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Yellowjackets sweep Subsection 22 Track and Field Meet

The Perham Yellowjacket track and field teams continue to hit their stride at the right time as they captured the Section 6A, Subsection 22 Championship on May 25 in Wadena.

The Perham Yellowjacket track and field teams continue to hit their stride at the right time as they captured the Section 6A, Subsection 22 Championship on May 25 in Wadena.

The Perham girls finished first with 195 points, besting the eight team field. Wadena-Deer Creek was second with 91.50 points, while Ashby was third with 84 points. Ottertail Central and Breckenridge rounded out the top five.

The Perham boys cruised to the title as well, finishing first with 180 points, while Wadena-Deer Creek was second with 107 points. Ottertail Central came in third place with 86 points, while Breckenridge was fourth, followed by Parkers Prairie in fifth.

The top five individuals and the top two relays in each event advance to the Section 6A Championships in Fergus Falls on June 1. Competitors can qualify by besting a time standard as well.

“We had an outstanding effort from everyone and fought hard the entire meet,” Perham head coach Mike Peterson said. “We are peaking at the right time and still have two weeks to go in our season. It has been a lot of fun.”

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The Yellowjackets strength in the distance events was on display. Brynnan Covington captured two titles, claiming both the 1600 and the 3200 meter runs. Covington finished first in the 1600, finishing with a time of five minutes, 21.16 seconds. She led a trio of Yellowjackets across the line in the 3200 meter run as well. She came in first at 11:47.82, followed by her sister, Caitlin, in second at 12:07.95 and Abby Tweeton in third at 12:41.81. Hailey Wegscheid and Tweeton qualified as well in the 1600 finishing third and fifth, respectively.

It wasn’t just the distance events the Perham girls dominated. They won all four relay events as well. The team of Sydney Bahls, Lizzy LaFond, Gabby DeBoer and Mesa Schultz finished first in the 4x100 at 51.78. That same team captured the 4x200 meter relay, finishing with a time of 1:50.27.

The 4x400 meter relay team of Schultz, Lacy Richter and the Covington duo came in with a time of 4:15.17.

Wegscheid, Caitlin Covington, Richter and Hokanson came in first at 9:59.11 in the 4x800 meter relay.

Schultz was victorious in the long jump for Perham, leaping 16 feet and one inch. Lizzy LaFond was the top finisher for the Yellowjackets in the 100 meter dash. She sprinted to a first place finish with a time of 13.31 seconds. LaFond qualified in the triple jump as well, finishing second with a leap of 35-5.25.

Perham qualified three in the shot put with Leah Muer leading the way. Muer captured the title with a toss of 35-2.50. Samantha Charboneau came in fourth while Maggie Ingebrand was fifth. Muer finished second in the discus event, while Charboneau came in fifth, qualifying for sections.

Ashley Hokanson continued her surge in the pole vault, capturing the title with a vault of 10-6. Sydney Bahls was second, while Emily Martinson followed in third place, both clearing 10-0.

Rachel Muer advanced in the 400 meter dash, while Hokanson and Mary Wunderlich advanced in the 800 meter run with second and third place finishes, respectively. Abbey Zepper advanced in the 100 meter hurdles, while Emily Martinson moved on with a third place finish in the 300 hurdles.

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The Perham boys team showcased their strength in the distance events as well. Carson Speicher took home the title in the 800, finishing at 2:02.07. Chase Belka advanced as well, finishing fourth.

Hunter Kjelshus led a trio across the line in the 1600, finishing at 4:45.07., He was followed by Speicher and Bailey Evenson, who finished second and third, respectively. Kjelshus was a double winner, taking top honors in the 3200 meter run. He finished with a time of 10:06.29. He was followed by Clayton Anderson in second and Brandon O’Hara in fourth.

Reid Moser advanced in a pair of events for Perham. He was first in the 300 meter hurdles, finishing at 42.36, while finishing second in the 110 hurdles. Isaac Scheidecker advanced in both the 110 and the 300, while Seth Johnson moved on in the 300 hurdles.

The Perham 4x400 meter relay team of Adam Siira, Logan Wallace, John LaFond and Speicher took first at 3:32.20, crushing the competition.

Martin LaFond earned first place honors in the pole vault, hitting 12-0. LaFond was second in the triple jump and the long jump, advancing as well.

John LaFond qualified in the 200 meter dash, while Logan Wallace earned a spot in the 400 meter dash. The 4x200 meter relay team of Wallace, Noah Monson, Martin LaFond and John LaFond moved on as well, finishing second. The 4x800 meter relay team of Belka, Siira, Anderson and Jacob Dickerson earned a berth with a second place finish.

Dawson Honer moved on in the long jump, while John LaFond advanced in the triple jump. Colton Kostynick finished second in the discus event.

The Perham members that qualified for the Section 6A Championships will compete on June 1 in Fergus Falls, hoping to advance to the Minnesota Track and Field Championships at Hamline University.

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