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Six Lakers qualify for section track finals

Isaiah Thompson recorded the top finish for Detroit Lakes at day one of the Section 8AA meet placing third and moving on to the 110m hurdles finals. Photo courtesy: Joleen Giefer

Both Detroit Lake track and field teams competed at day one of the Section 8AA championships in Fergus Falls Wednesday, May 29 with six Lakers moving on to Saturday’s finals.

Junior Isaiah Thompson posted the top finish of the day for the Lakers placing third in the 110m hurdles running a time of 15.36. Saturday’s finals will be a tight race for the top two qualifying positions.

Thompson was on the heels of Becker’s David Myres (15.16) and Brainerd’s Zach Henke (15.30). Myres is the defending section champion. Thompson and Henke placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in 2018.

Runners can also go to state by running the qualifying standard time for the 110 of 14.91 .

Freshman Annie Paulson had the DL girls top finish placing fifth in the 400m dash. She moves on to Saturday’s finals with a time of 1:00.20.

Senior Tanner Olson and junior Peyton Nordby both qualified for the 800m finals. Olson placed sixth in 2:01.40; Nordby ran 2:02.75 to grab the eighth and final spot.

Senior Reed Reller qualified eighth after posting a 400m dash time of 51.85.

The Lakers nearly had two 100m dash runners in the finals. Junior Garret Bakken ran 11.87 to place sixth. Senior Will Green was nipped by two-hundredths of a second in a race for the final qualifying spot with St. Cloud Tech’s Blake Magnuson. Green crossed the finish in 11.56 to Magnuson’s 11.54.

Outside of mostly preliminary races, seven events posted finals on the day.

Senior Breanna Price placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 114-08. She earned four team points, the lone points scored from either team.

Senior Jake Bettcher record the DL boy’s top finals finish with a 16th place triple jump of 39-02.25.

The Section meet continues Saturday, June 1 at Willmar high school.

Click here for full meet results and day two program.

Section 8AA track and field championships, Fergus Falls

Finals

Girls 3,200m run

1 Heidi Schmitz Willmar 11:26.09

36 Kaitlin McConkey DL 13:31.02

37 Ava Geffre DL 13:33.91

39 Molly Tinjum DL 13:55.54

Girls high jump

1 Claire Howell Moorhead 5-03

17 Jordyn Johnson DL 4-09

Girls long jump

1 Gabrielle Smith Brainerd 16-10

24 Karrigan Hallisey DL 14-07.50

29 Peyton Jernberg DL 13-11.50

44 Alex Bettcher DL 12-05

Girls discus throw

1 McKenzie Duwenhoegger Alexandria 138-09

5 Breanna Price DL 114-08

10 Kylee Price DL 105-05

26 Jacee Hauser DL 87-09

Boys 3,200m run

1 Zach Johnson Moorhead 9:38.76

15 Elijah Kitzmann DL 10:34.92

19 Tucker Strawsell DL 10:50.62

32 Casey Parks DL 11:31.48

Boys triple jump

1 George Nyanforth Moorhead 44-05

16 Jake Bettcher DL 39-02.25

28 Avery Walz DL 37-01.00

33 Ben Heimark DL 35-11.50

Boys shot put

1 Jameson Cozad Moorhead 52-09.50

24 Brock Harrier DL 41-01

28 Charles Barnett DL 40-05

32 Andreas Barnett DL 38-11.00

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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