Rosemount native Payton Otterdahl finished eighth in the men’s shot put at the Prefontaine Classic on Sunday in Palo Alto, California. The two-time NCAA Division I throwing champion from North Dakota State University was making his professional track and field debut.
Otterdahl’s best throw in the preliminaries was 20.58 meters (67 feet, 6.25 inches). The top six throwers in the preliminaries advanced to the finals.
The Prefontaine Classic is one of the top outdoor meets in the United States and draws an international field of athletes. In the mens’ shot put, four competitors were from the U.S., two were from Poland and there was one each from Brazil, New Zealand and the Czech Republic.
Darlan Romani of Brazil won the Prefontaine Classic shot put with a throw of 22.61 meters (74 feet, 2.25 inches). Second was Ryan Crouser of the U.S., who threw 22.17 (72-9).
Otterdahl won NCAA indoor championships in shot put and weight throw in March. In June, he finished second in the discus and fourth in the shot put in the NCAA outdoor championships. He has said he plans to concentrate on shot put as a professional.
Otterdahl’s next event is expected to be the USA Track and Field National Championships in late July in Des Moines, Iowa. He also is scheduled to begin student teaching in the Fargo area in the fall.
All-Star baseball series
Zach Selchow of Eastview was one of the standouts of the Minnesota High School All-Star Baseball Series last weekend in Chaska.
Selchow was named MVP of the Metro South team, which won one of its three games to finish fourth in the six-team tournament.
He had a big day in Metro South’s 13-1 victory over the South All-Stars last Friday, going 4-for-5 with three runs batted in and one run scored. He had two hits and three RBI in the third inning alone, getting a two-run double and one-run single as Metro South sent 15 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs.
Adam Weed of Farmington was 2-for-3 and scored three runs in the Metro South victory. Weed, who had to sit out the high school regular season because of a knee injury sustained during football season, will play baseball at the University of Illnois-Chicago.
Matt Bergom of Eagan pitched three innings against South and singled in his only at-bat. Caleb Hoeft of Apple Valley was 1-for-2, Zach Andreason of Burnsville was 2-for-2 with one RBI, Kyle Nelson of Eastview walked and scored a run, Brandon Hugo of Burnsville drove in one run. Brady Bean of Farmington had a single and two walks, and scored two runs. Burnsville’s Cade Marsolek was 1-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored. Gavin Baker of Lakeville North scored as a courtesy runner and Devon Schewe of Lakeville North also appeared in the Metro South victory.
Metro South lost to Metro East 2-0 in its first game of the All-Star series. Baker had two of Metro South’s five hits, and Selchow and Andreason had one hit each.
Metro West defeated Metro South 13-10 in the third-place game Saturday. Metro South trailed 8-0 in the second inning, then rallied to tie it 9-9 in the sixth before Metro West pulled away again.
Hoeft had a three-run double in the third inning against Metro West. Weed was 2-for-2 with one run scored, and Bergom was 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI. Selchow, Marsolek and Bean each had one hit and one RBI. Baker scored once, Andreason scored once and drove in a run. Hugo had a single and scored once.
Schewe, Nelson, Bean and Hugo shared pitching duties against Metro West, with Schewe and Nelson working two innings each.
The North All-Stars were 3-0 in the series and defeated Metro East 4-2 in the championship game Saturday.
Junior Girls tourney
The Minnesota Junior Girls State Championship comes to Valleywood Golf Course on Tuesday, July 9, and Wednesday, July 10.
The event attracts some of the top high school golfers in Minnesota. It’s open to girls 18 and under. Lakeville North High School player Emma Welch finished second in last year’s tournament, one stroke behind Camille Kuznik of Burl Oaks Golf Club.
Tee times for the 36-hole tournament start at 1 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. This year will be the first time the event has been held at Valleywood.
Panther Hall of Fame
There’s a new date for the Lakeville North Panther Athletic Hall of Fame induction banquet. It will be Sunday, Nov. 10, at Crystal Lake Golf Course. In years past, the ceremony had been held in mid-July.
The Panther Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2005 and has inducted a class every year since. The 2019 inductees will be announced later this summer.
Ticket information is available at lnhspanthers.com/halloffame.