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Lakers boys track wrap-up

Laker senior Austin Clem clears a hurdle during a home meet this season. BRIAN BASHAM/RECORD

Solid depth and high-end work ethic keyed the Detroit Lakes boys’ track and field team to a successful 2013 season.

Not only did the Lakers end a State True Team drought extending back to 1987, they defended their Mid-State Conference title, as well.

DL would not have been able reach such goals if not for some rich depth and team-first attitude.

“They bought into the team aspect and that’s something we have seen more of,” said DL head boys coach Steve Zamzo. “Although we didn’t have those uber-elite athletes, we placed well in the third through fifth place finishes.

“Most of the time, all three of our kids placed in an event.”

The Laker seniors were pivotal in buying into the team-first aspect and it’s something the younger athletes will need to keep instilled in them.

Seniors such as Austin Clem, Mike Okeson and Montana Johnson stepped up their performances and led appropriately.

“Mike performed well in every event he did and was All-Conference in all three sports he participated in,” Zamzo said.

“He also won the Laker Legacy Award, which is voted on by his teammates for the one who will be remembered as a hard worker.”

Zamzo also credited Johnson for excelling in the 400-meter dash, an event he didn’t particularly like but had success in.

Making the State True Team was also a big highlight and it’s a tradition Zamzo and the younger Laker hope to continue through the next few years.

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