Lakers complete track seasons at sections

Larson just misses state berth in the 100-meter dash.

Detroit Lakes sophomore Abby Larson had the Lakers' top finish of the day and just missed hitting the 100m dash state qualifying standard in fourth place at the Section 8AA track and field championships in Fergus Falls Saturday, June 12. Robert Williams / Tribune

Detroit Lakes track and field teams were shut out of state berths in the final year of the two class system in Minnesota at the Section 8AA championships in Fergus Falls Saturday, June 12.

Sophomore Abby Larson made a solid bid at qualifying in the 100m dash placing fourth, the top Detroit Lakes finish of the day.

Larson ran 12.55 to cross the line. The top two finishers automatically qualify and any athlete that meets the state qualifying standard.

Larson’s time was a mere 0.09 seconds short of the 12.46 standard.

Freshman Rylee Johnson was the first Laker on the track and was in the mix of the 100m hurdles before catching a hurdle and going down two jumps short of the finish line. She placed eighth overall.


The girls top relay finished seventh in the 4x100. The team consisted of all underclassmen: Ella Paulson, Rylee Johnson, Jerzie Horner and Larson clocked a time of 51.67.

Freshman Ella Paulson and Rylee Johnson (foreground) exchange the baton in the 4x200-meter relay during the section championship meet in Fergus Falls Saturday, June 12, 2021. Robert Williams / Tribune

The same quartet placed eighth in the 4x200 running a time of 1:52.26.

Horner set a personal best in the pole vault clearing 8-feet, 6-inches to place 12th.

The Laker 4x200 relay team of senior Clay Perkins, freshmen Noah Larson and Mason Carrier and senior Jacob Kalina recorded a scoring finish for the Laker boys team placing eighth in a time of 1:39.07.

Alexandria won the girls team competition scoring 137 points to 89 from runners-up Willmar. Detroit Lakes placed 12th with 14 points.


Sophomore Jerzie Horner cleared 8-feet, six-inches to set a personal best mark in the pole vault Saturday, June 12, 2021, in Fergus Falls. Robert Williams / Tribune

The Moorhead boys ran away from the field with 151 points. Willmar was second, scoring just under 100 points.

Track and field will undergo a big change next season that will affect Detroit Lakes when the MSHSL switches from two to three classes.

Five other teams will remain in Section 8AA with Detroit Lakes - Alexandria, Fergus Falls, Little Falls, ROCORI and Willmar. Moving into the section will be Albany, East Grand Forks, Melrose Area, New London-Spicer, Pequot Lakes and Thief River Falls.

Nine schools, most of them bigger than Detroit Lakes, are on the move including Becker, Bemidji, Brainerd, Foley, Monticello, Moorhead, Sartell-St. Stephen, Sauk Rapids-Rice, St. Cloud Tech and Apollo.

The state track and field championships will be held Jun 17-19 at St. Michael-Albertville high school.

Detroit Lakes results

Girls - Teams: 1 Alexandria 137, 2 Willmar 89, 3 Brainerd 77, 4 Monticello 74, 5 ROCORI 64, 6 Moorhead 62, 7 Bemidji 44, 8 St. Cloud Apollo 37, 9 Fergus Falls 29, 10 Sartell-St. Stephen 26, 11 Little Falls 19, 12 Detroit Lakes 14, 13 Sauk Rapids-Rice 13, 14 Foley 7.5, 15 St. Cloud Tech 6.5, 16 Becker 1.


100m dash

4 Abby Larson 12.55

100m hurdles

8 Rylee Johnson 23.95

4x100 relay

7 51.67 (Ella Paulson, Rylee Johnson, Jerzie Horner, Abby Larson)

4x200 relay

8 1:52.26 (Jerzie Horner, Rylee Johnson, Ella Paulson, Abby Larson)


4x400 relay

10 4:23.87 (Helena Daggett, Ava Jones, Kaitlyn McConkey, Amaya LeCleir)

4x800 relay

9 10:50.55 Detroit Lakes (Ava Jones, Kaitlyn McConkey, Sadie Johnson, Amaya LeCleir)

1,600m run

16 Julia Steffl 5:46.01

29 Isla Pender 6:12.32

33 Marin Johnson 6:19.53


Pole vault

12 Jerzie Horner 8-6

22 Jordan Ehnert 8-0

Triple jump

14 Jordyn Johnson 31-10

31 Helena Daggett 28-10

36 Alex Bettcher 26-10.5

Shot put


16 Jacee Hauser 29-06

19 Brenna Skadsem 28-06.5

33 Elle Bettcher 25-01

Boys - Teams: 1 Moorhead 151, 2 Willmar 99.5, 3 Bemidji 77, 4 Monticello 68, 5 Alexandria 66, 6 St. Cloud Apollo 59, 7 Brainerd 56, 8 Sartell-St. Stephen 23, 9 Fergus Falls 18.5, 10 St. Cloud Tech 17, 11 ROCORI 16, 11 Little Falls 16, 13 Sauk Rapids-Rice 14, 14 Foley 11, 15 Becker 9, 16 Detroit Lakes 1.

4x100 relay

9 45.87 (Clay Perkins, Devon Berg, Mason Carrier, Jacob Kalina)

4x200 relay

8 1:39.07 (Clay Perkins, Noah Larson, Mason Carrier, Jacob Kalina)

4x400 relay

10 3:55.84 (Mason Carrier, Brandton Marsh, Caden Reep, Casey Parks)

1,600m run

35 Brayden Francis 5:13.84

38 Micah Barberg 5:36.65

Long jump

26 Noah Larson 16-11.50

Discus throw

16 Jeff Moen 111-11

20 Andreas Barnett 111-04

31 Braydon Sjoblom 94-0

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Robert Williams has been a sports editor for Forum Communications in Perham and Detroit Lakes since 2011.
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