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Hokanson breaks record, Yellowjackets finish second

For the second straight meet, Perham's Ashley Hokanson has changed the track and field record books. This time, the sophomore pole vaulter, erased her own mark. On Tuesday, Hokanson set a new mark in the pole vault, when she cleared 10-10 at the ...

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Perham's Lizzy LaFond dashes to the finish line in the 100 meter dash. LaFond finished first in the event for the Yellowjackets. Photos courtesy of Lou Hoglund/Pelican Rapids Press

For the second straight meet, Perham’s Ashley Hokanson has changed the track and field record books. This time, the sophomore pole vaulter, erased her own mark. On Tuesday, Hokanson set a new mark in the pole vault, when she cleared 10-10 at the Hawley Booster Invitational.

On Thursday, She one upped her mark and changed the number by her name in the record books. Hokanson claimed first place at the Hank Emmel invitational in Pelican Rapids, when she vaulted 11-0, setting a new mark for the Yellowjackets.

It’s been quite the start for Hokanson in the pole vault. This is her first full season in the event and she has already broke the mark set by Jordan Martinson last year.

Overall, the Yellowjackets finished second in the boys and the girls competition. The Yellowjackets are preparing for the annual Section True Team Championships, which are held at Detroit Lakes on May 9 at noon.

Pelican Rapids captured the girls crown, finishing with 146 points, just edging the Yellowjackets by three points. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton came in third with 74 points. Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal came in fourth place with 48 points. Oak Grove was fifth with 44 points.

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Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton claimed the boys title. They finished with 185 points, while Perham was second, finishing with 110 points. Breckenridge came in third place with 56 points, while Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal came in fourth with 53 points. Pelican Rapids rounded out the top five with 49 points.

Perham’s Lizzy LaFond continued her strong run in the 100 meter dash. She finished first with a time of 12.99. Caitlin Covington finished second in the 800 meter run. She finished with a time of 2:27.15, while Lacy Richter was third, finishing with a time of 2:29.62.

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Emily Martinson was victorious in the 300 meter hurdles. She finished with a winning time of 51.44.

The Yellowjackets captured two of the four relay events, winning the 4x100 with a time of 52.48. They won the 4x800 as well, closing with a time of 10:16.70.

Perham’s Sydney Bahls was second in the pole vault, behind Hokanson. Bahls cleared the bar at 10-0. Martinson came in third, helping Perham claim the top three spots in the event. Martinson had a vault of 10-0 as well.

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Mesa Schultz was the victor in the long jump. She had a winning jump of 16-6. LaFond was a double winner, capturing first place honors in the triple jump, leaping 34-3.50. Leah Muer finished second in the shot put, tossing it 33-8. She won the discus event with a winning throw of 105-4.

Perham’s Carson Speicher was victorious in the 800 meter run. He finished with a time of 1:54.87. Brandon O’Hara was second in the 1600 meter run, crossing the line with a time of 4:53.85. Reid Moser finished second in the 110 meter hurdles, ending with a time of 16.55.

The Yellowjackets won two of the four relays with the 4x200 team finishing with a time of 1:36.19. The 4x400 team ended in first, finishing at 3:39.89.

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Martin LaFond was the victor in the pole vault for the Yellowjackets. Perham swept the pole vault titles, winning both the boys and the girls event. LaFond had a vault of 11-6, sharing the title with DGF’s Garrett Scheel.

Dominic Erdman came in second in the triple jump. He finished with a leap of 37-5.50.

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The Yellowjackets are back in action with the Section True Team Championships on Tuesday, May 9 at noon at Detroit Lakes.

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Perham's Zach Zajac takes off in the long jump competition at the Hank Emmel Invitational in Pelican Rapids. Photos courtesy of Lou Hoglund/Pelican Rapids Press

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