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Published May 29 2010

ND state track: Roesler loses first ND race since seventh grade in 100 prelims

Fans at the Community Bowl witnessed a rare occurrence on Friday in the preliminaries of the girls 100 meters.

Fargo South senior Laura Roesler, who has 17 career individual state titles, was defeated for the first time vs. North Dakota competition in any event since her seventh-grade season.

Minot freshman Morgan Milbrath broke former Mandan star Heather Zander’s state record with a time of 11.963 in the first preliminary heat.

Roesler finished in 11.966 in the same heat.

Milbrath’s official record will be 11.97. Zander ran a 12.20 in 2005. Roesler is seeded third in finals. West Fargo senior Ellie Grooters won the second heat with a time of 12.10.

“I just needed to get a race under my belt and shake out the kinks,” said Roesler, who could set the state record with 21 overall individual titles with wins today in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 finals. “My goal was just to place in the top three. Coaches just said to go out and get in the top three, don’t expend extra energy in this heat.”

Milbrath later eclipsed Roesler’s 200 record with a run of 24.32 seconds in the second heat of preliminaries. Roesler’s record of 24.66 was set last year. Roesler ran a 24.51 en route to a win in the first heat.

“This year it’s not about breaking records or places,” Roesler said. “It’s just about team points tomorrow, and helping pull my girls through to get top three in our races and cheer the rest of our girls on who are in finals.”