Athletics: Four area athletes compete on varsity teams – Park Rapids Enterprise

Four local athletes competed for varsity track and field teams this spring.

Annika Aho of Menahga ran for the University of Sioux Falls and Hannah Morgan of Park Rapids competed for the women’s teams at Southwest Minnesota State University (Marshall) while Kolby Brandt of Park Rapids ran for State University of Minnesota Moorhead and Nathaniel Bervig ran for the Dordt (Iowa) Men’s Varsity teams.

SIOUX FALLS – Aho competed in seven meets in the 800-metre, 4×800 relay and 4×400 relay this spring.

Annika Aho

The Cougars junior concluded the season placing 14th in the 800m in 2:21.77 at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference outdoor championship in Aberdeen, South Dakota, May 12-14. Sioux Falls finished fifth in the 15-team field with 47.50 points. Minnesota State Mankato won the conference title with 191 points.

Aho opened the outdoor season placing third in the 800m in 2:28.85 and running in the 4×400 relay team that led the field in 4:16.11 at the Wildcat Invitational in Wayne, Nebraska, March 25 and 26.

At the University of South Dakota Early Bird in Vermillion, SD on April 2, Aho clocked 2:23.08 to place 18th in the 800 and followed with a 2:22.97 to finish 15th in this event at the Minnesota State Open in Mankato. April 8 and 9. Aho also ran on the 4 x 400 relay unit which placed seventh in 4:41.69.

Aho raced in the 4 x 800 relay team that placed third in 10:27.75 at the Red Raider Open in Orange City, Iowa on April 13-14 before finishing 17th in the 800 in 2:23, 46 at the South Dakota Challenge in Vermillion on April 22-23 and ninth in the 800m in 2:18.24 at the Kip Janvrin Open in Indianola, Iowa on April 28-29.

MARSHALL — Morgan also capped off her outdoor season at NSIC competition by running in the 4 x 100 relay team which placed ninth in 49.61.

SWMS finished 13th in the team standings with 13 points.

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Hannah Morgan

The Mustangs freshman opened the outdoor season by placing 31st in the long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 18 ¼ inches at the USD Early Bird on April 2 and followed by placing 10th in the jump in length at 17-2 ¾ at the Minnesota State Open on April 8-9.

At the South Dakota Challenge from April 21-23, Morgan was 22nd in the long jump at 16-3 ¾ and ninth in the long jump at 16-10 ¾ at the Maverick Open in Mankato on May 4.

Morgan prepared for the NSIC encounter at the Deb Schulz Open in Mankato on May 6 by running in the 4 x 100 relay team which clocked 49.73 seconds. Morgan also placed 18th in the long jump at 16-3.

MOORHEAD – Brandt competed in three 800m meets for the Dragons this spring.

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Kolby Brandt

The MSUM sophomore placed 40th in the 800 in 2:05.71 at the USD Early Bird on April 2, sixth in the 800 in 2:06.55 at the University of Mary’s Al Bortke Open in Bismarck, Dakota du Nord on April 9 and finished seventh in the 800 in 2:08.63 at the Ron Masanz Classic at Moorhead on May 4.

SIOUX CENTER – Bervig competed in three 1,500m meets for the Defenders during the outdoor season.


Nathaniel Bervig

Bervig capped off his freshman season by placing 15th in the 1,500m in 4:20.59 at the Great Plains Athletic Conference meet in Crete, Nebraska, May 6-7. Dordt finished second in the team standings with 155 points, behind Doane’s 182 points in the 11-team conference meeting.

Bervig was 23rd in the 1,500m in 4:23.07 at the Sioux City, Iowa, relays on April 8-9 and was 25th in that event in 4:18.14 at the South Dakota Challenge on April 21-23.

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