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Girls track and field: Yellowjackets win HOL indoor meet

The Perham girls track and field team beat out other Heart O'Lakes Conference foes on Tuesday in the season-opening meet.

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Contributed / Perham Public Schools

MOORHEAD – The Perham girls track and field team kicked off its season with a bang on Tuesday at the Heart O’Lakes indoor meet.

The Yellowjackets cruised to a first-place finish with 126 team points. The 4x400-meter relay team of Gracie Morris, Leelou Novotny, Quincy Anderson and Jaden Hackel paced the pack with a time of 4:37.14. Anderson and Novotny also ran to first place (11:14.92) in the 4x800-meter relay with Liz Birkeland and Mia Lung.

Morris and Mya Richter each vaulted a height of 9-feet in the pole vault to claim the top two spots. Kennedy Pilgrim also took first in the triple jump with a length of 32-feet, 11-inches.

Barnesville took second place in the team standings with a score of 84. Crookson (78), Park Christian (69) and East Grand Forks (66) rounded out the top five team scores.

HEART O’LAKES INDOOR MEET GIRLS TEAM SCORES- 1- Perham 126, 2- Barnesville 84, 3- Crookston 78, 4- Park Christian 69, 5- East Grand Forks 66, 6- Thief River Falls 49, 8- Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, 9- Ashby-Brandon Evansville 19, 10- United North Central 17

PERHAM GIRLS TOP EIGHT FINISHERS- 200M DASH- 1st- Breanna Kressin (Crookston) 27.85; 3rd- Chesney Esser 29.50, 4th- Lauryn Rustad 29.65, 5th- Kennedy Pilgrim 30.07

800M- 1st- Lindsey Rotz (Barnesville) 2:27.32, 3rd- Leelou Novotny 2:46.07, 6th- Aspen Rohde 2:47.42, 7th- Liz Birrkeland 2:47.81

1600M- 1s- Lindsey Rotz (Barnesville) 5:33.41, 2nd- Gracie Morris 5:55.48,3rd- Ella Hendrickson 6:11.34, 4th- Quincy Anderson 6:11.34, 6th- Mia Lung 6:27.55

55M HURDLES- 1st- Breanna Kressin (Crookston) 8.88, 2nd- Lauryn Rustad 9.41, 3rd- Jaden Hackel 9.5, 6th- Lily Aakre 10.39,

4x200M RELAY- 1st- Barnesville 2:00.08, 5th- Trinity Covington, Ariana Doll, Kennedy Pilgrim, Lola Pulver 2:01.82

4x400M RELAY- 1st- Gracie Morris, Leelou Novotny, Quincy Anderson, Jaden Hackel (Perham) 4:37.14, 5th- Mia Lung, Liz Birkeland, Avalee Brown, Myriah Tharaldson 4:47.79

4x800M RELAY- 1st- Liz Birkeland, Quincy Anderson, Mia Lung, Leelou Novotny (Perham) 11:14.92

POLE VAULT- 1st Gracie Morris (Perham) 9’0”, 2nd- Mya Richter 9’0”, 4th- Danial Van Watermulen 8’6”, 6th- Natalie Rooney 8’0”TRIPLE JUMP- 1st- Kennedy Pilgrim (Perham) 32’11”, 8th- Jaden Hackel 28’7”

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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