The Wadena-Deer Creek boys track and field team found itself in a familiar spot at the Section 6A True Team Championships and that was standing on the podium as the victors. For the third straight year, the Wolverines captured the championship and will compete at the Class A True Team Championship in Stillwater.
The Wolverines showcased their depth in the program on May 7 when every person who competes accumulates points for the team score. Each team has two individuals compete in each individual event and one relay in the four relay races as they try to capture the true team championship.
“What a day for the Wadena-Deer Creek Track and Field Teams,” Wadena-DC head coach Marc Reynolds said. “It was a complete team effort by all of the boys competing. Everyone had a job to do and they all showed up ready to compete.”
Reynolds said prior to the meet the team talked about having solid performances and the Wolverines did just that.
“We don’t need everyone to go out shooting to break their personal records. We just needed to be solid all the way through and we thought we could win this thing,” Reynolds said. “The boys did just that and a handful of boys had big, big days.”
The Wolverines were keyed by a pair of seniors in Isaac Hale and Wyatt Peterson. The duo will be making their third straight trip to the Class A True Team Championships. The senior captains played a key role in the team’s success during the section event.
Bereket Loer earned first place honors in the 400 meter dash with a time of 52 seconds.
Cody Wheeler finished first in the pole vault with a winning vault of 12 feet, six inches. It was one of three first place finishes in the field for Wadena-Deer Creek. Cooper Folkestad finished with a pair of first place finishes in the shot and discuss. Folkestad won the shot put with a put of 49 feet, 7.5 inches, while finishing with a throw of 136 feet, eight inches in the discus.
Peterson earned second place finish in the high jump. He had a leap of five feet, eight inches. Lucas Hinojos finished second in the 800m run with a time of 2:07.79. The Wadena-DC 400, 800 and 1600m relay teams came in second place as well during the event, leading to big points for the team.
Isaac Hale finished third in the 200m dash, while Cade Kapphahn came in third in the 110m hurdles.
The Wolverines will compete in the True Team Championships on Friday, May 17 at 10 a.m. in Stillwater, Minn.
Section 6A True Team Championships
Boys Team Results
Wadena-Deer Creek 820.5, Osakis 790.5, Frazee 749, Ottertail Central 730, Ashby/Brandon/Evansville 572.5, Breckenridge 549, United Clay-Becker 546.5, Barnesville 530, Pelican Rapids 522, West Central Area 503.5, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 360, United North Central 345, New York Mills 240, Browerville 163, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 115.5.
Wadena-DC Individual Results
100m dash-5 Hunter Hawkins, 12.09; 12 Dawson Lupkes, 12.32; 200m dash-3 Isaac Hale, 23.55; 13 Hunter Hawkins, 24.79; 400m dash-1 Bereket Loer, 52.00; 5 Isaac Hale, 53.64; 800m run-2 Lucas Hinojos, 2:07.79; 4 Bereket Loer, 2:08.97; 1600m run-5 Lucas Hinojos, 4:46.86; 9 Nathaniel Bervig, 4:51.82; 3200m run-6 Nathaniel Bervig, 10:42.38; 13 Elias Bervig, 11:41.18; 110m hurdles-3 Cade Kapphahn, 16.64; 5 Wyatt Peterson, 17.22; 300m hurdles-4 Wyatt Peterson, 44.94; 8 Cole Dunker, 47.34; 400m relay-2 WDC, 47.37; 800m relay-2 WDC, 1:36.38; 1600m relay-2 WDC, 3:40.33; 3200m relay-6 WDC, 9:32.63; High Jump-2 Wyatt Peterson, 5-8; 21 Aiden Larson, 4-10; Pole Vault-1 Cody Wheeler, 12-6; 5 Brady Domier, 10-6; Long Jump-8 Bereket Loer, 17-10.75; 11 Cade Kapphahn, 17-5.5; Triple Jump-6 Cade Kapphahn, 38-4; 11 Cole Dunker, 36-4; Shot put-1 Cooper Folkestad, 49-7.5; 24 Logan Wegscheid, 30-3; Discus-1 Cooper Folkestad, 136-8; 14 Lucas Hinojos, 93-2.