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Wolverines turn in top individual performances

Photo by Paul Gregersen/FOCUS Wadena-Deer Creek's Shaye Blessing competes in the pole vault Tuesday at the Perham Invitational.

A big season in the weights continued for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines Tuesday as Dane Hoffman and Logan Meyer grabbed top honors in the Perham Invitational.

Hoffman had a 147-3.5 toss in the discus, giving him fifth place in the event on the Wolverines' Honors List, while Meyer won his first title in the shot put with a 42-8. Hoffman was right behind Meyer in the shot with a third place effort of 41-8.5.

WDC's Neil Janson was sixth in the 800 with a 2:14.66.

Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale senior Amos Schmidt took top honors in the 300 hurdles with a 42.73. His 17.6 time in the 110 hurdles gave Schmidt third place.

The Raiders picked up a fourth in the 4x200 relay, a fourth in the 4x400 and a sixth in the 4x800 with times of 1:41.82, 4.16.60 and 9:44.45.

The Wolverines placed sixth in the 4x800 with a 9:44.

Two Raiders picked up sixth place finishes. Joshua Race went 5-4 in the high jump and Daniel Harren ran the 3,200 in 11:51.01.

The Wolverines and the Raiders tied for fourth in the boys' meet with 28 points apiece. Perham won the meet with seven firsts and 162.5 points. The Yellowjackets dominated the relays winning the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x800.

Hannah Toedter won the 800 for the Wolverines with a time of 2:32.99.

WDC's 4x200 relay team of Lindsey Eliason, Shaye Blessing, Hannah Toedter and Charley Cantrell ran a 1:57.19 for runner-up honors. The Wolverines took third in the 4x400 relay behind the team of Blessing, Cantrell, Toedter and Sarah Craig with a 4:32.53.

Cantrell and Rachel Craig led the Wadena-Deer Creek girls with third place finishes in the 400 and the shot put. Craig went 32-11 in the shot while Cantrell ran a 1:03.89.

Craig also earned a fourth in the high jump with a 4-10.

Fifth place finishes went to Blessing in the 300 hurdles with a 55.2 time, Emma Schmitz in the 1,600 with a 6:14.96 and Eliason in the 100 with a 13.87.

Autumn Jahnke and Blessing both cleared 6-0 in the pole vault with Jahnke taking fourth and Blessing finishing sixth.

WDC's 4x100 relay of Eliason, Kayla Hanson, Lauren Girard and Sarah Craig finished sixth with a 58.24.

Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's 4x100 team ran a 55.69 for top honors.

Hannah Barrett posted two thirds for the Raiders in the 100 and 300 hurdles with times of 17.87 and 52.29.

Megan Friedrich set the pace in both the 100 hurdles and 100 dash as Ashby/Brandon-Evansville won the girls' meet with 120 points. Sadie Ellenson of Otter Tail Central won the long jump with a 14-10.5 leap and the 400 with a time of 1:02.89.

The Wolverines were fifth with 52 points while the Raiders were seventh with 24.

Perham Invitational

Boys' results: Perham 162.5, Otter Tail Central 121, Breckenridge 108.5, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 28, Wadena-Deer Creek 28, New York Mills 26, Parkers Prairie 13, Ashby/Brandon/Evansville 5

Girls' results: Ashby/Brandon/Evansville 120.5, Breckenridge 116.5, Otter Tail Central 89.5, Perham 89.5, Wadena-Deer Creek 52, New York Mills 32, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 24, Parkers Prairie 21

Five WDC athletes, Schmidt take firsts

Five Wadena-Deer Creek athletes joined Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale hurdler Amos Schmidt in posting winning performances last Thursday in the Staples-Motley Rainmaker.

Neil Janson set the winning pace in the 1,600 for Wadena-Deer Creek with a time of 5:09.38. The WDC distance man also racked up a runner-up finish in the 800 with a time of 2.10.03.

WDC's Dane Hoffman put the shot 44-01 for top honors and took second in the discus with a throw of 138-03. Staples-Motley's Jason Johnson, who tossed the discus 132-05 feet for seventh place in last year's Class A state meet, beat Hoffman with a monster throw of 153-08, which would have given him third in the 2009 state field. WDC's Jordan Jacobson was third in the discus coming up just an inch short of the century mark with a toss of 99-11.

Schmidt followed up his winning performances in the Wild Oats Open Tuesday by winning the 300 hurdles with a time of 43.67 and taking the 110 hurdles with a 17.08.

Jacob Perius ran a close second in the 100 dash losing to Gaven Sand of Melrose Area 12.26 to 12.28.

The Raiders scored runner-up finishes in the boys' 4x800 relay with a 9:53.0 and the 4x400 with a 3:58.00.

Isaiah Toedter ran fifth for WDC in the 100 dash with a 12.66.

Rachel Craig won the shot and discus for the Wolverines by going

33-10 and 85-8. She was fourth in the high jump as she cleared 4-6.Charley Cantrell grabbed a first in the 400 with a 1:03.90. Hannah Toedter claimed the 800 title with a 2:34.06.

WDC state qualifier Brittney Noon went into action for the first time this year and took fourth in the 100 with a 13.96.

BHV's Heather Lipinski nudged out five other 12-foot jumpers to take second in the long jump with a 12-8.

The Raiders were second in both the 4x25 mile relay and the 4x400 with times of 58.50 and 4:59.50.

Staples-Motley Rainmaker

Boys Team Results: Staples-Motley 120, Melrose Area 54, BHV 32, Parkers Prairie 27, WDC 26

Girls Team Results: Staples-Motley 125, Melrose Area 40, Parkers Prairie 39, WDC 34, BHV 24