Girls track and field: Laker girls take second at Otter Invitational

Results from the Detroit Lakes girls track and field team at Fergus Falls.

Detroit Lakes track and field

FERGUS FALLS – The Detroit Lakes girls track and field team kicked off its outdoor season with a second-place finish at Fergus Falls’ Otter invite.

Junior Abby Larson won both the 100 (12.57) and 200-meter (27.86) races. She also anchored the Lakers’ first-place 4x100-meter relay with Jerzier Horner, Ella Paulson and Rylee Johnson. The four sprinters clocked in with the top time at 53.91 seconds.

The 4x200-meter relay team of Ella Paulson, Mogan Hausten, Brooklyn Markuson and Annie Paulson took second with a time of 1:56.23. Annie Paulson also took third place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 52.37.

Detroit Lakes had another impressive day in the field led by Jacee Hauser. She took third place in the shot put at 31-feet, 1-inch, and second in the discus at 97-feet, 7-inches. Elle Bettcher was right behind Hauser in the discus at 97-feet, 8-inches, which was good enough for third place. Brenna Skadsem notched a fourth-place finish in the shot put (29-feet, 10-inches) and seventh in the discus (84-feet, 2-inches).

Grace Gunderson took second place in the high jump at 5-feet, 2-inches. Horner rounded out her day with a third-place pole vault at -feet, 6-inches.


The Lakers were 22 points behind first-place Willmar in the team standings. Their score of 107 was good enough to beat out Bemidji by five points. Perham (91) and Minnewaska (69) completed the top five.

OTTER INVITE GIRLS TEAM SCORES- 1- Willmar 139, 2- Detroit Lakes 107, 3- Bemidji 102, 4- Perham 91, 5- Minnewaska 69, 6- Fergus Falls 29, 7- Pelican Rapids 22

DETROIT LAKES TOP EIGHT FINISHERS- 100M- 1st- Abby Larson (Detroit Lakes) 12.57, 3rd- Jerzie Horner 13.57

200M- 1st- Abby Larson (Detroit Lakes) 27.86, 3rd- Mallory Fischer 29.28

400M- 1st- McKenzie Luetmer (Minnewaska) 1:03.80, 7th- Grace Gunderson 1:09.45

1600M- 1st- Nina Dawson (Willmar) 5:28.73, 8th- Julia Steffl 6:01.32

100M HURDLES- 1st- Madysen Schmidt (Bemidji) 16.15, 5th- Rylee Johnson 18.57

300M HURDLES- 1st- Lauren Berg (Bemidji) 49.27, 3rd- Annie Paulson 52.37

4X100 RELAY- 1st- Jerzie Horner, Ella Paulson, Rylee Johnson, Abby Larson (Detroit Lakes) 53.91

4X200M RELAY- 1st- Bemidji 1:52.17, 2nd- Ella Paulson, Morgan Hausten, Brooklyn Markuson, Annie Paulson 1:56.23

4X400M RELAY- 1st- Bemidji 4:16.77, 5th- Sasha Sekundiak, Sadie Johnson, Grace Gunderson, Helena Daggett 4:33.95

4X400M RELAY- 1st- Minnewaska 10:19.98, 4th- Sasha Sekundiak, Julia Steffl, Helena Daggett, Amaya LeCleir 10:53.77

SHOT PUT- 1st- Makenna Larson (Willmar) 31’11”, 3rd- Jacee Hauser 31’1”, 4th- Brenna Skadsem 29’10”

DISCUS- 1st- Avery Quinn (Willmar) 99’11”, 2nd- Jacee Hauser 99’7”, 3rd- Elle Bettcher 97’8”, 7th- Brenna Skadsem 84’2”

HIGH JUMP- 1st- Ainsley Hansen (Fergus Falls) 5’5”, 2nd- Grace Gunderson 5’2”, 5th- Rylee Johnson 4’8”, 6th- Lily Anderson 4’8”

POLE VAULT- 1st- Gracie Morris (Perham) 9’6”, T-3rd- Jerzie Horner 8’6”, 6th- Morgan Hausten 8’0”, 7th- Jordan Ehnert 8’0”

LONG JUMP- 1st- Sam Christoffer (Willmar) 15’6.75”, 5th- Mallory Fischer 13’10.5”

TRIPLE JUMP- 1st- Jaden Hackel (Perham) 33’5.75”, 7th- Annie Paulson 30’1.25”

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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