MENOMONIE — Facing competition from all three divisions in Wisconsin along with a couple of very strong Minnesota teams, the Colfax girls scored three points and placed 22nd out of 23 teams and the boys scored two points to finish 20th of 22 teams at the Blue Devil Open held at UW-Stout’s Johnson Fieldhouse March 24.
Dempsey Fogarty scored the three points for the girls with a sixth place in the 800 m run in 2:36.99 while Dannielle Dachel added a 13th place in the same run in 2:42.25. Courtney Dressel finished 13th in the 1600 m run at 6:22 while Mackenzie Jensen was 14th in 6:25. Ally Heidorn added an 11th place in the triple jump with a leap of 29-03.75 and a 13th place in the 200 m dash at 29.39 while Marianne Scharlau placed 14th in the shot put at 29-00.75. Both the 4 X 200 and 4 X 400 relay teams were 13th.The 4 X 200 was comprised of Katie Christoffel, Heidorn, Erin Nellessen and Megan Schleusner and ran a time of 2:02.74, while Fogarty, Heidorn, Jezz Tweed and Schleusner finished in 4:49 in the 4 X 400.
Ben Kragness scored the points for the boys with a seventh place in the shot put with a toss of 44-07.50 while Jacob Klukas placed ninth in the high jump at 5-08. Hunter Lieffort tied for 11th place in the pole vault at 10-00 and Tucker Hovde was 15th in the 1600 m run at 5:13.08. Also competing were Michael Lyrek in the 200 m dash who was 34th at 28.23 and Napoleon Nosker who was 37th in the same race in 28.46, Zach Arvold in the 400 m dash with a 30th place in 1:01.82 and Michael Hurlburt was 38th in that race in 1:06.46. Jacob Jensen was 28th in the 800 m run in 2:32.19 while Marcus Reisdorf finished 38th in the race in 2:48.17. Brett Prince was 25th in the 1600 m run at 5:33 and the 4 X 200 relay with Jacob Steinke, Brad Foyt, Jeremiah Wait and Klukas was ninth in 1:43.42 while the 4 X 400 relay finished 17th in 4:09 with Matthew Reisdorf, Foyt, Hovde and Klukas.
“On the surface, just looking at the overall results, it would appear this meet did not go very well for us as a team,” coach Ryan Krall said. “But we schedule this meet to intentionally throw our kids into competition that is probably better then us right out of the gates. Our kids accepted the challenge and competed extremely hard. I was proud of our effort against very strong competition. Both Dempsey and Ben beat all the Division III schools. It was the DI schools from Wisconsin and 5A schools from Minnesota that beat us in this meet.”