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Perham dominates the field at Sub-Section Championships

Perham's Emily Van Watermulen, right, and Stella Strong, run in front of the pack during the 800 meter run at the Sub-Section 22, Section 6A Championships in Sebeka. Submitted photo

The Perham girls track and field team are used to running out in front of the pack and that was no different during the Sub-Section 22, Section 6A Championships in Sebeka on May 23.

The Yellowjackets cruised to the win when they finished with 233.50 points, which was more than 100 points better than second place Ottertail Central. The Yellowjackets were the only team to record more than 100 team points during the meet. OTC finished in second with 98.50 points, while Wadena-Deer Creek was third with 93 points. United North Central came in fourth and Breckenridge came in fifth place.

The Sub-Section meet is a qualifying meet for the Section 6A Championships and the top five individuals and top two relay teams advance to the championships, which means Perham will be well-represented after the dominating performance at the Sub-Section meet.

Perham finished one and two in the 1600m run when Caitlin Covington set a blistering pace. She finished first with a time of 5:23.27. She was followed by Quincy Anderson, who came in second at 5:43.36. Mya Morris was fourth, earning a trip to the section championships as well.

Liz Birkeland earned a win in the 3200m run. She finished with a time of 11:56.07. She was joined by a pair of teammates in Hailey Wegscheid and Abby Tweeton, who finished third and fourth respectively.

Jayden Hackel was first in the 100m hurdles with a time of 17.21. Perham's 400m relay team of Shalie Lipp, Lizzy LaFond, Willow Thiel and Mesa Schultz earned top honors with a time of 52.09.

The team of Lacy Richter, Covington, Birkeland and Wegscheid won the 3200m relay as well, finishing with a time of 9:51.53.

Perham went one and two in the pole vault with Ashley Hokanson clearing 11 feet, six inches and Lipp clearing 10 feet, six inches.

Schultz won the long jump with a winning leap of 16 feet, eight inches for first place. Perham claimed three of the five spots in the shot put. Maggie Ingebrand was first at 37 feet, one inch, while Rachel Muer came in third and Samantha Charboneau was fourth.

Tayler Parks was first in the discus when she finished with a toss of 102 feet, two inches. Charboneau was third in the event as well.

LaFond qualified in the 100m dash with a second place finish, while Schultz was second in the 200m dash. Mary Wunderlich advanced in the 200m dash as well with a fourth place finish.

Perham's Stella Strong and Emily Van Watermulen qualified in third and fourth, respectively in the 800m run.

Lauryn Rustad qualified in the 100m hurdles in third place, while Rustad was one of three to qualify in the 300m hurdles. Rustad was third, followed by Hackel and Richter in fourth and fifth.

The 800m relay team of Willow Thiel, LaFond, Hokanson and Schultz qualified in second, while the team of Richter, Covington, Wunderlich and Hokanson came in second in the 1600m relay to advance in the Section 6A Championships.

Hackel and Thiel qualified in the high jump with a third and fourth place finish, while Lipp was fourth in the long jump.

The qualifying members of the Perham girls track and field team will hope to stamp their name in the Class A Championships when they compete at Fergus Falls on May 30. The field events begin at 11 a.m., with the running preliminaries at 12:15 p.m. and the finals set to start at 12:45 p.m.

Section 6A, Sub-Section 22

Girls Team Results

Perham 233.50, Ottertail Central 98.50, Wadena-Deer Creek 93, United North Central 42, Breckenridge 41, New York Mills 19, Ashby/Brandon/Evansville 14, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 12, Parkers Prairie 4

Perham Individual Results

100m dash-2 Lizzy LaFond, 13.00; 6 Willow Thiel, 13.50; 16 Ariana Doll, 14.44; 200m dash-2 Mesa Schultz, 27.85; 4 Mary Wunderlich, 28.37; 15 Kennedy Pilgrim, 30.44; 400m dash-8 Trinity Covington, 1:05.85; 9 Kennedy Pilgrim, 1:06.11; 800m run-3 Stella Strong, 2:33.64; 4 Emily Van Watermulen, 2:34.69; 1600m run-1 Caitlin Covington, 5:23.27; 2 Quincy Anderson, 5:43.36; 3200m run-1 Liz Birkeland, 11:56.07; 3 Hailey Wegscheid, 12:08.96; 4 Abby Tweeton, 12:22.64; 110m hurdles-1 Jayden Hackel, 17.21; 3 Lauryn Rustad, 17.26; 7 Lily Aakre, 19.58; 300m hurdles-3 Lauryn Rustad, 51.72; 4 Jayden Hackel, 51.77; 5 Lacy Richter, 52.02; 400m relay-1 Shalie Lipp, Lizzy LaFond, Willow Thiel, Mesa Schultz, 52.09; 800m relay-2 Willow Thiel, Lizzy LaFond, Ashley Hokanson, Mesa Schultz, 1:50.16; 1600m relay-2 Lacy Richter, Caitlin Covington, Mary Wunderlich, Ashley Hokanson, 4:12.76; 3200m relay-1 Lacy Richter, Caitlin Covington, Liz Birkeland, Hailey Wegscheid, 9:51.53; High Jump-3 Jayden Hackel, 4-8; 4 Willow Thiel, 4-8; Pole Vault-1 Ashley Hokanson, 11-6; 2 Shalie Lipp, 10-6; Long Jump-1 Mesa Schultz, 16-8; 4 Shalie Lipp, 15-9.5; 20 Natalie Rooney, 10-8.5; Triple Jump-2 Shalie Lipp, 32-9; 3 Lizzy LaFond, 32-2; 4 Mary Wunderlich, 31-10.75; Shot put-1 Maggie Ingebrand, 37-1; 3 Rachel Muer, 31-7.25; 4 Samantha Charboneau, 30-10.75; Discus-1 Tayler Parks, 102-2; 3 Samantha Charboneau, 94-4; 8 Rachel Muer, 78-10;

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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