Wolverines make progress at BSU
Terry Olson measured a bit of progress Tuesday as his Wadena-Deer Creek track and field teams competed in the Little Amik Indoor at Bemidji State.
The WDC head track and field coach saw his athletes turn in nine personal bests and seven season-best performances against another huge field of area teams. One week after opening their season at the four-year college’s Gillett Center, the Wolverines got Top 10 performances from Autumn Jahnke, Brody Wangsness, the girls’ 4x200 relay team and the boys’ 4x800 relay team.
Jahnke placed fifth in the pole vault by clearing the bar at eight feet. Jahnke also ran 12th in the finals of the 60 hurdles with a time of 11.9. Wangsness ran seventh in the finals of the 60 hurdles with a time of 9.74. Danyel Post, Lindsey Eliason, Sydney Schissel and Melodye Rodriguez teamed up to run the 4x200 in 2:00.73 for ninth place. Also finishing ninth in the 4x800 with a time of 9:42.50 was the WDC team of Shane Motschenbacher, Will Eliason, Toby Wood and Konnor Stueve .
Olson gave Will Eliason good marks for his efforts in the 4x800 and the 1,600 run, in which the junior distance man placed 12th with a time of 5:13.24 – right behind Jimmy Kern who ran the 1,600 in a time of 5:11.26 for 11th place.
“I thought Eliason had a great day,” Olson said. “His time in the 4x800 was the second-best time on the relay and he ran a little faster in the mile. He was a little tired but he was a little faster.”
Olson praised Motschenbacher for turning in the fastest time in the 4x800 and credited Post with improving her time in the 400 dash after running the 4x200 relay. Post turned the one-lap course in a time of 1:07.32 to claim 11th place.
The Wolverines saw distance standout Emma Schmitz place 13th in the 1,600 run with a time of 6:11.88. Sutton Lohmiller was WDC’s top finisher in the shot put with a 16th place toss of 38 feet.
Bemidji edged Detroit Lakes 105-104.5 for top honors in the girls’ meet. Detroit Lakes edged Bemidji 89.5 -86 for first place in the boys’ meet.
The Wolverines are slated to open their outdoor track and field season April 11 at the Minnewaska Invitational. Their own invitational is set for April 15.
Track and Field
Bemidji 105, Detroit Lakes 104.5, Park Rapids 73, Warroad 56, Roseau 44, East Grand Forks 25, Crookston 22, New York Mills 19.5, West Marshall 19, Thief River Falls 19, Bagley/Fosston 18, United North Central 13, Otter Tail Central 13, Nevis 13, Red Lake County 9, BGMR Freeze 8, Wadena-Deer Creek 4.5, Trek-North 3, Clearbrook-Gonvick 2, Northome/Kellisher/Blackduck 1, Frazee 1
Detroit Lakes 89.5, Bemidji 86, Otter Tail 59.5, Roseau 57, East Grand Forks 56, Pillager 35, Frazee 32, Warroad 29, Crookston 27, Thief River Falls 23, Park Rapids 19, West Marshall 12.5, Nevis 12, Red Lake County 11, Bagley/Fosston 10, International Falls 8.5, Northome/Kelliher/Blackduck 7, United North Central 4, Wadena-Deer Creek 3, BGMR Freeze 3, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 1