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Wolverines fifth at Section 6A True Team

Wadena-Deer Creek's Kennedy Gravelle clears the bar in the high jump competition. She finished second overall in the event for the Wolverines. Jason Groth/Pioneer Journal

On their home course, the Pelican Rapids Vikings earned top honors in the Section 6A Girls True Team Championships on May 10, earning a spot at the Class A True Team Championships in Stillwater, Minn.

The Vikings were able to hold off a surging Osakis Silverstreaks team for the title. Pelican Rapids finished with 712.5 points, while Osakis came in second at 680.5 points. Wadena-Deer Creek finished fifth overall with a score of 579.5 points.

Mikaela Malone sprints away from the competition on her way to first place.

The Wolverines had several top finishes in the event that every competitor records points towards to the team’s final score. Unlike most meets, the true team championships record points for every place in the line-up. Each individual event has two competitors from each team competing and in the relays, only one team from each school competes.

Mikaela Malone continued her dominant run in the sprints during the championships. She finished first with a time of 12.61 seconds, blistering the competition for the win. Malone helped the 400m relay team to a first place finish as well. She was joined by McKenna Wangsness, Madison Packer and Ellie Miron on the way to first place. They finished with a time of 53.35 seconds.

Wadena-Deer Creek's Emma Ries leaps over the hurdle.

Kennedy Gravelle earned a pair of second place finishes. She was second in the 3200m run with a time of 12:12.80 and was second in the high jump, clearing four feet, 10 inches. She earned a fourth place finish in the discus event as well.

Miron continued her strong season in the throws. The state placewinner came in second in both the shot and the discus. Miron added a fifth place finish in the 200m dash.

The Wolverines have an outside shot at a wildcard spot for the Class A True Team Championships. Each team that finished second through fifth will be entered into a virtual meet to determine the four wildcard spots for the championships.

Section 6A True Team Championships

Girls Team Scores

Pelican Rapids 712.5, Osakis 680.5, Barnesville 666, Frazee 660.5, Wadena-Deer Creek 579.5, Ottertail Central 564.5, United Clay-Becker 550.5, Breckenridge 527, Staples-Motley 447.5, United North Central 447, Ashby/Brandon/Evansville 408, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 218.5, New York Mills 194, Browerville 36

Wadena-DC Individual Results

100m dash-1, Mikaela Malone, 12.61; 19, McKenna Wangsness, 14.06; 200m dash-5, Ellie Miron, 27.20; 21, Kylee Collins, 29.55; 400m dash-14, Teagan Roberts, 68.11; 16, Eve Collins, 68.30; 800m run-8, Abby Motschenbacher, 2:36.75; 14, Emma Mehl, 2:44.12; 1600m run-15, Ally Pavek, 6:21.26; 16, Johanna Brunsberg, 6:26.20; 3200m run-2, Kennedy Gravelle, 12:12.80; 15, Ally Pavek, 14:02.52; 100m hurdles-13, Madison Packer, 19.10; 23, Emma Ries, 22.13; 300m hurdles-11, Madison Packer, 55.19; 22, Emma Ries, 61.48; 400m relay-1, Mikaela Malone, McKenna Wangsness, Madison Packer, Ellie Miron, 53.35; 800m relay-4, Mikaela Malone, McKenna Wangsness, Bel Snyder, Eve Collins, 1:54.34; 1600m relay-9, Eve Collins, Teagan Roberts, Abby Motschenbacher, Kennedy Gravelle, 4:39.48; 3200m relay-4, Abby Motschenbacher, Sam Malone, Johanna Brunsberg, Bel Snyder, 11:00.65; High Jump-2, Kennedy Gravelle, 4-10; 22, Emma Bushinger, 4-00; Pole Vault-5, Hailey Peterson, 6-6; 5, Kylee Collins, 6-6; Long Jump-14, Madison Packer, 13-11; 16, Carla Bukowski, 13-9; Triple Jump-15, Bel Snyder, 27-8; Shot put-2, Ellie Miron, 35-3.50; 21, Rebecca Erkenbrack, 23-9; Discus-2, Ellie Miron, 118-4.5; 4, Kennedy Gravelle, 95-6.5.

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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