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Meyer to test himself against state's best

Photo by Brian Hansel Wadena-Deer Creek shot putter Logan Meyer competes Friday in the Class A state track and field meet.

Just one year ago, Wadena-Deer Creek's Logan Meyer did not see himself competing in a state track and field meet. He had broken his throwing hand and the shot putting load was being carried by teammates Dane Hoffman and Jordan Jacobson.

The three-sport athlete showed a dramatic improvement right away this season when he tossed the shot 47-5.75 feet to win the Little Amik I shot put title. It was his personal best by four feet.

WDC throwing coach John Crandall knew he had a gem when he saw Meyer throw the shot 46 feet right off the bat this season. Crandall competed in the shot for both Hibbing High School and Hibbing Junior College and saw his son Aaron represent the Wolverines at state in 1992. He coached track and field at Sebeka before going into the insurance business and then watched his son place fifth in the shot for the Wolverines in 1992. Aaron Crandall left the prep ranks with a personal-best toss of 51-1, a mark that Logan eclipsed May 20 with a 51-3 at Pequot Lakes. At the same time he also beat the best distance of his coach and his dad, Loren, to become No. 4 on the Wolverine Top 10 list in the event.

Meyer trumped even himself in the Section 6A track and field meet May 30 at MSU-Moorhead with a toss of 51-10.

Meyer was actually surprised with his winning throw at the section, calling it "effortless."

"When a guy throws it that far it doesn't feel like you threw it," Crandall said.

The WDC junior is a model of consistency according to Crandall, and he is sure that consistency will serve him well at state.

"He's consistent and if he puts it together he has a good chance," Crandall said.

Meyer will be in elite company at the state meet at Hamline University in St. Paul. His qualifying throw is the fourth best in the Class A field. LeSueur-Henderson's Jack Fraser has the best throw going in with a 54-6.5. Hunter Anderson of Hayfield qualified with a 52-11.5. Ada-Borup's Brian Blasey has put the shot 52-4.

"He has the strength and the speed and the explosion at the end. That's excellent," Crandall said.

Meyer wants to hold the Wadena-Deer Creek shot put record before his prep career is over but for now a trip to Hamline is quite a thrill.

"I always imagined myself going to state but now I'm really going to state," Meyer laughed.