, Geist, Crookston, 11:40.59. 2, Morgan, Frazee, 11:49.40. 5, Rypkema, Nevis, 12:28.23. 8, Renneberg, Park Rapids, 12:45.28.4 x 400 relay: 1, Pelican Rapids, 4:10.40. 2, Warroad, 4:10.57. 5, Park Rapids (Ka. Carlson, H. Johnson, J. Johnson, McCollum), 4:22.48.High jump: 1, Wagendorf, Park Christian, 4-10. 2, Berg, Pelican Rapids, 4-10. 6, Ke. Carlson, Park Rapids, 4-6.Pole vault: 1, Harris, Park Christian, 8-11. 2, Nelson, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, 8-5. 3, Klemmer, Park Rapids, 8-5. 7, H. Johnson, Park Rapids, 7-11. 9, C. Johnson, Park Rapids, 7-5.Long jump: 1, Finseth, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, 17-8.75. 2, Motschenbacher, Park Christian, 17-8.50. 3, McGlynn, West Marshall, 17-2.75. 4, Weinrich, Pelican Rapids, 16-11.50. 8, Morgan, Park Rapids, 15-11.75.Triple jump: 1, Durbin, Crookston, 36-9.75. 2, McGlynn, West Marshall, 36-5.25. 6, Dudley, Nevis, 33-5. 10, J. Johnson, Park Rapids, 32-4.75.Discus: 1, Steichen, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, 108-0. 2, McCollum, Park Rapids, 106-8. 6, Mastley, Nevis, 98-10.Shot put: 1, McCollum, Park Rapids, 38-0.75. 2, Kangas, Park Christian, 37-0.50. 7, Mastley, Nevis, 32-0.50.  

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