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Perham boys hold off the field for Section 6A title

Perham's Isaac Scheidecker clears the hurdle and leads the way during the 110 meter hurdle race at the Section 6A Championships in Fergus Falls. Brooke Kern/Forum News Service

The Perham boys track and field team earned a narrow Section 6A Championship victory when they held off Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta for the title on May 31 in Fergus Falls.

The Yellowjackets finished with 90 points, while the Tigers came in second place with 82 points, just eight points behind Perham in the race for the team title. Wadena-Deer Creek came in third place with 66 points, while Minnewaska Area was fourth with 44 and Ottertail Central was fifth with 42 points.

Most importantly, the Yellowjackets will be well-represented at the Class A Championships. Perham will be sending four individuals to state and one relay team.

Brandon O’Hara qualified in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs, while Jakob McCleary advanced in the 800m run. Isaac Scheidecker advanced in the 110m hurdles on the track. Colton Kostynick advanced in a pair of events on the field. He qualified in both the shot and discus for Perham.

The Perham 3200m relay team advanced as well behind the running of Chase Belka, Bailey Evenson, McCleary and Clayton Anderson.

O’Hara advances to the Class A Championships as the Section 6A Champion in the 3200m run. O’Hara finished with a time of nine minutes, 45.05 seconds. O’Hara came in second place with a time of 4:30.47 in the 1600m run to earn a trip.

McCleary took home second place honors in the 800m run. He finished with a time of 2:03.44 which qualified him for the Class A Championships.

Scheidecker came in second place in the 110m hurdles. Scheidecker finished with a time of 15.56 seconds.

Kostynick qualified with a second place finish in each of the shot and the discus. He had a put of 46 feet, nine inches for second. He finished with a toss of 150 feet, 10 inches for second in the discus as well.

The Perham relay team of Belka, McCleary, Evenson and Anderson finished out in front and captured the Section 6A Championships in the 3200m relay. The group finished with a time of 8:13.49.

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

Boys Team Scores

Perham 90, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 82, Wadena-Deer Creek 66, Minnewaska Area 44, Ottertail Central 42, Pillager 34, Pequot Lakes 28, Osakis 27.66, United North Central 24, Melrose Area 24, Pine River-Backus 16.33, West Central Area 15, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 14, Parkers Prairie 12, Sauk Centre 11, Staples-Motley 11, Benson/KMS 8, Breckenridge 8, Ortonville 7, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 7, Upsala/Swanville 6, New York Mills 1

Perham Individual Results

400m dash-5 Chase Belka, 54.11; 800m run-2 Jakob McCleary, 2:03.44; 3 Clayton Anderson, 2:07.00; 1600m run-2 Brandon O’Hara, 4:30.47; 6 Bailey Evenson, 4:41.00; 3200m run-1 Brandon O’Hara, 9:45.05; 5 Tesfaye Young, 10:34.34; 110m hurdles-2 Isaac Scheidecker, 15.56; 300m hurdles-11 Elijah Morris, 45.21; 15 Carter Aakre, 48.96; 400m relay-6 Elijah Morris, Colton Hackel, Isaac Brown, Dylan Lysne, 46.03; 800m relay-4 Dylan Lysne, Colton Hackel, John LaFond, Isaac Scheidecker, 1:34.15; 1600m relay-3 Chase Belka, Jakob McCleary, John LaFond, Isaac Scheidecker, 3:32.22; 3200m relay-1 Chase Belka, Jakob McCleary, Bailey Evenson, Clayton Anderson, 8:13.49; High Jump-5 Elijah Morris, 5-9; Pole Vault-5 Levi Richter, 11-6; 9 Carter Aakre, 10-0; Long Jump-7 Isaac Scheidecker, 19-6; 11 Colton Hackel, 18-7.5; Triple Jump-4 Colton Hackel, 41-2.5; Shot put-2 Colton Kostynick, 46-9; 13 Connor Kostynick, 39-7; Discus-2 Colton Kostynick, 150-10; 12 Dakota Perry, 106-5;

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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