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Wadena-DC boys take first in Bemidji

Wadena-Deer Creek junior Wyatt Peterson clears a hurdle in the 60 meter hurdles event Thursday at the Beaver Relays at Bemidji State University. (Jillian Gandsey | Forum News Service)

The Wadena-Deer Creek boys track and field team has found themselves at home at the Gillett Recreation Center in Bemidji, Minn. They have competed at the venue three times this year during the indoor season and have won two of the three meets, including the Bemidji Relay which took place on April 12.

Their second straight win came by the narrowest of margins. The Wolverines edged out the Bemidji Lumberjacks for the title by one point. Wadena-DC finished with 59 points, while Bemidji ended with 58.

“It was another busy day for our varsity athletes and very tough competition with 39 teams from all over central and northern Minnesota,” Wadena-DC head coach Marc Reynolds said. “The boys team continues to show their strength with another first place finish, beating out Bemidji by one point.”

Pequot Lakes came in third place with 51 points, while East Grand Forks was fourth with 48 points and Perham was fifth with 40 points.

One of the keys for the Wolverines was their success in the sprint relays. The Wolverines earned first place finishes in the 800 meter relay and the 1600 meter relay. Jonathan Pantages, Bereket Loer, Hunter Hawkins and Chase Domier came in first place with a time of one minute and 34.62 seconds. It moved the relay team to the fourth spot in school history and the third fastest time indoors in the state for the 2018 season.

Those four repeated their success in the 1600 meter relay. They finished with a winning time of 3:37.45, which is a top-five time in the state during the indoor season.

Pantages and Hawkins earned second place finishes individually as well. Pantages cleared 6-0 in the high jump, while Hawkins had a leap of 21-4 in the long jump. Pantages hit a personal record in the long jump as well with a leap of 20-5 for third place.

Bereket Loer was third in the 200m dash, while Cade Kapphahn was fifth in the triple jump, while Chase Domier was fifth in the 60m dash. Wyatt Peterson was seventh in the 60m hurdles. Mason Evans, Josh Tabery, Nate Bervig and Jayson Young came in eighth place of the 3200m relay.

The Wadena-DC girls track and field team closed the indoor season with an 11th place finish. They finished with 20 points, tied with Bemidji and East Grand Forks. Pequot Lakes claimed the title with 91.5 points. Park Rapids Area was second with 45 points, while Crookston was third with 44.

Wadena-Deer Creek's Eve Collins takes off with the baton after grabbing it from Sam Malone

Mikaela Malone made it two in a row for her in the 60m dash. She finished first during the Little Amik event and doubled up with a first place finish in the Bemidji Relays. She finished with a time of 8.09. Malone added to her strong day with a sixth place finish in the 200m dash.

Kennedy Gravelle put up a season best time in the 1600m run, earning a fourth place finish at 5:45.06.

Malone, McKenna Wangsness, Eve Collins and Madison Packer finished eighth in the 800m relay, while the team of Collins, Gravelle, Teagan Roberts and Abby Motschenbacher came in eighth in the 1600m relay.

The Wolverines are hoping to compete on Friday, April 20 in Foley, pending the weather.

Bemidji Relays

Boys Team Results

Wadena-Deer Creek 59, Bemidji 58, Pequot Lakes 51, East Grand Forks 48, Perham 40, Sauk Rapids-Rice 35, Staples-Motley 34, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 29, Minnewaska Area 21, Northome/Kelliher/Blackduck 20, Roseau 19.5, Clearbrook-Gonvick 18, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 17, Nevis 16, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 16, Park Rapids Area 14, Pillager 12, Fertile-Beltrami 12, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 12, Deer River/Northland 10, Ottertail Central 9, Thief River Falls 6.5, Osakis 6, International Falls 5, A.B.E 5, Pine River-Backus 5, Crookston 5, Warroad 2.

Wadena-DC Top 10 Results

3200m relay-8, WDC A, 9:31.56; 60m hurdles-7, Wyatt Peterson, 9.36; 10, Cade Kapphahn, 9.55; 60m dash-5, Chase Domier, 7.41; 800m relay-1, WDC A, 1:34.62; 200m run-3, Bereket Loer, 24.03; 1600m relay-1, WDC A, 3:37.45; High Jump-2, Jonathan Pantages, 6-0; Pole Vault-10, Cody Wheeler, 10-00; Long Jump-2, Hunter Hawkins, 21-4; 3, Jonathan Pantages, 20-5; Triple Jump-5, Cade kapphahn, 39-00; Shot Put-10, Steven Erkenbrack, 43-1.

Girls Team Results

Pequot Lakes 91.5, Park Rapids Area 45, Crookston 44, Thief River Falls 39.5, Roseau 33, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 29, Perham 29, International Falls 26.5, Mesabi East 26, Fertile-Beltrami 21, Wadena-Deer Creek 20, Bemidji 20, East Grand Forks 20, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 18.5, Pillager 18, Warroad 16, Osakis 13, West Marshall 12.5, Minnewaska Area 11.5, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 9.5, Sauk Rapids-Rice 9, Ottertail Central 6, TrekNorth 6, Nevis 6, Northome/Kelliher/Blackduck 5, United North Central 3.5, Staples-Motley 3, A.B.E 2, Clearbrook-Gonvick 1.

Wadena-DC Top 10 Results

1600m run-4, Kennedy Gravelle, 5:45.06; 60m dash-1, Mikaela Malone, 8.09; 800m relay-8, WDC A, 1:58.20; 200m dash-6, Mikeala Malone, 28.54; 1600m relay-8, WDC A, 4:38.22.

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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