By Jim Carrington
Pioneer Sports Editor
Winter's refusal to leave the area cut back today's four event sports schedule to only one.
And that one is a previous weather victim, the 8th annual Little Amik-II track meet at BSU.
Originally set for last Tuesday it was wiped out by the blizzard that day.
With most teams still seeking their first outdoor action, they will head to the Gillett Rec Center instead.
More than 20 teams are set to go including a number of large schools which normally would not run in the small school event.
The Little Amik-II was created in 2002 to take some of the pressure from the Little Amik-I which had grown unwieldy with 25-30 teams entering each year.
But it is fast approaching the same size.
Originally there were 22 schools entered. Many of those were not able to make the new dated but almost as many replacements have joined the ranks.
Bemidji's boys and East Grand Forks girls are the defending titlists. The crowns were the fourth for the Lumberjacks and first for the Green Wave. Bemidji and International Falls have won two girls titles.
Teams entered today are Frazee, WHA, LOW, UNC, Park Rapids, Wadena, Virginia-MIB, Pillager Deer River, Int. Falls and Nashwauk-Keewatin.
Also Kelliher-Northome-Blackduck, OTC, Roseau, Bemidji, Thief River, Bagley-Fosston, Pequot Lakes, Warren, West Marshall and Pine River.
Bemidji's girls managed only 60 points at the Lions Friday to finish fifth. Only nine runners scored.
Coach Chris Lehman will open with Abby Hendricks, Maren Erpelding, Kate Schultz and Laura Rogers topping the hurdles, Serena Glass, Olivia Hruby, Annie Swartz and Ashley Long among eight in the 55, another 14 in the 200, Jessy Bruns, Sara Heisler and Tiffany Mason leading the 400 continent and Suzann Nordquist Ingrid Vassbo and Emily Lawrence topping the 800 crew.
Alex Lyren, Hana Felix and Kim Truedson will join most of that group in the1600 with Bailey Drewes the lone 3200 runner.
The top relays are Long, McKenzie Timms, Jenna Sagedahl and Hunt in the 4 x 2, Hendricks, Sagedahl, Timms and Hunt in the 4 x 4 and Bruns, Drewes, Truedson and Heisler in the 4 x 8.
In the field, Hunt, Mason and Long will high jump, Erpelding, Glass and Hruby long jump and Sagedahl and Bruns triple jump.
The pole vaulters are Mason and Rogers with Selena Gilbertson and Allie Verchota in the shot.
The boys chances appear bright with Red River not in the field.
They were a distant second at the Lions but received scoring from 13 contestants.
They were missing Erik Truedson with a minor injury and had Nate McGriff limited to three events by a sore foot. Both are expected back today.
Of their 86½ points, 61½ came from a strong eight-senior cast with Joe Kingery leading with 18. McGriff added 13½, Travis Greenwaldt and Zac Oelrich 12 and Derek Davis 10.