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Bulldogs, Hilltoppers open track seasons indoors

MENOMONIE — The Boyceville and Glenwood City track teams both inaugurated their 2015 campaigns last week with a pair of indoor meets held in UW-Stout’s Johnson Fieldhouse.

The squads opened the season at the Blue Devil Open Tuesday, March 24 and then returned four days later to take part in the Northern Badger Classic on Saturday, March 28.

The Blue Devil Open featured some excellent competition from Wisconsin and Minnesota including several large schools which limited the Bulldogs’ and Hilltoppers’ scoring opportunities. The Boyceville girls came in tenth out of 23 scoring schools with a tally of 11.5 points while Glenwood City’s ladies tallied 7.2 points to take 17th place. The boys from Boyceville tallied 10 points for a 13th place finish out of 21 scoring teams. Glenwood City’s boys were shut out.

Glenwood City and Boyceville found it difficult to improve their standings at the March 28 Northern Badger Classic despite competing in the small school meet. Glenwood City’s girls had the top area team finish with an 11th place (16 pts.) showing, Boyceville’s boys copped 14th (15 pts.), and the Lady Bulldogs (7.5 pts.) and Hilltoppers’ boys (4 pts.), with both finishing 19th out of the two dozen plus teams that competed.

The top eight individual finishers in each event score points (10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1).

Northern Badger Classic

Junior Rachel Klatt scored 10 of the Glenwood City girls 16 team points with a top finish in the shot put competition. Klatt’s heave of 34’ 2” bested runner-up Ayoka Lee of Byron, MN by 10 inches. Jennifer Kopacz finished sixth in the 400 m in a time of 1:06.37. The Topper girls’ 4 x 200 meter relay squad also placed sixth for the team’s final points.

Junior Gabby Peterson and freshmen Mariah Voeltz and Megan Speiser each competed in a pair of events at last Saturday’s NB Classic. Peterson placed 15th and 16th in the 55 and 200 meter dashes, respectively; Voeltz took 24th in the 55 meter dash and 12th in the 55 meter hurdles; and Speiser placed 29th in the 200 meters and 33rd in the long jump. Another Topper freshman Makayla O’Brien was 13th in the 800 meter run and the Lady Toppers’ 4 x 400 m relay earned 12th.

Sophomores Brooklyn Booth and Erica Sempf had the top finishes of any Bulldog as the pair scored Boyceville’s only points in the girls’ competition. Sempf took a fifth in the long jump with a leap of 13’ 11.5”. Booth cleared 7’ 6” in the pole vault to grabbed a share of fifth place. Sempf also finished 19th in the 200 meters.

Freshman Emily Voelker ran to a 14th place finish in the 400 meters and was 25th in the 200 meters. Ireland McAbee-Thomas is following the footsteps of older brother Logan and is finding success in the triple jump where she took 12th. The Boyceville girls also took a 16th and 17th place finishes in the 4 x 400 and 4 x 200 meter relays, respectively.

Tyler Krueger led the Boyceville boys’ with a third place in the pole vault. The sophomore cleared 12’, an impressive vault for the first week of competition. Senior Mitchell Pustol ran to a fourth place finish in the 1,600 meters in a time of 5: 11.97 and junior Brandon Windsor threw the shot 42’ 7” to take fifth.

Freshman Brandon Kenefick took ninth in the pole vault for the Bulldogs and the 4 x 400 meter relay team was tenth.

Toppers’ senior Todd Petersen scored three-fourths (or 3 out of 4 points) of the Glenwood City boys’ points with a sixth place showing in the 55 meter hurdles. Petersen also finished 11th in the triple jump and 12th in the long jump. The Toppers 4 x 200 meter relay team secured the final team point after taking eighth.

Freshman Jacob Kopacz sprinted to a 13th place showing in the 55 meter dash while classmate Darian Multhauf was 16th in the 200 meters.

Byron, MN won the girls competition with 91.50 points while Arcadia and Somerset finished in a 68-68 tie to share the boys’ title.

Blue Devil Open

Boyceville’s Logan McAbee-Thomas, who capped last year with a third place finish in the WIAA Division 3 state boys’ triple jump, opened his senior season with another second place finish in the triple jump, this one coming in the season-opening Blue Devil Open held indoors last Tuesday, March 24 at the Johnson Fieldhouse on the UW-Stout campus.

McAbee-Thomas leapt 43’ 3” to take the triple jump silver at the Blue Devil Open. He also finished ninth in the long jump and was 20th in the high jump.

Tyler Krueger opened his sophomore season with a seventh place finish in the pole vault with an 11’ effort to score the Boyceville boys’ only other team points. Brandon Windsor also had a top ten finish for the Bulldogs, taking  ninth in the shot put.

Brooklyn Booth led the way for the Boyceville girls after finishing in a two-way tie for second in the pole vault. Booth finished with a vault of 8’. Sophomore Cassie Malean, who was a state runner-up in the high jump last year, finished in a fourth-place tie in the event at this year’s opener with a jump of 4’ 8”. Ireland McAbee-Thomas added a ninth in the triple jump.

Juniors Rachel Klatt and Morgan Kadinger provided the Glenwood City girls with all their scores. Klatt led the way with a third-place finish in the shot put on a throw of 34’ 1.5” while Kadinger snagged sixth, an honor she shared with five other girls, after clearing 4’ 8” in the high jump. Kadinger also took 16th in the 800 meters.

Gabby Peterson was 19th in the 55 meters and 22nd in the 200 meters. Senior Jennifer Kopacz ran the 400 meters and took 16th. Glenwood City was tenth in the 4 x 200 meter relay and 16th in the 4 x 400 meter relay.

Todd Petersen’s tenth place finish in the long jump was as close as the Glenwood City boys came to scoring a point. Petersen also finished 13th in the triple jump. The senior also qualified seventh for the finals of the 55 meter hurdles but was disqualified. Fellow senior Marcus Kadinger took 13th in the 400 meters as did the Toppers’ 4 x 200 meter relay.

Glenwood City and Boyceville are off this week but both will return to action on Thursday, April 9th when they compete at St. Croix Central.