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TRACK: Bemidji gets another tuneup, good results at Little Amik meet

Bemidji High School senior Allie Heifort takes her first throw in the shot put on Tuesday afternoon at the Little Amik meet at Bemidji State. Heifort won the event with a throw of 40 feet, 8.5 inches. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer1 / 3
BHS senior Amber Peterson cleared 10 feet in the pole vault Tuesday afternoon, taking first place. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer2 / 3
Elias Hendrickson posted great results Tuesday, anchoring the 4x800 relay and winning the 400 meter dash. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer 3 / 3

BEMIDJI – The Bemidji High School track team probably won’t be outdoors anytime soon.

But Tuesday afternoon’s Little Amik meet at Bemidji State’s Gillett Fitness and Recreation Center – BHS’s third indoor meet at BSU’s facility – was another good tuneup for the Lumberjacks, who haven’t gotten a chance to practice outdoors at all this winter.

“This is kind of a speed day for us,” BHS boys coach Steve Sniede said. “More of a training day. We were trying to work on speed. It’s good to get out of the gym and get in here.”

Although the girls team won the meet – scoring 1205 points to second-place Detroit Lakes’ 104.5 – and the boys team took second (86 points, behind first-place Detroit Lakes’ 89.5), the coaches agreed Tuesday’s meet wasn’t about the scores.

“We’re really not concerned with that today,” girls head coach Chris Lehman said. “We’re trying to get kids to work on their form. And we have a few kids who are running their first meet, so we’re getting them back into the game.”

Among the event winners for the Lumberjacks girls team were Jenna Truedson, who won the 800-meter dash with a time of 2 minutes 22.35 seconds; Amber Peterson, who won the pole vault with a vault of 10 feet; Maea Wall, who took the long jump at 16-3 ½ and also won the 200 at 26.76; and Allie Heifort, who won the shot put with a put of 40-8 ½.

Lehman said the 200-meter relay – consisting of Wall, Claire Laakso, Alexa Greendahl and Nicole Henderickson – ran a good race despite coming in fourth place.

“The hurdlers all ran really great races,” Lehman said. “They all had personal records, except (Laakso), who was one-tenth of second of hers.”

Laakso took second in the 60 hurdles at 10.12, while Leanne Oakes ran it in 10.48 and Hendrickson in 10.84.

The throwers also had a good day indoors. Heifort finished first while senior Callie Johnson took fourth with a throw of 36-3 - improving on her personal best by two feet.

Aside from the Lumberjacks, other area girls teams competing Tuesday included Bagley/Fosston (who finished 11th), TrekNorth (19th), Clearbrook-Gonvick (20th) and Northome/Kellhier-Blackduck (21st).

Boys Meet

On the boys side of things, event winners included Brady Schmidt in the 60 meter dash, Elias Hendrickson in the 400 meter dash and Sam Carlson in the 800 meter run.

Schmidt’s time of 7.28 in the 60 was more than a tenth of a second faster that Detroit Lakes’ Montana Johnson.

Hendrickson won the 400 ith a time of 54.02 and Carlson’s 800 time of 2:05.01 was four seconds faster than Michael Okeson’s 2:09.56.

Bemidji’s 800-meter relay team also won easily. The Jacks ran the race in 8:23.87, beating Detroit Lakes by more than 20 seconds.

Tanner Phillips and Nate Gubbels had a strong performance in the 60 meter hurdles as well for BHS. Phillips took second in 9.02 while Nate Gubbels was sixth at 9.59 – both personal records.

Sneide, who said he wasn’t very concerned with set raw times for this event, liked the way his younger athletes competed in this warm-up meet.

He ran many athletes in races they don’t normally run to give everyone a chance to show what they could do.

“The young kids performed well today,” he said. “It was nice to see them stepping in. They’re going to need to fill some slots this season since we have a small team.”

Aside from Bemidji, Bagley/Fosston had the best score of the area teams competing Tuesday, finishing 15th. Northome/Kelliher-Blackduck placed 17th while Walker-Hackensack-Akeley took 21st.

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Jack Hittinger

Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.

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