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Thompson finishes career year placing at state

Detroit Lakes junior Isaiah Thompson polished off one of the greatest individual athletic seasons in Detroit Lakes history after placing 13th in the 110m hurdles at the Class AA state track and field championship in St. Paul Friday, June 7. Robert Williams / Tribune

One does not have to win everything to be a champion.

Detroit Lakes junior Isaiah Thompson finished his junior athletic season with a 13th place 110m hurdles finish.

He ran a time of 15.09 Friday, June 7 at the Minnesota Class AA state track and field championships at Hamline University in St. Paul.

The 110 hurdles is an interrupted sprint separated by tiny fractions of time. Thompson missed the final qualifying spot in the state finals (14.77) by three-hundredths of a second. He ran 14.74 at sections to qualify for state.

In an athletic program that stresses and prides itself on students participating in multiple sports, Thompson is the epitome of that successful three-sport athlete.

Thompson finished his junior year as the single-season career rushing record holder in football, a two-time state wrestling champion and one of the best hurdlers in the state.

That resume is unmatched in the modern era of Detroit Lakes athletics and likely not to be duplicated in the near future, other than what Thompson is going to do this coming school year as a senior.

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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