The Detroit Lakes girls track and field team had one medalist and put four runners into the finals on day one of the Section 8AA championships in Sartell Wednesday, June 9.
Four girls events went to the finals and state berths on day one: the 3,200m, discus throw, long jump and high jump. The top six finishers medal and the top two finishers and athletes meeting the state qualifying standard advance to state.
Freshman Grace Gunderson was DL’s lone medalist placing fourth in the high jump at 5-2.
Gunderson was clean on five of six jumps with a lone foul at 5-1. She cleared 5-2 on her first attempt.
The state high jump standard is 5-5.
Willmar junior Ava Brogren won the event clearing 5-4. Fergus Falls junior Ainsley Hansen nabbed the second state spot at 5-2 with a run of successful jumps until missing at 5-3.
The top eight preliminary finalists advance to the section finals. Four DL underclassmen runners advanced.
Junior Sasha Sekundiak had the top Laker finish on the track in the 200m dash with a time of 28.45, good for fifth place.
Sophomore Abby Larson made the finals in the 100m dash finishing sixth (13.39).
Junior Annie Paulson placed sixth in the 300m hurdles (49.48).
Freshman Rylee Johnson was sixth in the 100m hurdles (17.06).
Freshman Elle Bettcher (101-09.50) and senior Kylee Price (100-02.50) were in the running for the discus finals. The final spot was claimed by Moorhead senior Bailey Overbo (105-00.50).
No Laker boys advanced. Freshman Brandton Marsh recorded an 11th place triple jump of 39-04.75, that was less than a foot from the final qualifying jump of 40-02.
The Section 8AA finals will be held at Fergus Falls high school Saturday, June 12. Field events begin at 9:30 a.m.; track events start at 10 a.m.
Girls High Jump Finals
1 5-04.00 Ava Brogren Willmar
2 5-02.00 Ainsley Hansen Fergus Falls
3 5-02.00 Ava Thoennes Rocori
4 5-02.00 Grace Gunderson Detroit Lakes
5 5-02.00 Lily Birks Brainerd
6 5-02.00 Justus Floren Sauk Rapids
7 5-01.00 Sofia Villalobos St Cloud Tech
7 5-01.00 Bryn Greenwaldt Foley
Girls 100 Meter Hurdles Prelims
1 15.43 Cecelia Woods Rocori
2 15.79 Madysen Schmidt Bemidji
3 15.96 Danielle Schirmers Little Falls
4 16.16 Aedyn Colville Rocori
5 16.39 Alexis Cole Alexandria
6 16.78 Mikayla Houdek Little Falls
7 17.06 Annika Werlinger Moorhead
8 17.06 Rylee Johnson Detroit Lakes
Girls 100 Meter Dash Prelims
1 12.75 Brenna Deason Brainerd
2 12.86 Halle Gregoire Moorhead
3 13.12 Sam Christoffer Willmar
4 13.34 Emelia Skistad Monticello
5 13.48 Madison Genz Brainerd
6 13.39 Abby Larson Detroit Lakes
7 13.39 Brenna Virnig Sartell
8 13.41 Hailie Kent Alexandria
Girls 300 Meter Hurdles Prelims
1 45.73 Lauren Berg Bemidji
2 47.69 Cecelia Woods Rocori
3 47.96 Alexis Cole Alexandria
4 48.44 Noelle Hackenmueller Apollo
5 49.30 Hope Guertin Monticello
6 49.48 Annie Paulson Detroit Lakes
7 49.62 Aedyn Colville Rocori
8 50.25 Sophia Korynta Alexandria
Girls 200 Meter Dash Prelims
1 27.04 Sam Christoffer Willmar
2 27.10 Willow Carrier Moorhead
3 27.18 Summer Lindquist Moorhead
4 27.27 Myah Nelson Brainerd
5 28.45 Sasha Sekundiak Detroit Lakes
6 27.97 Grace Acheson Rocori
7 28.20 Jisella Haskamp Alexandria
8 28.20 Natalie Emmerich Monticello
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