by Samuel Ripp
COLFAX — The Colfax and Elk Mound track and field teams were in action on Tuesday, May 10 at Colfax where both schools performed very well.
The Elk Mound boys won the meet while their female counterparts took home a third place finish.
The Colfax girls took home fourth place out of 14 teams and the boys finished third.
Saint Croix Falls won the girls’ competition with 95 points.
Elk Mound boys
The Elk Mound boys took home the top spot in the meet with 119 points and the next closest school was Cornell/Lake Holcombe finishing in second with 79 points. The Mounders tallied six first place finishes in their events to help bring home the top team prize.
Leading the way for Mounder boys was senior Jonah Bauer and sophomore Jake Johnson. Bauer finished first in the 100-meter dash with a winning time of :11.15 and first in the 200-meter dash with a time of :22.69. Johnson took home first place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of :15.97 and came in first in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of :41.80.
The 4 x 100 meter relay team also finished first with a speedy time of :44.22.
Junior Chandler Schreiber grabbed the final first-place finish in the pole vault as he cleared 11’.
The 4 x 400 meter relay team finished second with a time of 3:39.54 and junior Noah Zurbuchen took home a silver in the 100-meter dash behind Bauer with a time of :11.75.
Senior Aaron Maves helped the Mounders’ team tally by taking a couple of third place finishes. Maves threw a distance of 138’ 3” in the discus and 39’ 10” in the shot put.
Sophomore Conner Mavis finished behind Maves in the discus with a throw of 129’ 2”. Junior George Friberg took third in pole vault clearing a height of 10’ 6”. Friberg also finished fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:16.55.
Elk Mound girls
The Elk Mound girls finished third overall at the meet with 71 total points. The Lady Mounders did not record a top place finish in an event, but still managed third place.
Elk Mound was led by sophomore Hannah Cedarblade in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles. Cedarblade finished second in both events and had a times of :18.31 in the 100 and :52.93 in the 300.
Two relay teams also finished second in their events as well. The 4 x 200 meter relay finished with a time of 1:55.23 and the 4 x 100 meter team finished with a time of :54.35.
In the 100-meter dash, the Lady Mounders took home third and fourth place. Senior McKenna McVey tallied a time of :14.22 for the bronze and sophomore teammate Maddie Jenson finished just .06 behind with a time of :14.28 for fourth.
Long distance runner, junior Elizabeth Fasbender, finished fourth in the 3,200 meters with a time of 12:19.45.
Elk Mound also tallied some points in the field events. Junior Kaitlyn Baier finished tied for fourth in the pole vault clearing 7’ and Maddie Jenson finished fifth in the high jump with a height of 4’ 6”.
The Colfax girls’ team took fourth place on their home turf with 61 points. The Lady Vikings took home one first-place finish and a couple second-place finishes on the afternoon.
The lone win for Colfax came from it’s 4 x 800 meter relay team that came in with a winning time of 10:02.52.
Freshman Erica Kallstrom finished in the top four twice to help her team get some points. Kallstrom finished third in the 3200-meter run with a time of 12:16.70 and fourth in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:47.02.
The team also faired well in the field events with senior Dempsey Fogarty taking home second place in the long jump after jumping 14’ 9.75”.
In the discus, the Lady Vikings took third and fourth place to rack up some points. Senior Marianne Scharlau finished second throwing a distance of 97’ 10” and freshman teammate Emma Hurlburt came in fourth right behind her throwing 94’ 1”.
Scharlau also took second in the shot put, throwing a distance of 32’ 7.50”.
The Colfax boys finished third on the afternoon with 64.50 points, but failed to bring home a first place finish in an event.
Leading the way for the Vikings was senior Tucker Hovde who earned a pair of second-place finishes in the 1,600 and 800-meter runs. His time in the 1,600 was 4:57.33 and in the 800, 2:11.80. Junior Jacob Larson was right on Hovde’s heals in the 800 taking third with a time of 2:11.88.
Senior Issac Lee also brought home a second-place finish in the triple jump as he leapt a distance of 38’ 9”.
A couple of the relay teams finished third in their events. The 4 x 200 meter relay team finished with a time of 1:37.91 and the 4 x 100 meter relay finished with a time of :46.51.
The Vikings had a couple of sprinters finish in the top half of their races in the 100 and 400-meter dashes. Junior Aliymu Davis took fourth in the 100 with a time of :12.11 and senior Alex Knudson finished sixth in the 400 with a time of :56.98.
Elk Mound at Mondovi
While most of the varsity members were competing in Colfax last Tuesday, May 10 several of younger member of Elk Mound’s track and field teams were competing in Mondovi.
The girls finished tenth in the meet and the boys tied for ninth. Menomonie dominated the girls and guys side with 218 and 169.5 points respectively.
The Lady Mounders struggled with their young athletes in Mondovi finishing in last with only 19 points. Elk Mound only finished in five events to qualify for points.
Four of those events were relay teams. The 4 x 800 took sixth on the afternoon with a time of 12:35.93. Making up that relay team was junior Meredith Hainstock, freshman Ciera Lind, sophomore Claudia Paul, and junior Jenna Storing.
The 4 x 200 meter relay team finished seventh during the event and ended up with a time of 2:18.28. Members were freshman Hannah Caron, sophomore Kyla Egan, freshman Hannah Simpson, and freshman Amanda Sahm.
The Lady Mounders also took seventh in the 4 x 100 meter relay with freshman Abby Kasper, freshman Sydney Simpson, junior Jenna Storing, and freshman Amanda Sahm. These girls finished with a time of 1:06.22.
The last relay team that helped the team earn some points was the 4 x 400-meter team that took fifth on the day. Freshman Hanna Hollister, freshman Ciera Lind, sophomore Claudia Paul and in the anchor spot, junior Jenna Storing. They finished with a time of 5:24.07.
The lone individual girl that earned points was junior Mikayla Solberg in the discus. Solberg threw a distance of 108’ 9”.
The Elk Mound boys finished tied four ninth place during the meet as it only scored 16 total points. The boys placed in seven events to help them to their 16 points on the day. Four of those events were relay races.
The 4 x 800 meter relay team was made up of sophomore Andrew Benson, sophomore Aric Jenson, freshman Dylan Hanson, and junior Matt McLaughlin and finished sixth with a time of 10:47.36.
The 4 x 200 meter relay team finished fifth with a time of 1:41.96. The team was made up of freshman Mason Close, sophomore William Muszinski, senior Teegan Peterson, and senior Chase Morris.
In the 4 x 100 meter relay, Elk Mound finished sixth with a time of 48.65. The team was made up of freshman Rian Flynn, senior Preston Eppers, William Muszinski, and Chase Morris.
The last relay team to help the Mounders score some points was the 4 x 400 meter team made up of Andrew Benson, Aric Jenson, Chase Morris, and Teegan Peterson. This team finished with a time of 4:10.52.
Preston Eppers also finished eighth in the 100-meter dash with a time of :12.49 to collect one point for the team. Teegan Peterson cleared a height of 10” in the pole vault to claim sixth place for himself. Sophomore Bryce Kasper finished eight in the shot put, throwing a distance of 37’ 8”.