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DL to see improvements in '12

Expectations have picked up for the Detroit Lakes boys' track and field team, as they get deeper and more talented for the 2012 season.

Senior Ryan Kalberer leads a motivated Laker team into the season, as one of the area's top sprinters and jumpers.

Kalberer will do the full gambit in the jumping events, which includes the long, triple and high, while helping the team out in sprints as well.

"His goal is state in the triple jump, but Ryan is a versatile athlete," said DL head boys' coach Steve Zamzo. "We'll also be relying on senior Travis King in the mid-distance and the Bakkens (Wes and Patrick) in the long distance."

Senior Steven Labine returns as a long-time hurdler for the Lakers, as well, while first-timer Jake Richards will bring his talents to the team after finishing as the Class 1A state runner-up in Nordic skiing this past winter.

Depth is better, but green, with many first-timers out.

But the Lakers will be strong in the distance events, with a strong presence from the fall's cross country team.

Mike Okeson and Tom Sorum will anchor the mid-distance races, while a host of runners return in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter events.

In the field events, junior Ethan VanOffelen, senior Joe Hager and sophomore Josh Weber all will be key factors in the throwing and jumping events.

The 4x800 foursome of King, Brandon Olson, Sorum and Okeson already hit the Laker Elite standard in Saturday's Concordia meet, as well.

Junior Montana Johnson will be DL's top sprinter, along with many other young sprinters who will look to contribute.

DL will also host the Section True Team meet May 8, an event Zamzo hopes to be right in the mix for.

"We'll be very competitive in that meet," he added. "Our goal is to also win the Mid-State meet again this season."

The Lakers will have four home meets this year in their new complex (which opened last season), starting with Tuesday's triangular with Fergus Falls and Pelican Rapids.

The Lakers also host the Section True Team, the Craig Fredrickson Invite (May 3) and the Section 8-2A finals (June 2).

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