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Otter Girls Claim 2nd Place at Thundering Herd Indoor Classic

By Craig Olson, 04/01/24, 11:15PM CDT


Fergus Falls competed at the Thundering Herd Indoor Track and Field Classic, hosted by NDSU on Monday at the Bison Sports Arena in Fargo.  The Otter girls’ placed second with 67.2 points and Carrington, ND won the event with 72 points.  Oak Grove Lutheran was third with 58.2, followed by Shanley 55, Valley City 50.2, Perham 49, Central Cass 46, Park Rapids Area 39.2, International Falls 36, Staples-Motley 30, Pelican Rapids 19, Northern Cass 9, Richland 8.5, and Edgeley/Kulm 4.
Full results at


“With the snow last week, we took an additional Indoor meet at NDSU,” said Fergus Falls Head Coach Niki Welde.  “We are hoping that the final melt and drying sun and wind allow us to hold our Harrington Early Bird Classic this Thursday.  We moved it from Tuesday and we have our fingers crossed!  Field events are slated to start at 3:00 and running events at 3:30.”

All three Otter relays stepped up with PRs, placing second in the 4x800, sixth in the 4x200 and sixth in the 4x400.  Mayah Fear has bettered her all-time pole vault best two weeks in a row, earning a fourth place finish. She also led the triple jumpers with a third place finish.  Senior Ella Starzl took home points in both the long jump and high jump.  Ruby Ellison led the high jumpers with her third place finish.  Violet McConn took second in the 400 and Estee Versteeg wound up fourth in the 1600.  Sarah Grotberg claimed third place in the 3200 and Brynn Blondeau placed sixth in the triple jump.

Here are the Fergus Falls results by event.
60 Meter Dash
8. Rachel DeBrito 8.53

200 Meter Dash
21. Bella Rude 30.33, 24. Tylee Kubela 30.51

400 Meter Dash
2. Violet McConn 1:03.88

800 Meter Run
16. Olivia Swanson 2:43.29, 19. Naomi Dummer 2:45.18, 22. Carsyn Lill 2:45.78

1600 Meter Run
4. Estee Versteeg 5:36.39, 12. Savannah Lee 5:52.58, 14. Naomi Dummer 5:58.29

3200 Meter Run
3. Sarah Grotberg 12:16.63

4x200 Meter Relay
6. 1:57.84 (Ruby Ellison, Rachel DeBrito, Siiri Smestad, Esther Covington), 12. 2:05.14 (Bella Rude, Meggie Proudfoot, Ashlyn Wohlers, Cierra Ochoa)

4x400 Meter Relay
6. 4:38.70 (Olivia Swanson, Savannah Lee, Violet McConn, Estee Versteeg), 13. 5:02.63 (Tylee Kubela, Naomi Dummer, Hannah Scharnberg, Layla Zosel)

4x800 Meter Relay
2. 10:46.39 (Olivia Swanson, Estee Versteeg, Savannah Lee, Violet McConn), 7. 12:03.22 (Sonja Lahti, Ali Bredenberg, Brynn Blondeau, Sarah Grotberg)

Shot Put
9. Macee Butler 31’1.5”, 14. Brook Zierden 29’ 7.75”, 27. Aisling Cox 24’11.5”

High Jump
3. Ruby Ellison 4’10”, 4. Ella Starzell 4’10”, 8. Layla Zosel 4’6”, 28. Hannah Scharnberg 4’2”

Pole Vault
4. Mayah Fear 9’0”, 19. SarahNordlund 7’0”, 20 Macee Butler 6’0”

Long Jump
2. Ella Starzl 15’10.25”, 12. Brynn Blondeau 13’10.5”

Triple Jump
3. Mayah Fear 31’5.75”, 6. Brynn Blondeau 30’3”, 11. Sarah Nordlund 29’6”, 13. Brook Zierden 29’2”