Ottertail Central junior Grace VanErp placed third in the triple jump (37-09.00) at the Class A State Track and Field Meet on Friday in St. Michael-Albertville, leading area athletes who had qualified for the competition. She did not place in the long jump (16-04.50) and the OTC 4x200 meter relay team which consisted of VanErp, Erika Heibel, Brooke Hovland and Ally Hart did not place (1:49.75).
Junior Joshua Finseth of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton was a triple-event winner at the Section 8A Boys’ Track and Field Meet on Tuesday, taking first place in the 400 meter dash (49.84), long jump (21-09) and triple jump (45-03.00) as the Rebels scored 76 points to place third in the team competition behind East Grand Forks 79 and Park Rapids Area 78.
Finseth’s teammate Justin Wang, a senior, was third in the 400 (50.41), qualifying by meeting the state time standard. Rothsay senior Colby Larson qualified for state as runner-up in the long jump (21-08.25).
The Barnesville girls’ track and field team won the Section 8A meet in Park Rapids on Tuesday with 74.50 points. Second place went to Thief River Falls with 69, followed by Crookston with 52, Park Rapids Area with 48 and Frazee with 40.
State qualifiers for the Trojans include Lindsey Rotz with a first place in the 800 meter run (2:24.23) and a second in the 1600 (5:15.72), Jordan Tschumperlin with a first place in the high jump (5-02.00) and Samantha Passa with a championship in the triple jump (34-04.00). Tatianna Wiley of Pelican Rapids qualified first in the 400 meter dash (59.59) and the long jump (17-03.00), and Rylee Moore of Frazee was runner-up in both the high jump (5-02.00) and the triple jump (33-10.00).