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Wadena-Deer Creek track and field team looks to regroup in 2010

Wadena-Deer Creek senior Dane Hoffman works on the discus.

A rebuilding year is on tap for the Wadena-Deer Creek track and field teams.

"We have a very young group of kids," WDC head coach Patty Berg said. The early coaching strategy has been to let them find their own events. The second phase will be to help them develop their skills.

Graduation took state qualifier Brigetta Berg and a host of other talented seniors including Max LaBarre, Cody Truax, Caleb Hamman and Emily Wood.

Berg put in six years on the WDC track and field squad and made three straight trips to state, topped by her senior trip which saw her place fifth in the pole vault with a 10-3 effort.

She also made state in the discus as a senior but did not place.

Sophomore Brittney Noon will be shooting for her second straight trip to state. Noon ran a 12.73 in the 100 dash at Hamline last year and a 26.40 in the 200 dash but failed to advance to the finals. Noon also set a new 100 dash school record for the Wolverines.

Senior Hannah Toedter is back to give the Wolverines a strong distance threat. Toedter, who qualified for the state cross country meet in her junior year, came up just short of another state trip in track as she placed fourth in the 3,200 run at sections with a time of 12:06.49.

The Wolverines have a good all-around talent back in senior Rachel Craig, who placed ninth at the section meet in the high jump, shot put and discus at the section meet.

Senior Dane Hoffman returns to anchor the weights. Hoffman was seventh in the shot put at the section.

Junior Isaiah Toedter is the only returning member of last year's 4x100 relay that posted a surprising third place finish at the section meet.

The Wolverines have freshman Lindsey Eliason back in the 100 dash.

Seeking to move up to section competition are senior Logan Meyer (shot), sophomore Charley Cantrell (4x400), sophomore Neil Janson (1,600), junior Zach Bernu (3,200 run, 3x800), sophomore Lauren Girard (300 hurdles), sophomore Forrest McQuiston (400 and 4x800), eighth-grader Will Eliason (3,200 and 4x800), senior Jacob Snyder (4x400, 4x800) and junior Jordan Jacobson (4x200). Sonja Kern is back with the team after qualifying for the section in the 400 run in 2008.

Rounding out the team will be senior Tony Ross, junior Michelle Weber, freshmen Shane Motschenbacher and Chris Steward, eighth-grader Harlan Reece and seventh-graders Kristyn Ament, Shaye Blessing, Kylee Damm, Autumn Jahnke, Samantha Manselle, Emma Schmitz, Keiann Steward, Brody Wangsness, Desiree Isola and Kayla Hanson.

The Wolverines will open their season in the big Little Amik I indoor meet Tuesday at Bemidji State.