BEMIDJI — Chuck Richter held the Wadena School pole vault record for 35 years with his 13 1/2-foot leap. Wadena-Deer Creek senior Brady Domier easily erased that with his 14-foot jump on Tuesday, April 5 at Bemidji State University.
Bemidji has become a second home for Wolverines this spring as the extended winter season has brought outdoor events to a halt.
On their second visit to Bemidji this season, the Wolverine boys finished second among 19 teams, while the girls finished third in an 18-team field.
Park Rapids Area won the men’s competition with 89 points, followed closely by WDC’s 82.
The Frazee girls earned 100 team points, just ahead of Bagley/Fosston (74) and Wadena-Deer Creek (68).
Wolverine athletes have won a total of five events and earned points in several others.
“We had most of our team on the trip and our kids showed up BIG TIME!” WDC head coach Marc Reynolds said. “We finished the game with 20 personal bests.”
If Domier’s record-breaking day in the pole vault wasn’t enough, he joined the 4×200 relay team (featuring Charlie Bushinger, Matthew Pugsley and Lyrik Haug) and won the event (1:39.07). Haug continued his winning streak by claiming first place in the high jump (6-02).
Sophomore Isabelle Larson in the girls’ pole vault (9ft) and freshman Amber Collins placed first in the 800m (2:32.20).
Both Wolverines 4×400 relay teams placed second in their events. The women’s team is made up of Britta Sweeney, Ally Pavek, Lydia Oldakowski and Amber Collins (4:33.19). The men’s team (3:51.12) includes Domier, Pugsley, Bushinger and Bjorn Brunsberg.
The 4×800 relay team of Sweeney, Pavek, Johanna Brunsberg and Amber Collins (10:35.51) also placed second.
Third places went to Bushinger in the pole vault (12ft) and triple jump (39-01.00), Haug in the long jump (19-00.5), Bjorn Brunsberg in the 1600 run (5:01:88 ), Domier in the 60 meter hurdles (9.45) and Madison Packer in the long jump (15-06.25).
Kylee Collins in the pole vault (7 feet) and Lane Hoefs in the 1,600 meters (5:06:28) finished fourth for the Wolverines.
The Wolverines received fifth place from Larson in the women’s triple jump (32-01.5), Sweeney (400) (1:07.28), Pavek (800) (2:42.98), Bjorn Brunsberg (800) (2:14.52) and the women’s 4x200m relay team (Packer, Larson, Oldakowski, Kylee Collins) (1:59.87).
Pugsley placed sixth in the 400 meters (55.4), as did the women’s 4×400 relay team of Emma Schmitz, Payton Gravelle, Brielle Kern and Johanna Brunsberg (4:50.83).
Gracie Arm (7th shot put), Layla Sharp (7th long jump), Hoefs (7th 800) (2:16.78) and Packer also took 8th place in the 60-meter hurdles).
The annual Sam Kelderman Memorial Meeting on Monday, April 11 has been canceled due to winter weather conditions. The group was due to travel to Bemidji again on Thursday April 14 for the Craig Hougen Indoor Classic.