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Track and field: Detroit Lakes girls win Section 8-2A True Team title

Results from Detroit Lakes girls and boys track and field at the Section 8-2A True Team meet in Fergus Falls.

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Detroit Lakes' Lily Anderson runs the 300-meter hurdles to a time of 55.83 and an eighth-place finish on May 5, 2022 at Detroit Lakes High School in the Lakers' home track and field meet.
Jared Rubado / Detroit Lakes Tribune
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FERGUS FALLS – The Detroit Lakes girls track and field team is headed to the State True Team meet out of Section 8-2A after narrowly edging out Pequot Lakes.

The Lakers were trailing by five points heading into the 4x400-meter relay, the final event of the afternoon. The team of Grace Gunderson, Helena Daggett, Haydon King and Annie Paulson took second place with a time of 4:17.37 to hop over the Patriots in the standings.

“There were so many amazing moments, but my favorite was the way our team rallied around our final event,” Detroit Lakes girls track and field head coach Maggy Doll said. “As they were running, our entire team was there cheering them on. It was a great way to end the meet. The final score was Pequot Lakes with 543.5 and Detroit Lakes on top with 561 points scored. It was a great day to be a Laker.”

Detroit Lakes’ Section 8-2A True Team win clinches a spot at State True Team on May 21 in Stillwater.

The Laker girls had three first-place finishes on Tuesday. Abby Larson won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.78 and the 200-meter dash at 26.99 seconds. Annie Paulson paced the pack in the 300-meter hurdles at 48.11 seconds.


Detroit Lakes won the meet with its depth. Doll was excited to see girls step up to compete in events they typically haven’t run in this season.

Sasha Sekundiak ran two open events for the first time this season. She took third in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:02.84 and sixth in the 200-meter dash at 28.13. Doll said Sekundiak didn’t know she was competing in the 200-meter race until 20 minutes before it started.

The Lakers got a boost in the distance events from Julia Steffl. She took fourth place in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:46.21. In the two-mile race, Steffl finished in seventh place at 12:58.62.

Both Jerzie Horner and Jordan Ehnert had big performances in the pole vault. Horner took fourth place at 9-feet, 6-inches, while Ehnert placed sixth at 9-feet. In the high jump, Grace Gunderson took second place (5-feet), while Rylee Johnson took fifth (5-feet).

Sekundiak also placed in the triple jump at 33-feet, 1.5-inches, which was good enough for fifth place. Lily Anderson took third at 35-feet, 4-inches.

Elle Bettcher hit a personal record in the discus at 103-feet, 5-inches. Brenna Skadsem took fourth in the shot put (32-feet, 2-inches), while Jacee Hauser took fifth (32-feet, 1-inch).

Boys take sixth

The Detroit Lakes boys team had another handful of standout performers in its sixth-place finish on Tuesday.

Ethan Carrier collected two more first-place finishes. He won the 100-meter dash at 11.41 seconds and also anchored the 4x200-meter relay team with Brandton Marsh, Cameron Marxen and Caden Strand to a time of 1:34.98.


Marxen, Mason Carrier, Jack Pace and Ethan Carrier took second in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 45.43. Alexander Fletcher took first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.04, with Zach Olson on his tail in third at 16.47 seconds. Fletcher also took fifth in the high jump at 5-feet, 6-inches.

Brandton Marsh was a few inches away from taking the triple jump crown. He took second at 41-feet, 6-inches, which was just over a foot away from the top spot. He also took sixth place in the 300-meter hurdles at 46.13 seconds.

SECTION 8-2A GIRLS TRUE TEAM SCORES- 1- Detroit Lakes 561, 2- Pequot Lakes 543.5, 3- Perham 527.5, 4- Park Rapids 467, 5- Little Falls 447, 6- East Grand Forks 339.5, 7- Thief River Falls 328, 8- Fergus Falls 326, 9- United Clay-Becker 321.5, 10- Melrose Area 226, 11- Filworth-Glyndon-Felton

DETROIT LAKES TOP EIGHT FINISHERS- 4x800M RELAY- 1- Perham 10:15.70, 6th- Sadie Johnson, Amaya LeCleir, Lila Kallstrom, Ava Jones 10:46.05

100M HURDLES- 1st- Danielle Schrimers (Little Falls) 15.43, 4th- Rylee Johnson 16.74

100M- 1st- Abby Larson (Detroit Lakes) 12.78, 6th- Jerzie Horner 13.63

4x200M RELAY- 1st- Pequot Lakes 1:51.38, 3rd- Detroit Lakes Annie Paulson, Haydon King, Jerzie Horner, Ella Paulson 1:52.61

1600M- 1st- Carley Chaney (Pequot Lakes) 5:34.95, 4th- Julia Steffl 5:46.21

4x100M RELAY-1st- Ella Paulson, Morgan Hausten, Jerzie Horner, Abby Larson 53.04

400M- 1st- Calia Chaney (Pequot Lakes) 59.41, 3rd- Sasha Sekundiak 1:02.84

300M HURDLES- 1st- Annie Paulson (Detroit Lakes) 48.11

800M- 1st- Calia Chaney (Pequot Lakes) 2:19.69, 5th- Helena Daggett 2:33.11, 8th- Sadie Johnson 2:36.34

200M- 1st- Abby Larson (Detroit Lakes) 26.99, 6th- Sasha Sekundiak 28.13

3200M- 1st- Paula Heide (UCB) 7th- Julia Steffl 12:57.62

4x400M RELAY- 1st- Park Rapids 4:13.24, 2nd- Grace Gunderson, Helena Daggett, Haydon King, Annie Paulson 4:17.37

TRIPLE JUMP- 1st- Kennedy Pilgrim (Perham) 35’4”, 3rd- Lily Anderson 33’4”, 5th- Sasha Sekundiak 33’1.5”

HIGH JUMP- 1st- Ainsley Hansen (Fergus Falls) 5’4”, 2nd- Grace Gunderson 5’0”, 5th- Rylee Johnson 5’0”

POLE VAULT- 1st- Danielle Schrimers (Little Falls) 10’3”, 4th- Jerzie Horner 9’6”, 6th- Jordan Ehnert 9’0”

SHOT PUT- 1st- Emma Hellerud (DGF) 35.10”, 4th- Brenna Skadesem 32’2”, 5th- Jacee Hauser 32’1”

DISCUS- Alexis RIniker (DGF) 106’3”, 3rd- Elle Bettcher 103’5”

SECTION 8-2 BOYS TRUE TEAM SCORES- 1- Fergus Falls 540.5, 2- Park Rapids 525, 3- Perham 495, 4- Pequot Lakes 494.5, 5- Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 489, 6- Detroit Lakes 462.5, 7- East Grand Forks 397.5, 8- Little Falls 294, 9- Thief River Falls, 10- United Clay-Becker 199.5, 11- Melrose Area 160

DETROIT LAKES TOP EIGHT FINISHERS- 1- 4x800M RELAY-1st- EGF 8:28.98, 8th- Xander Jessen, Hunter Hnason German Guzman, Lane Yliniemi 9:27.20

110M HURDLES- 1st- Alexander Fletcher (Detroit Lakes) 16.04, 3rd- Zach Olson 16.47

100M DASH- 1st- Ethan Carrier (Detroit Lakes) 11.41

4x200M RELAY-1st- Brandton Marsh, Cameron Marxen, Caden Strand, Mason Carrier (Detroit Lakes) 1:34.98

4x100M RELAY- 1st- Fergus Falls 45.33, 2nd- Cameron Marxen, Marson Carrier, Jack Pace, Ethan Carrier 45.43

300M HURDLES- 1- Cooper Smith (EGF) 42.34, 6th- Brandton Marsh 46.13, 7th- Zach Olson 46.27

4x400M RELAY- 1st- DGF 3:35.88; 6th- Jack Pace, Joe Skinner, Brandton Marsh, Zach Olson 3:44.21

LONG JUMP- 1st- Joshua FInseth (DGF) 21’2”, 8th- KaDan Smith 17’7”

TRIPLE JUMP- 1st- Joshua FInseth (DGF) 42’7”, 2nd- Brandton Marsh 41’6”

HIGH JUMP- 1st- Cruz Megazzini (Pequot Lakes) 6’0”, 5th- Alexander Fletcher 5’6”, Brandton Marsh 5’4”

SHOT PUT- 1st- Alexander Jensen (Fergus Falls) 52’9”, 8th- Mason Carrier 41’11”

DISCUS- 1st- Tristan Hill (Park Rapids) 147’7”, 5th- Lawsen Greene 122’11”

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Detroit Lakes' Anthony Reading runs the 300-meter hurdles to a tiome of 45.82 and a second place finish at the Lakers' home meet on May 5, 2022.
Jared Rubado / Detroit Lakes Tribune

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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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