DL has Mid-State in its sights

The goal of winning the Mid-State Conference meet has been pumped up a little more for the Detroit Lakes boys' track and field team, after finishing as the runner-up the past two seasons.

The goal of winning the Mid-State Conference meet has been pumped up a little more for the Detroit Lakes boys' track and field team, after finishing as the runner-up the past two seasons.

The Lakers have solid numbers out with 75 athletes, which includes 50 upper classmen who bring some experience.

But there are lots of freshmen and sophomores out who have inexperience, yet will be needed to fill out events this season.

"We do have a lot of first-timers out, which is good for our numbers," said DL head boys' track and field coach Steve Zamzo. "We'll find spots for them which fit their skills."

The distance crew, though, will be DL's strength. The Lakers are deep and talented in the distance events.


Senior Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles will lead a talented pack, which includes Pat and Wes Bakken, Mike Okeson, Jason Stallman, Travis King, Clem Foltz, Cody Okeson and a host of others who will contribute in the 800 through 3,200-meter runs, as well as relay events.

Juniors Ryan Kalberer and Montana Johnson will head the sprinters, while senior Bryce Dutton, Levi Fairbanks and junior Joe Hager will be the throwing crew.

In the long and triple jump will be Steven Labine, Riley Olson and Kalberer, along with younger athletes who will fill in the voids.

Eric Larson returns with DL's only experience in the pole vault, while leading hurdlers will be Labine, Ethan VanOffelen, eighth grader Parker Jackson and Clem.

But as the season progresses, Zamzo hopes the development of the inexperienced younger athletes goes forward as well.

DL also will host four meets, including the Section 8-2A True Team meet (May 10), the Section 8-2A preliminaries (June 1) and the Craig Fredrickson Invitational (May 5).

The reason for all the home meets is the new track and field complex, which was constructed last fall.

Also added will be new hurdles, donated by Erin Seaworth-Briard, who purchased them for $10,000.


The first outdoor meet is scheduled for April 5 on the new track in DL, but weather and conditions may prevent that.

After that, the next outdoor meet is scheduled for April 12 in Fergus Falls.

Laker results and


Detroit Lakes at Concordia College, Saturday, March 26.

DL results -- 55-meter dash: 11. Montana Johnson 7:14; 12. Ryan Kalberer 7.17; 15. Sebastian Meinugn 7.267; 24. Jonathan Hallisey 7.49; 26. Cody Edwards 7.57; 29. Hunter Duchene 7.66; 31. Tim McKagan 7.75; 33. Brady Crawford 7.84; 48. Braedon McDougall 8.59...55 hurdles: 3. Steven Labine 9.13; 8. Ethan VanOffelen 10.14...200 dash: 8. Johnson 25.92; 11. Edwards 27.16; 12. Hallisey 27.46; 18. Crawford 28.40; 19. McKagan 28.52; 28. Alex Webber 30.39; 31. McDougall 30.97; 32. Jared Olson 31.08...400 run: 4. Clem 61.41...800 run: 5. Tom Sorum 2:16.29; 6. Mike Okeson 2:16.88; 12. Robert Welty 2:26.35; 19. Anthony Meyer 2:38.40; 21. Shawn Noonan 3:15.08...1,600 run: 4. Wes Bakken 4:59.39; 8. Jason Stallman 5:10.54; 12. Pat Bakken 5:19.08; 14. Brandon Olson 5:22.40; 15. Zach Foltz 5:24.32; 17. Jordan Thielan 5:26.98; 19. Foltz 5:31.59; 23. Nolan Singer 5:48.33; 29. Noonan 7:02.54...4x50 relay: 1. DL A 26.81...4x200: 1. DL A (time NA); 9. DL B 2:02.33...4x400: 7. DL A 4:04.85; 8. DL B 4:08.10; 9. DL C 4:15.84; 11. DL D 4:27.53...Long jump: 9. Meinugn 16-10.5...Triple jump: 2. Kalberer 40-4; 6. Labine 33-9...High jump: 6. Kalberer 5-4...Shot put: 13. Levi Fairbanks 34-4; 15. VanOffelen 33-1.25; 23. Joe Hager 30-4.75; 24. Britton Thompson 30-2.5; 33. Ben Tjepkes 24-9.5.

The 2011 Detroit Lakes boys' track and field schedule:



5 DL triangular 4 p.m.

12 at Fergus Falls 4 p.m.

15 at Moorhead 3 p.m.

26 at Brainerd 4 p.m.

29 at Hamline (must qualify)


5 DL Invite 3 p.m.

10 Section True Team at DL 1 p.m.


17 Mid-State meet at Staples-Motley

21 State True at Stillwater

23 at Bemidji 3 p.m.


1 Section prelims at DL 3 p.m.

3 Section finals at St. Cloud Apollo 11 a.m.

10-11 State meet at Hamline.

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