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Cole Schmitz was one of two Yellowjackets to crack the top six finishes in the pole vault at the Section True Team meet. Schmitz finished in a tie for sixth. Eli Beachy was the event runner-up. Brian Basham/FORUM Communications

Boys Track: Yellowjackets sixth at Section True Team

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Boys Track: Yellowjackets sixth at Section True Team
Perham Minnesota 222 2nd Avenue SE 56573

DETROIT LAKES -- The Perham boys track team scored 293 points to finish sixth at the Section 8AA True Team Track and Field Championships in Detroit Lakes May 8.

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Little Falls won the event with 456 points to advance to the State True Team Meet in Stillwater May 20-21.

Brady Speicher led Perham with two runner-up finishes. Speicher finished the 1600-meter run in 4:37.11, second to Fergus Falls' Zach Haus (4:35.01). Dalton Dahms finished fifth (4:42.04).

Dahms added a fourth place finish in the 400m dash.

Speicher and teammate Billy Beseman were second and third in the 3200m run behind Preston Zimny of Little Falls.

In the 800m run, Nick Carignan and Jayden Cullen added 28 points to Perham's total with finishes in fourth and sixth, respectively.

Matt Shipman was fourth in the 300m hurdles. Nick Winkels finished 12th. Shipman also finished ninth in the 110m hurdles.

Of the relay teams, the 4x800 brought home Perham's best finish in second place behind the team from Detroit Lakes.

Eli Beachy continued to excel in the pole vault with a second place vault of 11-feet, six-inches. Cole Schmitz was sixth at 10-06.

Beachy added a 14th place finish in the long jump clearing 16-05, along with Payton Jordahl in 17th with a jump of 15-07.50.

According to the Minnesota Track and Field Coaches Association, the true team series was originated in 1987 to address the need in Track and Field for a True team competition. In previous years, a team with a few elite athletes could win the Team Championship in a large meet. The Coaches felt the best team should win the team championship.

In True Team competition, each team is allowed two entries in Class 1A and 2A (3 entries in Class 3A) in individual events and one entry in each relay event. Every entry is placed and scored according to their order of finish, with the idea that a team's second or third entry becomes just as important as their first entry.

Throughout Minnesota, there are 8 Sections in each Class, with the Champion in each Section Advancing to the State Meet. The best second place team in the state in each class also advances as a wild card.

Minnesota is the only state that holds True Team competition in Track and Field.

This year's meet will be held at Stillwater High School May 20-21.

Section 8AA - True Team Track and Field Championship Detroit Lakes, May 8.

Team Results: Little Falls 456; Detroit Lakes 447; Fergus Falls 427; Roseau 304.50; Thief River Falls 301; Perham 293; East Grand Forks 254.50; Park Rapids Area 293; Bagley/Fosston 164.50.

Event winners and Perham Individual Finishers:

Boys 100 Meter Dash: 1, Derek Toso, Little Falls, 11.35. 12, Matt Shipman, Perham, 12.49. 16, James Vana, Perham, 12.76.

Boys 200 Meter Dash: 1, Derek Toso, Little Falls, 24.04. 15, Payton Jordahl, Perham, 26.73. 16, Nic Winkels, Perham, 27.04.

Boys 400 Meter Dash: 1, Austin Carlson, Park Rapids, 52.30. 6, Dalton Dahms, Perham, 54.59. 12, Leighton Covington, Perham, 56.66.

Boys 800 Meter Run: 1, Zach Haus, Fergus Falls, 2:02.90. 4, Nick Carignan, Perham, 2:09.47. 6, Jayden Cullen, Perham, 2:13.53.

Boys 1600 Meter Run: 1, Zach Haus, Fergus Falls, 4:35.01. 2, Brady Speicher, Perham, 4:37.11. 5, Dalton Dahms, Perham, 4:42.04.

Boys 3200 Meter Run: 1, Preston Zimny, Little Falls, 10:02.65. 2, Brady Speicher, Perham, 10:04.92. 3, Billy Beseman, Perham, 10:05.99.

Boys 110 Meter Hurdles: 1, Jesse Eastman, Roseau, 16.09. 9, Matt Shipman, Perham, 18.08. 12, Andrew Johnson, Perham, 19.39.

Boys 300 Meter Hurdles: 1, Luke Pennington, Little Falls, 42.99. 4, Matt Shipman, Perham, 44.26. 12, Nic Winkels, Perham, 47.48.

Boys 4x100 Meter Relay: 1, Fergus Falls 44.89. 6, Perham 49.06.

Boys 4x200 Meter Relay: 1, Thief River Falls 1:36.78.

7, Perham 1:51.52.

Boys 4x400 Meter Relay: 1, Fergus Falls 3:30.92. 5, Perham 3:47.31.

Boys 4x800 Meter Relay: 1, Detroit Lakes 8:30.66. 2, Perham 8:39.48.

Boys High Jump: 1, Jesse Eastman, Roseau, 6-02.

Boys Pole Vault: 1, Jordan Petrone, Little Falls, 12-00. 2, Eli Beachy, Perham, 11-06. 6, Cole Schmitz, Perham, 10-06.

Boys Long Jump: 1, Derek Toso, Little Falls, 19-11. 14, Eli Beachy, Perham, 16-05.50. 17, Payton Jordahl, Perham, 15-07.50.

Boys Triple Jump: 1, Ryan Kalberer, Detroit Lake, 42-10.50. 12, Mark Huebsch, Perham, 35-11. 18, Alexander Dsubin, Perham, 31-10.50.

Boys Shot Put: 1, Erickson David, Thief River, 50-06.75. 14, Troy Tellinghuisen, Perham, 36-04.75. 15, Jonathan Siira, Perham, 36-02.25.

Boys Discus Throw: 1, Kaleb Rotering, Fergus Falls, 127-00. 11, William Parks, Perham, 106-03. 14, Jonathan Siira, Perham, 99-06.

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Robert Williams
Robert is the Sports Editor of Detroit Lakes Newspapers. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 
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