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Girls Track and Field Wrap-up: Lakers have superb season

The 2014 Detroit Lakes girls’ track and field team certainly put its stamp in Laker history with a spectacular season, including the team’s 10th berth in the Class 2A state True Team meet and several All-State honors to cap the year.

The Lakers also repeated as Mid-State Conference champions, as six seniors finished their prep careers.

The departing seniors include Megan Ostlie, Sami Foltz, Karissa Berg, Rachel Wentz, Tanisha Perlmutter and Anne Holzgrove.

“Winning the Section 8-2A True Team and advancing to the state meet was definitely a highlight of the year,” said DL head girls’ coach Mike Labine. “There were several injuries during this season which greatly limited the opportunity to compete for some of our key performers. 

“But those injuries opened the door for some other girls to step up and participate at the varsity level and I was very pleased with the depth that was created.”

Labine credited the seniors for being solid leaders and producers throughout the years.

“Megan Ostlie ran the second fasted times in the 1,600 and 3,200-meters in our school history,” Labine said. “Only Hanna Grinaker has run faster times in a Laker uniform.  Megan will be very difficult to replace.

“Sami Foltz was one of those kids that came to track every day, practice or meet, and gave us her best effort. Karissa Berg has only been in track for two years, and is one of those athletes that just kept getting better and better. 

“Rachel Wentz had an injury filled senior season, but has been a consistent member of our 4 x 800 relay teams in the past couple of years.  When she was healthy, she was a very good runner for us.

“Anne Holzgrove was bitten by the injury bug almost every single season of track.  I don’t remember any athlete ever having to battle through so many different injuries. And Tanisha Perlmutter will be remembered as one of the best teammates I have ever coached.”

There were challenges, such inclement weather delaying the start of the season, but the Laker athletes overcame and peaked at the right time.

The Lakers had five All-State athletes, including junior Shay Nielsen in the shot put (third place), junior Lindsey Heinecke in the 200-meter dash (fourth) and the 4x200 relay team of Addie Kay Johnson, Kyley Foster, Allison Berg and Heinecke.

The Lakers should be just as strong if not stronger with a very talented group of underclassmen returning.

“Looking ahead to next year, we have some huge holes to fill because of graduation, but we also have a large number of key returners,” Labine said “In order for us to be a contender at the state level though, we have to get faster and stronger between now and next season.”

The 2014 Detroit Lakes girls’ track and field team results:p

Elite Team

Megan Ostlie, Sami Foltz, Abby Ullyott, Addie Kay Johnson, Allison Berg, Darci Molander, Hailey Jorgenson, Hannah Okeson, Kyley Foster, Lindsey Heinecke, Sarah Halbakken, Shay Nielsen, Sarah Schumacher, Mackenzie Ostlie.

Mid-State All-Conferece:

Lindsey Heinecke - 200 meters

Addie Kay Johnson - 400 meters

Sami Foltz - 800 meters

Megan Ostlie - 1600 meters

Shay Nielsen - Shot Put

Darci Molander - Triple Jump

Allison Berg - High Jump & Long Jump

Addie Kay Johnson, Allison Berg, Sarah Halbakken, Lindsey Heinecke- 4 x 200 Relay

State qualifiers

Shay Nielsen - Shot Put & Discus

Lindsey Heinecke - 200 meters

Addie Kay Johnson, Hailey Jorgenson, Lindsey Heinecke, Allison Berg - 4 x 100 Relay

*** Sarah Halbakken ran in place of Lindsey Heinecke at the state meet

Addie Kay Johnson, Kyley Foster, Allison Berg, Lindsey Heinecke - 4 x 200 Relay


Shay Nielsen - Shot Put - 3rd Place

Lindsey Heinecke - 200 meters - 4th place

Addie Kay Johnson, Kyley Foster, Allison Berg, Lindsey Heinecke - 4 x 200 Relay - 8th place.

All-State Academic

Megan Ostlie, Sami Foltz, Abby Ullyott, Addie Kay Johnson, Allison Berg, Hailey Jorgenson, Kyley Foster, Lindsey Heinecke, Sarah Halbakken, Shay Nielsen, Mackenzie Ostlie

New school records

Shay Nielsen - Shot Put - 43’ 8”

Lindsey Heinecke - 200 Meters - 25.32

Addie Kay Johnson, Kyley Foster, Allison Berg, Lindsey Heinecke - 4 x 200 Relay- 1:43.19.

Laker Legacy Award (Voted by team, signifies the senior athlete that most represents what a “Laker” should be)

Megan Ostlie

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