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Top finishes for Wadena-DC at Warrior Invite

Wadena-Deer Creek's Ellie Miron fires the discus during the United North Central's Warrior Invite. Photo courtesy of Dana Cantleberry.

The Wadena-Deer Creek track and field teams returned to action with another strong performance at the United North Central Warrior Invite on May 1.

The boys team claimed the top spot with 199 points, while the girls came in second with 115 points. Pillager won the girls and came in second in the boys event.

“We had another great night on the track and in the field events for both the boys and girls,” Wadena-DC head coach Marc Reynolds said. “We are mixing in some different faces on some relays and in some field events and the kids are doing what they need to help the team. Another great team effort from all of the kids.”

The Wolverines had several first place finishes throughout the meet. Ellie Miron earned top honors in the shot put and the discus. Miron finished with a toss of 35 feet, five inches. Miron had a discus throw of 106 feet and 11 inches. Mikaela Malone finished first in the 100m dash with a time of 13.17 seconds and led off the winning 400m relay. Malone was joined by McKenna Wangsness, Madison Packer and Miron as they finished with a time of 54.59.

The Wolverines had several second place finishes as well. Gravelle racked up three of them. She was second in the discus, high jump and the 1600m run. Miron was second in the 200m dash, while the team of Malone, Wangsness, Bel Snyder and Eve Collins came in second with their season best time of 1:54.70.

The boys team brought several top honors as well in the invite. They claimed three relay victories, winning the 400m, 800m and the 1600m runs. Chase Domier, Isaac Hale, Wyatt Peterson and Cade Kapphahn finished with a season best time of 47.11 seconds. Jonathan Pantages, Bereket Loer, Domier and Hale won the 800m relay, while the team of Hunter Hawkins, Lucas Hinojos, Cole Dunker and Loer took home top honors in the 1600m relay.

Wadena-Deer Creek's Bereket Loer leads the way during a relay race.

Pantages added individual wins in the 100m dash and the high jump. Hinojos earned top honors in the 1600, with a personal best time of 4:58.47.

Hawkins earned a pair of wins in the long jump and triple jump as well. Hawkins cleared 40 feet for the first time in the triple jump.

Domier finished second in the 100m dash, while Jayson Young followed with a second place in the 1600m run. Hawkins earned a second place finish in the 400, while Hinojos was second in the 800, while Loer was second in the 200. Cody Wheeler was second in the pole vault, Kapphahn earned second place honors in the triple jump, while Steven Erkenbrack came in second in the shot put.

The Wolverines are home on May 3, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Wadena High School Track and Field Complex.

UNC Invitational

Girls Team Results

Pillager 153, Wadena-Deer Creek 115, Ottertail Central 95, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 59, United North Central 47, Pine River/Backus 36, Parkers Prairie 32, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 16, New York Mills 7

Wadena-DC Results

3200m relay-3, WDC, 11:11.40; 100m hurdles-6, Madison Packer, 19.70; 100m dash-1, Mikaela Malone, 13.17; 7, Carla Bukowski, 14.55; 18, Kylee Collins, 15.27;  800m relay-2, WDC, 1:54.70; 1600m run-2, Kennedy Gravelle, 5:45.51; 7, Ally Pavek, 6:20.73; 9, Emma Ries, 6:29.19; 400m relay-1, WDC, 54.59; 400m dash-4, Eve Collins, 1:06.78; 9, Jezebel Snyder, 1:11.20; 10, Emma Bushinger, 1:11.71; 300m hurdles-6, Madison Packer, 56.94; 800m run-3, Abby Motschenbacher, 2:36.32; 4, Kennedy Gravelle, 2:38.81; 6, Emma Mehl, 2:45.97; 200m dash-2, Ellie Miron, 28.21; 7, McKenna Wangsness, 29.80; 16, Teagan Roberts, 31.26; 1600m relay-3, WDC, 4:37.34; High Jump-2, Kennedy Gravelle, 4-6; 13, Emma Bushinger, 4-0; Pole Vault-5, Kylee Collins, 6-6; 6, Hailey Peterson, 6-0; 7, Kaylin Lupkes, 6-0; Long Jump-8, Madison Packer, 13-9; 15, Carla Bukowski, 12-5.50; Triple Jump-16, Jezebel Snyder, 26-.25; Discus-1, Ellie Miron, 106-11; 2, Kennedy Gravelle, 98-5; 6, Rebecca Erkenbrack, 81-6; Shot put-1, Ellie Miron, 35-5.5.

Boys Team Results

Wadena-Deer Creek 199, Pillager 90, Ottertail Central 85, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 68, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 53, Pine River/Backus 44, Parkers Prairie 9, New York Mills 6, United North Central 4

Wadena-DC Results

3200m relay-3, WDC, 9:29.36; 110m hurdles-5, Wyatt Peterson, 17.30; 10, Cameron Pearson, 19.46;  100m dash-1, Jonathan Pantages, 11.76; 2, Chase Domier, 11.84; 23, Owen Guo, 13.38; 800m relay-1, WDC, 1:35.33; 1600m run-1, Lucas Hinojos, 4:58.47; 2, Jason Young, 5:02.72; 4, Josh Tabery, 5:11.90; 400m relay-1, WDC, 47.11; 400m dash-2, Hunter Hawkins, 52.20; 18, Jacopo Della Latta, 6:20.78; 300m hurdles-3, Wyatt Peterson, 45.93; 9, Cole Dunker, 48.52; 12, Cameron Pearson, 49.74; 800m run-2, Lucas Hinojos, 2:09.75; 5, Mason Evans, 2:17.37; 10, Nathaniel Bervig, 2:27.67; 200m dash-2, Bereket Loer, 23.37; 4, Isaac Hale, 23.96; 16, Brady Domier, 27.29; 3200m run-3, Jayson Young, 11:36.26; 4, Isaac Ries, 11:40.64; 1600m relay-1, WDC, 3:42.72; High Jump-1, Jonathan Pantages, 6-2; 6, Lucas Doyle, 5-2; Pole Vault-2, Cody Wheeler, 11-6; Long Jump-1, Hunter Hawkins, 20-1; 7, Jonathan Pantages, 17-10; 10, Cole Dunker, 17-3.5; Hunter Hawkins, 40-2.25; 2, Cade Kapphahn, 38-11; 6, Cole Dunker, 34-8.50; Discus-3, Cooper Folkestad, 118-4; 4, Lucas Doyle, 115-5; 5, Steven Erkenbrack, 109-5; Shot put-2, Steven Erkenbrack, 41-10.5; 3, Cooper Folkestad, 41-6.5; 6, Lucas Doyle, 37-5.75.

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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