Young DL tracksters excel at Hershey meet
Several Detroit Lakes track kids ran away from the Hershey Track and Field State Tournament as state placers recently.
The tournament, which is for participants 9 to 14 years old, was held at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., last weekend.
The top four placers from the district meet held in Detroit Lakes earlier in the month qualified students in running events as well as the softball throw and standing long jump.
Jayden Geerdes was a two-time first place winner, earning the title of state champion in the Boys 11-12 100 meter dash and the 400 meter dash.
Emily Larson was also state champion in the 100 meter dash for girls 13-14.
Two relay teams also ran away with first place ribbons.
In the Girls 11-12 4x100, Ashtyn Carrier, Tori LaFrinier, Sarah Tangen and Laura Prussia came in first, while in the Boys 9-10 4x100 Ethan Carrier, Oliver Quam, Cade Okeson and Tyson Ulloytt were state champions in those races.
Other top 8 state placers are as follows:
Abby Larson, 2nd 50, 2nd 100 and 8th Long Jump
Jayden Hackel, 6th 400 meters and 8th 200 meters
Jaylnn Gunderson, 7th 400 meters
4x100 meter relay, 2nd, Abby Larson, Jaden Hackel, Emma Coley and Gabby Whitworth
4x100 meter relay, 5th, Raena Funk, Annie Paulson, Kiah Gloege, Jalynn Gunderson
Ethan Carrier, 3rd 50 meters, 3rd 100 meters, 6th Softball throw
Cade Okeson, 2nd 200 meters
Oliver Quam, 6th Long Jump
Girls 11 -12
Abby Syverson, 2nd, 400 meters
Laura Prussia, 4th 100 meters
Mary Nelmark, 3rd Long Jump
Tori LaFriniere, 2nd Softball throw
Ashtyn Carrier ,7th Softball Throw
Jack Penney, 6th 200 meters
4x100 4th Jaydyn Geerdes, Braeden Wimmer, Nicklaus Hess, Jack Penney
Emily Larson, 4th 200 meters, 4th Long Jump, Devyn Ullyott, 8th 800 meters
Grant Fritch-Gallatin, 6th 800 and 6th long jump.