Wolves fill up 7A lineup

RELAY ANCHOR Luke Olson focused on the finish line as part of a winning Timberwolf relay.

by Tom Coombe -

Boys or girls, sprints or hurdles, relays or throws - it simply didn’t matter.
The Ely Timberwolves stood out in nearly every event at Thursday’s subsection track meet in Hibbing, punching a slew of tickets for the May 30 Section 7A competition.
Final results were not yet available as of the Echo’s deadline, but numerous Wolves put together section-qualifying performances, with Ely recording at least five first-place finishes.
Junior Luke Olson won the 800 meter run and was part of the Wolves’ first-place four-by-800 relay team, and junior Eric Omerza won the triple jump.
Another Ely junior, Brielle Kallberg, won the long jump and triple jump.
Olson, who moved over to track from baseball this spring, continued a strong debut season with an individual first-place showing, and he joined Emmett Faltesek, James Schwinghamer and Dylan Fenske on the winning relay.
Schwinghamer also took second in the 3200 to qualify. Ely junior Raif Olson is moving on to sections in two events, including the 300 and 110 hurdles, after earning respective third and fourth-place finishes at subsections.
Senior Isaac Gawboy sprinted to a third-place finish in the 100 dash, and added a sixth in the 200 , qualifying in both events the 7A meet to be held on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Another senior, Jasiah Wigdahl, is moving on after placing third in the shot put and sixth in the discus. Exchange student Kjetil Midttun advances on the strength of a third-place finish in the 110 hurdles.
Other qualifiers were Faltesek (fourth, 1,600 run), Omerza (sixth, long jump), Eli Anderson (sixth, high jump) and Gabriel Pointer (seventh, 1,600).
The Ely girls are also sending several individuals on to sections.
In addition to her two first-place jumps, Kallberg took third in the 100 dash.
Ninth-graders Kellen Thomas and Ande Visser were third and fourth, respectively, in the discus and eighth-grader Zoe Devine was fifth in the 1,600.
Another ninth-grader, Annikka Mattson, moves on after winding up fifth in the 400.
The Ely girls also qualified their four-by-800 (third), four-by-200 (fourth) and four-by-100 (fourth) relays.
The top seven individuals and top-four relays all qualified for sections.