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Eric Peterson, Published May 15 2013

Area MN track and field teams prepare for true team state meets

While generally viewed as an individual sport, Mike Anderson likes to push the team concept when it comes to track and field.

“I think I’ve always coached it as a legitimate team,” said Anderson, the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton boys coach.

The Rebels have made a habit of qualifying for the Minnesota true team state meet in Class 1A.

D-G-F is scheduled to compete in the event Saturday in Stillwater. The Rebels will be making their third consecutive appearance at true team state.

“This has really been where I start the season, putting together a true team lineup and seeing our depth,” Anderson said. “You have to have your athletes concerned to the person next to you.”

The Class 1A true team state has nine teams with each team being able to enter two athletes in each event. Every athlete who completes an event scores points.

The Rebels are young. Anderson has two seniors on a roster with close to 30 athletes.

Seniors Derek Johnk (shot put, discus) and Taylor Beyer (long jump, triple jump) are among the top individuals. Michael Tollefson, a junior, is also expected to fare well in the high jump.

“You have your thoroughbreds that carry you and you have your little ponies that need to help out a little bit,” Anderson said.

D-G-F girls have solid field events that power team

If you are fixated to the running events, you may miss the strength of D-G-F’s girls track team.

Strong field events are one of the reasons the Rebels have qualified for Saturday’s true team state meet in Stillwater.

“Field events definitely carry us,” said Rebels coach Pat Rieder, whose team made the true team state meet for a second year in a row.

Senior Mandy Mercil leads the Rebels in the field events. Mercil has the school record in the shot put (39-6) and the pole vault (11-0). The Rebels have three other seniors who are key contributors – Madi Geiser (sprints, long jump), Katie Highness (200,400) and Sierra Senske (discus).

“What I like about the true team is it teaches team concepts and I think that is what we strive for with our girls track team,” Rieder said.

Moorhead girls headed to Class 3A true team meet

The Moorhead Spuds girls are heading to the true team state meet for a second consecutive year, competing in Class 3A.

Moorhead is scheduled to compete Friday at the true team in Stillwater.

“Our team has a lot more depth than it has in the past,” said Spuds coach Justin Gall, in his fifth year as girls coach.

In Class 3A, the nine teams are allowed to enter three athletes in each event.

“We will see some really good athletes at this meet. It is really good competition,” Gall said. “It’s going to push them.”

Sophomore Mallori Johnson is one of the top athletes for the Spuds. She is expected to fare well in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles. Senior Kristin Drechsel is solid in both the shot put and discus.

Senior Taylor Janssen (800, 1,600) and junior Avery Sellberg (800) should also score well for the Spuds.

Gall said his team will have around 40 athletes competing at the true team. Spuds have four seniors on their roster, which has close to 60 athletes.

“We’ve got a lot of talented kids, but it is really young,” Gall said.

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