Freshman Bre Halbur is quickly becoming state-meet seasoned.
After qualifying for the last Class 1A gymnastics state meets, Halbur has added the Class 2A state track and meet to her ever-growing athletic resume'.
This year's section format was two days of section competition, with no sub-section, with the second day of competition being this past Saturday in Alexandria.
Halbur won the Section 8-2A long jump event with a distance of and personal best 16-11.5. She was able to advance in the first day of section competition, which was held Wednesday at St. Cloud Apollo.
"As the season went on, Bre just got better and better in the long jump," said DL head girls' coach Mike Labine. "Pete Paulson, our jumping coach, has done a phenomenal job and Bre went into the section meet very confident."
Halbur fortunately hit her 16-11.5 jump on her second try, allowing her to concentrate on the 300 hurdle event, in which she qualified for the finals by taking second with a time of 47.54.
She added another long jump which was the same as the winning mark, solidifying her spot in the state meet.
Halbur almost had company on the state bus, as junior Ally Nielsen just came up short in the discus throw.
Nielsen finished third overall with a 112-07, missing the state-qualifying second-place Jelisa Phillippi of Moorhead by 1-0.3.
"Ally hit the state-qualifying mark three times this season, she just didn't do it on the right day of the sections," Labine said. "But the two who placed ahead of her area seniors and the top four of six are seniors. Junior Amber Lee also placed fifth, so we have the only two of the top six coming back next year."
Jessica Stelter also qualified for the finals in the 100 hurdles, placing tied for eighth with a time of 16.99.
The Lakers boys sent junior Dustin Rietsema to the 100 dash finals after he won his heat with a time of 11.77 and finished fourth overall.
"For Dustin to reach state, he'll have to stay loose the entire race and have a good start," said DL head boys coach Steve Zamzo.
Luke Champa made the finals in the long jump, but finished ninth overall with a mark of 19-07.5.
Each of Leif Johnson and Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles dropped time in the 3,200 run. Johnson finished 18th at 10:35, while Ramstad-Skoyles was 23rd at 11:02.
Senior Ben Magnuson made a good effort in the pole vault, but a season of bad weather and an early injury limited the Laker working on his event.
Magnuson missed his three tries at 11-6, thus missing the finals.
"Ben was vaulting well, but he just didn't have enough reps this season," said Labine, who is the vaulting coach. "You could see during his attempts that they just were not very smooth."
The Class 2A state meet will be held at Hamline University Friday and Saturday.
Section 8-2A track and field meet at St. Cloud Apollo, Wednesday, May 28.
DL girls results (*state qualifier, **section final qualifier) -- 100 dash: 23. Dana Bentley 14.20...200 dash: 26. Bentley 29.08...100 hurdles: **8. Jess Stelter 16.99...300 hurdles: **2. Bre Halbur 47.54; 15. Stelter 51.21; 22. Amy Crawford 52.34...High jump: 15. Kayla Lang 4-07...Long jump: *1. Halbur 16-11.5...Discus: 3. Ally Nielsen 112-07.
DL boys results (*Section finals qualifier) -- 100 dash: *4. Dustin Rietsema 11.77...800 run: 21. Eddie Taylor 2:12.23...3,200 run: 18. Leif Johnson 10:35.00; 23. Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles 11:02.00...Long jump: 9. Luke Champa 19-07.5; 16. Chuck Tuck 18-005...Shot put: 37. Mike Kohler 34-0.