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In final tune-up before conference meet, Warriors hit best marks

Baker using the spin to build momentum for the shot put throw in Humboldt, Iowa on Feb. 14. (Photo via Waldorf Athletics)

By Zach Throne

At the Waldorf Winter Invitational in Humboldt, Iowa last Saturday, numerous Warrior men and women’s athletes posted either personal bests or school records.

In the throws department on the men’s side, Wade Baker improved on his own school record in the shot put event with a throw of 46 feet 8.75 inches. This throw beat his school record from last season by almost two feet.

The Chewelah, Washington native, who also plays football at Waldorf, has worked hard in adding strength and mass in the offseason, even though he had not seen the results he wanted before Saturday.

“I’ve been struggling this whole indoor season to get the marks I wanted,” said Baker. “I knew eventually I would be able to reach that goal and that’s what happened at the meet. My training paid off and I was able to break the records.”

Hannah Perry claimed two of the four victories for Waldorf on the weekend. The other two winners also came from the women’s team.

Perry’s two wins came in the 200-meter and 400-meter events. In the 200 meter, Perry hit a mark of 27.06 seconds. This time ranks her 4th in the North Star Athletic Association leading into the NSAA meet next weekend.

Perry’s ran a time of 1:01.67 in the 400 meter race for her other win on the weekend.

The other two Warrior wins came from area athletes in Alana Wickering and Emily Reyerson.

Wickering, from Mason City, won the 5000 meter event with a personal best time of 20:53.62. This time ranks her third in the NSAA in the 5K.

Reyerson, who went to West Hancock in Britt, Iowa, took home the win in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 10.00 seconds.

Other high-place finishes include Antonio Lopes (third) in the 200 meter dash, Daimlola Summer (third) in the 400 meter and Favor Okere (third) in the high jump.

“I feel like getting here in August for football and starting workouts then and doing college workouts for many months now has helped my athleticism a lot,” said Okere, “I am happy to contribute to the track team as a freshman.”

The Warriors men and women’s team look forward to the NSAA Indoor Championship meet this weekend on Feb. 21 in Yankton, SD.