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1916-1917 Men's Track Season
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Back Row: Freund (no first name given), Cyril Jensen, Norman Gilkey, Adrian Nodin, Roy Johnson, Paul WIlken. Middle Row: Dewy Batdoft, Jerry Mullin, Jackson (no first name given), Gust Eckberg, Sidney Richards. Front Row: Peterson (no first name given), WIlliam Smock, WInslow Kelly, Walter Naused.

The season began with many inexperienced runners.  This showed when the Polars competed against veteran teams.  However, experience was gained and improvement demonstrated.

 

The first meet was a triangular against Central and East.  Central won with 63 point and East was second with 43 points.  North scored 21 points.  Gust Eckberg was the only Polar champion, winning the shot put with a toss of 38’8”.  Paul Wilken took second in the half mile.  Sidney Richards, shot put, and Walter Naused, mile, each took third place in their events.

 

The second event of the season was a dual meet against Saint Paul Central.  North was led by sophomore William Smock who won three events and had one second place finish.  Paul Wilken won the half mile.  The contest came down to the final relay event, which Central won, thus winning the meet.

 

The City Indoor meet was held at the Arcadia Dancing pavilion.  West was the champion, with North finishing in the middle of the pack in third place.  No Polar trickster won an event.

 

The Polars travelled to Northfield for their annual meet.  However, very few Polar runners participated because of an illness caused by a vaccine which ravaged the team.  Because of being short handed, the Polars only scored nine points.

 

North then raced East in a dual meet.  The Polars finished first in every event except two, ending in a 92-25 victory.

 

The City meet was the final event of the season.  North again finished in third place with 30 points.  Central was declared conference champion with 80 points.  Freshman Sidney Richards took one first, one second and one third place finish.  Gust Eckbert, Walter Naused, Alfred Johnson and Cyril Jenson also scored points for the Polars.