Track and field: Lakers in an opportune position to clinch state berths after day one of Section 8-2A meet
Several Detroit Lakes track and field athletes are looking to advance to the State Class 2A state meet after one day of the Section 8-2A championships on Wednesday afternoon at Mollberg Field at Detroit Lakes High School.
DETROIT LAKES – The Detroit Lakes track and field teams will be represented in 24 events on the second day of the Section 8-2A championships with the hopes of sending athletes to the state meet.
Wednesday’s qualifiers at Detroit Lakes high school pushed a handful of Lakers through to the final events starting at 9:30 a.m. at Alexandria Area High School on Saturday. Half of the field events were decided at Mollberg Field, with the other half taking place on Saturday.
For all individual running events except the 1,600 and 3,200-meter races, athletes must finish in the top eight to advance to the second day of the section championships. The top six from each finals competition are awarded medals. The top six in each field event advance to the final competition shortly after the preliminary round.
To go to state, athletes must finish in the top two positions in each event or meet the Minnesota State High School League’s state qualifying time, height or distance in a section competition.
Rylee Johnson had the third-fastest 100-meter hurdles time on Wednesday at 16.62 seconds. Zach Olson (17.33) and Alexander Fletcher (16.66) are also competing in the 110-meter hurdles for the boys. Fletcher finished 0.11 out of second place in the prelims.
Abby Larson is in a prime position to notch a state berth in two individual events. She had the fastest day-one time in the 100-meter at 13.09 seconds. She also had the second-fastest time in the 200-meter dash at 26,68 seconds.
On day two, Ethan and Mason Carrier will also race in the 100-meter dash. Ethan Carrier is 0.09 behind Alexandria’s Christian Doumbia for second place with a time of 11.53. Mason Carrier clocked in at 11.94.
Annie Paulson is also looking to lock up one of two spots in the 300-meter hurdles. She took second place on Wednesday with a time of 46.71. Zach Olson also placed in the top eight for the boys at 44.34 seconds.
Amaya LeCleir snuck into the 800-meter race with the sixth-fastest time on day one at 2:29.57.
Detroit Lakes will also be represented in the relay events. The relay teams have not been finalized yet.
Lakers come close in the field
Eight events were decided in full on Wednesday afternoon, including seven in the field and one long-distance running competition.
Julia Steffl paced the three Lakers in the 3,200-meter race to a time of 12:26.85. Brayden Francis took 10th for the boys at 10:57.82.
Grace Gunderson was two inches away from qualifying for state in the high jump. She took third at 5-feet, 2-inches. Rylee Johnson was right behind her in sixth at 5-feet. Brandton Marsh took fourth place in the triple jump at 39-feet, 8.5-inches.
Mason Carrier (44-feet, 0.75-inches) and Jacob Ehnert (42-feet, 11-inches) took seventh and eighth place in the boys shot put throw. Elle Bettcher also took seventh in for the girls in the discus at 102-feet, 1-inch.
Fletcher was the lone Laker competing in the pole vault on Wednesday. He took 11th place at 10-feet, 9-inches. Mallory Fischer also had the best long jump for the Laker girls at 15-feet, 2-inches.
On Saturday, the boys will compete in the discus, long jump and high jump while the girls take part in the triple jump, pole vault and shot put. The 1,600-meter race will also take place in Alexandria on Saturday. Below is a full list of every Detroit Lakes track and field athlete competing in the Section 8-2A championships.
The results from day two will be in Wednesday's issue of the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Full story from day two will be posted at www.dlonline.com by Monday morning.