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Berg, Noon, Schmidt make state

photos by Brian Hansel Cody Truax reaches back for the baton as 4x100 relay teammate Isaiah Toedter completes the first leg of Thursday's race. The Wolverines finished third after posting the eighth-best time entering the Section 6A meet.

The Bergs will gladly be making room for a new state track and field qualifier Friday when they set sail for St. Paul.

Wadena-Deer Creek head coach Patty Berg and her daughter, Brigetta, will be joined for their third straight trip to Hamline University by talented freshman Brittney Noon.

Brigetta Berg punched her return ticket to the state meet at last Thursday's Section 6A meet by finishing second in the discus and the pole vault. Berg tossed the discus 107-8 and cleared the bar at 10-feet in the pole vault.

Noon's blazing speed carried her to runner-up finishes in the 100 and 200 dash events in just her second year of track. Noon ran the 100 dash course in 12.73 and finished the 200 dash 26.40.

Also qualifying for a first trip to state was Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale junior Amos Schmidt. The hurdler finished third at the section meet last year. The realization of how close he was to state helped him move up one all-important place in the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.05. Schmidt was also a medal winner in the 110 hurdles with a fifth-place time of 16.54.

Next up is the state meet Friday and Saturday at Hamline. Berg will compete in the discus Friday at 3:45 p.m. and will pole vault Saturday at 3 p.m. Noon runs in the 100 prelims Friday at 3:18 p.m. and competes in the 200 dash prelims at 5:26 p.m. Friday. Schmidt will compete in the prelims of the 300 hurdles at 4:52 p.m. Friday. The preliminary round's top nine finishers will compete in the finals Saturday. The girls' discus event will be wrapped up on Friday. The pole vault finals will be at 9 a.m. Saturday. The girls' 100 dash finals Saturday will be held at 3:50 p.m. with the 200 dash finals going at 6:05 p.m. The finals of the boys' 300 hurdles are set for 5:38 p.m. Saturday.

The Section 6A meet last Thursday saw both highs and lows for some of the area's top athletes.

Wadena-Deer Creek's 4x100 boys' team of Isaiah Toedter, Cody Truax, Caleb Hamman and Max LaBarre went sky-high after placing third in the event with a time of 46.95. The same four runners placed third in the sub-section meet at Sebeka with a 47.01 and entered the section meet with the eighth-best time.

The WDC girls' 4x100 relay team of Berg, Noon, Lindsey Eliason and Leah Dykhoff experienced just the opposite -- crushing disappointment -- when a dropped baton ended an excellent season by the four runners.

Hannah Toedter, who ran in the state cross country meet last fall, finished fourth in the 3,200 run with a 12:06.49.

Emily Wood wrapped up her track career by finishing eighth in the 1,600 run with a time of 5:45.86 and 10th in the 800 with a 2:34.29.

Rachel Craig was ninth in the high jump with a 4-10 effort, ninth in the shot put with a 31-7 and ninth in the discus with an 83-1.

Kelsi Crawford placed 15th in the discus with a 66-2.

Wadena-Deer Creek's Dane Hoffman was seventh in the shot put with a 42-10 and 14th in the discus with a 107.

Hamman did not have one of his better vaulting days and his 10-6 effort placed him in a three-way tie for ninth. Hamman qualified for the section meet with an 11-6 vault at the sub-section meet.

Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's Micky Schuller was sixth in the triple jump with a 38-6. Schuller, Schmidt, Ray Demars and Josh Faber placed seventh in the 4x400 relay with a 3:48.3.

BHV standout Josh Ganz tasted disappointment despite qualifying for the section in four events. According to BHV boys' track and field coach Jeff Moore, Ganz was not allowed to compete in the section meet by the Bertha-Hewitt school because of his grades.

Janessa Weaver of Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale took seventh in the discus with a toss of 83-1. Teammate Lydia Carpenter was 12th in the shot put with a 30-9.5. Rose Shaw gave the Raiders a seventh place time of 27.39 in the 200 dash. Shaw joined Hannah Barrett, Morgan Kapphahn and Anna Anderson in running a medal-winning time of 53.50 in the 4x100 relay.