The Wahpeton Huskie Track teams wrapped up their regular season at the EDC Outdoor Championship on a cool and breezy Friday, May 17 afternoon at Fargo South High School.
Josh Darwin pulled off an amazing feat of winning the high jump for the fourth year in a row. It isn’t common for an athlete to repeat as a champion twice, yet Darwin has proved to be the best high jumper in the EDC the past four. Darwin cleard 6-feet-4-inches to win the event.
Kobe Thimjon brought is best to the EDC in the discus. He improved his throw by 4 feet to a distance of 136-feet-9.5-inches, which was good for fifth place and a trip to state. Thimjon was ranked 13th entering the event.
The boys 4x800 also saved their best for last, placing fifth and earning trip to the state meet. All four runners. Corbin Cornelius (2:07.7), Gus Lasch (2:11.9), Colin Samuels (2:08.9) and Jared Bartels (2:00.9) posted season-best splits.
The Huskies will have 12 athletes qualified for the state meet next weekend. Darwin in high jump and triple jump, Wohlers in pole vault, Thimjon in Discus, DeVries in the 300-meter hurdles, the girls 4x200 relay of Bernstein, Kahler, DeVries and Benton and the boys 4x800 relay of Lasch., Samuels, Jared Bartels and Cornelius. Jacob Bartels, Olivia Erickson, and Sam Pithey will also join the team as relay alternates.
We had good number of new athletes on the team this season. Even thought they were not treated to the best weather, they showed great improvement and potential. We only lose two seniors in Josh Darwin and Olivia Erickson. Their contributions over the years are irreplaceable, but I look forward to the group coming back next year.
Jacob Bartels ran great hurdle races. Carlyse and Katrina Ditch did very well in the shot put and discus. Pithey, Christa Habiger and Jaylyn Romerim are making good progress in javelin. Our boys 4x800 and 4x400 relays are returning, as is Thimjon and Wohlers. DeVries and the girls 4x200 are also returning. Thomas Withusksi and Brady Owens improved almost every meet and will be a big part of our team next year.
We had some talented junior high athletes as well. Jadia Fobb set a new seventh grade record in the 400-meter dash and Ethan Manock broke the eighth grade record in long jump.
Darwin- eighth in long jump (20-feet-8 and three-quarter-inches)
Cornelius- seventh in high jump (5-feet-8-inches)
DeVries- eighth in 300-meter hurdles (49.18)
Jared Bartels- eighth in 800-meter run (2:06.88)
The girls 4x800 ran their season-best time of 8:29.33 to place eighth with Syndey Mahrer, Kilee Bladow, Gabby Baumgartner, and Magdalena Benton.
Girls 4x200, eighth, 1:51.53 – Bailey Bernstein, Jordyn Kahler, Emily DeVreis and Magelena Benton
Girls 4x100, eighth, 53.41, Bernstein, Kahler, DeVries, and Olivia Erickson
Boys 4x100, eighth, 46.22, Nathan Worrel, Josh Darwin, Shea Truesdel, and Isaac Wohlers
Boys 4x400, seventh, 3:46.38 Lasch, Samuels, Jared Bartels and Cornelius