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Wolverines start tune-up Tuesday in Little Amik I

Terry Olson's Wadena-Deer Creek track and field teams start tuning up for spring Tuesday when they travel to the Little Amik I meet at Bemidji State.

Olson is short on numbers as the 2012 season gets under way with 10 boys and 13 girls on his two squads. While this does not bode well for WDC's ability to stock relay teams it does not spell a lack of individual talent.

The WDC boys will boast one of the most accomplished Class AA throwers in the state in senior Logan Meyer. The record-setting discus and shot put man placed sixth in the shot at the Class A state meet last June with a toss of 50-6.

"He's at where he was last year at this time and probably a little better," Olson said.

Joining Meyer in the weights will be senior Miles Roth, sophomore Harlan Reece and freshman Sutton Lohmiller.

The WDC boys will have a two-time section qualifier Neil Janson running distance races. The WDC senior enters the year completely healthy - a condition he could not claim last year at the start of the season when his left kneecap was out of alignment. Janson came back to help the 4x800 relay team place sixth in the section with a 9:10.17. Also back to run the 4x800 are juniors Jeff Webb and Shane Motschenbacher and sophomore Will Eliason. Webb and Motschenbacher will also be seeing action in the middle distance events while Eliason joins Janson in long distance events.

Rookie distance men include eighth-grader Toby Wood and seventh-grader Joey Najjar.

The WDC girls lost 2011 point leader Rachel Craig to graduation but they have a talented distance runner back in Emma Schmitz. The freshman standout qualified for the Class A state cross country meet last year and ran a 82nd in a field of 156 with a time of 16:19.9.

Joining Schmitz in running distance will be seventh-grader Liz Peterson.

Lindsey Eliason and Courtney Dumpprope are the only two juniors on the team. Eliason is a two-time section qualifier in the 100 dash and relays. Dumpprope was a 4x200 relay section qualifier last year and will also run dash events.

Sophomores on the WDC girls' squad include Sydney Schissel, Sydney Greenwaldt and Katelynn Hanson. Schissel is a sprinter and pole vaulter. Greenwaldt is set in the long sprints and relays. Hanson is a rookie thrower.

Freshman Autumn Jahnke was a section pole vault qualifier last year who will also be doing the short hurdles and high jump. Other freshmen on the team will be Jessica Wood (thrower), Kayla Hanson (long hurdles, long jump, relays), Brianna Rosenthal (long sprinter, relays) and Keiann Steward (short sprinter, long jump, relays).

Seventh-grader Nicole Iken will be trying the hurdles and sprints.