Colfax senior Andrew Adix set some big goals early in the season for himself, including breaking the school record in his specialty, the 200 m dash and earning a medal at the WIAA state track and field meet June 5-6 at UW-La Crosse. He managed to do both, breaking the record earlier in the season and then again after finishing sixth in the preliminaries at state with a time of 22.87, then placed third in the finals with a time of 23.06. The winning time was 22.18 by an Athens runner who set a new state record.
“Andrew was the highlight of the weekend for us,” coach Ryan Krall said. “He was able to reach his goal of making the medal podium and I was very proud to see him take his place as one of the best sprinters in the state.”
Although Adix had worked hard all year to reach his goals, he was surprised to finish third in such a strong field.
“I was so nervous when I lined up in the starting blocks for the finals,” he said. “I was hoping I wouldn’t trip and just wanted to make sure I crossed the line with my best effort. I could tell near the end I was running pretty good and I was just excited to see I was third. My hard work all paid off!” he added.
Sophomore Jelani Smit was the only other Colfax boy to compete as he placed 15th in the 300 hurdles in 43.50.
“Jelani was our wild card this season,” Krall said. “He came out of nowhere to be really good in both hurdle events throughout the season and was one of our youngest competitors at state in the 300 race. He was disappointed with his time but this should motivate him for next year.”
For the girls, the 4 X 800 relay team with Dannielle Dachel (the only senior), Courtney Dressel, Mackenzie Jensen and Dempsey Fogarty had high hopes of reaching the medal stand. They ran a season best time of 10:07.83 which placed them eighth.
“They gave it everything they had and they may not have reached their overall goal but they certainly have nothing to be disappointed about,” Krall said. “I’m proud of the season they put together for us this year.”
Fogarty placed 11th in the 800 m run with a time of 2:24.55 while Katie Christoffel did not make it through the preliminaries in the 300 m hurdle event with her time of 50.43. The 4 X 100 relay with Christoffel, Megan Schleusner, Bryana Buchanan and Ally Heidorn ran a time of 52.79 and did not make it to the finals either.
“Dempsey had another great meet for us and ran a nice 800 race as well as anchored our 4 X 800 relay,” Krall stated. “Hopefully she can get back in the 400 race as she has done the past two years and finish her senior year with a trip to the podium. Katie had not even run the 300 hurdles until halfway through this season so qualifying for state hadn’t crossed her mind. Her sectional race, where she qualified for state from the slow heat, will go down as one of the best races I will witness in my career,” he said.
“We capped off a great season with a really positive experience at state,” he concluded. “We were very happy to qualify as many as we did and several of them are underclassmen which will hopefully bode well for our program in the future.”