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Detroit Lakes girl tracksters finish as True Team runner-up

Laker senior Ally Nielsen heaves the discus during last Friday's Eagles Craig Fredrickson Invite at Mollberg Field. Nielsen won the meet with a throw of 109-01.50. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)1 / 2
Lakers Jon Melgaard, right, and Steven Labine, left, battle for the lead during the boy's 110 meter hurdles last Friday at Mollberg Field. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)2 / 2

The lone ticket for the State True Team meet in Section 8-1A went to the team with the higher ceiling and unfortunately for the Detroit Lakes girls' track and field squad, they reached their limit.

The Lakers grabbed basically every point they could have in the Section 8-1A True Team meet in Park Rapids Tuesday, but it wasn't enough as the talented East Grand Forks team outscored them for the title 509.5 to 489.

"There wasn't no one place which got away from us," said DL girls' track coach Mike Labine. "There may have been some lost two points here or two points there, but for the most part, we got the best effort from our girls.

"There just were personal best performances all over."

The Green Wave benefited from having last year's Class 1A Triple Crown state sprinting champion and former Lake Park-Audubon athlete Ashley Tingelstad, who garnered 65 points by herself with two first place and a second place finish for EGF.

The Lakers didn't manage an event win, but grabbed a host of second through fifth-place finishes.

A potential meet-turning event was in the pole vault, where DL's Dani Labine and Amy Crawford placed in second and third place, respectively, which netted 41 team points.

But with only 14 pole vaulters taking part from six schools, EGF was able to gain 25 points from their competitors who placed seventh and 12th despite much shorter heights.

"We thought going in we could have had a much larger swing in points in pole vault with Dani and Amy," Labine said. "But with only six schools having vaulters, East Grand was able to gain those 25 points, which kind of negated our advantage."

Eighth grader Rose Jackson had a solid meet in her first True Team event, taking fourth in each of the 100 and 200 dash races.

With many of DL's tracksters competing in their first True Team meet, it was a good learning process for them.

"Some of our girls didn't even know how big a meet this was and didn't know what they were running for," the DL coach said. "But there wasn't any disappointment from the coaches, because we got the best effort from everyone."

The Laker boys finished sixth overall with 433 points, while Fergus Falls nipped out Pequot Lakes for the championship 548-536.

Dustin Rietsema won the shot put for the Lakers with a distance of 43-10.5 mark, while Leif Johnson was fourth in the 800 run at 2:09.42 and the 4x800 team finished second with a time of 8:44.70.

The Lakers will now have to switch gears and prepare for the Mid-State Conference meet, in which they will host Tuesday beginning at 4 p.m.

The DL boys will also be defending their conference title from last year against the five other schools in the Mid-State. Staples-Motley is the defending girls' champions.

Laker results

Section 8 True Team meet in Park Rapids, Tuesday, May 5.

Girls team results -- East Grand Forks 509.5, Detroit Lakes 489, Little Falls 477, Park Rapids 432, Fergus Falls 429, Perham 390.5, Bagley/Fosston 371.5, Crookston 359, Pequot Lakes 307, Ottertail Central 291, Thief River Falls 231.5.

DL results -- 100 dash: 4. Rose Jackson 13.51; 10. Kendra Posch 14.40...200 dash: 4. Jackson 27.97; 6. Natalie Hoffert 28.35...400 dash: 10. Kayla Anderson 66.50; 13. Hanna Ullyott 68.13...800 run: 7. Mckenzie Foltz 2:37.33; 14. Libby Larson 2:47.21...1,600 run: 9. Foltz 5:54.48; 11. Miranda Olson 5:58.70...3,200 run: 12. Olson 13:11.41; 13. Heidi Nelson 13:21.14...100 hurdles: 3. Amy Crawford 17.47; 8. Jessica Stelter 18.74...300 hurdles: 2. Stelter 51.11; 4. Crawford 51.38...4x100: 5. DL 53.21...4x200: 4. DL 1:53.38...4x400: 5. DL 4:30.24...4x800: 11. DL 11:03.00...High jump: 5. Kayla Lang 4-10; 12. Lauren Kauffman 4-04...Pole vault: 2. Dani Labine 8-06; 3. Crawford 8-0...Long jump: 2. Bre Halbur 16-07; 12. Stelter 14-05.25...Triple jump: 10. Lang 31-02; 12. Brittney Thomson 30-10...Shot put: 7. Ally Nielsen 32-04.5; 12. Abby Mettert 25-07.5...Discus: 2. Nielsen 112-03; 13. Bethany Stoltenburg 72-10.

Boys team results -- Fergus Falls 548, Pequot Lakes 536, East Grand Forks 481, Little Falls 466.5, Perham 456, Detroit Lakes 433, Ottertail Central 336.5, Bagley/Fosston 274, Thief River Falls 265, Crookston 247, Park Rapids 223.

DL results -- 100 dash: 5. Brandon Bunnis 12.24; 15. Dustin Nelson 12.82...200 dash: 11. Charlie Wichmann 25.39; 17. Connor Collins 26.18...400 dash: 7. Nate Duchene 55.10; 12. Art Gomez 56.42...800 run: 4. Leif Johnson 2:09.42; 11. Pat Bakken 2:20.86...1,600 run: 4. Matt Weiss 4:51.25; 9. Berit Ramstad-Skoyles 4:58.62...3,200 run: 5. Ramstad-Skoyles 10:49.14; 11. Luke Wiebolt 11:03.41...110 hurdles: 6. Jon Melgaard 18.58; 11. Steven Labine 19.07...300 hurdles: 6. Labine 45.96; 13. Melgaard 49.01...4x100: 5. DL 48.39...4x200: 6. DL 1:40.67...4x800: 2. DL 8:44.70...High jump: 16. Dustin Nelson 5-0; 21. Josh Engebraaten 4-08...Pole vault: 11. Erik Larson 8-0...Long jump: 4. Luke Champa 19-04.50; 12. Eggebraaten 17-01...Triple jump: 3. Ryan Kalberer 38-07; 8. Champa 37-07.5...Shot put: 1. Dustin Rietsema 43-10.5; 7. Mike Kohler 40-0.5...Discus: 11. Bryce Dutton 100-07; 16. Kohler 95-08.