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Chris Murphy, Published June 08 2013

Spuds 3,200 boys, girls relay teams break school record at state track

ST. PAUL – Moorhead assistant track and field coach and head cross country coach Jeremy Blake took a picture of the Moorhead track record board before leaving for the Minnesota Class 2A state track and field meet at Hamline University.

A little cocky perhaps, but he was right to have it with him. The Moorhead girls and boys 3,200-meter relays changed the Spuds’ record books at the state meet Saturday.

“In order for a (3,200-meter relay team) to break a record like that, you need all four,” Blake said. “If you don’t have one, then it’s not going to work out. Today was their day, and it was really fun to watch.”

Off the track, Avery Selberg, Mallori Johnson, Mackenzie Kelly and Taylor Janssen needed each other, whether it was to pick up Janssen off the ground after she legged out the final sprint or to hug one another after tears of joy came pouring down. On the track, the four finished third in the state with a time of 9 minutes, 16.60 seconds, nearly 15 seconds better than their personal best and nearly nine seconds better than the Moorhead record of 9:25.41.

There was one thing missing that the girls found Saturday.

“We just believed today,” said Janssen after her final race with the Spuds. “I was excited with the position my team put me in, and I was just hoping for a good time. We really wanted it today. It was a good way to finish the season.”

On the boys side, brothers Matt and Luke Lillehaugen, Ezra Olson and Josh Young combined for sixth place in the state with a time of 7:58.15, breaking the Moorhead record of 8:00.20 and topping their qualifying time by more than seven seconds.

“Everyone ran a really good race to set me up to break it,” said Young about closing out the race. “I tried to bring it home with the kick. I tried to make the most of it.”

Blake had his questions about Young coming into the race, but, as he said, it took all four.

“This morning I wasn’t sure about Young,” Blake said. “He was really quiet, and I wasn’t sure if he’d be on today. He finished well, and if he had not done that, we probably wouldn’t have broken the school record. It takes all four.”

Johnson closed out the day for Moorhead, finishing sixth in the 300 hurdles in her first individual race at state. Last season, Johnson didn’t even get a chance to qualify, spraining her left ankle the day before the section meet. Only a sophomore, Johnson now has a foundation from which to build.

“I’m really happy because I wasn’t able to make it to state last year,” Johnson said. “I was a lot healthier this year. I didn’t really have any expectations this year, but next year I’ll have higher expectations after this. It’s exciting.”

Detroit Lakes had a pair of top 10-finishes, as Shay Nielsen finished eighth in the shot put with a throw of 39 feet, 5 inches. The Lakers’ girls 800 relay team of Abbie Kay Johnson, Kyley Foster, Allison Berg and Lindsey Heinecke finished seventh at 1:44.85.


Team scores: Stillwater Area 65. Forest Lake 59.50. Wayzata 57. Eden Prairie 30. Champlin Park 30. Hopkins 29. East Ridge 27.50.Woodbury 26. North 26. Buffalo 24.50. Spring Lake Park-St. Anthony Villa 24. Apple Valley 24. Edina 24. Bloomington Jefferson 23. Eastview 22. Rochester Century 22. Rosemount 21. Richfield 20. Roseville Area 17. Irondale 16. Bemidji 16. Fridley 16. Andover 15. St. Michael-Alberville 14. Blaine 13.50. Lakeville North 12. Cretin-Derham Hall 12. Winona 12. Park Center 11. St. Paul Central 11. Hastings 10.50. Kasson-Mantorville 10. Anoka 10. Osseo 10. Sartell-St. Stephen 9.50. Farmington 9. Prior Lake 6. Burnsville 6. St. Francis 6. Coon Rapids 6. Minneapolis Washburn 6. Worthington 6. Minnetonka 5. Minneapolis South 5. Grand Rapids 5. Mahtomedi 4. Holy Family Catholic 4. Eagan 4. Totino-Grace 4. Brainerd 4. Mounds View 4.

100: 1, Hickman, Hopkins, 10.90.

200: 1, Sirleaf, North, 21.97.

400: 1, Roese, East Ridge, 47.56

800: 1, Rosen, Jefferson, 1:53.02

1,600: 1, Krahn, Stillwater Area, 4:09.38.

110 hurdles: 1, Janu, Spring Lake Park, 14.37.

300 hurdles: 1, Walton, Forest Lake, 37.60.

400 relay: 1, Forest Lake (Wright, Murphy, Freer, Carr), 42.43.

800 relay: 1, Wayzata (Johnson, Berg, Smith, Borchardt) 1:26.92.

1,600 relay: 1, Wayzata (Pierson, Wamuo, J. Smith, M. Smith), 3:17.06.

3,200 relay: 1, Eden Prairie (Kassim, Zurn, Stenoien, Lawton), 7:47.61. 6, Moorhead (M. Lillehaugen, L. Lillehaugen, Olson, Young), 7:58.15

High jump: 1, Lockard, Eastview, 6-7.

Long jump: 1, Osifuye, Woodbury, 22-03.

Discus: 1, Tyler, Forest Lake, 160-3.


Team scores: Minnetonka 94.50. Lakeville South 79. Prior Lake 42. Eagan 37. Bemidji 35. Hopkins 34. Cretin-Derham Hall 30. Shakopee 29. Eastview 28. Lakeville North 27. Rosemount 27. St. Francis 24. Alexandria 24. Wayzata 24. Roseville Area 21. St. Michael-Albertville 20. Osseo 18. Mounds View 18. Rochester Century 16. Blaine 16. Kasson-Mantorville 15. Willmar 15. Stillwater Area14. Forest Lake 13. Moorhead 12. Holy Family Catholic 12. Winona 11. Orno 10. Thief River Falls 10. Farmington 10. Coon Rapids 10. South St. Paul 9. Brainerd 9. North 8. Rocori 8. Bloomington Kennedy 8. Waconia 6.50. Elk River 6. Richfield 6. Apple Valley 6. Buffalo 6. Academy of Holy Angels 6. Maple Grove 5. Big Lake 5. Minneapolis Washburn 5. Minneapolis South 5. Detroit Lakes 5. Chisago Lakes 4. Anoka 4. Owatonna 4. Chaska 4. Park 4.

100: 1, Anderson, Hopkins, 11.97.

200: 1, Webb, Osseo, 24.83.

400: 1, Linder, Cretin Derham Hall, 55.62.

800: 1, Nielsen, Roseville Area, 2:13.33.

1,600: 1, Truedson, Bemidji, 4:59.75.

100 hurdles: 1, Schow, Rosemount, 14.60.

300 hurdles: 1, Schow, Rosemount, 43.89. 6, Johnson, Moorhead, 45.67.

400 relay: 1, Hopkins (Manuel-Moore, Fitzhugh, E. Anderson, T. Anderson), 47.48.

800 relay: 1, Prior Lake (Collins, Hille, Amundson, Jinadu), 1:42.54. 7, Detroit Lakes (Johnson, Foster, Berg, Heinecke), 1:44.85.

1,600 relay: 1, Minnetonka (Smiley, Haakenstad, Endy, Hoelscher), 3:54.04.

3,200 relay: 1, Minnetonka (Janssen, Hoelscher, Haakenstad, Endy), 9:06.71. 3, Moorhead (Selberg, Johnson, Kelly, Janssen), 9:16.60.

Triple jump: 1, Jensen, Minnetonka, 38-¾. 15, Rasmusson, Fergus Falls, 34-¾.

Shot put: 1, Ewen, St. Francis, 54-8 ½. 8, Nielsen, Detroit Lakes, 39-5.

Pole vault: 1, Jacobs, Rochester Century, 13.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Chris Murphy at (701) 241-5548