Relay teams shrug off heat
The Wadena-Deer Creek 4x100 boys and girls relay teams both sprinted to top finishes Thursday as temperatures soared to the 80s for the Browne Invitational.
The WDC boys ran a 47.27 for their only victory of the invite. Teaming up for the win were Isaiah Toedter, Cody Truax, Caleb Hamman and Max LaBarre.
Hamman and Dane Hoffman gave the Wolverines a pair of runner-up finishes in the pole vault and shot put. Hamman vaulted 11 feet while Hoffman put the shot 41 feet. The WDC standout was also fourth in the discus with a 114-8.
The Wolverines were third in the 4x200 with a 1:41.6.
The WDC boys placed seventh in the 10-team meet with 36 points.
Amos Schmidt set the winning pace in the 300 hurdles and placed third in the 110 hurdles as the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders placed sixth with 54 points. Schmidt ran the 300 in 42.74 and ran the 110 in 17.18.
Josh Ganz ran a 23.65 for runner-up honors in the 200 dash and Josh Farber placed second in the 800 with a 2:13.78.
The Raiders were second in the 4x200 with a 1:38.96 and were third in the 4x100 relay with a 48.84.
Pillager won the boys' meet with 94 points.
WDC placed fourth in the girls' meet with 78 points.
The WDC girls picked up first-place points in both the 4x100 and 4x800 relay events with times of 52.44 and 10:24.12. Leah Dykhoff joined up with Brittney Noon, Lindsey Eliason and Brigetta Berg in the 4x100. Berg, Emily Wood, Charley Cantrell and Hannah Toedter ran the 4x800.
Toedter and Berg recorded individual victories as the WDC girls. Toedter ran a 5.50 in the 1,600 while Berg matched Kaitlin Krause of Pillager and Liz Willgohs of Staples-Motley by going nine feet in the pole vault.
Rachel Craig placed second for the Wolverines in the high jump with a 4-10. Brittney Noon was second in the 200 dash and third in the 100 with times of 27.46 and 13.51.
Wood was third in the 800 with a 2:35.80.
WDC's 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams picked up third place points with times of 1:57.18 and 4:25.08.
Janessa Walters was third in the discus with a 94-5 and Rose Shaw placed third in the 200 with a 28.45 as Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale scored 19 points to place eighth.
BHV's 4x100 relay team ran a 54.80 for third place honors.
Detroit Lakes won the 10-team meet with 132.5 points.
Wolverine teams both place fourth at Perham
WDC tracksters combined for nine firsts last Tuesday as they earned fourth place finishes in the Perham Invitational.
Berg won the pole vault with a 10-foot effort and the high jump by clearing 4-10. Berg was second in the discus with a 95.4. Solo firsts were turned in by Wood in the 1600 (5:42. 76), Noon in the 100 dash (13.34) and Toedter in the 800 (2:31.26). Noon was also second in the 200 with 28.19 while Toedter ran second in the 800 with a 2:31.26.
The Wolverines also claimed victories in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays with times of 54.16 and 1:56.76. The Wolverines were second in the 4x400 relay with a 4:34.97.
The Wolverines racked up 108 points. Breckenridge won the five-team meet with 145 points while Perham was second with 136 and Otter Tail Central was third with 121.
The Wolverines came up with 69 team points and three first place finishes in the boys' competition.
Hoffman won the discus with a 128-1 toss, Hamman cleared 12 feet to win the pole vault and the 4x100 relay team ran a winning 47.63.
Hoffman was also second in the shot put with a 39-foot effort.
Truax gave the Wolverines a second place effort of 17-1 in the long jump while LaBarre ran the 100 in 12.06 for a runner-up finish.
Perham won the meet with 174 points. OTC and Breck were second and third with 136 and 107.
The Wolverines will compete at Sebeka today (Thursday) and will host the Section True Team Tuesday. The true team format has two individuals and one relay from each team all earning points. The true team meet is slated to begin at 1 p.m.