VanErp, Hart place first at OTC Invite

In a season that seemed like it would never get underway, the Otter Tail Central track teams hosted their first meet of the season on Thursday night. No field events were held due to inclement conditions, but there was plenty of action on the track for fans that gathered at the Battle Lake School.

Grace VanErp led the charge for the Bulldogs as she took first place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.72. Kinley Bormann took third place with a time of 29.30 and Erika Heibel took fourth place with a time of 29.36. Myiesha Antoni was the fourth Bulldog to finish as she took sixth place with a time of 29.81. 

Antoni also finished in third place in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:08.37. 

Ally Hart took first place as the OTC junior captured the top spot in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.03. 

Also capturing first place with the 4×200-meter relay and the 4×400-meter relay took second place. 

In the 800-meter run Jorja Gabrielson and Kallyn Grove finished in third and fifth place respectively with times of 2:43.07 and 2:50.47. 

Nora Froslee finished in second place in the 3200-meter run with a time of 13:25.32, finishing just behind Mia Arroya of Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale with a time of 12:54.26. 

In the 100-meter dash, Heibel took seventh place with a time of 13.99 and Antoni took 14th place with a time of 14.51. 

On the boys side of the meet, Caden Meek took fourth place in the 200-meter run with a time of 25.17.

It was all Bulldogs in the 800-meter run as Isaac Scherfenberg took third place, Brien Poser took fourth, Jonas Hagemesiter took fifth, Peter Newark finished in seventh, Blake Alonzo took eighth and Joseph Froslee rounded out the top 10 with a ninth place finish. 

Newark also took third place in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:06.42 and August Wicklund finished in fifth place with a time of 12:36.73 in the 3200-meter run. 

The girls team took third place overall with a score of 79 points. They trailed just Barnesville with 140.5 and Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale with 87 points in the standings. Seven teams competed in the meet.

The boys team took fourth place with 48 points and trailed just Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale with 157 points, Parkers Prairie with 107 points and Barnesville with 57.5 points.