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Area college update: Labine excels for Johnnies at Twilight

St. John's sophomore Brady Labine, right, won the 400m hurdles, ran the opening leg of a the first place 4x100 relay and anchored the winning 4x400 team at the Bolstorff Twilight Thursday, April 25, in St. Paul. St. John's Athletics

Sophomore Brady Labine (Detroit Lakes) had a big day for the Saint John's track and field at Macalester's Bolstorff Twilight Thursday, April 25, in St. Paul.

Labine placed first in the 400-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 54.75 seconds, good for a ranking of 27th in Division III.

SJU's 4x100-meter relay (Labine, Schoenbauer, Young, Miller) took first in 41.53 seconds, the second-fastest time in school history, and the 4x400-meter relay (Collison, Jackson Devereaux, Johnson, Labine) won in 3:20.89.

The Johnnies won seven events and finished second out of 14 teams.

 Hannah Sankey, Delia Labatt, Corin McKinstrey, and AddieKay Johnson

Johnson, Nielsen, compete at Drake Relays

The Bethel women's 4x400m relay team of Hannah Sankey, Delia Labatt, Corin McKinstrey, and AddieKay Johnson (Detroit Lakes) came into the Drake Relays looking to set a qualifying time for the NCAA Division III National Championships May 23-25.

Their preliminary round time of 3:48.97 will likely do just that, ranked fourth on the NCAA Division III honor roll.

Sankey led off in 57.25, her best split of the year. Labatt blazed her way to a split of 56.47 and handed off to the Iowa-native Corin McKinstrey. McKinstrey ran a lifetime best split of 58.50. Johnson anchored for Bethel and brought it around the track in team-best 56.36.

The Royals qualified for the finals on Saturday finishing sixth overall running 4:01.42 in horrendous conditions.

Shay Nielsen

Junior Shay Nielsen (Detroit Lakes) placed fourth overall in shot put for the University of Minnesota at the Gopher Women’s Twilight meet held at the new Minnesota Track and Field Stadium Wednesday, April 24 in Minneapolis.

Nielsen hit 13.81m (45-03.75) on her fourth attempt.

The Golden Gophers were in action at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa April 24-27. Nielsen placed 20th in the shot put with a throw of 13.73m (45-00.50).

Kyley FosterJay Nielsen

Foster wins again for UND, Nielsen 22nd-hammer

Senior Kyley Foster (Detroit Lakes) continued a stellar run during her final season for the Fighting Hawks chalking up another pole vault victory for the University of North Dakota track and field team at the Ron Masanz Classic at Minnesota State University Moorhead on Saturday,

The Fighting Hawks placed first winning The Masanz Trophy. Foster cleared 4.25m (13-11.323) to claim the pole vault title.

Freshman Jay Nielsen (Detroit Lakes) placed 22nd in the hammer throw (40.22m).

Sydney Busker

Busker wraps career at St. Kate’s

After inclement weather canceled the first round of the Carleton College Invitational in Northfield Friday, April 27, senior captain Sydney Busker (Detroit Lakes) and the St. Catherine University golf team returned to the course for one final time to wrap up the 2018-19 season.

St. Kate's finished the round at Northfield Golf Club in third place overall with a team score of 338.

Busker shot a 14-over-par 86 in her final round as a Wildcat in windy conditions.

“She’s been a leader since day one,” St. Kate’s head coach Mary Sweeney said heading into this season. “She’s basically invaluable to our team. She’s an incredible golfer. Beyond golf, she’s an even better person. She’s truly a role model for everyone, including myself. She makes everyone around her better.”

Busker led with her play and work in the classroom also. A multi-year, All-American scholar, she held the lowest single-round score in program history and the lowest two-day score in program history. She’s led the team to a MIAC championship and the national tournament. She was consistently awarded All-Conference and All-Region accolades and was the first Wildcat to win the prestigious D-III Classic, which features several of the top Division III golf teams in the Midwest Region and tied the St. Kate's school record for an individual 36-hole score as a freshman.

Kate Smith

Smith finishes season at Big Ten Championships

Junior Kate Smith (Detroit Lakes) led Nebraska with a one-over-par 73 to conclude the women's golf team's season at the 2019 Big Ten Championship at TPC River's Bend on Sunday, April 21 in Maineville, Ohio.

Smith and freshman Megan Whittaker (Elkhorn, Nebraska) tied for 51st individually to lead the Huskers in the tournament, which was shortened to just two rounds after Saturday's second round was canceled because of inclement weather.

Smith and Whittaker both finished at eight-over-par 152 over 36 holes.

As a team, Nebraska put together a 296 (+8) in the six-count-four format to finish in 13th place overall at 609 after struggling to 313 in the opening round.

Maddie HerzogAbby Schramel

Herzog, Schramel at Summit Championships

North Dakota State University freshman Maddie Herzog moved up three spots on the final day of the Summit League women’s golf championships at Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kansas Tuesday, April 23.

Herzog placed 17th overall shooting a 75 in the final round, giving her a 239 for the tournament for the fifth place Bison.

Former DL teammate and University of North Dakota sophomore Abby Schramel shot three rounds totalling 250 to tie for 36th place for the sixth place Fighting Hawks.

Blake KahlbaughNathaniel Kahlbaugh

Kahlbaugh golfs final Cobber round

Senior Nathaniel Kahlbaugh (Mahnomen) wrapped up his collegiate career by finishing with a three-round total of 230 which was tied for 27th place at the St. John's Spring Invitational in Monticello, Montana Sunday, April 28.

Kahlbaugh started the weekend with a 78 before shooting identical scores of 76.

Kahlbaugh ends the year with a team-best 75.6 average over his 17 rounds played. He had four top 15 finishes. He ends his time in maroon and gold having played in 67 rounds to an average of 77.1.

It was only fitting that junior Blake Kahlbaugh tied his older brother in the final collegiate meet the two would play together. Blake went off with a 76 and then came back with a 75 in the first round on Sunday but then finished with a 79. Blake ends the 2018-19 campaign with a 77.7 average which is almost identical to his three-year Cobber average of 77.8.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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