DL girls' 4x100 relay goes down giving it all
There was a safe approach available for the Detroit Lakes girls 4x100 relay team, almost guaranteeing them a state medal Saturday at Hamline University during the Class 2A state track and field meet.
But that approach just wouldn't have been in the four Lakers' nature.
The DL relay squad of Natalie Hoffert, Jess Stelter, Bre Halbur and Rose Jackson went all out trying for the best place possible, instead of playing it safe, getting the baton around the track and gaining a medal.
The only risk was dropping the baton and unfortunately for the Lakers, that's precisely what happened, thus disqualifying them medal position.
After racing for a new DLHS record 49.37 Friday in the preliminaries to qualify for the finals, the Laker foursome were well on their way of having a repeat performance.
"It's the nature of that event," said DL head girls' coach Mike Labine. "Those girls could have finished carefully and guarantee a medal, but that's not how this group of kids work.
"They were going for a top five or six place and unfortunately, they didn't get the baton all the way around."
Hopkins won the event with a time of 47.99, while also winning the team title with 81 points.
Stelter also competed in the pole vault after qualifying for state by breaking her personal-best height by over a foot at 10-07.
She was able to go 10-0 Saturday, which was good for 10th place.
"Jess dabbled with the pole vault the last year or so, but this year was the first one she really focused on it," Labine said. "She was vaulting purely on athletic talent and that event needs a lot of technique, as well. Once we can combine those two, she can become one of the top vaulters in the state."
There were three state records broke over the weekend, as well.
Jessica January, a freshman from Richfield, broke the All-Time record with a 14.33 in the 100-meter high hurdles.
The Hopkins 4x200 team of Elise Anderson, Mary Tanoe, Kirsten Anderson and Bridget Sweeney broke the All-Time record with their combined 1:40.62 mark.
The Hopkins 4x400 relay team also broke the All-Time Record with their 3:51.28 time, as the team consisted of Mariah Witt, Sweeney, Stephanie Rouse and Hannah Borowsky.
The Laker girls' team also placed eight on the All-State Academic list, which an athlete needs a cumulative GPA of at least 3.6 and must have been a conference champion, a state qualifier or have met the Honor Roll standard in their respective event.
The eight included Kayla Lang, Lauren Kaufman, Amy Crawford, Halbur, Alexis Schermer, Jackson, Lindsey Heinecke and Allison Berg.
DL boys put many on Laker Elite Fleet
Members of the Detroit Lakes boys' track and field team who met the Laker Elite Fleet Standards were awarded with t-shirts and there were many who earned the honor.
Those who made the Elite Fleet Standard list include the following:
Leif Johnson (1,600 run), Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles (1,600 and 3,200), Wes Bakken (3,200) and Nick Griffith (long jump).
Relay teams making the standard included the 4x800 (Johnson, Mike Okeson, Travis King and Brandon Olson), the 4x200 (Charlie Wichmann, Josh Eggebraaten, Griffith and Ryan Kalberer) and the 4x100 (Wichmann, Erik Larson, Eggebraaten and Connor Collins).
Class 2A state track and field meet at Hamline University, Friday and Saturday, June 11-12.
Final team results (top 5) -- Hopkins 81, Alexandria 45, Richfield 41, Roseville 38, Apple Valley 37.
Laker Saturday results -- 4x100 (finals): DNP. DL (Natalie Hoffert, Jessica Stelter, Bre Halbur, Rose Jackson) DQ'ed...Pole vault: 10. Jessica Stelter 10-0.