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Colfax girls second, boys seventh at conference meet

MONDOVI — Heidi Lieffort soared to a record breaking height in the pole vault and Dempsey Fogarty won two events and anchored a winning relay team to help the Colfax girls place second, just 21 points behind St. Croix Central in the Dunn St. Croix Conference meet held May 20 in Mondovi. Ben Kragness won the shot put and had a personal best in the discus for second as the boys finished seventh in the meet.

Lieffort, a senior,  set a conference record and topped her own school record with a vault of 9-10. She added a second in the discus, tossing the dish 125-03, took third in the high jump at 4-08 and placed eighth in the 300 hurdles in 52.95.

“It was a great feeling when I cleared the bar on that last vault,” she said. “To see everyone watching me and cheering for me was exciting. I cleared it on my final attempt and I could just tell that I was going to make it when I went up,” she added.

Coach Ryan Krall commented on her performance. “Heidi had an exceptional day for us again, which is what we have become accustomed to “ he said. “She had been stuck at 9-0 to 9-3 for a while so seeing her break through was just a testament to the hard work she has put in over her four year career. Her discus and high jump performance kept us in the hunt today,” he added.

Sophomore Fogarty topped the field in the 400m dash at 1:02.24, the 800m run in 2:32.90 and ran the last leg of the 4 X 800 with Dannielle Dachel, Courtney Dressel and Abby Schotter in 10:21.She also claimed a second in the long jump, losing by just half an inch at 15-04 to Elk Mound’s Elly Friberg.

“Dempsey was our top point scorer, cementing her place as one of the best track and field athletes in our conference,” coach Ryan Krall said. “She has worked hard for us all year and is in much better health than last year. We look forward to seeing how she does in the regional, sectional and state competition.”

Marianne Scharlau had a breakout day as she had a personal best throw in the discus by almost 10 feet at 95-03 for sixth place, and set a personal best record by four feet in the shot put at 34-01.25 for third place. Dachel also took a third in the 1600 at 5:50.19 as well as Dressel in the 3200 at 13.20. The 4 X 100 relay also claimed third with Katie Christoffel, Emily Halpin, Bryana Buchanan and Ally Heidorn at 55.57. Dachel added a fourth in the 800m run at 2:39.65 as did Dressel in the 1600 at 5:50.91. The 4 X 200 relay was also fourth with Christoffel, Halpin, Buchanan and Erin Nellessen in 2:01.67.

Christoffel raced to a fifth in the 100m hurdles in 18.19 while Heidorn was sixth in the triple jump leaping 29-06.75. Heidorn showed her speed by taking seventh in the 100m dash at 14.10, Schotter was also seventh in the 3200 at 14:27 and the 4 X 400 relay was also seventh with Nellessen, Megan Schleusner, Andrea Scharlau and Allison Yingst in 4:50.96

“Today was our warmest day for running by far,” Krall said. “Our kids compete so hard both in practice and on meet day, that it is impossible to find a complaint with a single one of them. We now move into our tournament portion of the year with the goal of taking a large number to LaCrosse for the WIAA State meet.”

Kragness was the leading point scorer for the boys, winning the shot put at 47-01 and placing second in the discus in 138-11. Hunter Lieffort seems to be following in his older sister’s shoes as he had a personal best of 11-00 for second place in the pole vault, and the 4 X 100 was also second with Aliymu Davis, Brad Foyt, Andrew Adix and Noah Pretasky at 46.73. Pretasky finished third in a tough field of sprinters in the 100m dash at 11.61, Adix finished fourth in the 200m dash at 24.00 while Pretasky was just behind him in fifth at 24.09. Tucker Hovde claimed a fifth also, in the 400m dash at 56.91 and added an eighth place in the 800m run in 2:14.84.

Jelani Smit continues to show strides in the 300 hurdles, placing seventh in 46.32 and the 4 X 400 relay was seventh with Jacob Larson, Tucker Teige, Foyt and Hovde at 3:58.03. The 4 X 800 relay was eighth with Isaac Lee, Grady Gibson, Larson and Lieffort at  9:57.

Both teams compete in regional competition May 27 at Boyceville with a chance to move on to sectionals in Colfax May 30.

GIRLS TEAM SCORES: St. Croix Central 139, Colfax 118.5, Mondovi 104, Elk Mound 100, Glenwood City 80.5, Boyceville 56, Elmwood-Plum City 53, Spring Valley 43

BOYS TEAM SCORES: St. Croix Central 128, Mondovi 117, Glenwood City 100, Spring Valley 89, Elk Mound 76, Elmwood-Plum City 67, Colfax 62, Boyceville 59