High school track: Bemidji boys, Bagley-Fosston girls win Little Amik-II titles
The Bemidji boys and Bagley-Fosston girls won titles Tuesday night at the 8th annual Little Amik-II high school track meet, the fourth and final indoor meet at BSU.
Bemidji took its third straight boys title and fifth overall with 77 points, shading Roseau which finished second at 76. Frazee, WHA and Pequot Lakes rounded out the top five among 21 teams that scored.
Park Rapids was seventh, Bagley-Fosston ninth, Nevis 18th and Clearbrook-Gonvick 21st.
Bagley-Fosston took its first girls championship with 88 points to 74 for runner-up Bemidji. Park Rapids, Detroit Lakes and Pillager were the next five among 19 scoring teams.
Nevis ended eighth while WHA and Northome-Blackduck tied for 15th.
The meet attracted 1,285 contestants and ran more than eight hours.
The Bemidji boys' victory was remarkable in that the Jacks ran without three of their top scorers. Nate McGriff and Joe Kingery missed the meet with illness while Alex Schoneberger was out of town.
Bemidji opened by winning the 4 x 8 relay with Zac Oelrich, Erik Truedson, Matt Lee and John Buckanaga.
They were blanked in the hurdles but had Travis Greenwaldt take third in the 55 and second in the 200.
Oelrich was third in the 800 after leading for the first 600 meters. Buckanaga ended fifth in the 1600 and Truedson ran away from the field in the 3200, winning in 9:47.49, three seconds off the Fieldhouse record.
Grant Mitchell,, Luke Bruns, Gentri Jordan and Greenwaldt won the 4 x 2 relay by a wide margin. The Jacks were fifth in the 4 x 4.
In the field, Derek Davis cleared six feet for the third straight meet but lost for the first time as Austin Dennis of WHA went 6-4 to take first. Jordan was fifth.
Lee was eighth in the long jump and Josh Smith fifth in the shot.
Skyler Jackson of Frazee, who won four events at the Little Amik-I, took three Tuesday in the 55, 200 and triple jump to win MVP honors.
Flyers win again
Bagley-Fosston added the Little Amik-II title to its Little Amik-I crown.
Again it was Analisa Huschle who paced the win, taking the long jump, triple jump, 400 and 4 x 2 relay for 32½ of the 88 points.
It earned her MVP honors for the fourth time this spring, a feat never accomplished before.
Bemidji, however, stayed close and had another productive day.
Bemidji took second in the 4 x 8 with Jessy Buns, Bailey Drewes, Kun Truedson and Sara Heisler.
Abby Hendricks was third in the hurdles with Maria Berg of B-F second in the 55.
Hendricks was also second in the 200 and Bruns eighth in the 400.
Drewes led the 1600 with Truedson third and Emily Lawrence eighth. Bemidji finished seventh in the 4 x 2 and fourth in the 4 x 4.
In the field, Tiffany Mason was sixth in the pole vault while Huschle and Berg went 1-2 in the long jump for the Flyers.
Bruns claimed the triple jump for Bemidji while Selina Gilbertson was third and Katie Verchota seventh in the shot.
Bemidji will open its outdoor campaign April 17 at the Moorhead Invitational.
Complete statistics of Tuesday's meet will appear in Thursday's sports section.