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Keeghan Hurley put a big challenge to two meet records winning the 1,600m and 3,200m races at the 8AA True Team meet leading the Perham boys team to the Section title. Brian Basham/Forum News Service

Track: Perham boys win Section True Team meet

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DETROIT LAKES — The Perham boys track team won the Section 8AA True Team track meet Tuesday and will compete in the State True Team meet in Stillwater Saturday, May 17 at 3 p.m.

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Perham outscored Ottertail Central 470.5 - 460.0 to win the meet behind a sweep of the 1,600m and 3,200m races by senior Keeghan Hurley.

Hurley's 1,600 time of 4:23.98 was 1.17 seconds off the meet record. His 3,200 time of 9:39.89 was 1.13 seconds off the meet record held by Perham's Kevin Lachowitzer (9:38.76), set in 2008.

However, everyone scores in True Team showcasing the depth of Perham boys track this year. Each event has 20 competitors with points scaling down from 20 points for first place to one point for 20th.

"The true team format is unique in that everyone scores points," Hurley said. "So, its more about depth than it is about having outstanding individuals. For us, its not about me and how high I placed, but also about how the other guys came through as well.  Thats what makes this format so unique and special. So, yeah my two wins were important, but really not anymore important than the others guys fourth, fifth or whatever places as they scored points too."

Perham placed second at the end of the season state meet last season. However, they did not qualify for the True Team meet in 2013.

"In some respects, this year's team is better and deeper," Hurley said.

Hurley, this year's state cross country champion, is on a mission to add more state titles before graduation. He is coming off the Hamline Elite meet, where he dropped 14 seconds and broke his own school record in the 3,200m run. His time was the 51st fastest time in the country.

Hurley has been running 90 miles per week coming into the meet and even ran five miles Tuesday morning before True Team. Hurley has never been shy of putting in the miles and has had a stategy set since the first day of cross country last fall. His sole focus has been winning and he has done that often.

"I was really happy with my performances since the pressure was to contribute to the team score while progressing in my training as we point for the state meet in June," he said.

Cole Schmitz and William Vana finished fifth and sixth in the 100m dash scoring 31 points.

Vana followed that up with a fifth place (16 points) finish in the 200m dash.

Leighton Covington was fourth in the 400m dash.

Billy Beseman placed fifth in the 800m run and was 10 seconds back of Hurley in the 1,600m for fourth place.

Nik Winkels continued his strong hurdling performances with back-to-back fifth place marks in the 110m and 300m hurdles, scoring 32 points himself.

In relays, 10 teams race with first place earning 30 points, down to three points for a 10th place finish.

Perham totaled 81 team points with: a third place finish int he 4x100; a fifth place finishin the 4x200; sixth place in the 4x400 and fifth in the 4x800.

Eli Beachy and Cole Schmitz were third and fourth in pole vault, both clearing 12-feet, six-inches.

Beachy and Sam Muer placed fifth and sixth in long jump to earn 31 team points. Muer added a fifth place mark in triple jump. Sophomore Tyler Berby was two spots back in seventh place.

Troy Tellinghuisen and Jonathon Siira had Perham’s top marks in shot put finishing eighth and 13th. Siira put up 18 points with a third place discus throw of 131-09, followed by teammate William Parks in fourth place (130-10). The duo combined for 37 team points.

Boys Team Results:

1) Perham 470.5

2) Ottertail Central* 460

3) Little Falls 445

4) Detroit Lakes 422

5) Pequot Lakes 360

6) East Grand Forks 335.5

7) Thief River Falls 301.5

8) Fergus Falls 298

9) Roseau 262.5

10) Bagley/Fosston* 194

Detroit Lakes won the girls meet for the third consecutive year scoring 572.5 points. Perham placed fifth with 353.5.

The section title is the Laker’s 10th overall and on Tuesday, it was over early, as DL racked up a total of seven first-place finishes en route to a score of 572.5 points, far outdistancing second place finisher Pequot Lakes, which had 408 points.

But it wasn’t just the top finishes which rolled the Lakers through the competition, it was also the depth, which recorded 12 events in which two DL competitors finished in the top 10.

In True Team format, each team has two competitors in each event and will record points according to which place they finish in.

“We, as coaches, preach True Team all season, because everybody is a part of it,” said DL head girls’ coach Mike Labine. “It’s a combination of good quality, along with good depth.”

The Lakers were heavy favorites to repeat as True Team Section 8 champions, but there was also another feat the coaches were hoping the team would take out of Tuesday’s meet.

“We were good enough to go into the meet and just win it, but we wanted to get better, make some time cuts and improve in every event,” Labine said. “I saw that happen, we didn’t just win, we got better.”

Senior Megan Ostlie made a double killing of first-place finishes in the distance races, winning the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs with times of 5:15.08 and 11:50.85, respectively.

“It’s tough to double up in those two events,” Labine said. “Megan also ran the second fastest 1,600 race in DLHS history, only behind Hanna Grinaker.”

Junior Lindsey Heinecke also had a double individual gold performance with wins in the 200 (a new DLHS record of 25.37) and 400 dash events, while anchoring the victorious 4x200 relay race.

Junior Allison Berg helped sweep the 200 dash with a second-place finish, while taking second in the 100 dash and winning the high jump at 5-0.

Junior Shay Nielsen kept her perfect record in the shot put with a winning throw of 40-09, while taking second in the discus at 107-03.

“Then you have girls like Molly Lyngaas, who is brand new to track, and takes second overall in the pole vault,” Labine said. “We have lost one of our best hurdlers in Kyley Foster, who is nursing a quad injury, and Abby Ullyott steps in and takes third in the 300 hurdles after only running that event once before.

“It’s just what these girls do, they step up no matter what event we ask them to run.”

The triple jump produced two top five finishers in Darci Molander and Josie Harrier, who finished in third and fifth, respectively, while Madeline Hoffert was fifth in the shot put.

“There are some teams with some top-notch athletes, but we were the only ones there with the total package,” Labine said. “This team hasn’t peaked yet, either.”

Perham got some impressive finishes from young talent.

Perham seventh-grader Tara Brown had a big day finishing fourth in the 400m running 64.84 and fifth 28.02 in the 200m with sophomore Amanda Winkels 27.96 in fourth .

Another seventh-grader, Caitlin Covington, placed eighth in the 800m run.

Cross Country standouts, Brynnan Covington and Lizzie Fudge placed ninth and 10 in the 1,600m. Fudge added an eighth-place mark in the 3,200m run.

Hurdler Olivia Nelson finished eighth in the 100m hurdles and fifth in the 300m hurdles.

Meleah Biermaier of Thief River Falls ran 44.75 to break the meet record in the 300m hurdles and just missed the 100m record by 0.21 seconds.

Perham's best relay finish was a runner-up time of 10:26.88 in the 4x800 - good for 27 team points. East Grand Forks won the race in 10:13.89.

Perham's other relay finishes were: ninth in the 4x100; 10th in the 4x200, and seventh in the 4x400.

Eighth-grader Gabby Deboer placed eighth in high jump clearing four-feet, six-inches for the Yellowjacets' top mark.

Eighth-grader Sydney Bahls had the team's best pole vault at six-feet, six-inches and an eighth place finish.

Sophomore Amanda Winkels continued to lead the team in long jump with a seventh place leap of 14-07.25.

Sophomore Maria Rutten placed 13th in triple jump (29-01.00).

Junior Sasha Sazama placed 13th with a shot put of 26-09.50.

Sazama and fellow junior Abby Thompson had Perham's top discus throws. Thompson placed ninth (88-11); Sazama was one place back in 10th throwing 85-09.

Girls Team Results:

1) Detroit Lakes 572.5

2) Pequot Lakes 408

3) Little Falls 382.5

4) Thief River Falls 377

5) Perham 353.5

6) Fergus Falls 352

7) Roseau 332

8) East Grand Forks 307.5

9) Bagley/Fosston* 242

10) Ottertail Central* 208

Forum News Services’ Brian Wierima contributed to this story.

Girls 100 Meter Dash

14 Zitzow, Ashley 10 Perham 14.12

15 Januszewski, Olivia 7 Perham 14.15

Girls 200 Meter Dash

4 Winkels, Amanda 10 Perham 27.96

5 Brown, Tara 7 Perham 28.02

Girls 400 Meter Dash

4 Brown, Tara 7 Perham 64.84

16 Swyter, Emily 10 Perham 68.50

Girls 800 Meter Run

8 Covington, Caitlin 7 Perham 2:33.87

10 Karels, Sydney 10 Perham 2:38.90

Girls 1600 Meter Run

9 Covington, Brynnan 9 Perham 5:47.11

10 Fudge, Lizzie 12 Perham 5:50.27

Girls 3200 Meter Run

4 Wegscheid, Jenna 10 Perham 12:28.76

8 Fudge, Lizzie 12 Perham 12:57.35

Girls 100 Meter Hurdles

4 Strand, Olivia 9 Perham 17.52

8 Nelson, Olivia 11 Perham 18.48

Girls 300 Meter Hurdles

5 Nelson, Olivia 11 Perham 51.66

11 Zepper, Abbey 9 Perham 53.61

Girls 4x100 Meter Relay

9 Perham 58.53

Girls 4x200 Meter Relay

10 Perham 2:01.10

Girls 4x400 Meter Relay

7 Perham 4:38.67

Girls 4x800 Meter Relay

2 Perham 10:26.88

Girls High Jump

8 Deboer, Gabby 8 Perham 4-06.00

Girls Pole Vault

8 Bahls, Sydney 8 Perham 6-06.00

13 Slettebak, Hope 11 Perham 5-06.00

Girls Long Jump

7 Winkels, Amanda 10 Perham 14-07.25

12 Scheidecker, Tina 12 Perham 14-01.00

Girls Triple Jump

13 Rutten, Maria 10 Perham 29-01.00

18 Zitzow, Ashley 10 Perham 27-03.50

Girls Shot Put

12 Sazama, Sasha 11 Perham 26-09.50 9

16 Thompson, Abby 11 Perham 24-09.00

Girls Discus Throw

9 Thompson, Abby 11 Perham 88-11

10 Sazama, Sasha 11 Perham 85-09

Boys 100 Meter Dash

5 Schmitz, Cole 11 Perham 11.86

6 Vana, William 11 Perham 11.89

Boys 200 Meter Dash Boys

5 Vana, William 11 Perham 23.83

11 Vana, James 12 Perham 24.42

Boys 400 Meter Dash

4 Covington, Leighton 12 Perham 54.89

16 Salathe, Hunter 12 Perham 58.46

Boys 800 Meter Run

5 Beseman, Billy 11 Perham 2:06.32

7 Knutson, Christopher 12 Perham 2:08.18

Boys 1600 Meter Run

1 Hurley, Keeghan 12 Perham 4:23.98

4 Beseman, Billy 11 Perham 4:33.61

Boys 3200 Meter Run

1 Hurley, Keeghan 12 Perham 9:39.89

4 Cullen, Jayden 12 Perham 10:11.59

Boys 110 Meter Hurdles

5 Winkels, Nic 11 Perham 17.80

7 Carignan, Cole 10 Perham 18.31 14

Boys 300 Meter Hurdles

5 Winkels, Nic 11 Perham 45.52

11 Hill, Daniel 12 Perham 46.74

Boys 4x100 Meter Relay

3 Perham 46.50

Boys 4x200 Meter Relay

5 Perham 1:38.80

Boys 4x400 Meter Relay

6 Perham 3:43.93

Boys 4x800 Meter Relay

5 Perham 8:41.93

Boys High Jump

16 Kenntemich, Chris 11 Perham 5-00.00

Boys Pole Vault

3 Beachy, Eli 12 Perham 12-06.00

4 Schmitz, Cole 11 Perham 12-06.00

Boys Long Jump

5 Beachy, Eli 12 Perham 18-11.50

6 Muer, Sam 11 Perham 18-05.25

Boys Triple Jump

5 Muer, Sam 11 Perham 38-00.75

7 Berby, Tyler 10 Perham 37-04.00

Boys Shot Put

8 Tellinghusien, Troy 12 Perham 43-05.50

13 Siira, Jonathon 12 Perham 41-08.00

Boys Discus Throw

3 Siira, Jonathon 12 Perham 131-09

4 Parks, William 11 Perham 130-10

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Robert Williams
Robert has been the Sports Editor for the Focus since 2010 covering multiple state and national championship teams and is a mainstay at state tournaments each season covering the successful, athletic programs of Perham and New York Mills High Schools.
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