by Samuel Ripp
LACROSSE – Eight events from the Colfax track team were in action over the weekend at the State Track Meet in LaCrosse at the University of LaCrosse. The meet was held on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4.
The Vikings had a good showing in the two days and two events even finished high enough to reach the podium. Senior Dempsey Fogarty was part of both of those events. Fogarty finished fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:19.05 and was part of the 4×800-meter relay team as well. The relay team also finished fourth in their event with a time of 10:01.30. This team consisted of junior Abbagail Schotter, senior Courtney Dressel, freshman Erica Kallstrom and Dempsey Fogarty.
Fogarty also participated in the long jump at State and came away with a fourteenth place finish with a distance of 15-04.00. She was unable to reach the podium in all three events she participated in but Fogarty had great results for her final track meet in high school.
Senior Marianne Scharlau participated in the discus at LaCrosse and finished in fourteenth place. Scharlau recorded a distance of 102-09 feet in the event.
The boys were also able to send four events onto State where they had one event reach the podium. The 4×100-meter relay team finished fourth in the finals to stand on the podium. The team consisted of Adam Pretasky, Jacob Steinke, Kedar Davis, and Jeremy Artist. The team finished with a time of 44.81.
The boys also had the 4×200-meter relay team at State with some familiar faces as the 4×100 team. This team took twelfth in the prelims and were unable to make it to the finals. This team was made up of Adam Pretasky, Tucker Hovde, Kedar Davis, and Jacob Steinke. They finished with a time of 1:35.85.
The other two boys that qualified for State both finished twelfth in their events. Hunter Lieffort and Isaac Lee’s seasons came to an end in the pole vault and triple jump. Lieffort cleared a distance of 12-00.00 in the pole vault while Lee sailed a distance of 41-01.25 in the triple jump.
Colfax had a very nice year on the track and in the field events. They were able to send eight events to the State Meet and will look for bigger numbers next year and sending some more participants to the State Meet again.