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Wolverines ready for first test at Bemidji State

Sophomore Brody Wangsness, left, will compete in the hurdles, sprints and pole vault for Wadena-Deer Creek this season. Photo by Brian Hansel, Pioneer Journal

Terry Olson is taking stock of his 2013 crew, but the real proving ground for his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines is still out there under the snow.

The Wolverines will use two indoor meets at Bemidji State, the Paul Bunyan Classic on March 26 and the Little Amik on April 2, to prepare for the outdoor meets ahead.

Olson likes to use the regular season to prepare his people for a jump to the post-season. The Section 6A meet is on tap May 30 at Moorhead State.

“It’s really all about preparing them for the end of the season,” Olson said.

Two-time state shot-putting participant Logan Meyer has graduated, so Olson will be looking for new stars from the 45 athletes on his teams.

Seniors on the girls’ team include sprinters Silje Andersen and Caroline Saabye, as well as thrower Courtney Dumpprope.

Juniors are sprinter Miranda Miller, sprinter-long jumper Katelynn Hanson, sprinter Mindy Lee, thrower Ella Harrison, sprinter-pole vaulter Sydney Schissel and sprinters Sydney Greenwaldt and Sara Giraldo-Montoya.

By Brian Hansel

Two-time state cross country qualifier Emma Schmitz heads the sophomore group as a proven distance performer.

Another key sophomore will be Autumn Jahnke, who is expected to compete in the sprints, hurdles and pole vault. Danyl Post will compete in the sprints and hurdles, Samantha Bernsetter and Vanessa Schafer are set in the sprints, Brianna Rosenthal will run the sprints and pole vault, Kayla Hanson will perform in the sprints and long jump, Jessica Wood will be a thrower and Melodye Rodriguez-Ortega will be a sprinter.

Freshmen on the WDC girls’ team are sprinter Brianna Malone and distance runner Hannah Vorderbruggen.

Seventh and eighth graders out for the team include sprinter-hurdler Kristan Finn, sprinter-distance-hurdler Liz Peterson, sprinter-hurdler Ellie Miron, distance runner Tiffany Meeks and sprinter-hurdler-pole vaulter Nicole Iken.

Distance men Shane Motschenbacher and Jeff Webb and sprinters Bridger Pettit and Chris Steward will be seniors on this year’s WDC boys’ team.

Juniors include thrower Tristian Baker, distance runners Shane Motschenbacher and Will Eliason and thrower Harlan Reece.

Olson sees scoring potential coming from the skills of sophomore Sutton Lohmiller. Other sophomores on the team include hurdler-sprinter-pole vaulter Brody Wangsness, thrower Blaine Cooper and sprinter-pole vaulter Tristin Godel.

Jared Chung, Jimmy Kern, Toby Wood and Alex Carlson will be freshmen on the boys’ squad. Chung is a sprinter, Kern and Wood are distance men and Carlson is expected to contribute in the sprints, hurdles and high jump.

The seventh- and eighth-grade ranks will give the Wolverines distance men Joe Najjar, Konnor Stueve, sprinter-hurdler Mitchel Haman and sprinter Sam Kelderman.

The Wolverines will be hosting two outdoor meets this spring. The Browne Invitational is set April 15 and the True Team Sectional will be held May 7.