Visser wins 7A discus title

Takes 10th at State Meet

UPDATE: Ande Visser placed 10th in discus at the State Class A Girls Track Meet with a personal best throw of 108-8.

by Tom Coombe
Even in an abbreviated season, it didn’t take long for Ande Visser to establish herself as one of the area’s top throwers in high school girls track.
That was confirmed at the section meet last week in Duluth, where Visser dominated the discus competition and won with more than five feet to spare.
Visser’s throw of 104 feet, three inches gave her not only a Section 7A title, but a berth in the Class A state meet, which started Thursday, after deadline, at St.Michael-Albertville.
While Visser was Ely’s only state qualifier, her performance was part of a big day for the Timberwolves, who took fifth as a team and had no less than eight showings of sixth place or better.
Visser had another of those showings, taking sixth in the shot put with a throw of 31-3.
Throws have been a strength for the Ely girls this spring and Ely’s next-best section performance came in the discus, with junior Natasha Fulkrod placing fourth (95-8). Senior Kellen Thomas took eighth (87-2) in the same event.
Ely had two individual fifth-place finishes, with senior Annikka Mattson fifth in the 200 dash (29.57) and sophomore Grace LaTourell (1:05.81) fifth in the 400.
Mattson and LaTourell both had a hand in the Wolves’ leading relay as they joined juniors Madeline Perry and Zoe Devine to record a fifth-place finish in the four-by-400 (4:29.4).
And to top it off, Mattson added points in another event for the Wolves.
She closed out a remarkable senior campaign by adding a sixth-place finish in the 100 (14.36), moving up after coming in eighth during the preliminaries.
Another Ely senior, Lauren Olson, went to the June 2 section event in both hurdles events, taking eighth in the 300 (55.43) and 12th in the 100 (19.15).
Seventh-grader Molly Brophy offered a glimpse of things to come, taking eighth in the 1,600 (5:52.9), while sophomore Sarah Visser scored with an eighth-place finish in the triple jump (30-5).
The Wolves had two placers in the 3,200 run with Raymus Cavalier in ninth (14:01.22) and Anna Dunn in 11th (14:11.35).
Two more Ely relays made sections, with the four-by-800 grouping of Phoebe Helms, Gracie Pointer, Devine and Perry in sixth (11:07.05), and the four-by-200 unit of Madison Rohr, Audrey Thomas, Anna Larson and Lily Tedrick in seventh (2:00.91).