Strong showing for Perham at Section 6A Championships

The Perham Yellowjackets will have a strong contingent of athletes at the Class A Championships after qualifying athletes in 11 different events from the Section 6A Championships in Glenwood on May 31.

The Perham Yellowjackets will have a strong contingent of athletes at the Class A Championships after qualifying athletes in 11 different events from the Section 6A Championships in Glenwood on May 31.

It continues a trend for the Yellowjackets as they have a deep program thats known for making a splash at the state meet. The Perham boys captured the team title, while the girls team came in second place.

The Perham boys team finished with 80 points for the team title, Wadena-Deer Creek came in with 54 points. Pequot Lakes finished third, while Osakis was fourth and Minnewaska Area came in fifth place.

The Pequot Lakes girls team finished with 104 points, while Perham ended with 76 points. Osakis came in third place, while Minnewaska Area was fourth, followed by Pillager in fifth place.

It was quite the accomplishment for the Perham vaulters during the Section 6A Championships. They qualified all three vaulters for the state meet. Ashley Hokanson tied her school mark and set a new section record in the event when she captured first place honors. Hokanson had a vault of 11 feet, six inches. Sydney Bahls will be making her first trip to state in the pole vault. She had a season best vault of 11 feet and finished second in the event. Shalie Lipp cleared 10 feet, five inches, securing the third spot for Perham. Overall, two individuals in each event and two relay teams advance. Lipp advanced by besting the state qualifying standard, which was 10 feet, five inches.


Liz Birkeland earned first place honors and a trip to state in the 3200 meter run. She finished with a time of 12 minutes, 4.21 seconds. Caitlin Covington advanced in the 1600m run. She finished with a time of five minutes, 30.40 seconds.

Mesa Schultz will compete in the long jump at state. She finished with a jump of 16 feet, 5.50 inches for top honors.

The Perham boys will be well-represented as well. They qualified two relay teams as well as individuals in four events.

Martin LaFond will be leaping towards a state title in the long and triple jump. He won the section in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 5 inches. He finished second in the triple jump when he cleared 43 feet.

The 1600m relay team of Logan Wallace, Chase Belka, John LaFond and Carson Speicher came in second place at 3:31.42 and qualified for state. The 3200m relay team of Belka, Speicher, Brandon O’Hara and Jacob McCleary advanced as well with a time of 8:18.28, capturing the title in the section.

Speicher advanced individually as did McCleary. Speicher was second in the 800m dash at 1:58.95, while McCleary was second in the 1600m dash at 4:42.23.

Members of the Yellowjackets who qualified for the Class A Championships will compete at Hamline University on June 8 and 9. The Class A Championships are scheduled to begin at 3:3 0 p.m.



Section 6A Championships

Girls Team Scores

Pequot Lakes 104, Perham 76, Osakis 63, Minnewaska Area 47, Pillager 46, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 45, Wadena-Deer Creek 36, Melrose Area 30, Ottertail Central 22, Sauk Centre 12, Staples-Motley 12, Benson/KMS 9, Breckenridge 9, Ashby/Brandon/Evansville 9, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 8, Upsala/Swanville 7, West Central Area 5, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 4, Parkers Prairie 4, United North Central 4, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 4, Ortonville 1, Pine River/Backus 1


Perham Individual Results

200m dash-4, Mesa Schultz, 27.88; 7, Sydney Bahls, 27.99; 800m run-15, Emily Van Watermulen, 2:40.64; 1600m run- 2, Caitlin Covington*, 5:30.40; 11, Quincy Anderson, 5:55.48; 3200m run- 1, Liz Birkeland*, 12:04.21; 5, Abby Tweeton, 12:45.70; 100m hurdles-15, Bradlyn Gniffke, 18.58; 300m hurdles-9, Lacy Richter, 50.67; 10, Emily Martinson, 50.99; 400m relay-5, PER, Sydney Bahls, Shalie Lipp, Ashley Hokanson, Mesa Schultz, 52.65; 800m relay-3, Sydney Bahls, Mary Wunderlich, Makayla Melvin, Mesa Schultz, 1:50.00; 1600m run-7, Lacy Richter, Caitlin Covington, Mary Wunderlich, Ashley Hokanson, 4:20.30; 3200m relay-3, Liz Birkeland, Caitlin Covington, Lacy Richter, Ashley Hokanson, 10:09.55; Pole Vault- 1, Ashley Hokanson*, 11-6; 2, Sydney Bahls*, 11-0; 3, Shalie Lipp*, 10-5; Long Jump- 1, Mesa Schultz*, 16-5.50; 6, Shalie Lipp, 15-8.50; Shot put-6, Maggie Ingebrand, 36-2.0; 13, Samantha Charboneau, 28-8.50; Discus-5, Samantha Charboneau, 103-3.0.


Boys Team Scores


Perham 80, Wadena-Deer Creek 54, Pequot Lakes 52, Osakis 44, Minnewaska Area 40, Staples-Motley 40, Melrose Area 32.50, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 31, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 30, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 27, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 25, Pillager 16, Breckenridge 14.50, Sauk Centre 14, Ottertail Central 10, Ashby/Brandon/Evansville 10, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 10, Pine River/Backus 7, Benson/KMS 6, Upsala/Swanville 6, Hancock 4, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 2, West Central Area 1, Browerville 1, Ortonville 1


Perham Individual Results

400m dash-14, Noah Monson, 56.29; 800m dash- 2, Carson Speicher*, 1:58.95; 9, Chase Belka, 2:10.79; 15, Caden Bormann, 2:16.01; 1600m dash- 2, Jacob McCleary*, 4:42.23; 3, Bailey Evenson, 4:42.33; 3200m run-3, Brandon O’Hara, 10:22.71; 14, Bailey Evenson, 11:18.78; 15, Carson Hespe, 11:40.06; 110m hurdles-8, Isaac Scheidecker, 16.42; 300m hurdles-8, Isaac Scheidecker, 43.88; 12, Elijah Morris, 47.02; 400m relay-1, Zach Peterson, Noah Monson, Martin LaFond, John LaFond, 46.06; 800m relay-5, Logan Wallace, Isaac Scheidecker, Martin LaFond, John LaFond, 1:34.15; 1600m relay- 2, Logan Wallace, Chase Belka, John LaFond, Carson Speicher*, 3:31.42; 3200m relay- 1, Chase Belka, Carson Speicher, Brandon O’Hara, Jacob McCleary, 8:18.28; High Jump-14, Elijah Morris, 5-1.0; Pole Vault-12, Carter Aakre, 9-6.0; Long Jump-1, Martin LaFond*, 22-5.0; 7, Colton Hackel, 19-3.5; 13, Isaac Scheidecker, 17-7.50; Triple Jump-2, Martin LaFond*, 43-0.0; 11, John LaFond, 37-4.0; Shot put-4, Colton Kostynick, 45-3.0; Discus-3, Colton Kostynick, 144-10.0.

*State Qualifier

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