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6 medals earned at State Track Meet between Toppers and Bulldogs

By Kelsie Hoitomt

LA CROSSE – The Glenwood City track and field team brought eight events to the state meet and four hit the podium and four school records were broke as well. The Bulldogs brought four events down to La Crosse and two medaled.

Despite a rain delay on Friday and a severe weather delay on Saturday, the high school teams had an overall exceptional turn out at the 2014 WIAA Championships that were held at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse complex.

17 points were awarded to the Hilltopper boys’ team, which put them in 14th place out of a total of 61 teams. The Bulldogs finished 36th with six total points. First place went to McDonell Central with 40 points.

As for the girls, the Bulldogs finished 27th with eight total points and the Toppers were in 35th with a total of five. Lourdes Academy was first with 50 points.

On the Topper team, Isaac Tuttle finished his high school career on a high note as he stood on the podium in the 100 meter event after placing fourth with a time of 11.47 against nine other participants.

Fellow short distance runner, Charlie Shackett competed in the 200 meter dash, but he placed 12 in the preliminaries with a time of 23.48 and didn’t advance to the finals.

Tuttle and Shackett were both a part of 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams that broke a school record in their preliminary races.

The two ran along side fellow seniors, Nick Mrdutt and Jeff Kopacz in both events. They ran a 44.31 in the 4×100 preliminary and then a 1:32.25 in the 4×200.

The 4×100 final was completed in 44.99, which put them in fifth place after they finished in second to qualify.

Their 4×200 preliminary time was good enough to put them in first place against 13 other schools. They finished with a time of 1:32.97 in the final, which put them in second place overall against eight others.

On the Bulldog boys’ team, Logan McAbee-Thomas earned himself a spot on the podium after he placed third in the triple jump with a distance of 42’ 8”.

Competing, but not medaling, was the 4×800 relay team placed, which took 14th out of 17 total teams with a time of 8:32.63, which was their best time of the season.

According to coach Corey Day, Ian Kane ran a personal record split time of 2:01, Tanner Johnson-Hetchler tied his personal best and Brandon Malean ran a 2:09 for his best.

“Ian and Tanner have posted times ranking them top ten best times ever ran for Boyceville distance. Brandon and Mitch (Pustol) are knocking on the door to be on the top ten list as well,” shared Day.

On the Lady Bulldogs’ team, it was freshman Cassie Malean who had an outstanding day as she qualified for the high jump event after a height of 5’ 1 at the Sectional.

She then reached 5’ 3” for a personal best that also put her in second place in the event against 15 other participants.

“She made it on her third attempt, what a competitor to come through with all the pressure,” Day said. “I could see she approached that jump like all of her jumps and that is why she was successful.”

Abbey Bird was the other individual to compete on the Bulldog’s team. She was the first girl to make it to state in the 1600 meter in well over a decade.

After being boxed in and taking a bit of a stumble, she endured and finished 18th with a time of 5:47.93, which was within two seconds of her personal record.

“She is a three sport athlete and has college recruitment letters in volleyball, basketball and now track; quite a testament to three sport athletes being well rounded individuals,” expressed Day.

For the Hilltoppers, it was freshman Taylor Drinkman who had the high individual placement for the girls’ team.

She ran a school record in the 3200 meter with a time of 11:58.22, which put her in ninth place out of 18 total runners.

One other medal was achieved by the girls’ team and that came in the 4×800 relay event. Drinkman along with Jennifer Kopacz, Kaylie Scalze and Morgan Kadinger ran a 10:01.73, which put them in fourth place. That time is also a new school record.

The girls 4×100 relay team qualified for the state meet, but they were not able to place in the finals as their preliminary run landed them in 16th with a time of 52.79.

Rachel Klatt also competed, but she did not medal. She did place 11th out of 16 participants however for her first time at the state level in the shot put with a throw of 34’ 4.25”.