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Perham girls fourth at True Team Championships

The Perham girls track and field team showcased they are one of the premier teams in Class AA when they finished fourth at the Class AA True Team Championships on May 18 in Stillwater, Minn.

The Yellowjackets finished fourth overall with 415 points. They were behind Willmar with 546.5 points, who finished first overall. Rocori came in second with 544.5 points for second, while Waseca was third at 458. Monticello came in fifth with 413.5 points, rounding out the top five of the 11 team meet.

Perham set the bar in the field events with a pair of first place finishes. Mesa Schultz led the way in the long jump. The senior set a new school record in the event when she finished with a leap of 17 feet and 3.50 inches. It was one of two first place finishes for Perham in the field events.

The familiar duo of Ashley Hokanson and Shalie Lipp found themselves on top of the field in the pole vault. Hokanson finished first when she cleared 11 feet, while Lipp was second when she cleared 10 feet, six inches.

The Yellowjackets received big points from their 3200 meter relay team as well. The distance team ran out in front of the pack, securing first place honors with a winning time of nine minutes and 51.76 seconds.

The 400m relay team came in third place at 52.27 seconds as well. Maggie Ingebrand earned a third place finish in the shot put with a toss of 36 feet, two inches for Perham.

Schultz finished ninth in the 200m dash, while Liz Birkeland came in sixth in the 3200m run. Caitlin Covington was seventh in the 1600m run, while Willow Thiel was fifth in the high jump. Lipp was eighth in the long jump as well for Perham. Lizzy LaFond finished fifth in the triple jump, while Mary Wunderlich was 10th. Rachel Muer came in eighth in the shot put, while Samantha Charboneau was sixth and Tayler Parks was seventh in the discus event, rounding out the top 10 finishes for Perham during the Class AA True Team Championships.

Class AA True Team Championships

Girls Team Results

Willmar 546.5, Rocori 544.5, Waseca 458, Perham 415, Monticello 413.5, Foley 386, Mankato East 375.5, Luverne 361, Cloquet 330, Byron 260.5, Visitation 243.5

Perham Individual Results

100m dash-13 Lizzy LaFond, 13.44; 19 Willow Thiel, 13.77; 200m dash-9 Mesa Schultz, 27.06; 18 Mary Wunderlich, 28.24; 400m dash-16 Hailey Wegscheid, 1:06.64; 17 Mary Wunderlich, 1:06.76; 800m run-16 Emily Van Watermulen, 2:36.38; 17 Stella Strong, 2:39.34; 1600m run-7 Caitlin Covington, 5:25.36; 21 Mya Morris, 6:00.13; 3200m run-6 Liz Birkeland, 11:48.15; 18 Quincy Anderson, 12:45.53; 100m hurdles-19 Lauryn Rustad, 19.07; 20, Lily Aakre, 19.58; 300m hurdles-14 Lacy Richter, 51.31; 19 Lauryn Rustad, 52.41; 400m relay-3 PER, 52.27; 800m relay-6, PER, 1:51.12; 1600m relay-5 PER, 4:16.77; 3200m relay-1 PER, 9:51.76; High Jump-5 Willow Thiel, 4-10; 22 Shalie Lipp, 4-2; Pole Vault-1 Ashley Hokanson, 11-0; 2 Shalie Lipp, 10-6; Long Jump-1 Mesa Schultz, 17-3.50; 8 Shalie Lipp, 15-9.50; Triple Jump-5 Lizzy LaFond, 33-8; 10 Mary Wunderlich, 31-11; Shot put-3 Maggie Ingebrand, 36-2; 8 Rachel Muer, 33-6.50; Discus Throw-6 Samantha Charboneau, 100-11; 7 Tayler Parks, 100-1.

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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