The Detroit Lakes boys track and field team captured the Section 8AA True Team championship at Mollberg Field, Tuesday, May 7 ensuring a fifth consecutive state meet appearance.

“I was really proud of our guys yesterday,” DL boys head coach Bill Kvebak said. “They just came to work and really handled their business. I think a lot of their composure in big meets can be attributed to our seniors; they really set the attitude for our team and led us through this meet like they have all season.”

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The Lakers got event victories from three different grades.

Junior Isaiah Thompson bested the 110m hurdles field with a winning time of 15.77.

Senior Reed Reller recorded a winning time of 51.80 in the 400m dash.

Freshman Caeden Yliniemi cleared 5-10 to win the high jump.

Senior Jake Bettcher added a number of complementary finishes in both the field and on the track.

He placed third in the 110m hurdles behind Thompson and was the 300m hurdles runner-up.

Jake Bettcher
Jake Bettcher

“Jake had a huge day in the hurdles” Kvebak said. “He has only run each race once this year and is taking on this role to support the team.”

Bettcher also placed seventh in the high jump with a leap of 5-06 and third in the triple jump (41-00.25).

Reller’s win was aided by junior Micah Solberg with a sixth place 400m dash, a finish he completed with little warning prior to running.

“A result that may not jump out on paper was Micah Solberg, who subbed in for the open 400 and set a PR by over a second,” Kvebak said. “He didn't know he would be running but was ready and really handled his race well.”

Senior Will Green and junior Ben Heimark were spring standouts.

Will Green
Will Green

Green placed second in the 100m dash (11.60) with Heimark (11.66) right behind him in third place.

In the True Team format, each team is allowed two entries in individual events and one entry in each relay. Results are scored in descending order from first to last. First place relay finishes scored 33 points, last place three. First place individuals earned 22 points to last place two.

Green and Heimark had top seven marks in the 200m dash. Green ran 23.56 to place fifth; Heimark took seventh one-tenth of a second behind. Heimark added a seventh place triple jump finish (38-02.50).

Junior Jackson Rhodes (20-06.50) and Thompson (20-01.25) went four-five in long jump.

Freshman Christian Solberg (11-00) and Green (10-06) went four-five in pole vault.

“Will Green was a stud yesterday, leading our 4x100 team to their fastest finish of the year (45.13) and placing real well in both the 100, 200, and pole vault,” Kvebak said. “Awesome day by our kids; it was really fun.”

Laker relays posted one first, two seconds and a fifth place finish to rack up 104 points of DL’s winning total of 603. Detroit Lakes finished exactly 100 points ahead of runners-up Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.

Junior Brock Harrier placed fifth in the shot put with senior Charles Barnett in seventh.

Junior Caleb Tangen led the discus throwers placing fifth with Harrier in 10th.

DL distance runners all had top eight marks.

Juniors Grant Fritch-Gallatin and Peyton Nordby went seven-eight in the 800m run.

Senior Tanner Olson placed fifth in the mile with Nordby in eighth.

Olson finished fourth in the two-mile and junior Elijah Kitzmann was seventh.

Detroit Lakes boys history at state True Team dates back to the inaugural year, 1987, when the Lakers won the Class 3A state championship, the first-ever state team title in Detroit Lakes’ athletic history. That team has since been inducted into the Detroit Lakes Athletic Foundation's Hall of Honor.

This year’s squad is making the program’s sixth appearance at state and fifth in the last six seasons.

Last year’s sixth place finish was the second-best mark by a DL team and was done for the fourth time in team history. DL placed ninth in 2015.

The Willmar Cardinals repeated as Section 6AA champions and will be defending the state AA boys championship at the upcoming state meet Saturday, May 18 at Stillwater high school beginning at 3 p.m.

Jackson Hegg
Jackson Hegg

DL girls third behind Perham, Fergus Falls

The Laker girls team jumped up two spots from 2018 with a third place section finish.

Perham scored 575 points to advance to state; Fergus Falls placed second with 506.5. DL scored 475.5 to place well ahead of fourth place Pequot Lakes (431).

Freshman Sasha Sekundiak continued to impress this season recording the lone Laker victory winning the 400m dash in a time of 1:00.48. Her eighth-grade teammate Jalynn Gunderson placed eighth overall in 1:04.31.

Sekundiak was joined by a trio of eighth graders in sprints with top 10 marks.

Abby Larson placed fifth in the 100m dash (13.27) with Jerzie Horner in ninth place (13.53).

Larson matched the effort with a fifth place 200m dash of 26.31 with Sekundiak (27.71) in eighth.

Sophomore Gabby Fredrickson cleared five-feet for a third place high jump mark.

Senior Breanna Price (124-02) and sophomore Kylee Price (94-04) went three-four in discus. The duo added top 10 shot puts: Breanna (33-00) in sixth, Kylee in ninth (30-09).

Brina Smith
Brina Smith

Junior Brina Smith placed fifth in the triple jump (32-03.50); sophomore teammate Jordyn Johnson (32-00.25) was seventh.

Junior Hegg cleared 9-06 for a fifth place pole vault.

Two girls meet records were broken at Tuesday’s meet. Perham senior and defending AA state pole vault champion Ashley Hokanson cleared a new record mark of 12-feet. She broke her own record of 11-feet from 2018.

Fergus Falls junior Sabrina Fronning placed first and set a new mark of 15.26 in the 100m hurdles breaking the 2013 record of Thief River Falls’ and current University of Minnesota redshirt sophomore hurdler Meleah Biermaier by two-tenths of a second.

DL senior Sidney Lundberg had a top 10 finish behind Fronning placing ninth (18.45).

Sophomore Kaitlin McConkey led Laker distance runners placing 11th in the 800m and seventh in the mile. Junior Ava Geffre was the to two-miler in 11th place.

Senior Karrigan Hallisey (15-04.50) finished in the top half of the long jump field in ninth place.

Laker girls relays accumulated 87 points with finishes of second, third, fourth and 10th.

Full meet results from all three classes and sections are being posted here.

8AA Boys True Team Track and Field meet, Mollberg Field, Tuesday, May 7

Boys team results: Detroit Lakes 603, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 503, Perham 467, Park Rapids Area 432, Pierz 416, Pequot Lakes 385.5, East Grand Forks 334, Thief River Falls 333, Little Falls 253, Fergus Falls 250, Melrose Area 246.5.

4X800m relay

1 Perham 8:20.15

5 Detroit Lakes 8:40.58

110m hurdles

1 Isaiah Thompson 11 Detroit Lake 15.77

3 Jake Bettcher 12 Detroit Lake 16.71

100m dash

1 Matthias Algarin 11 Pierz 11.41

2 Will Green 12 Detroit Lake 11.60

3 Ben Heimark 11 Detroit Lake 11.66

4x200m relay

1 Pierz 1:34.27

2 Detroit Lakes 1:34.55

1,600m run

1 Brandon O' Hara 11 Perham 4:29.92

5 Tanner Olson 12 Detroit Lake 4:42.93

8 Peyton Nordby 11 Detroit Lake 4:48.61

4x100m relay

1 Detroit Lakes 45.13

2 Park Rapids Area 46.21

400m dash

1 Reed Reller 12 Detroit Lake 51.80

6 Micah Solberg 11 Detroit Lake 54.24

300m hurdles

1 Zachary Becker 12 Pierz 41.60

2 Jake Bettcher 12 Detroit Lake 41.99

7 Isaiah Thompson 11 Detroit Lake 43.72

800m run

1 Jacob McCleary 9 Perham 2:02.14

7 Grant Fritch-Gallatin 11 Detroit Lake 2:07.52

8 Peyton Nordby 11 Detroit Lake 2:08.74

200m dash

1 Matthias Algarin 11 Pierz 22.56

5 Will Green 12 Detroit Lake 23.56

7 Ben Heimark 11 Detroit Lake 23.66

3,200m run

1 Brandon O' Hara 11 Perham 9:47.30

4 Tanner Olson 12 Detroit Lake 10:31.59

7 Elijah Kitzmann 11 Detroit Lake 10:47.25

4x400m relay

1 Dilworth-Gly 3:32.31

2 Detroit Lakes 3:34.92

Long jump

1 Robert Sewell 12 Fergus Falls 22-03.00

4 Jackson Rhodes 11 Detroit Lake 20-06.50

5 Isaiah Thompson 11 Detroit Lake 20-01.25

Triple jump

1 Matthias Algarin 11 Pierz 42-07.50

3 Jake Bettcher 12 Detroit Lake 41-00.25

7 Ben Heimark 11 Detroit Lake 38-02.50

High jump

1 Caeden Yliniemi 9 Detroit Lake 5-10.00

7 Jake Bettcher 12 Detroit Lake 5-06.00

Pole vault

1 Cole Johnson 11 Thief River 11-06.00

1 Ben Edeen 11 Dilworth-Gly 11-06.00

4 Christian Solberg 9 Detroit Lake 11-00.00

5 Will Green 12 Detroit Lake 10-06.00

Shot put

1 Bryce Anderson 12 Dilworth-Gly 48-09.00

5 Brock Harrier 11 Detroit Lake 41-08.50

7 Charles Barnett 12 Detroit Lake 41-03.00

Discus throw

1 Bryce Anderson 12 Dilworth-Gly 138-08

5 Caleb Tangen 11 Detroit Lake 120-02

10 Brock Harrier 11 Detroit Lake 108-04


Girls team results: Perham 575, Fergus Falls 506.5, Detroit Lakes 475.5, Pequot Lakes 431, Thief River Falls 392, Park Rapids Area 385.5, Little Falls 376, East Grand Forks 357.5, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 343.5, Pierz 299.5, Melrose Area 187.

4X800m relay

1 Pequot Lakes 10:04.98

10 Detroit Lakes 10:49.93

100m hurdles

1 Sabrina Fronning 11 Fergus Falls 15.26*

9 Sidney Lundberg 12 Detroit Lake 18.45

20 Jordan Ehnert 9 Detroit Lake 21.19

100m dash

1 Carley Johnson 11 Thief River 12.73

5 Abby Larson 8 Detroit Lake 13.27

9 Jerzie Horner 8 Detroit Lake 13.53

4x200m relay

1 Fergus Falls 1:49.61

3 Detroit Lakes 1:52.19

1,600m run

1 Caitlin Covington 12 Perham 5:22.93

7 Kaitlin McConkey 10 Detroit Lake 5:40.83

22 Morgan Kvebak 8 Detroit Lake 6:23.08

4x100m relay

1 Thief River Falls 51.23

4 Detroit Lakes 52.34

400m dash

1 Sasha Sekundiak 9 Detroit Lake 1:00.48

8 Jalynn Gunderson 8 Detroit Lake 1:04.31

300m hurdles

1 Sabrina Fronning 11 Fergus Falls 45.51

4 Annie Paulson 9 Detroit Lake 50.90

10 Alex Bettcher 9 Detroit Lake 51.88

800m run

1 Caitlin Covington 12 Perham 2:24.94

11 Kaitlin McConkey 10 Detroit Lake 2:37.34

13 Amaya LeCleir 8 Detroit Lake 2:41.62

200m dash

1 Mini Jallah 8 East Grand F 26.31

5 Abby Larson 8 Detroit Lake 27.31

8 Sasha Sekundiak 9 Detroit Lake 27.71

3,200m run

1 Calia Chaney 7 Pequot Lakes 12:03.61

11 Ava Geffre 11 Detroit Lake 13:42.34

14 Molly Tinjum 11 Detroit Lake 14:05.15

4x400m relay

1 Pequot Lakes 4:10.51

2 Detroit Lakes 4:11.43

Long jump

1 Mesa Schultz 12 Perham 16-07.25

9 Karrigan Hallisey 12 Detroit Lake 15-04.50

12 Peyton Jernberg 12 Detroit Lake 14-08.50

Triple jump

1 Camryn Brinkman 11 Melrose Area 36-04.00

5 Brina Smith 11 Detroit Lake 32-03.50

7 Jordyn Johnson 10 Detroit Lake 32-00.25

High jump

1 Ainsley Hansen 9 Fergus Falls 5-02.00

3 Gabby Fredrickson 10 Detroit Lake 5-00.00

14 Sidney Lundberg 12 Detroit Lake 4-06.00

Pole vault

1 Ashley Hokanson 12 Perham 12-00.00*

5 Jackson Hegg 11 Detroit Lake 9-06.00

20 Taylor Tucker 11 Detroit Lake 7-00.00

Shot put

1 Desera Engholm 12 Pequot Lakes 42-00.00

6 Breanna Price 12 Detroit Lake 33-00.00

9 Kylee Price 10 Detroit Lake 30-09.00

Discus throw

1 Amari Riley 12 Little Falls 126-11

3 Breanna Price 12 Detroit Lake 124-02

4 Kylee Price 10 Detroit Lake 94-04