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Lakers girls track wrap-up

DL head girls’ coach Mike Labine and Laker sophomore Kyley Foster talk about her pole vault event during a home meet this past season. BRIAN BASHAM/RECORD

Even though track and field is considered an individual sport, the Detroit Lakes girls’ team has definitely put its own definition on it.

The team goals for the Lakers were all met during the 2013 season, outlining the success of the squad, which included winning their second-straight Section 8-1A True Team title and defending the Mid-State Conference banner.

“The kids went in wanting to accomplish a few things and they did a nice job of claiming their goals,” said DL head girls’ coach Mike Labine. “It was a team-first attitude.”

Even individually, the Laker athletes were able to claim success, with a bevy of personal-best performances throughout the season and even finishing fourth in Section 8-2A, which is quite the accomplishment considering how competitive it is.

The State True Team meet, though, was first and foremost on the list.

“Once you’ve been there, you want to go back,” Labine said. “Back when we had that drought of making it, we didn’t have kids experiencing the State True Team, but now the motivation is there to make it back.”

The depth was what created the team’s success, which included top-heavy talent and finishes, mixed in with solid middle places which helped rack up big numbers.

“This is the deepest team I’ve ever been around,” Labine said.

With All-State athletes coming back in sophomore Shay Nielsen, Addie Kay Johnson, Kyley Foster, Allison Berg and Lindsey Heinecke, there shouldn’t be much of a drop-off, either.

The Lakers will lose good leadership from their senior class, though, and that’s something Labine hopes his returners can fill.

“We do have much talent coming back, but we do lose those quality seniors who provided that valuable leadership,” the DL coach added. “The key for these younger athletes is to not sit pat, but improve on where they finished this season.”

Not being complacent means the goal now should be to make it back to state, and then finish with higher places.

Adding to the strength of the Lakers is a strong coaching staff, which enables more one-on-one coaching with the athletes, as well.

“We have a phenomenal coaching staff and having consistency there has been a big help,” Labine said.

Also for the third year in a row, the Lakers have hosted the Section 8-2A preliminary meet and Labine credited all the volunteers working the event, thus enabling the coaches to coach their athletes. 

Laker results - Detroit Lakes girls’ track and field 2013 honors/awards

Mid-State All - Conference:

200 meters - Lindsey Heinecke; 1600 Meters - Mackenzie Ostlie; 3200 Meters - Megan Ostlie; 4x200 relay - Addie Kay Johnson, Allison Berg, Kyley Foster, Lindsey Heinecke; 4x800 Relay - Sarah Schumacher, Megan Ostlie, Veronica Haverkamp, Abby Ullyott; High Jump - Allison Berg; Triple Jump - Darcie Molander; Pole Vault - Kyley Foster; Shot Put - Shay Nielsen; Discus - Shay Nielsen.

All-Conference Honorable Mention: 400 Meters - Lindsey Heinecke; 1600 Meters - Sami Foltz; 3200 Meters - Miranda Olson; Long Jump - Kyley Foster

Triple Jump - Allison Berg

All-State Academic:  (Must be all-conference, or on the MN State honor roll, or be a state qualifier....and have a 3.6 or high GPA):

Lindsey Heinecke

Mackenzie Ostlie

Addie Kay Johnson

Allison Berg

Kyley Foster

Megan Ostlie

Veronica Haverkamp

Abby Ullyott

Shay Nielsen

Sarah Halbakken

Hailey Jorgenson

Rachel Wentz

State Qualifiers: 400 meters - Lindsey Heinecke; Shot Put - Shay Nielsenj; 4x200 Relay - Addie Kay Johnson, Allison Berg, Kyley Foster, Lindsey Heinecke

All-State: Shay Nielsen - Shot Put; Addie Kay Johnson, Allison Berg, Kyley Foster, Lindsey Heinecke - 4 x 200 Relay

New School Records:

Shot Put - Shay Nielsen - 40’  8  1/2”

200 Meters - Lindsey Heinecke - 25.31; 4 x 200 Relay - Addie Kay Johnson, Allison Berg, Kyley Foster, Lindsey Heinecke - 1:44.60.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.