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DL collects four all-state honors at Hamline

Detroit Lakes’ Lindsay Heinecke, right, competes in the girls Class 2A 200-meter dash during the Minnesota State Track and Field Meet on Saturday, June 7 in St. Paul. Heinecke finished in fourth place. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Michael Vosburg

The Detroit Lakes track and field team collected four all-state honors during the Class 2A state meet at Hamline University in St. Paul, Friday and Saturday.

Despite the two days being completely opposite from each other, the Lakers were able to perform well in Saturday’s cold and rainy conditions.

Junior Shay Nielsen finished with the best finish, with a third-place shot put throw of 41-11.25.

“I thought Shay really competed well on Saturday,” said DL head girls’ coach Mike Labine.  “The throwers also struggled trying to stay warm and be able to be explosive with the shot put, but I thought Shay handled the brutal conditions very well.

“Throwing coach Steve Zamzo and I were very proud of how well she threw.”

Lakeville South’s Shaina Burns won the shot put with a distance of 44-10.5.

Junior Lindsey Heinecke also had a top five finish in the highly-competitive 200-meter dash, after cruising for a 25.42 in Friday’s prelims and a 25.32 in the finals.

Cretin-Derham Hall’s Megan Linder won the event with a time of 24.78.

“The one thing I had told her (Heinecke) often is that she can only control herself and that she just needed to run the best that she could,” Labine said. “If two other runners went faster, then good for them. If eight others ran faster, then good for them.

“But she had to run the best that she could run. I was very pleased with her race on Saturday. A fourth-place finish in a Class 2A sprint is a huge accomplishment.”

Another Laker junior in Matthew Lundstrom also had a strong showing and an all-state performance after he finished ninth overall in the 3,200-meter run.

Lundstrom had a strong early portion of the race, running with the lead pack in the first two laps, and then was able to maintain pace to run a personal-best time of 9:30.21.

“I thought Matt put himself in a good position early on in the race,” said DL head boys’ coach Bill Kvebak. “He didn’t shy away from the competition and it’s definitely something he can be proud of and build on it. It proved to him that he belongs there.”

The 4x200 girls’ relay team of Addie Kay Johnson, Kyley Foster, Allison Berg and Heinecke earned DL’s third-consecutive year all-state relay honors with an eighth-place finish and a mark of 1:44.87.

The Lakers ran a 1:43.19 in the preliminary race Friday, which is a new DLHS record by almost 1.5 seconds.

“They did not run as well as they had on Friday, but I think that was mostly due to the rain and cold temps,” Labine said of Saturday’s race. “The eighth-place finishe got us an all-state relay for the third consecutive year. I was very proud of the girls.”

Although Nielsen just missed out on an all-state placing in the discus after taking 10th with a mark of 120-11, she still had a solid outing.

Prior Lake’s Kasie Vollmer won the discus with a distance of 152-10.

“She (Nielsen) was unable to move into the top nine after qualifying for the finals, but I thought she threw well,” Labine said.

“It was Shay’s first time in the state discus, and she will definitely throw even better when she gets down there next year.”

The 4x100 relay team of Johnson, Hailey Jorgenson, Sarah Halbakken and Berg had a mishap of dropping the baton, but the foursome ran on and finished strong.

“Our 4x100 relay came into Friday’s prelims with the 15th best time, and we knew that we would have to really run on the edge to have any chance of advancing to the finals,” Labine said. “Unfortunately, we dropped the baton during one of the exchanges and were disqualified. 

“I was very proud of how hard the girls ran, even after dropping the baton.  It would have been very easy to just quit or give up, but they ran hard all the way through the finish.”

Class 2A state track and field meet at Hamline University, Friday-Saturday, June 6-7

DL boys results – 3,200-meter run: 9. Matthew Lundstrom 9:30.21

DL girls results – Discus: 10. Shay Nielsen 120-11…200 dash: 4. Lindsey Heinecke 25.32…4x100: DQ. DL (Addie Kay Johnson, Hailey Jorgenson, Sarah Halbakken, Allison Berg)…4x200: 8. DL (Johnson, Kyley Foster, Berg, Heinecke) 1:44.87…Shot put: 3. Nielsen 41-11.25

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