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Five Lakers earn All-State honors

Five All-State honors were earned by the Detroit Lakes girls’ track and field team during the Class 2A state meet at Hamline University in Minneapolis Friday and Saturday.

The Laker 4x200 relay team of sophomores Addie Kay Johnson, Allison Berg, Kyley Foster and Lindsey Heinecke not only captured All-State honors with their finals time of 1:44.60, but they also broke the DLHS record, which was set last year at the state meet.

Sophomore Shay Nielsen also garnered a top nine finish with an eighth-place finish in shot put, with a finals throw of 39.05.00.

Heinecke missed the finals cut in the 400-meter dash, after she sprinted for a time of 59.46.

“Having five All-State girls was a great way to finish the season,” said DL head girls’ coach Mike Labine. “That was their goal and they set out and did it.”

The 4x200 team ran a 1:44.75 in the preliminaries Friday to secure their berth in the finals, and then shaved just enough off their time to claim the DLHS record, which was 1:44.67.

“It takes four to be successful on a relay team,” Labine said. “They all ran well and double-dipped with their goals by breaking the school record, as well as earning All-State.”

Nielsen made it over the hump by qualifying for finals after she had a mark of 38-07.5.

After that, she busted off her 39-05.00, which improved her two spots from her preliminary seeding.

“She put so much pressure on herself to make finals and when she did, she went all out to get that All-State honor,” Labine said. “When she made finals, she threw very well.”

Heinecke didn’t have the 400-dash race she wanted to, but still gained that valuable state experience from it being her second time at state in the event.

“Lindsey didn’t have a great 400 race and mostly it was because of her mental aspect,” said Labine, who ran the 400-dash during his college years. “Physically, she is one of the third or fourth best in the state, that’s not the problem. The 400 is one of the most difficult races to run, because you are at a significant discomfort by the end.

“You just have to go all out when running it. It takes a lot of mental preparation to do that.”

With all the DL state participants being sophomores, there still is plenty of space to reach their ceiling.

“It’s good we have them for a few more years, but hopefully they want to work harder and not stand pat of where they are now,” Labine said.

Laker results - Class 2A state track and field meet at Hamline University, Friday-Saturday, June 7-8

DL girls’ results (*All-State) – 400-meter dash: Lindsey Heinecke 59.46…4x200: *7. DL (Addie Kay Johnson, Allison Berg, Kyley Foster, Lindsey Heinecke) 1:44.60 (DLHS record)…Shot put: *8. Shay Nielsen 39-05.00.

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