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Megan Grimes finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles at Tuesday's Section 8AA True Team meet at Detroit Lakes.
Megan Grimes finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles at Tuesday's Section 8AA True Team meet at Detroit Lakes.
Park Rapids girls win six events at True Team meet
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Corey Hill thought the Park Rapids girls track and field team had the depth to defeat Detroit lakes for the Section 8AA True Team title Tuesday.

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While the Panthers were able to take first in six events, the host Lakers relied on their depth to win the section title.

Detroit Lakes, which outscored the Panthers in all six field events and four running events, claimed the section title with 505 points. Park Rapids, which was outscored by the Lakers by 50 points in the field events, was second with 476 points while Fergus Falls finished a distant third in this nine-team meet with 334 points.

The Panthers gave Detroit Lakes a battle by winning six events. However, the Lakers prevailed with nine runner-up showings and six third-place efforts. Detroit Lakes won three events, went 1-2 in the 200-meter dash, and went 2-3 in the 100 hurdles, 400 dash, high jump, pole vault and triple jump to advance to the state meet.

Park Rapids, which won the Section 6A title last season, opened the running events by winning the 4 x 800 relay. Shelby Pierce, Megan Olson, Heidi Lageson and Lora Remus clocked a 10:07.06 to win that race for 27 points.

After Megan Grimes and Tori Lauderbaugh scored 28 points in the 100 hurdles, Mady Vaudrin won the 100 dash in 13.23 and Abby Mueller was third to give the Panthers 34 points in that race.

Summer Ellefson, Jenna Polley, Mueller and Vaudrin took fourth in the 4 x 200 relay for 18 points before Lydia Lutz won the 1,600 run in 5:14.49. Lageson was fifth as the Panthers scored 32 points in that event.

Sarah Harshman, Polley, Emily Klingenberg and Vaudrin won the 4 x 100 relay in 52.76 to give the Panthers 27 more points before Ellefson and Grimes added 29 points in the 400 dash.

Bateman and Justine Rittgers scored 27 points in the 300 hurdles while Pierce, with a runner-up 2:25.56, and Remus added 30 points in the 800 run.

Mueller and Harshman scored 28 points in the 200 dash before Lutz won the 3,200 run in 11:20.51 and Olson was third to add 34 points to the Panthers' total.

The Panthers ended the running events with a runner-up 4:12.45 in the 4 x 400 relay as Bateman, Grimes, Ellefson and Pierce contributed 24 points.

Grimes (who tied Beth Morris' 1994 school record by clearing 5 feet, 4 inches in the high jump at last week's Detroit Lakes Invitational) won the high jump by clearing 5-2 and teamed with Lauderbaugh to score 31 points in that event.

Klingenberg and Ellefson scored 29 points in the triple jump and Bateman and Ellen Hoffman scored 26 points in the pole vault. Sarah Harshman and Samantha Harshman scored 23 points in the discus while Bateman and Danielle Hill scored 16 points in the long jump. Samantha Harshman and Hill scored 13 points in the shot put.

Team scores: Detroit Lakes 505, Park Rapids 476, Fergus Falls 334, Little Falls 313.50, Perham 311, Roseau 265.50, Thief River Falls 239, East Grand Forks 238.50, Bagley/Fosston 220.50.

Individual results

4 x 800 relay: 1, Park Rapids (Pierce, Olson, Lageson, Remus), 10:07.06.

100 hurdles: 1, Biermaier, TRF, 16.28. 4, Grimes, PR, 17.56. 6, Lauderbaugh, PR, 18.17.

100 dash: 1, Vaudrin, PR, 13.23. 3, Mueller, PR, 13.38.

4 x 200 relay: 1, Detroit Lakes, 1:49.02. 4, Park Rapids (Ellefson, Polley, Mueller, Vaudrin), 1:54.23.

1,600 run: 1, Lutz, PR, 5:14.49. 5, Lageson, PR, 5:34.17.

4 x 100 relay: 1, Park Rapids (Sar. Harshman, Polley, Klingenberg, Vaudrin), 52.76.

400 dash: 1, Zenner, FF, 57.96. 4, Ellefson, PR, 1:02.62. 5, Grimes, PR, 1:02.95.

300 hurdles: 1, Biermaier, TRF, 47.18. 3, Bateman, PR, 49.10. 8, Rittgers, PR, 56.03.

800 run: 1, Zenner, FF, 2:21.85. 2, Pierce, PR, 2:25.56. 6, Remus, PR, 2:36.22.

200 dash: 1, Heinecke, DL, 26.83. 3, Mueller, PR, 28.63. 7, Sar. Harshman, PR, 29.39.

3,200 run: 1, Lutz, PR, 11:20.51. 3, Olson, PR, 12:05.29.

4 x 400 relay: 1, Fergus Falls, 4:09.48. 2, Park Rapids (Bateman, Grimes, Ellefson, Pierce), 4:12.45.

Pole vault: 1, LeBlanc, LF, 10-0. 4, Bateman, PR, 9-6. 8, Hoffman, PR, 7-6.

Long jump: 1, Biermaier, TRF, 17-3. 7, Bateman, PR, 15-1.25. 15, Hill, PR, 13-1.75.

Discus: 1, Hines, LF, 113-4. 7, Sar. Harshman, PR, 89-5. 8, Sam. Harshman, PR, 83-9.

Triple jump: 1, Rasmusson, FF, 34-8.75. 4, Klingenberg, PR, 31-1.50. 5, Ellefson, PR, 31-11.75.

High jump: 1, Grimes, PR, 5-2. 6, Lauderbaugh, PR, 4-8.

Shot put: 1, Nielsen, DL, 35-5. 11, Sam. Harshman, PR, 27-8. 14, Hill, PR, 24-8.50.

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