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Published June 12 2010

Perham girls give Yellowjackets a pair of wins at Minnesota state track

ST. PAUL – One of them was relieved to get back to the top of the awards stand. The other was relieved to finally see what the view was like up there.

Perham got two state champions on Friday at Minnesota’s state track meet at Hamline University.

Maddie McClellan won her second straight 3,200 title, and Elisa Moenkedick won the discus after finishing second last year.

“Obviously, the goal here is to win it because you want to go out with a title,” McClellan said. “You’re always nervous, but to finish it off feels pretty good.”

McClellan was also the state cross country champion in the fall. Her title as a junior was a bit of a surprise, but Friday’s run was similar – the senior took charge early and ran away from everybody.

Her time of 10:52.98 was a personal best, and was more than 17 seconds better than runner-up Gabi Swoboda of Redwood Valley.

“I wanted to break 11 minutes and I finally did it,” said McClellan, who is going to North Dakota State. “I’m happy that I was able to finish like this.”

Moenkedick, who will throw for Winona State in college, came into last year’s state meet as the top-ranked thrower in the event but had to settle for second.

There were no upsets this year. Her mark of 140 feet, 6 inches was nearly 17 feet farther than this year’s runner-up.

“Compared to last year? This is indescribable,” Moenkedick said. “After last year, I wanted to get that state title. It means a lot.”

This was Moenkedick’s fourth trip to the state meet in the discus. She finished eighth as a freshman and third as a sophomore before taking the next two steps up the awards stand her junior and senior years, respectively.

“I was more nervous for this than any other year, but I was confident,” Moenkedick said.

Klemetson finishes third in high jump

Moorhead junior Chelsea Klemetson might have a future in writing suspense novels. Her endings are pretty good, too.

Klemetson cleared 5-5 to finish a surprising third in the Class 2A high jump on Friday. It took her a total of 11 attempts to clear her final four heights.

“I like to keep it dramatic,” Klemetson said. “It seemed like it took me all three attempts to clear anything, and each time I thought, ‘I don’t know how much I have left.’”

This is only her second year high jumping, and the 5-5 was a personal best by 2 inches. She cleared 5-3 for the first time at last weekend’s section meet.

“I was just average before, and then I started hitting 5-2 regularly all of a sudden,” Klemetson said. “This surprised me, though. It makes me want to work harder. It’s going to get even better.”


Friday’s finals

Winners and local placers

Class 2A

3,200: 1, Hauger, Shakopee, 10:41.87.

Long jump: 1, Erickson, Alexandria, 18-7 ¼. 5, Halbur, Detroit Lakes, 17-1 ¼.

High jump: 1, Whitney, Sartell-St. Stephen, 5-6. 3, Klemetson, Moorhead, 5-5.

Discus: 1, Ewen, St. Francis, 159-4.

Class 1A

3,200: 1, McClellan, Perham, 10:52.98.

Long jump: 1, Huschle, Bagley-Fosston, 18-4 ¾. 7, Olson, Hawley-Ulen-Hitterdal, 16-7 ¾.

High jump: 1, Guse, Waseca, 5-8. 4, Daggett, Frazee, 5-4.

Discus: 1, Moenkedick, Perham, 140-6.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kerry Collins at (701) 241-5548.

Collins’ blogs can be found at www.areavoices.com.