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Vikings begin outdoor track season at West Salem Invite

WINONA, MN — A year ago the Colfax track and field teams battled wind, rain and cold when they traveled to St. Mary’s University in Winona to compete in the West Salem Invitational. But what a difference a year makes as this time around, the conditions were near perfect with the temperature in the high 60s and the sky was clear when they made their way to the track for the Saturday meet April 18. The Viking girls placed fifth of the nine teams competing while the boys were sixth in a field of ten teams. 18 Vikings set individual season best records along with three relay teams.

In pursuit of breaking the school record in the 200 m dash, Andrew Adix came pretty close when he came within four-one hundreths of a second from it and was the only individual winner for the boys or girls as he zipped to first place with a time of 23.34. Isaac Lee has become a pleasant surprise for the Vikings as he placed second in the triple jump, leaping 37-10 while Ben Kragness tossed the shot put 44-00 for third place. A pair of relay teams were also third including the 4 X 100 (Jeremiah Wait, Jacob Steinke, Brad Foyt, Adix) in 46.05 and the 4 X 200 (Wait, Jacob Klukas, Foyt, Adix) in 1:36.09.

Jelani Smit continues to earn team points in the hurdle events, taking fourth in the 110 event in 17.25 and fifth in the 300 m hurdles in 45.06. The 4 X 400 relay (Tucker Hovde, Klukas, Foyt, Zack Arvold) was also fourth in 3:40.63 and Adix was fifth in the high jump at 5-04. Steinke finished sixth in the 100 m dash event in 11.87 and Hovde added a pair of sixths in the 800 m run at 2:12.48 and the 1600 m run in 5:06.14. Wait had the same time as Steinke in the 100 m dash but was awarded seventh place and Arvold added a final team point with an eighth place in the 400 m run at 57.72.

For the girls, the 4 X 800 relay (Dannielle Dachel, Courtney Dressel, Abbagail Schotter, Dempsey Fogarty) had the top finish for the meet with second place at 10:49. Dachel tacked on a third in the 800 m run in 2:40.74 and was close to getting points with a ninth in the triple jump at 28-09. Marianne Scharlau heaved the shot put 29-10 and the discus 96-03, both good for third place and another third was earned by the 4 X 100 relay (Katie Christoffel, Megan Schleusner, Bryana Buchanan, Ally Heidorn) with a time of 54.22. Dressel finished fourth in the 3200 run in 13.28 while fifth places were taken by Buchanan in the 100 m dash at 13.72, Heidorn in the 200 m dash at 28.71 and Fogarty in the 400 m dash at 1:04.59.

Buchanan added a sixth in the 200 m sprint in 28.79 along with the 4 X 400 relay (Dachel, Christoffel, Schleusner, Fogarty) in 4:34.76 and Mackenzie Jensen placed seventh in the 800 m run in 2:48.05.The 4 X 200 relay (Alyssa Miller, Erin Nellessen, Caroline Dworak, Schleusner) just missed scoring points by placing ninth in 2:04.46.

“Our kids really showed up for this meet,” coach Ryan Krall said. “I could not have been happier with the way we competed. We have had a very difficult two weeks of practice and the kids are really starting to see the benefits of the work. The kids continue to surprise me at how well they are able to handle the amount of work we are throwing at them and still performing on meet day,” he added.

BOYS TEAM SCORES: West Salem 224, City 106.33, Fall Creek 82, Luther 81.33, Bangor 70, Colfax 67.50, Boyceville 29.33, Whitehall 18, Cashton 3, Providence 1

GIRLS TEAM SCORES: West Salem 170, Cashton 118, Fall Creek 104.50, Luther 72, Colfax 58, Cochrane-Fountain City 57, Whitehall 53, Bangor 44, Boyceville 18.50