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Wadena-DC boys run away from the field, capture 6A True Team title

Wadena-Deer Creek's Chase Domier leads the way in his heat of the 100m dash. Domier finished third overall, helping the Wadena-DC Wolverines capture the Section 6A True Team Championship. Jason Groth/Pioneer Journal

The Wadena-Deer Creek boys track and field team showed they were the top of the field when the dominated the Section 6A True Team Championships in Pelican Rapids on May 10. The Wolverines won the event by 104.5 points, cruising to the Class A True Team Championships in Stillwater, Minn., on May 18 and 19.

The Wolverines finished the event with 844 points for top honors, while Frazee was second with 739.5 points. Osakis came in third with 722 points, while Staples-Motley was fourth and Ottertail Central came in fifth.

Isaac Hale takes the baton during the 800m relay race.

“We knew we had a solid team from the hurdles and running events to the jumps and the throws,” Wadena-Deer Creek head coach Marc Reynolds said. “But, in a meet like this, everyone has to show up and have a solid outing, and our boys did just that. We were solid in every aspect for a true team meet.”

The true team event is on the only event during the season where the competitors in each event earn points towards the team’s final score. Each event has two individuals and the relays have one relay team competing. The Wolverines scored big points across the board, with several wins and top five finishes.

“I thought our boys 3200-meter relay team set the tone for our team yesterday,” Reynolds said. “All four of those boys went out and ran their best relay splits of the season. Starting the meet off with a second place finish in that race was a great start for our team.”

Jonathan Pantages earned first place honors in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 3.75 inches. Hunter Hawkins came in first in the 400m dash, finishing with a time of 52.39 seconds. The 800m relay team of Bereket Loer, Chase Domier, Isaac Hale and Wyatt Peterson came in at 45.17 for first place, while the 1600m relay team of Pantages, Lucas Hinojos, Hunter Hawkins and Mason Evans came in at 3:38.62.

The 3200m relay team that started the day came in with a time of eight minutes and 53.44 seconds. It was run by the group of Evans, Jayson Young, Della Latta and Josh Tabery. It set the tone and was one of the many second place finishes for the Wolverines.

Loer was second in the in the 200m dash and the 400m dash. He finished behind Hawkins in the 400m dash, scoring big points for Wadena-DC.

Jonathan Pantages hits the landing in the long jump, winning first place. Pantages was second in the 100m dash and the high jump. Hawkins came in second in the triple jump and finished in third in the long jump. Lucas Doyle was third in the discus, while Hinojos took third in the 1600m run. Chase Domier came in third place in the 100m dash.

The Wolverines have their sights set on the Class A True Team Championships which will take place in Stillwater.

“As a whole, I couldn’t be more proud of this group of kids,” Reynolds said. “They have been so fun to watch this year and love their dedication to the team and trying to score as many points as possible. I think we will be very competitive down at the State True Team Meet and look forward to seeing our kids put it on the line.”

The Class A Championships begin at 10 a.m. with the field events, while the track events begin at 10:15 am. On May 19.

Wyatt Peterson clears the hurdles during the 110m race.

Section 6A True Team Championships

Boys Team Scores

Wadena-Deer Creek 844, Frazee 739.5, Osakis 722, Staples-Motley 690.5, Ottertail Central 634, Breckenridge 588, Barnesville 541.5, United Clay-Becker 523, Pelican Rapids 504, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 467.5, Ashby/Brandon/Evansville 452.5, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 307, Browerville 275.5, New York Mills 146, United North Central 102

Wadena-DC Individual Results

100m dash-2. Jonathan Pantages, 11.22; 3, Chase Domier, 11.23; 200m dash-2, Bereket Loer, 23.03; 9, Isaac Hale, 23.98; 400m dash-1, Hunter Hawkins, 52.39; 2, Bereket Loer, 52.62; 800m run-2, Lucas Hinojos, 2:10.71; 6, Mason Evans, 2:14.58; 1600m run-3, Lucas Hinojos, 4:56.39; 8, Jayson Young, 5:03.27; 3200m run-9, Nathaniel Bervig, 11:22.53; 11, Isaac Ries, 11:34.73; 110m hurdles-6, Wyatt Peterson, 17.78; DQ, Cameron Pearson; 300m hurdles-9, Wyatt Peterson, 45.17; 15, Cole Dunker, 48.24; 400m relay-5, Chase Domier, Isaac Hale, Wyatt Peterson, Owen Guo, 47.47; 800m relay-1, Bereket Loer, Chase Domier, Isaac Hale, Cole Dunker, 1:37.06; 1600m relay-1, Jonathan Pantages, Lucas Hinojos, Hunter Hawkins, Mason Evans, 3:38.62; 3200m relay-2, Mason Evans, Jayson Young, Jacopo Della Latta, Josh Tabery, 8:53.44; High Jump-2, Jonathan Pantages, 6-00; 12, Lucas Doyle, 5-4; Pole Vault-9, Garrett Redning, 8-6; Long Jump-1, Jonathan Pantages, 19-3.75; 3, Hunter Hawkins, 18-10; Triple Jump-2, Hunter Hawkins, 40-3.5; 16, Cole Dunker, 34-9.5; Shot Put-5, Cooper Folkestad, 42-11; 7, Steven Erkenbrack, 40-6; Discus-3, Lucas Doyle, 129-5; 6, Steven Erkenbrack, 109-10.

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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