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Natalie Murphy and Olivia Nelson race in the 60m hurdles. Monte Draper/Bemidji Pioneer

Boys fourth, Girls tenth at Beaver Relays track meet

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Boys fourth, Girls tenth at Beaver Relays track meet
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BEMIDJI — The Perham track teams have been the only Perham squads to get any action this season. Friday, both teams competed indoors at Bemidji State University with the girls team finishing 10th and the boys fourth. BSU has been the home for a number of events this year as teams await outdoor availability. 


The top eight finishes scored for all teams. The Perham girls got scoring finishes from two relay teams and four individuals.

The 4x800m relay team finished eighth in a time of 11:15.00; along with the 4x400 team’s fifth place finish of 4:33.91.

Brynnan Covington led Perham with two top-four finishes. Covington was fourth in the 1600m run in a time of 5:34.48 and fourth in the 800m run finishing in 2:34.64. Sydney Karels finished less than two second back of her teammate in the 800 with a sixth place time of 2:36.16.

Olivia Nelson placed sixth in the 200m hurdles in 32.93. Natalie Murphy just missed points with a ninth place time of 33.14. Lizzie Fudge had a ninth place finish in the 3200m run with a time of 12:56.19.

Miranda Lockhart rounded out scoring for the girls team with an eighth place shot put of 31-feet, 4.5-inches.

The team total of 20 points landed the Yellowjackets in 10th place. Moorhead won the meet with 106, finishing 16 points ahead of runners-up Bemidji.

The boys team had five individuals place and two relay teams finish with top marks.

Keeghan Hurley got the only event win for both teams with a first place 1600m run of 4:29.66. Brady Speicher finished fourth (4:39.11) and Hunter Ditterich placed ninth (4:54.04). Hurley added a second place finish in the 800m run with a time of 2:02.61. Elias Hendrickson of Bemidji was first (1:59.08); Pehram’s Nick Carignan placed fourth in 2:07.71.

Ben Sullivan continued the distance scoring with a third place 3200m run of 10:24.69.

Eli Beachy, who made a state trip in the pole vault last year, scored his first points of the year with an eighth place vault of 10-feet, six-inches.

The 4x800m relay team battled Bemidji for the top spot with the Lumberjacks edging out the Jackets 8:06.75 to 8:14.70. The 4x400 team placed fifth in 3:43.33.

Ottertail Central’s Petric VanErp had a successful jumping day winning both the long jump (21-05) and triple jump (43-06). The Bulldogs finished runners-up to Bemidji 93-62. Moorhead was third with 57 points. Perham’s fourth place team total was 47.

Next on the schedule is the  performance-based invitation-only Hamline Elite meet on Friday. According to Perham Head Coach Mike Peterson, qualifiers will be notified Tuesday evening.

According to Pat Miller of the Bemidji Pioneer, Normally the invitations are determined by times during the outdoor spring meets but this year’s extended winter has prevented most teams from stepping outside. Consequently, Friday’s indoor version of the Beaver Relays at the Gillett Recreation and Fitness Center provided a rare opportunity this soggy season for teams to punch a ticket to Hamline. 

Susan Merkins clears her opening height in the pole vault. Monte Draper/Bemidji Pioneer

Sam Carlson and Perham's Nick Carignan go head to head in the third leg of the 4x800. Monte Draper/Bemidji Pioneer

 Nick Carignan, Keeghan Hurley, Billy Beseman, Brady Speicher, Dalton Dahms. Courtesy Jeff Morris 

 Full Online results can be found here

Beaver Relays Results:

Girls Team results: Moorhead 106, Bemidji 90, Detroit Lakes 88, TBA 73, TBA 42, Park Rapids Area 38,International Falls 35, Bagley/Fosston 27, Thief River Falls 24, Perham 20, BGMR/Freeze 17, United North Central 12, Fergus Falls 11, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale8, Ottertail Central 7, TrekNorth 6, Red Lake County Central 6, Crookston 5,Clearbrook-Gonvick 2, Northome-Kelliher/Blackduck 2, Wadena-Deer Creek 1, East Grand Forks 1

Girls 4x800 Meter Relay

1. Moorhead  'A' 9:59.10; 8. Perham 11:15.00

Girls 400 Meter Dash

1. Rone, Ashley-Riders 1:00.09; 23. Covington, Ciarrin, Perham 1:10.67; 33. Hodgden, Kayla, Perham 1:12.93.

Girls 1600 Meter Run

1. Lindsay, Ali, GF Central 5:27.15; 4. Covington, Brynnan, Perham 5:34.48; 10. Karels, Sydney, Perham 5:46.86;

Girls 60m Hurdles

1. Biermaier, Meleah, Thief River Falls 9.67; 9. Nelson, Olivia, Perham, 10.88; 12, Tobkin, Emily, Perham 11.25; 12. Murphy, Natalie, Perham 11.25

Girls 60m Dash

1 Rone, Ashley, Riders 8.28; Perham - none.

Girls 4x200 Meter Relay

1 Detroit Lakes  'A' 1:50.86; 13. Perham  'A' 2:03.36

Girls 800 Meter Run

1. Truedson, Jenna, Bemidji 2:23.07; 4. Covington, Brynnan, Perham 2:34.64; 6. Karels, Sydney, Perham 2:36.16; 16. Covington, Ciarrin, Perham 2:44.74

Girls 200 Meter Dash

1. Rone, Ashley,Riders 27.23; 22. Zitzow, Ashley, Perham 31.08; 60. McEachran, Mallory, Perham 35.55; 63 Davidson, Kayla, Perham 37.37

Girls 3200 Meter Run

1. Erickson, Lexi, International Falls 12:11.94; 9. Fudge, Lizzie, Perham 12:56.19

Girls 4x400 Meter Relay

1. Bemidji  'A'  4:09.78; 8. Perham  'A' 4:33.91; 16 Perham  'B' 4:51.65

Girls High Jump

1. Hesse, Michaela, United North 5-00.00; Perham - none.

Girls Pole Vault

1. Peterson, Amber, Bemidji 10-04.00; 9. Merkins, Susan Perham 7-06.00

Girls Long Jump

1. (Maea) Wall, Ellen, Bemidji 15-10.50; Perham - none

Girls Triple Jump

1. Molander, Darci, Detroit Lakes 34-00.00; 31. Swyter, Emily, Perham 25-03.00

Girls Shot Put

1. Heifort, Alli, Bemidji 42-09.00; 8. Lockhart, Miranda, Perham 31-04.50; 26. Sack, Rayonna, Perham 26-11.00; 31. Burns, Jillian, Perham 25-11.00

Girls 200 Meter Hurdles

1. Biermaier, Meleah, Thief River Falls 30.50; 6. Nelson, Olivia, Perham 32.93; 9. Murphy, Natalie, Perham 33.14; 36. Curtis, Marlee, Perham 38.34.


Beaver Relays Results:

Boys Team results: Bemidji 93, Ottertail Central 62, Moorhead 57, Perham 47, East Grand Forks 36,Detroit Lakes 35, Fergus Falls 20, International Falls 15, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley13, Nevis 10, Crookston 8, BGMR/Freeze 8, Thief River Falls 7, Northome-Kelliher/Blackduck 6, United North Central 3, Bagley/Fosston 3, Park Rapids Area 2,Wadena-Deer Creek 0, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 0

Boys 4x800 Meter Relay

1. Bemidji  'A' 8:06.75; 2. Perham  'A' 8:14.70;  15. Perham  'B' 9:57.36

Boys 400 Meter Dash

1. Effhauser, Damion, Riders 55.00; 38. Murphy, Mark, Perham 1:04.70

Boys 1600 Meter Run

1. Hurley, Keeghan, Perham 4:29.66; 4. Speicher, Brady, Perham 4:39.11;  9. Ditterich, Hunter, Perham 4:54.04

60 Meter Hurdles

1. Bothun, Loren, Riders 8.26; Perham - none

Boys 60 Meter Dash

1. Andersen, Brady, Moorhead 7.14; Perham - none

Boys 4x200 Meter Relay

1. Grand Forks Red River  'A' 1:34.78; 17. Perham  'A' 1:45.49

Boys 800 Meter Run

1. Hendrickson, Elias, Bemidji  1:59.08; 2. Hurley, Keeghan, Perham 2:02.61; 4. Carignan, Nick, Perham 2:07.71; 18. Dahms, Dalton, Perham 2:14.14

Boys 200 Meter Dash

1. Burkholder, Calvin, Riders 23.75; 22. Vana, William, Perham 25.80; 58. LaFond, Joe, Perham 30.00

Boys 3200 Meter Run

1. Danielson, Clay, Fergus Falls 10:07.51; 3. Sullivan, Ben, Perham 10:24.69; 13. Coleman, Nathan, Perham 11:11.15; 22. Wegscheid, Alex, Perham 12:27.40

Boys 4x400 Meter Relay

1. Bemidji  'A' 3:35.07; 5. Perham  'A' 3:43.33; 19. Perham  'B' 4:04.43

Boys High Jump

1. Feder, Jordan, Nevis 6-00.00; Perham - none

Boys Pole Vault

1. Regorrah, Josh, East Grand Forks 13-00.00; 8. Beachy, Eli, Perham 10-06.00; 10. Schmitz, Cole, Perham 10-06.00; 13. Glynn, Patrick, Perham 10-00.00

Boys Long Jump

1. VanErp, Petric, Ottertail Central 21-05.00; 46. LaFond, Joe, Perham 14-08.50

Boys Triple Jump

1. VanErp, Petric, Ottertail Central 43-06.00; 26. Hietala, Jamie, Perham 31-03.00

Boys Shot Put

1. Stroh, Steffan, Ottertail Central 52-05.00; 32. Ashcraft, Austin, Perham 35-06.00; 43. Parks, William, Perham 30-10.50; 46. Swanson, Mark, Perham 30-06.00

Boys 200 Meter Hurdles

1. Gause, Killian, GF Central 27.20; 13. Johnson, Andrew, Perham 29.89; 19. Winkels, Nic, Perham 30.90; 32. Carignan, Cole, Perham 32.99

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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