by Samuel Ripp
GLENWOOD CITY — The Colfax track team was in action on Tuesday, May 17 in Glenwood City at the Dunn-St. Croix Conference track and field meet. The Viking girls took fifth and the boys were fourth in the 2016 event
Rival Elk Mound won both the boys’ and girls’ championships. The Mounder boys tallied 144 points in victory with the girls taking the title with 155.5 points.
Colfax Head Coach Ryan Krall was very happy with the way his team performed on the day, but knows how hard it is to win the meet as a team.
“The conference meet often comes down to a numbers game, and we simply don’t have the numbers to compete for a team title at this point, but our individual athletes proved that we are good as anyone in our conference in many different events,” said Krall after the meet.
With his teams taking fourth and fifth in the meet, he knows how special his kids are and the different talents he has on his team.
“I wouldn’t trade our kids for anyone,” said Krall.
The boys’ team standings were as follows: Elk Mound 144, Durand 107, Spring Valley 93, Colfax 89, Elmwood/Plum City 74, Glenwood City 67, Mondovi 53 and Boyceville 52. The girls’ results were: Elk Mound 155.5, Glenwood City 113, Boyceville 99, Durand 97, Colfax 90, Elmwood/Plum City 63, Spring Valley 45 and Mondovi 36.5.
The Colfax girls finished in fifth place in the conference meet with 90 total points. The girls’ team had five first-place finishes to help it slide into the fifth place spot out of eight teams.
Senior Dempsey Fogarty was part of four first place finishes on the afternoon and three of them were by herself. Fogarty accomplished a rare feat with being a four event conference champion. Fogarty took home first in the 200 and 400-meter dash. Her winning time in the 200 was 27.49 and in the 400 she raced home with a time of 1:01.07. Dempsey participated in the long jump and jumped a distance of 16’ 4” to bring home another first-place finish. Fogarty was also the anchor in the 4×800-meter relay team that took first as well. Others on the team included: junior Abbagail Schotter, junior Courtney Dressel, freshman Erica Kallstrom and Fogarty. They came home with a winning time of 9:49.37. The 4×800-meter relay team also shattered the conference record and the Colfax school record on the afternoon.
The other Colfax girl to bring home a first place finish was senior Marianne Scharlau in the discus as she threw for a distance of 110’ 1”. Scharlau also finished second in the shot put with a distance of 36’ 3.5” to help the team.
Also collecting points in the field events was junior Jezz Tweed in the pole vault taking sixth, while clearing a height of 6’ 6”.
Erica Kallstrom brought home a third place finish in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:43.92. Fellow freshman Taylor Meyer finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of :23.07.
The Colfax boys finished fourth with 89 points on the afternoon out of eight schools. The Vikings were only able to bring home two first-place finishes on the afternoon.
Senior Tucker Hovde finished first in the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:49.57. Hovde also took third in the 3200-meter run with a time of 10:49.15.
Bringing home the other first-place finish was senior Isaac Lee in the triple jump. Lee jump a distance of 40’ 8.25”. Junior teammate Aliymu Davis finished second in the triple jump right behind Lee with a distance of 39’ 10”.
Davis and Lee also helped their team tally some points in the long jump as they finished third and fifth. Davis took third with a distance of 19’ 2” and Lee finished fifth with a distance of 18’ 10.25”. Davis also took fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of :11.64.
Also participating in the field events were sophomore Adam Pretasky in the high jump and senior Hunter Lieffort in the pole vault. Pretasky finished fifth in the high jump clearing a height of 5’ 6” and Lieffort tied for second in the pole vault with a height of 12’ 6”.
The Vikings sprinters finished in the top five in the 200 and 400-meter dash. Senior Jacob Steinke took third in the 200 with a time of :23.90 and senior Alex Knudson took fifth in the 400 with a time of :57.07.
The 4×100-meter relay team came in third on the afternoon with a time of :47.07. This team was made up of Adam Pretasky, Jacob Steinke, senior Kedar Davis, and Aliymu Davis.
The Colfax track team was in Boyceville on Monday, May 23 to participate in the WIAA Division 3 Regional track meet.