Brady Lewis also fared well in his first meet of the season. The junior claimed 11th place in the 800, with a time of 2:11.86.
“He was kind of hampered with some injuries and we were trying to figure out what were the issues during cross country,” Wagner said. “I think we’ve got stuff figured out. He’s been doing a lot of PT work in the winter.”
Other strong performances for the Bulldogs came from Hayden Pries, who was 16th in the 400 in 56.46, sophomore Will Homme, who claimed 16th in the 3,200 in 12:07.60, and Jacob Meuler, who was 19th in the mile in 4:57.76.
Wagner called the opportunity to get the season started with a large invite against a variety of opposition a good test and something that will keep his athletes motivated going into spring break with the outdoor season looming.
“Lots of good teams. That’s the name of the game,” the coach said. “We probably won’t see some of these teams again until state, hopefully.
“To get out in this environment, with this level of teams, it’s good,” Wagner added. “It kind of sets the bar and then the boys leave here hungry.”
In the field, the results were mixes for returning state medalist Gabe Olsen.
“Gabe had trouble kind of figuring out his steps and everything,” Wagner said, “but again, it’s that rust buster, just getting back in the groove of things.”
The junior scratched on all of his attempts in the long jump, then took second place in the triple jump with an effort of 42 feet, 7 inches. Olsen noted that he really used the meet as an opportunity to get in some work, noting that his focus is on late in season.
“The environment is just totally different. The floor is not as bouncy. Everything is just different about it,” he said. “I haven’t really jumped in the field house, so that’s probably part of why I didn’t do so well. Indoor we can’t really jump as much because the surface isn’t great.”