Track and field: Perham girls track takes first, boys third with shorthanded teams at Hawley invite

The Perham High girls track team notched another impressive win scoring 143 points to take first place by more than 50 points at the United Clay-Becker Track & Field Meet on April 27.

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HAWLEY – The Perham High girls track team notched another impressive win scoring 143 points to take first place by more than 50 points at the United Clay-Becker Track & Field Meet held at the Dale Skallerud Athletic Complex on April 27. Park Christian finished a distant second with 90 points and third place Pelican Rapids had 87 points in the 14-team field.

The Yellowjackets boys track team finished third in the meet, scoring 90 points to trail first-place Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton with 131.5 points and second-place United Clay-Becker with 121 points.

Track coach Mike Peterson said he was pleased with the teams’ results, as they were running shorthanded. He said four of the teams’ best athletes who qualified for the Hamline Elite Meet to be held the next day on April 28 in the Twin Cities were held out of the Hawley competition.

“We had a very good night,” he said. “The rest of our team responded well and ran some of their best times of the year in cold weather.”

The Yellowjacket girls were led by several athletes who placed in multiple events including eighth-grader Addi Hackel who placed fourth in pole vault with a vault of 8 feet, 6 inches, seventh in the triple jump with a jump of 30 feet, 9.75 inches and eighth in the 100-meter dash in a time of 13.65 seconds. She also helped the 4x200-meter relay team to a fifth-place finish.


Sophomore Cora Grismer placed first in the 300-meter hurdles in 50.97 seconds and third in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.4 seconds. She also helped the 4x400-meter relay team to a fourth-place finish.

Junior Kennedy Pilgrim took third place in the long jump with a jump of 15 feet, helped the 4x100-meter relay team to a third-place finish, and also participated in the 4x200-meter relay team’s fifth-place finish.

Freshman Caidyn Breid finished second in the 800 meters in 2:36.6, and helped the 4x400-meter relay team to a fourth-place finish and the 4x800-meter relay team to first place.

Other top places on the day included eighth-grader Ella Hendrickson who placed second in the 1600 meters with a time of 5:42.5 and Leelou Novotny who placed third in the 800 meters with a time of 2:37.3.

The Yellowjacket girls also swept the pole vault event with senior Natalie Rooney taking first with a vault of 9 feet, 9 inches, senior Danial Van Watermulen in second with 9 feet, senior Maya Richter in third with 9 feet and Hackel’s fourth-place jump of 8 feet, 6 inches.

The Perham boys were led by freshman Trystan Larson who finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 17.76 seconds, seventh in the pole vault with a vault of 9 feet and eighth in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 46.41.

Other top performers were sophomore Blake Swenson who took first place in the 400-meter dash in a time of 53.50, senior Micah Thompson who took first place in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:03.9, junior Noah Novotny taking first place in the pole vault with a vault of 11 feet and senior Aiden Kennedy who tied him for first with a vault of 11 feet.

Second-place finishes included sophomore Carter Flatau in the 1600-meter run in a time of 4:48.8 and the team’s 4x200-meter relay team which finished in a time of 1:35.7.


PERHAM INVITATIONAL MEET BOYS TEAM SCORES- 1-Dilworth-Glydon-Felton 130.5, 2-United Clay-Becker 120, 3-Perham 90,4-Pelican Rapids 82.5, 5-Northern Cass 69, 6-Park Christian 60.5, 7-Barnesville 51, 8-Frazee 22.5, 9-Rothsay 21.5, 10-Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdahl 18, 11-Ada-Borup-West 14, 12-Breckenridge 11, 13-Red Lake County 7, 14- Medina-Pingree-Buchanan 1.5

PERHAM INVITATIONAL MEET GIRLS TEAM SCORES- 1-Perham 143, 2-Park Christian 90, 3-Pelican Rapids 87, 4-Frazee 86, 5-Barnesville 83, 6-Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 69, 7-United Clay-Becker 43, 8-Northern Cass 34, 9-Ada-Borup-West 20, 10-Breckenridge 17, 11-Medina-Pingree-Buchanan 11, 12-Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdahl 6, 13-Red Lake County 5, 14-Rothsay 3


400 METERS- 1st Blake Swenson 53.50

800 METERS- 1st Micah Thompson 2:03.9, 3rd Matt Jorgenson 2:15.7

1600 METERS- 2nd Carter Flatau 4:48.8, 7th Brody Evenson 5:13.3, 8th Matt Jorgenson 5:15.8

3200 METERS- 5th Dylan Guck 10:21.9, 7th Henry Mathiason 10:54.8

110 METER HURDLES- 4th Trystan Larson 17.76


300 METER HURDLES- 8th Trystan Larson 46.41

4x200 METER RELAY- 2nd Perham (Aiden Kennedy, Noah Thompson, Dayton Koetke, Micah Thompson) 1:35.7

4x400 METER RELAY- 5th Perham (Dylan Guck, Carter Flatau, Blake Swenson, Brody Evenson) 3:49.6

4x800 METER RELAY- 8th Perham (Chris Henry, Sam LaFond, Reed Struchen, Jack Hennagir) 10:41.7

POLE VAULT- 1st Noah Novotny 11’, 1st Aiden Kennedy 11’, 7th Trystan Larson 9’

TRIPLE JUMP- 4th Micah Thompson 37’9”


100 METERS- 8th Addi Hackel 13.65


400 METERS- 6th Chesney Esser 1:08.32, 8th Liz Birkeland 1:09.47

800 METERS- 2nd Caidyn Breid 2:36.6, 3rd Leelou Novotny 2:37.3

1600 METERS- 2nd Ella Hendrickson 5:42.5, 5th Quincy Anderson 6:02, 6th Mia Lung 6:04.9

3200 METERS- 5th Nahla Grismer 14:45.8

100 METER HURDLES- 3rd Cora Grismer 17.40

300 METER HURDLES- 1st Cora Grismer 50.97, 4th Lily Aakre 53.26

4x100 METER RELAY- 3rd Perham (Ariana Doll, Kennedy Pilgrim, Willow Thiel, Alexis Hartmann) 54.15

4x200 METER RELAY- 5th Perham (Paiton Christianson, Addy Draeger, Kennedy Pilgrim, Addi Hackel) 1:56


4x400 METER RELAY- 4th Perham (Leelou Novotny, Mya Morris, Cora Grismer, Caidyn Breid) 4:25.3

4x800 METER RELAY- 1st Perham (Mya Morris, Caidyn Breid, Liz Birkeland, Aspen Rhode) 10:36.3

DISCUS- 4th Gracie Edwards 88’2”

HIGH JUMP- 5th Willow Thiel 4’8”

POLE VAULT- 1st Natalie Rooney 9’9”, 2nd Danial Van Watermulen 9’, 3rd Maya Richter 9’, 4th Addi Hackel 8’6”

LONG JUMP- 3rd Kennedy Pilgrim 15’

TRIPLE JUMP- 3rd Cora Grismer 32'11", 6th Addy Draeger 31’5”, 7th Addi Hackel 30’9.75”

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