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Track teams fair well at Regional meet despite constant rain

By Kelsie Hoitomt

BOYCEVILLE – Both the Glenwood City and Boyceville track and field teams competed at the Division 3 Regional meet that was held in Boyceville last Tuesday, May 27.

The meet was delayed for over an hour due to some lightning and then heavy rain at the start. The rain lightened up some, but was still constant throughout the evening which made for a cold and soggy competition. 

The conditions however did not seem to slow the Topper team down as the boys nearly took the top honors, but settled for second place with a total of 106.5. First went to Eau Claire Regis with 113.

The girls’ team also had a solid day of events with a third place finish of 71 total points. Regis dominated the rankings with 219 points and then Colfax finished second with 109. 

As the host of the meet, the Bulldogs placed fifth and sixth, with the boys’ team leading with 74.5 points and the girls’ had 50.5.

There was a total of 26 events between both schools that had athletes moving onto the Sectional as the top four in each moved on.

On the Topper boys’ team, Isaac Tuttle placed first in the pole vault after reaching 11’ 0”.

Tuttle also placed in the 100 meter dash in third with a time of 11.60. It was a tight race as first went to Tom Cicha of Regis with an 11.56.

Also placing first for the boys’ team was Charlie Shackett who ran a 23.65 in the 200 meter dash. Andrew Adix of Colfax was ten tenths of a second behind with a 23.75.

Sam Melendrez and Todd Petersen also finished in the top four in their hurdle events. Melendrez was fourth in the 110 meter distance with a 17.05 and Petersen came in third with a 17.00.

Melendrez ran a solid time in the 300 meter hurdles also with a time of 43.81 for second place.

In other field events, Donovan Fornal advanced to the Sectional in the high jump with a 5’ 11”. He just missed first place as that went to Zac Webster of Spring Valley who cleared 6’ 2”.

Teammate Marcus Kadinger also moved on in the event as he took fourth with a 5’ 6”.

Richard Croes was the final field event participant to move on for the boys’ team. He placed fourth in the shot put with a distance of 38’ 4.75”.

Tuttle and Shackett were also a part of 4×100 meter relay team that moved on. They took the top honors with a time of 45.52 with Nick Mrdutt and Jeff Kopacz running as well.

That same team of seniors ran in the 4×200 relay as well and they moved on after placing second with a time of 1:35.36.

The Lady Toppers also had a strong day in relays with four teams moving onto the Sectional. The 4×800 relay placed first with Morgan Kadinger, Jennifer Kopacz, Jenny Lindquist and Taylor Drinkman running a 10:20.31.

The 4×200 team of Kayla Bloss, Kopacz, Gabby Peterson and Macie Rasmussen ran a 1:53.94 for second place. The first three girls along with Kadinger made up the 4×100 team, which also placed second with a time of 53.26.

And last, but not least, the girls 4×400 team of Kaylie Scalze, Lindquist, Peterson and Rasmussen also advanced after they ran a 4:33.51 for fourth place.

Scalze as a freshman also moved on in the 1600 meter run after she finished fourth with a time of 5:51.12.

In the long distance, Drinkman finished second in the 3200 meter with a time of 12:25.54. First went to Eileen Endres of Regis with a 12:08.41.

Rasmussen also had a good day in the hurdles as she was third in the 300 meter distance with a time of 52.03.

In the field, Rachel Klatt continued to thrive in the shot put and the discus. She was third in the discus with a throw of 98’ 1”. She took fourth in the shot put with a 32’ 1.5”.

On the Lady Bulldog’s team, Cassie Malean led in the field with her second place finish in the high jump with a height of 4’ 10”.

Malean was also a part of the 4×400 meter relay team that took third and was ran by herself, Abbey Bird, Danielle Nelson and Sandra Knorr in 4:32.44.

Bird also advanced to the 1600 meter run at the Sectional after she placed third with a time of 5:49.09.

Then back in the field, Nelson herself also moved onto the Sectional in the pole vault after reaching 7’ 3”. Teammate Brooklyn Booth followed in fourth with a 7’ 0”.

In the field for the boys’ team, Tyler Krueger had a good day in the pole vault as he placed second with a 10’ 6”.

Logan McAbee-Thomas also earned a second place finish after reaching 42’ 0” in the triple jump. He placed in the long jump as well with a 19’ 7.5” for third.

Caleb Arndt had a solid throw in the discus of 116’ 8”, which landed him in fourth place and moved him on as well.

On the track, Bryor Hellmann qualified after finishing fourth in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 45.17.

Tanner Johnson-Hetchler also moved on after placing third in the 3200 meter with a time of 10:37.49. Ian Kane also took a third place spot with his performance in the 800 meter (2:07.81).

Both runners were a part of the 4×800 relay team that placed second after Brandon Malean and Mitch Pustol helped run a 8:49.12.

Kane, Malean, McAbee-Thomas and Buddy Hanestad also qualified in the 4×400 relay after placing fourth with a time of 3:44.27.

TEAM STANDINGS FOR BOYS: 1. Eau Claire Regis 113, 2. Glenwood City 106.5,  3. Spring Valley 92, 4. Chippewa Falls McDonell 82, 5. Boyceville 74.5, 6. Colfax 72, 7. Eleva Strum 65.5,  8. Elmwood/Plum City 55.5, 9. EC Immanuel Lutheran 27, 10. Augusta 11.

INDIVIDUAL BOYS’ RESULTS FOR BV AND GC: Shot Put- 4. Richard Croes 38’ 4.75’, 5. Brandon Windsor 37’ 9.5”, 9. Caleb Arndt 35’ 11.5”, 11. Donovan Fornal 34’ 4.75”, 17. Austin Wannemacher 28’ 8.5”; Discus- 4. Caleb Arndt 116’ 8”, 16. Allen Croes 71’ 3”, 18. Tony Melstrom 56’ 10”, 19. Brandon Windsor 56’ 7”; High Jump- 2. Donovan Fornal 5’ 11”, 4. Marcus Kadinger 5’ 6”; Pole Vault- 1. Isaac Tuttle 11’ 0”, 2. Tyler Krueger 10’ 6”, 5. Nick Schone 8’ 0”, 7. Wyatt Swenson 8’ 0”; Long Jump- 3. Logan McAbee-Thomas 19’ 7.5”, 6. Todd Petersen 18’ 7.25”; Triple Jump- 2. Logan McAbee-Thomas 42’ 0”, 5. Todd Petersen 38’ 6.5”, 8. Bill Norenberg 35’ 5.25”; 110m hurdles- 3. Todd Petersen 17.00, 4. Sam Melendrez 17.05, 5. Bryor Hellmann 18.32; 300m hurdles- 2. Sam Melendrez 43.81, 4. Bryor Hellmann 45.17, 8. Bill Norenberg 51.00; 100m- 3. Isaac Tuttle 11.60; 200m- 1. Charlie Shackett 23.65, 6. Jeff Kopacz 25.08, 7. Logan Horstman 25.56; 1600m- 13. Kiel Anderson 5:49.54; 400m- 5. Marcus Kadinger 56.87, 8. Bill Norenberg 58.26, 12. Ian Fontaine 1:02.57; 800m- 3.Ian Kane 2:07.81; 3200m- 3. Tanner Johnson-Hetchler 10:37.49.

TEAM STANDINGS FOR GIRLS: 1. Eau Claire Regis 219, 2. Colfax 109, 3. Glenwood City 71, 4. Elmwood/Plum City 65, 5. EC Immanuel Lutheran 59.5, 6. Boyceville 50.5. 7. Chippewa Falls McDonnell 37, 8. Spring Valley 36, 9. Augusta 31, 10. Eleva Strum 20.

INDIVIDUAL GIRLS’ RESULTS: High Jump- 2. Cassie Malean 4’ 10”, 7. Ireland McAbee-Thomas 4’ 6”, 10. Ashley Holmquist 4’ 2”; Triple Jump- 7. Sandra Knorr 28’ 7.5”, 9. Brittany Tetzlaff 24’ 11”; Long Jump- 6. Cassie Malean 14’ 8.5”, 15. Abbey Kegen 10’ 5”; Discus- 3. Rachel Klatt 98’ 1”, 9. Hannah Steinberger 77’ 11”, 15. Melissa Leach 59’ 9”, 17. Alex Kapsner 54’ 3”; Shot Put- 4. Rachel Klatt 32’ 1.5”, 8. Abbey Bird 28’ 5.5”, 21. Melissa Leach 19’ 7”; 100m hurdles- 8. Sandra Knorr 19.16; 300m hurdles- 3. Macie Rasmussen 52.03, 5. Sandra Knorr 54.80; 1600m- 2. Abbey Bird- 5:49.09, 4. Kaylie Scalze 5:51.12, 12. Carolyn Voelker 7:00.17; 3200m – 2. Taylor Drinkman 12:25.54;  Pole Vault- 3. Danielle Nelson 7’ 3”, 4. Brooklyn Booth 7’ 0”, 5. Jenny Lindquist 7’ 0”, 6. Kaitlin Konder 6’ 6”.