DETROIT LAKES – The Detroit Lakes girls track and field team took home six first-place finishes on Thursday night at the Craig Fredrickson Memorial Invite at Detroit Lakes High School.
Julia Steffl won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:48.32. She also ran in the 4x400-meter relay with Sadie Johnson, Lila Kallstrom and Marin Johnson to a fifth-place finish with a time of 4:39.12.
The team of Ella Paulson, Jerzie Horner, Haydon King and Abby Larson won the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 51.98. Horner also won the pole vault at 9-feet, with Jordan Ehnert (8-feet) and Skylar Nelson (8-feet) behind her in fourth and fifth.
Annie Paulson Paced the 300-meter hurdles to a time of 48.32. Lily Anderson wasn’t far behind in eighth at 55.83. Anie Paulson and Anderson also competed in the triple jump. Anderson took second at 33-feet, 5.5-inches, while Paulson came in sixth (31-feet, 4.5-inches). Sasha Sekundiak took fourth in the triple jump at 32-feet, 9.5-inches.
The Lakers continued to dominate the throwing events. Brenna Skadsem won the shot put at 33-feet, 10-inches. Jacee Hauser took second (32-feet, 8-inches), followed by Elle Bettcher (29-feet, 11-inches, 5th), Fallon Lowell (28-feet, 4-inches, 6th), Madi Gerdes (27-feet, 11-inches, 7th) and Jadyn Wimmer (27-feet, 9-inches, 8th).
Hauser (105-feet,1-inch) and Bettcher (100-feet, 10-inches) took the top two discus spots, with Lowell (88-feet, 5-inches), Skadsem (87-feet) and Madi Gerdes (79-feet,11-inches) in fourth, fifth and eighth.
Mallory Fischer took second in the long jump at 15-feet, 3.5-inches. Ella Paulson followed in sixth at 14-feet, 3.5-inches. King took seventh place at 14-feet, 0.25-inches.
Detroit Lakes rolled to a first-place finish with a team score of 155. Frazee (116.5) and Park Rapids (103.5) rounded out the top three.
CRAIG FREDRICKSON MEMORIAL INVITE GIRLS TEAM SCORES- 1- Detroit Lakes 155, 2- Frazee 116.5, 3- Park Rapids 103.5, 4- Thief River Falls 91, 5- Fergus Falls 66, 6- Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 15
DETROIT LAKES GIRLS TOP EIGHT FINISHERS- 100M- 1st- Kendra Mehrkens (TRF) 12.62, 8th- Hailey Thielen 13.68
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.