ELK MOUND — Several athletes from Elk Mound finished off successful careers for the track and field team by competing in various meets this past season.
Three girls including Elly Friberg, Rachel Caron and Moriah Mauer were kept busy running and jumping in several events while scoring plenty of team points for the Mounders.
Friberg ended her track days finishing All Conference for four seasons. As a freshman, she was second in the high jump and the 4 X 100 relay, her sophomore year she won the high jump and 4 X 100, as a junior she won the long jump, was the runner up in the high jump with her personal best height of 5-01 and was third in both the 100 and 200 m dashes. She went on to place second in the regionals in the high jump, the 100 m dash and the 4 X 200 relay, then took fourth in the high jump to qualify for the state meet where she placed eighth at 5-00. She added All Conference titles to her list as a senior by being a member of the first place 4 X 100 and 4 X 200 relay teams and was second in the high jump. Friberg was second in the regionals in the high jump, fourth in the 100 m dash and third in the 4 X 200, then narrowly missed a return trip to state by placing fifth in the high jump at the sectional meet.
Rachel Caron saw most of her action on the 4 X 400 and 4 X 800 relay teams as a senior and in the long jump and triple jump pits. At the conference meet this year, her 4 X 400 team was fourth and the 4 X 800 team was fifth in the regionals. At the Boyceville meet, she placed fifth in the triple jump, sixth in the long jump and the 4 X 400 was fourth while the 4 X 800 was fifth. Caron took third in the Father Mack relays with her 4 X 800 team and fourth with the 4 X 400 while the 4 X 800 placed seventh at the highly competitive Rice Lake meet.
Mauer claimed a pair of ninth places at the conference meet her senior season in the long jump and triple jump and had a career best 14-04 in the long jump at the regional meet, again in ninth place. She was fourth in the long jump at the New Richmond meet and fourth in the triple jump at Bloomer, ran a leg of the second place 4 X 100 at Rice Lake and claimed a fourth as a member of the 4 X 200 relay at the Boyceville meet.
Caleb Kruger led the senior boys this year as a distance runner, competing in the 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 m runs and the 4 X 800 relay. His sophomore year in which the boys team won the conference and regional titles, Kruger placed seventh in the 1600 in the regional meet. His junior season, he was sixth in the conference meet in the 800 and eighth in the 1600 and 3200. He went on to place fourth in the regional meet in the 1600, moving him to sectionals where he finished 13th. He also claimed a fifth in the 3200 at the regional meet. He was a workhorse his senior year, adding the 400 race to his list where he placed sixth at the Boyceville meet. He was fifth in the 3200 at both the New Richmond and Rice Lake meets then collected team points in the conference meet by placing fifth in the 800 and 3200 runs. He was second in the regional meet in the 3200 and third with the 4 X 800 relay team, then ran a personal best time in the 3200 at the sectional meet of 11:03 for 13th place.
Lucas Winter was another distance runner for the Mounders and competed for three seasons. His sophomore year, Winter was eighth in the conference in the 3200, and was tenth in that same race in the regionals. As a senior he claimed a pair of fifth places at the Boyceville meet in the 3200 and the 4 X 800 relay and was eighth in the 3200 at New Richmond. During the conference meet, Winter was tenth in the 800 and was eighth in the 1600 at the regionals and tenth in the 800. His best time in the 800 was 2:14.00.
Ryan Krall was a thrower and as a senior, was fifth in the shot put at Bloomer and 13th in the discus, was eighth in the discus at the Boyceville meet, and had his best discus throw of 108-08 at the conference meet for eighth place. At the regional contest, he was 14th in the discus and 17th in the shot put. At an indoor meet his junior year, he tossed the shot 30-10.
Adam Wolgemuth was another thrower for the team and ran the hurdles on occasion. He had quite a day in Bloomer this year, finishing fifth in the shot put, 110 hurdles and 300 m hurdles. He placed eighth in the shot put at the conference meet.
Tyler Svihovec was a mid distance runner and was 17th at the Mondovi meet in the 1600 and 18th in the 800, and was 23rd at the Boyceville meet in the 800.
John Yang spent time in the shot put circle, placing 16th at the Boyceville meet and 24th in Mondovi. His personal best throw was 34-00. In an indoor meet in Menomonie his junior season, Yang competed in the long jump where he placed 34th. Jake Ausman competed in a few meets and was 26th in the shot put in Mondovi, and Henry Henning competed in the long jump at a few meets, placing 17th in Mondovi with a personal best 11-08. He also competed in the indoor meet in Menomonie several seasons in the shot put, long jump and 40 m dash.