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Wadena-DC boys win third straight indoor meet, girls finish sixth at Foley

The Wadena-Deer Creek boys track and field team has found its comfort zone competing inside. The Wolverines captured their third straight indoor meet when they ran away with the title in Foley on April 20.

The Wolverines finished with 97 points, 32 points better than the next closest competitor, Glencoe-Silver Lake and Pierz. St. Cloud Tech was fourth and Foley rounded out the top five.

The girls track and field team came in with 49.2857 points, which put them in sixth place overall. Foley won the team title with 117.5 points. Pierz was second, followed by Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball, St. Cloud Tech and Glencoe-Silver Lake to round out the top five.

“We are seeing our athletes continue to improve as we saw some huge personal records and season best marks,” Wadena-DC head coach Marc Reynolds said. “The boys team continued to show their power as a team and the girls came out sixth against some quality competition from the St. Cloud Area.”

Reynolds said the boys team is showing that they can score big points in any event against any competition they are seeing.

“They have a lot of confidence going into the heart of the season and it should be a very exciting month of May,” Reynolds said of the boys team.

Bereket Loer helped the Wolverines to their first place finish with his first individual win. He was first in the 200 meter dash at 24.15 seconds. Pantages was first in the high jump, clearing six feet.

Pantages played a key role in the 800 and the 1600m relay teams earning first place finishes as well. He was joined by Loer, Hunter Hawkins and Chase Domier as they captured relay wins for the Wolverines.

Lucas Hinojos came in second in the 800m run and sixth in the 1600m run with personal best times. Wyatt Peterson was third in the 55m hurdles, while Domier came in fourth at the 55m dash. Cody Wheeler was third in the pole vault, while Cade Kapphahn and Hawkins finished third and fourth, respectively, in the triple jump.

The girls team is starting to fall into place as they reach the midway point of the season, according to Reynolds.

“We are figuring out what events best suit each athlete and help the team the most,” Reynolds said of the girls team.

Mikaela Malone continues to lead the way for the Wolverines. The sprinter earned a pair of first place finishes, capturing the 55m dash and the 200m dash. Malone was first in the 55m dash with a time of 7.67, while ending with a time of 27.81 in the 200m dash.

Malone was a key figure in the third place finish for the 800m relay team as well. She was joined by McKenna Wangsness, Bel Snyder and Eve Collins as they ran a personal best time.

Abby Motschenbacher followed with a time of 2:41.12, which was her personal best time of the year for fourth place. Collins ended the day in fourth in the 400m dash, while Kennedy Gravelle earned fourth place honors as well in the 1600m run. Collins, Gravelle, Teagan Roberts and Motschenbacher finished fourth in the 1600m relay.

The Wolverines will head outside on Tuesday, April 24 for a meet at Pequot Lakes. Weather permitting, it will be their first outdoor meet of the season.

Foley Invite

Girls Team Results

Foley 117.5, Pierz 92.5, Eden Valley-W/Kimball 75.9285, St. Cloud Tech 63, Glencoe-Silver Lake 58.9285, Wadena-Deer Creek 49.2857, Pine City 30.8571, Sauk Rapids-Rice 30, Staples-Motley 15, Litchfield 13

Individual results-3200m relay-9, WDC, 11:16.90; 55m hurdles-15, Madison Packer, 10.68; 25, Camille Fleming, 11.74; 55m dash-1, Mikaela Malone, 7.67; 7, Mckenna Wangsness, 8.04; 21, Packer, 8.58; 800m relay-3, WDC, 1:55.84; 1600m run-4, Kennedy Gravelle, 5:53.79; 23, Emma Ries, 6:39.10; 400m dash-4, Eve Collins, 1:07.41; 13, Emma Bushinger, 1:12.40; 800m dash-4, Abby Motschenbacher, 2:41.12; 11, Sam Malone, 2:49.07; 200m dash-1, M. Malone, 27.81; 10, Wangsness, 29.50; 16, Jezebel Snyder, 30.38; 1600m relay-4, WDC, 4:35.06; High Jump-15, Gravelle, 4-00; 15, Bushinger, 4-00; Pole Vault-7, Kylee Collins, 6-00; 7, Hailey Peterson, 6-00; Long Jump-10, Wangsness, 13-3.00; 11, Packer, 13-2.25; 13, Carla Bukowski, 12-8.25; Shot put-21, Leah Spilman, 26-7.00; 25, Rebecca Erkenbrack, 26-1.00.

Boys Team Results

Wadena-Deer Creek 97, Glencoe-Silver Lake 65, Pierz 65, St. Cloud Tech 58, Foley 56, Eden Valley-W/Kimball 50, Sauk Rapids-Rice 46.5, Staples-Motley 46, Pine City 33.5, Litchfield 29

Individual Results

3200m relay-9, WDC, 9:30.33; 55m hurdles-3, Wyatt Peterson, 8.73; 8, Cade Kapphahn, 9.04; 18, Cameron Pearson, 10.72; 55m dash-4, Chase Domier, 7.10; 14, Peterson, 7.47; 20, Owen Guo, 7.71; 800m relay-1, WDC, 1:34.62; 1600m run-6, Lucas Hinojos, 5:00.00; 10, Jayson Young, 5:04.83; 26, Isaac Ries, 5:41.20; 400m dash-13, Isaac Hale, 59.05; 15, Mason Evans, 59.36; 26, Cole Dunker, 1:05.02; 800m dash-2, Lucas Hinojos, 2:13.30; 8, Josh Tabery, 2:20.23; 200m dash-1, Bereket Loer, 24.15; 7, Isaac Hale, 25.43; 12, Cade Happhahn, 26.08; 1600m relay-1, WDC, 3:39.34; High Jump-1, Jonathan Panatages, 6-00; 11, Lucas Doyle, 5-2.00; Pole Vault-4, Cody Wheeler, 11-6.0; 17, Charlie Bushinger, 8-00; 17, Garrett Redning, 8-00; Long Jump-3, Hunter Hawkins, 19-1.00; 4, Pantages, 18-10.50; 8, Kapphahn, 17-00.25; Triple Jump-3, Kapphahn, 39-2.50; 4, Hawkins, 38.9.75; 13, Dunker, 33-3.50; Shot Put-6, Cooper Folkestad, 44-11.00; 11, Steven Erkenbrack, 42-2.00; 16, Lucas Doyle, 40-4.00.

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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