It was a top three finish for the Wadena-Deer Creek boys track and field team at the annual Little Amik Indoor Track and Field meet at Bemidji State University on April 2.
The Wolverines finished with 57 points for third place, while Park Rapids Area took first with 81.5 points. Pillager was second with 58 points. Frazee came in fourth with 52 points, while International Falls rounded out the top five with 39.5 points.
Wadena-Deer Creek head coach Marc Reynolds said it was a strong showing for the team despite not being at full strength due to students taking the ACT test and others on a senior class trip.
“The boys team was led by senior captain Isaac Hale. Hale has been a journeyman for our team for many years and his progress has been astounding,” Reynolds said of the senior, who played a key role in a pair of top finishes for the Wolverines.
Hale raced to the front in the 400 meter dash with a winning time of 54.19 seconds. He also set the pace for the Wolverines in the 800 meter relay event. He ran the opening leg, before handing off to Wyatt Peterson, who was followed by Cole Dunker and Dawson Lupkes. The team finished with a time of 1:39.94. Reynolds said it was Lupkes first track meet and he showed his dedication with a big lean at the end for the win.
Cooper Folkestad started his season in a big way with a second place finish in the shot put. He had a put of 49 feet, 2.50 inches, which was a personal record.
Dunker followed up his first place relay performance with a second place finish in the triple jump. He had a leap of 37 feet, four inches, which was a personal record.
Wyatt Peterson earned a third place finish for the Wolverines in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.13 seconds.
The Wolverines hope to be outside for the first time on April 12 in Perham. The Browne Invitational which was scheduled for April 8 has been cancelled.
Little Amik Results
Boys Team Standings
Park Rapids Area 81.5, Pillager 58, Wadena-Deer Creek 57, Frazee 52, International Falls 39.5, Staples-Motley 39, Bagley/Fosston 35, Roseau 34, Thief River Falls 32, Cromwell-Wright 29, Clearbook-Gonvick 27, United North Central 24, Lake of the Woods/Rainy River 21, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 18, Pine River-Backus 15, Pequot Lakes 12, West Marshall Fusion 8, New York Mills 2.
Wadena-DC Individual Results
3200m relay-9 WDC A, 10:03.28; 400m dash-1 Isaac Hale 54.19; 6 Cole Dunker, 56.74; 25 Charlie Bushinger, 1:02.21; 28 Aron Sutherland, 1:03.28; 54 Emonie Hammond, 1:11.54; 1600m run-4 Nathaniel Bervig, 5:04.14; 60m hurdles-3 Wyatt Peterson, 9.13; 60m dash-18 Dawson Lupke, 7.88; 23 Brady Domier, 7.95; 41 Kaden Peterson, 8.25; 50 Aiden Sutherland, 8.31; 800m relay-1 WDC A, 1:39.94; 16 WDC B, 1:51.32; 800m run-8 Nathaniel Bervig, 2:17.68; 16 Codey Wolff, 2:22.26; 22 Elias Bervig, 2:25.53; 31 Lane Hoefs, 2:38.67; 43 Simon Snyder, 2:57.17; High Jump-14 Wyatt Peterson, 5-2; Pole Vault-5 Brady Domier, 10-0; 16 Charlie Bushinger, 8-6; Long Jump-17 Cole Dunker, 16-8; 20 Isaac Hale, 16-6; 28 Teshe Loer, 15-11; Triple Jump-2 Cole Dunker, 37-4; 16 Charlie Bushinger, 32-5; Shot put-2 Cooper Folkestad, 49-2.50; 7 Paul Gibson, 41-10.0; 16 Nathaniel Burckhard, 34-.50; 50 Dakota Olson, 24-.50; 51 Cameron Pearson, 23-9.00.