Ashby-Brandon-Evansville track teams compete in season opener, West Central Area stays consistent

A-B-E was excited to get back on the track in its season opener while WCA continued to maintain consistency.

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Kobe Reiland

The Ashby-Brandon- Evansville boy and girls track teams were excited to be back for the first meets of the season in Wheaton-Herman-Norcross on Thursday afternoon.

The boys took first place with a team score of 172. The girls took third place with 94.5 points.

“It was a great day for a track and field meet for the first time in nearly two years,” A-B-E head coach Zach Traphagen said. “Both our boys and girls teams put together some really solid performances today, but we definitely know there’s a ton of room for improvement. The biggest takeaway is the fact that we finally got back on the actual track to compete against other teams.”

The boys were led by Dierk Goeden, who broke the school record in the pole vault at a height of 10 feet.

“Our boys team has some nice depth that allows us to be able to get multiple place winners in a lot of events. A big congratulations goes to Dierk Goeden. It was a great day for both teams and the coaches are extremely proud of the kid’s efforts.”


The Knights of West Central Area completed to the standard of their first meet of the season last week. The girls took first place with 200.5 points while the boys finished in fourth (95).


1st- Ashby-Brandon-Evansville 172, 2nd- Hancock 105 3rd- Wheaton-Herman-Norcross 102, 4th- West Central Area 95, 5th- Tri-State 13


4x800M RELAY- 1st- Wesley Siira, Sully Wales, Micah Fossell, Logan Froemming 10:24.20; 100M HURDLES- 1st- Kobe Reiland 19.42; 4x200M RELAY- 3rd- Derick Novotny, Ryland Yeats, Cade Carlson, Nathan Baumann 1:56.99; 4x100M RELAY- 3rd- Cade Carlson, Nathan Baumann, Nolan Bitzan, Derick Novotny 40.30; 400M DASH- 3rd- Reiland 1:06.47; 300M HURDLES- 1st- Reiland 49.14; 3rd- Nathan Anderson 52.24; 200M DASH- 3rd- Carlson 25.84; 3200M RUN- Micah Fossell 11:34.88; 4x400M RELAY- 2nd- Kobe Reiland, Nathan Anderson, Nolan Bitzan, Derick Novotny 4:10.90; SHOT PUT- 2nd- Deklin Goeden 32-06; 3rd- Anakin Bosek 29-07.50; DISCUS- 2nd- Deklin Goeden 89-04; 3rd- Dierk Goeden 83-03; TRIPLE JUMP- 2nd- Froemming 37-06; 3rd- Bitzan 36-00; HIGH JUMP- 3rd- Fuller 5-00; POLE VAULT- 1st- Dierk Goeden 10-00; 3rd- Novotny 6-00


1st- West Central Area 200.5, 2nd- Wheaton-Herman-Norcross 103, 3rd- Ashby-Brandon-Evansville 94.5, 4th- Hancock 62, 5th- Tri-State 40



4x800M RELAY- 1st- Grace Otto, Ashley Paulsen, Courtney Brethorst, Gretchen Bredberg 11:57.09; 100M DASH- 1st- Valerie Deschhene 19.87; 200M RELAY- 3rd- Skylar Bitzan, Courtney Brethorst, Grace Otto, Ashley Paulsen 2:04.90; 300M HURDLES- 1st- Deschene 57.02; 800M RUN- 3rd- Paulson 2:50.00; 200M DASH- 2nd- Bitzan 30.56; 4x400M RELAY- 2nd- Grace Otto, Valerie Deschene, Courtney Brethorst, Taylor Dingwall 5:00.11; SHOT PUT- 3rd- Katrina Buccholz 25-03; POLE VAULT- 1st- Deschene 6-00; 3rd- Caily Schlosser 5-00

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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