Track and Field: First event of season brings early wins in Wolverine Territory

The Wolverines next event is at NDSU on Saturday, April 2.

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The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines.
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WADENA — For the first time since 2019, the Wadena-Deer Creek track and field team was able to return to Bemidji State University for the indoor invitational on Tuesday, March 29.

It was a sweet return indeed as three Wolverines walked away champions in their events.

The Wolverines boys' team finished fourth and the girls' team placed ninth. Earning first place was Park Rapids for the boys and Frazee for the girls.

"It is nice to be able to get events in early in the season," head coach Marc Reynolds said. "We had smaller roster this week, but the kids had a strong showing for their first meet of the season. We have quite a few new kids and younger athletes who have never ran at an indoor meet, so it was a great experience for all of the athletes."

Junior Charlie Bushinger finished first in the pole vault (12'0"), sophomore Lyrik Haug won the high jump (6'4") and freshman Amber Collins won the 400 meters (1:02.18).
Haug's busy basketball season jumping up for rebounds had him well prepared to jump to his personal record. The 6 foot 4 inch jump is good enough for third place in the school record books, according to Reynolds. Watch out record holders because he is just getting started.


Bushinger was also second in the triple jump (39'3.5") and was on the Boys' 4x200 Relay team, along with Haug, Brady Domier and junior MJ Lunde that placed third (1:42.57).

Domier, a senior, also placed second in the pole vault (11'6") and fifth in the 60 meter hurdles (9.63).

Senior Matthew Pugsley finished sixth in the 400 meter run.

In addition to winning the 400 meters, Collins was third in the 800 meters (2:35.94).

Eighth-grader Charli Snyder placed sixth in the Girls' 60 meter hurdles (10.76).
Among the throwing crew, Gracie Arm came out with a personal record 29’6.5” toss to place seventh in the event, and first among the Wolverine team.

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