The Perham girls track and field team will be sending five individuals and three relays to the Class A Championships after winning the Section 6A Championships on May 31 at Fergus Falls High School.

The Yellowjackets finished with 111 points to win the team title. Minnewaska Area was second with 65 points, while Pequot Lakes finished third with 60.25 points. Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta finished in fourth with 58.75 points, while Pillager was fifth with 46 points.

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While the meet is a nice win for the Yellowjackets, it’s more of a qualifying meet for the Class A Championships and the Yellowjackets will be able to make a statement with the amount of athletes competing at the Class A Championships.

Ashley Hokanson returns to defend her Class A title in the pole vault. She will be joined by teammate, Shalie Lipp. The duo finished one and two in the pole vault. Caitlin Covington advanced in the 1600 meter run, while Liz Birkeland advanced in the 3200m run. Mesa Schultz advanced in the long jump for Perham.

The Yellowjackets qualified three relay teams for state when the 400, 800 and 3200m relay teams earned a spot at the championships.

Hokanson set a new section record with her winning vault when she cleared 12 feet. Lipp finished in second place with a vault of 10 feet, six inches. The Yellowjackets will have big opportunities for team points with Hokanson and Lipp at the Class A Championships.

Schultz will compete in the long jump for the second straight year. She finished with a jump of 17 feet, three inches for second place in the section.  

Covington finished second in the 1600m run with a time of five minutes and 24.07 seconds and will close out a storied high school running career at state. Birkeland advanced in the 3200m run with a time of 12:27.85. Birkeland finished second overall.

The team of Lipp, Lizzy LaFond, Willow Thiel and Schultz earned a trip to state with a time of 51.29 seconds in the 400m relay. The Yellowjackets finished second in the event.


Thiel, LaFond, Hokanson and Schultz advanced in the 800m relay as well. They finished with a qualifying time of 1:48.53 for second in the section.

The Perham relay team of Lacy Richter, Covington, Birkeland and Wegscheid advanced by time in the 3200m relay. They finished third overall but bested the time standard when they crossed the line with a time of 9:42.73.

The qualifying members of the Yellowjackets will compete in the Class A Championships which begin on Friday, June 7 at Hamline University. The first session begins at 3:30 p.m.


Section 6A Championships

Girls Team Results

Perham 111, Minnewaska Area 65, Pequot Lakes 60.25, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 58.75, Pillager 46, Ottertail Central 38, Osakis 36.75, Melrose Area 34, Wadena-Deer Creek 28, Staples-Motley 24, United North Central 23, Benson/KMS 6.75, Ortonville 6, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 5, Upsala-Swanville 4, Sauk Centre 4, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 3, Breckenridge 2.50, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 2

Perham Individual Results

100m dash-3 Lizzy LaFond, 12.80; 200m dash-5 Mesa Schultz, 26.80; 17 Mary Wunderlich, 30.98; 800m run-7 Emily Van Watermulen, 2:34.27; 8 Stella Strong, 2:35.87; 1600m run-Caitlin Covington, 5:24.07; 9 Quincy Anderson, 5:52.77; 17 Mya Morris, 6:27.16; 3200m run-2 Liz Birkeland, 12:27.85; 3 Abby Tweeton, 12:40.87; 4 Hailey Wegscheid, 12:42.96; 100m hurdles-6 Lauryn Rustad, 17.23; 11 Jayden Hackel, 17.64; 300m hurdles-5 Lauryn Rustad, 50.67; 10 Lacy Richter, 52.22; 14 Jayden Hackel, 54.01; 400m relay-2 Shalie Lipp, Lizzy LaFond, Willow Thiel, Mesa Schultz, 51.29; 800m relay-2 Willow Thiel, Lizzy LaFond, Ashley Hokanson, Mesa Shultz, 1:48.53; 1600m relay-4 Lacy Richter, Caitlin Covington, Mary Wunderlich, Ashley Hokanson, 4:11.11; 3200m relay-3 Lacy Richter, Caitlin Covington, Liz Birkeland, Hailey Wegscheid, 9:42.73; High Jump-5 Willow Thiel, 5-0; 11 Jayden Hackel, 4-8; Pole Vault-1 Ashley Hokanson, 12-0; 2 Shalie Lipp, 10-6; Long Jump-2 Mesa Schultz, 17-3; 5 Shalie Lipp, 16-3.25; Triple Jump-3 Shalie Lipp, 35-1.50; 4 Lizzy LaFond, 34-10; Shot put-4 Maggie Ingebrand, 36-2; 8 Rachel Muer, 32-4.50; 12 Samantha Charboneau, 30-5; Discus-4 Tayler Parks, 105-1; 7 Samantha Charboneau, 100-10.