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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.

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Detroit Lakes' Maspon Carrier qualifies for the section final in the 100-meter run at the Section 8-2A track and field meet on June 1, 2022 at Detroit Lakes High School's Mollberg Field.
Jared Rubado / Detroit Lakes Tribune
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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.

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Detroit Lakes' Jack Pace runs in the 800-meter race at the Section 8-2A track and field meet on June 1, 2022 at Detroit Lakes High School's Mollberg Field.
Jared Rubado / Detroit Lakes Tribune

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.


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Detroit Lakes' Abby Larson qualifies for the Section 8-2A finals in the 200-meter dash on June 1, 2022 at Mollberg Field at Detroit Lakes High School.
Jared Rubado / Detroit Lakes Tribune

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.

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Detroit Lakes' Amaya LeCleir qualifies for the section final in the 800-meter run at the Section 8-2A track and field meet on June 1, 2022 at Detroit Lakes High School's Mollberg Field.
Jared Rubado / Detroit Lakes Tribune

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.


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Detroit Lakes' Bradnton Marsh prepares for his final triple jump attempt at the Section 8-2A track and field meet on June 1, 2022 at Detroit Lakes High School's Mollberg Field. Marsh took fourth place at 39-feet, 8.5-inches.
Jared Rubado / Detroit Lakes Tribune

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.

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Detroit Lakes' Alexander Fletcher takes 11th place in the pole vault at 10-feet, 9-inches at the Section 8-2A track and field meet on June 1, 2022 at Detroit Lakes High School's Mollberg Field.
Jared Rubado / Detroit Lakes Tribune


GIRLS 4X800M RELAY- Detroit Lakes 10:26.53

BOYS 4X800M RELAY- Detroit Lakes 9:20.50

GIRLS 100M HURDLES- Rylee Johnson 16.62

BOYS 110M HURDLES- Zach Olson 17.33, Alexander Fletcher 16.66

GIRLS 100M- Abby Larson 13.09

BOYS 100M- Mason Carrier 11.94, Ethan Carrier 11.53

GIRLS 4X200M RELAY- Detroit Lakes 1:48.21

BOYS 4X200M RELAY- Detroit Lakes 1:34.00

GIRLS 1600M- (No Prelims)- Marin Johnson 6:13.34 (Heat 1), Julia Steffl 5:45.67 (Heat 2)

BOYS 1600M- Jackson Massjo 5:18.14 (Heat 1), Micah Barberg 5:30.03 (Heat 2), Brayden Francis 5:00.39 (Heat 2)

GIRLS 4X100M RELAY- Detroit Lakes 51.98

BOYS 4X100M RELAY- Detroit Lakes 44.64

GIRLS 300M HURDLES- Annie Paulson 46.71

BOYS 300M HURDLES- Zach Olson 44.34

GIRLS 800M- Amaya LeCleir 2:29.57

GIRLS 200M- Abby Larson 26.86

GIRLS 4X400M RELAY- Detroit Lakes 4:26.24

BOYS 4X400M RELAY- Detroit Lakes 3:47.00

BOYS LONG JUMP- KaDan Smith 17-feet, 7.25 inches (Flight 2), Noah Larson 19-feet, 4.25-inches (Flight 2), Brandton Marsh 19-feet, 8.5-inches (Flight 3)

GIRLS TRIPLE JUMP- Annie Paulson 41-feet, 4.5-inches (Flight 2), Lily Anderson 33-feet, 5.5-inches (Flight 3)

BOYS HIGH JUMP- Caden Strand 5-feet, 2-inches, Evan Thomas 5-feet, 4-inches, Alexander Fletcher 6-feet

GIRLS POLE VAULT- Skylar Nelson 8-feet, 6-inches, Jordan Ehnert 9-feet, Jerzie Horner 10-feet

BOYS DISCUS- Jacob Ehnert 112-feet, 2-inches, Lawson Greene 122-feet, 11-inches, Charlie Zok 126-feet, 3-inches

GIRLS SHOT PUT- Lexi Gerdes 28-feet, 9-inches, Brenna Skadsem 33-feet, 10-inches, Jacee Hauser 35-feet, 10-inches


GIRLS 3200M- 10th- Julia Steffl 12:26.85, 27th- Karli Skarie 14:10.48, 28th- Lily Baethke 14:12.38

BOYS 3200M-12th- Brayden Francis 10:57.82, 22nd- Micah Barberg 11:45.35

BOYS TRIPLE JUMP- 4th- Brandton Marsh 39-feet, 8.5-inches, 13th- Evan Thomas 37-feet, 7.25-inches, 17th- Caden Strand 36-feet, 8.5-inches

GIRLS LONG JUMP- 13th- Mallory Fischer 15-feet, 2-inches, 23rd- Haydon King 13-feet, 10-inches, 32rd- My Do 12-feet, 6.5-inches

BOYS POLE VAULT- 11th- Alexander Fletcher 10-feet, 9-inches

GIRLS HIGH JUMP- 3rd- Grace Gunderson 5-feet, 2-inches, 6th- Rylee Johnson 5-feet

BOYS SHOT PUT- 7th- Mason Carrier 44-feet, 0.75-inches, 8th- Jacob Ehnert 42-feet, 11-inches, 16th- Braydon Sjoblom 40-feet, 6.5-inches

GIRLS DISCUS- 7th- Elle Bettcher 102-feet, 1-inch, 10th Jacee Hauser 87-feet, 4-inches, 18th- Madi Gerdes 78-feet, 11-inches

Related Topics: TRACK AND FIELD
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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