RICE LAKE — Under sunny skies with the temperature in the high 60s the Elk Mound track teams opened their outdoor season at the Rice Lake Invite April 16. Led by two individual champions and a relay team, the girls finished fourth of nine teams while the boys had three individual second places to help them place fifth of the nine teams. The top eight places were counted for team points.
Elizabeth Fasbender won the 1600 m run in 5:55.60, Kaitlyn Baier soared to a top finish in the pole vault at 6-09 and the 4 X 200 relay bested the field with McKenna McVey, Elly Friberg, Maddie Jenson and Baier running a time of 1:53.40. Friberg was the runner up in the high jump at 5-00 as was the 4 X 100 relay with McVey, Kourtney Zurbuchen, Jenson and Moriah Mauer in 55.29. Jenson also earned a fourth in the high jump at 4-10.
Four different Mounders claimed sixth place including Allie Weber in the 400 m run at 1:04.90 Hannah Cedarblade in both the 100 m dash in 19.45 and the 300 hurdles in 56.10, Jenna Heit in the 1600 m run with a time of 6:09.89 and Taylor Dehling in the shot put with a toss of 29-03.50. Adding points with seventh place finishes were Riley Radtke in the 100 m hurdles at 19.45, McVey in the 200 m dash at 29.06, Jenna Heit in the 800 m run at 2:51.35, Dehling with a discus throw of 76-05 and the 4 X 800 relay with Sarah Sweeney, Jenna Storing, Rachel Caron and Mattea Linberg in 12.19. Tacking on final points with eighth places were Friberg in the 100 m dash in 14.02, Radtke in the 300 hurdles at 57.35 and Zurbuchen in the 200 m dash in 29.37.
For the first time in over a year, Jonah Bauer was not at the head of the list in the 100 m dash in the boys’ race. Bauer, the defending state champion in Division II placed second with a time of 11.12 while Rice Lake freshman Kenny Bednarek was timed in 11.11. Chandler Johnson also claimed second in the pole vault with a vault of 10-06 and Jake Johnson was the runner up in the 300 m hurdles in 46.01.
Bauer took third in the 200 m dash in 23.04, George Friberg added his own third in the pole vault at 10-00 and a pair of relay teams were also third including the 4 X 200 with Chase Morris, Ben Mack, Jordan VanSchoonhoven and William Muszinski in 1:42.69 as well as the 4 X 400 relay consisting of Friberg, Aric Jenson, Hunter Johnson and Morris with a time of 3:51.97. Teegen Peterson earned a fourth in the 300 hurdles in 46.50 along with two more relay teams including the 4 X 800 with Matt McLaughlin, Ryan Mohr, Hayden Kohls and Nate Lind in 9:51 as well as the 4 X 100 with Bauer, Noah Zurbuchen, Ben Mack and David Ward with a time of 46.15.
Zurbuchen sped his way to a fifth in the 100 m dash in 11.83, and at the other end of the spectrum, Caleb Kruger was also fifth in the 3200 m run in 11:29 as was Peterson in the pole vault at 9-06. Jake Johnson placed sixth in the 110 hurdles in 19.16, Kruger added a seventh in the 1600 m run in 5:16.31 and Lucas Winter added a final team point by placing eighth in the 800 m run at 2:19.14.