Elk Mound track and field stretches legs at Blue Devil, McDonell Indoor Invitationals

By Cara L. Dempski

Elk Mound’s track and field teams wrapped up their indoor season with one final meet in Menomonie and a meet at UW-Eau Claire’s McPhee Center.

The Mounders took on a field of 23 other schools, including multiple area Division 1 teams, at UW-Stout’s Blue Devil Invitational held March 28. The boys’ team finished 13th out of 23, while the girls were 24th out of 24.

The team finished its indoor season with a trip to UW-Eau Claire for the Chippewa Falls McDonell Indoor Invitational held on March 30. Head coach Jeremiah Fredrickson appears to have taken mostly young and less experienced competitors to the meet, and to have done fairly well with them.

Both Mounder teams took ninth place, with the girls’ team earning 34 points and the boys’ picking up 24.

Elk Mound will now take a break until April 6, when they hit the road to Hammond and the St. Croix Central Invitational. Then the team has a week off before going to Mondovi April 13.

Blue Devil Invitational

The Mounders were probably getting a little tired of Menomonie when they visited the city for a third time in less than a week.

Elk Mound ran at UW-Stout’s Johnson Field House for the second time in four days when they participated in the March 30 Blue Devil Invitational. The boys’ team scored 17 points to take 13th place, while the girls picked up .20 points to land in 24th.

Team scores aside, head coach Jeremiah Fredrickson was pleased with his competitors.

“I thought the meet went very well,” Fredrickson stated. “We were proud of the way our kids performed. Overall, it was good to go against such tough competition. It should help us moving forward.”

Hurdler Jake Johnson was the first Mounder boy to earn points for the team. He earned six points after running the 55m hurdle prelim in 8.54 to qualify for the finals, where he came in third behind Eau Claire Memorial’s Drake Schneider and Prior Lake, Minnesota’s, Mitch Wangler with a time of 8.35. 

Junior Tyler Brantner copped an eighth-place finish, and a team point, when he cleared 5-10. St. Croix Central junior Zac Bringgold earned first place with a jump of 6-02. Chandler Schreiber, a senior, nabbed top honors in pole vault when he cleared 12 feet on his vault. He earned 10 team points.

The Minnesota team from Prior Lake earned top boys’ team honors after scoring 87 points.

On the girls’ side, senior pole vaulter Kaitlyn Baier tied for eighth place and took credit for .20 points with her 7-foot effort. She tied with West Salem’s Cherie Lun, Mariah Woodford of Cadott, Cornell vaulter Orianna Lebal, and St. Croix Central’s Ariel Juetten. Rice Lake sophomore Jasmine Mlejnek copped the top prize with a vault of 9-06.

Hudson’s Raider girls’ team won the overall team contest with 84 points.

BOYS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 55m dash: 14. Brady Redwine 7.07, 36. Rian Flynn 7.42, 46. Noah Zurbuchen 7.65; 55m hurdles: 3. Jake Johnson 8.35, 34. William  Muzynski 10.52; 200m dash: 21. Brady Redwine 25.07, 29. Hunter Johnson 25.81; 400m dash: 10. Hunter Johnson 55.88, 22. Nate Lind 1:00.30; 800m: 12. Cade Hanson 2:18.62, 22. Seth Hazen 2:23.87; 1600m: 28. Andrew Pathos 5:28.75, 44. Dylan Hanson 6:13.90; 1600m relay: 19.4:16.58; High jump: 8. Tyler Brantner 5-10, 16. Rian Flynn 5-03; Pole vault: 1. Chandler Schreiber 12-00, 22. Gaelen Young 8-00; Long jump: 26. Rian Flynn 16-10, 35. Jaylen Emberson 15-07; Triple
jump: 
9. Tyler Brantner 37-09.50, 34. Jack Emberson 30-0; Shot put: 22. Conner Mavis 36-04, 36. Marquis Kasakaitas 31-11.

BOYS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. Prior Lake 87, 2. Hudson 58, 3. Menomonie 41, 4. Rice Lake 38.5, 5. Eau Claire North 31, 6. Durand 30, 7. Eau Claire Memorial 26.5, 8. Cornell/Lake Holcomb 22, 9. Bloomer 21, 9. West Salem 21, 11. Chippewa Falls 19, 12. St. Croix Central 18, 13. Elk Mound 17, 14. Mauston 15, 14. Northwestern 15, 16. Pepin/Alma 10, 17. Augusta 9, 18, Mondovi 8, 19. Cochrane-Fountain City 8, 20. Cadott 4, 20. Ladysmith 4, 22. Blair-Taylor 2, 23. Cumberland 1.

GIRLS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 55m dash: 26. Sydney Simpson 8.35, 33. Paige VanSchoonhoven 8.61, 38. Kourtney Zurbuchen 8.71; 55m hurdles: 18. Hannah Cedarblade 10.37, 34. Meredith Hainstock 11.45; 200m dash: 33. Brynn McVey 30.55, 36. Maddie Jenson 30.79, 54. Sarah Sweeney 32.19, 73. Lexi Nechanicky 35.31; 400m dash: 31. Meredith Hainstock 1:15.55, 33. Claudia Paul 1:16.50; 800m: 14. Brook Plaszcz 2:44.86, 29. Victoria Fasbender 2:59.79; 1600m: 25. Kirstin Martinson 6:28.41; 3200m: 15. Kayla Patterson 17:24.63; 1600m relay: 12. Elk Mound 4:55.27; High jump: 16. Maddie Jenson 4-06, 17. Lexi Nechanicky 4-03; Pole vault: 8. Kaitlyn Baier 7-00; Long jump: 23. Sydney Simpson 12-07, 33. Maggie Bartig 11-02.25; Triple jump: 14. Brynn McVey 29-10.5, 20. Sarah Sweeney 28-05; Shot put: 24. Kassie Jain 26-08, 43. Mikayla Solberg 21-11.

GIRLS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. Hudson 84, 2. Prior Lake 81, 3. Bloomer 80, 4. Eau Claire Memorial 45, 5. Rice Lake 39, 6. Cochrane-Fountain City 29, 7. Menomonie 28, 8. Eau Claire North 24, 9. Altoona 22, 10. West Salem 12.2, 11. Northwestern 11, 12. Chippewa Falls 7, 12. Thorp 7, 14. St. Croix Central 6.2, 15. Durand 6, 16. Cadott 5.2, 17. Boyceville 5, 18. Cornell/Lake Holcomb 4.2, 19. Blair-Taylor 4, 20. Lincoln 3, 21. Mauston 2, 22. Pepin/Alma 1, 22. Ladysmith 1, 24. Elk Mound .2.

McDonell Invitational

The Elk Mound girls’ and boys’ earned the same placings at Chippewa Falls McDonell’s Indoor Invitational at UW-EC on March 30, and they did it with a group of less-experienced, younger runners and competitors.

“We left a lot of our upperclassmen at home, and gave our newer kids a chance with a variety of results,” coach Fredrickson explained.

Junior Emily Winchester picked up the first girls’ team points, earning six with her third-place finish in the 55m hurdles. She completed the race in 11.25, less than a second behind first-place hurdler Grace Post of Bloomer.

Victoria Fasbender appeared to be following in her older sister Elizabeth’s footsteps as a distance runner by earning four more points for the Mounders in the 1600m race. She completed the run in 6:34.43 to take fifth place in a race won by Flambeau’s Rachel Lawton.

The foursome running the 800m relay finished fifth with a time of 2:18.24, and picked up four more points. Freshman Kristin Martinson edged out Glenwood City senior Taylor Drinkman in the 3200m run to take second with her 14:15.05 effort, and the girls 1600m relay finished seventh with a time 5:38.22.

The Mounder girls’ took third in the 3200m relay with a time of 12:17.14. The Glenwood City girls won the event in 11:27.92.

The Bloomer girls took top team honors, picking up 158.5 points on the evening.

On the boys’ side, Elk Mound’s Andrew Pathos nabbed five points for his fourth-place, 5:29.52 race in the mile. His freshman classmate, Seth Hazen, nabbed a single point when he finished in 5:37.14 to take eighth.

Sophomore Marquis Kasakaitas earned another two points in the 400m race by finishing in 1:03.40 to take seventh. Freshman distance runner Cade Hanson picked up five with a fourth-place finish in the 1600m race, which he ran in 2:19.45. The boys’ 1600m relay took seventh with a time of 4:41.99, and the 3200m relay crossed the line in 10:05.97 to take fifth.

Freshman Gaelen Young was Elk Mound’s only top-eight finisher in field events. He cleared 8-06 in the pole vault to garner five points for Elk Mound.

The Bloomer boys’ gave the Blackhawks a clean sweep by copping the top boys’ team honors with 110 points.

The March 30 meet concluded Elk Mound’s indoor season, and Fredrickson and his coaching staff is hopeful about what the outdoor season will bring.

“We are all itching to get outside to see what the kids are really capable of,” Fredrickson noted.

GIRLS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 55m dash: 9. Paige VanSchoonhoven 8.76, 13. Lexi Nechanicky 9.21, 21. Nikki Munthe 9.61; 55m hurdles: 3. Emily Winchester 11.25, 9. Anna Wolgemuth 12.03; 1600m: 5. Victoria Fasbender 6:34.43, 10. Paige Romanowski 7:09.18; 800m relay: 5. Elk Mound 2:18.24; 400m: 9. Kourtnee Halgren 1:16.65, 12. Melanie Balts 1:20.17, 19. Maria Heltne 1:31.25; 800m: 13. Claudia Paul 3:15.45, 15. Kayla Patterson 3:22.467, 16. Mattea Linberg 3:24.51; 200m dash: 16. Abby Kasper 34.19, 17. Paige VanSchoonhoven 34.71, 23. Gabby Wilson 38.31; 3200m: 2. Kirstin Martinson 14:15.05; 1600m relay: 7. Elk Mound 5:38.22; 3200m relay: 3. Elk Mound 12:17.14; High jump: 10. Lexi Nechanicky 4-02, 13. Maggie Bartig 4-00, 14. Nikki Munthe 3-10; Pole vault: 9. Amanda Sahm 5-00; Long jump: 10. Paige VanSchoonhoven 12-02.5, 19. Melanie Balts 10-01; Triple jump: 13. Emily Winchester 25-09.50; Shot put: 11. Mary Tamke 25-00.5, 13. Hannah Simpson, 24-02, 18. Sira Shepard 21-05.

GIRLS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. Bloomer 158.5, 2. Cameron 78, 3. Cornell/Lake Holcomb 62, 4. Thorp 55.5, 5. Flambeau 43.5, 6. Mondovi 42, 7. Greenwood 40, 8. Glenwood City 39, 9. Elk Mound 34, 10. McDonell Central 12.5, 11. Gilman 8, 12. Bruce 1.

BOYS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 55m hurdles: 11. William Muzynski 10.29; 55m dash: 16. Jaylen Emberson 7.87, 18. Dominic Hall 7.93, 21. Derek Falkner 8.01; 1600m: 4. Andrew Pathos 5:29.52, 8. Seth Hazen 5:37.14, 15. Dylan Hanson 6:11.05; 800m relay: 9. Elk Mound 1:52.46; 400m: 7. Marquis Kasakaitas 1:03.40, 15. Jaylen Emberson 1:06; 800m: 4. Cade Hanson 2:19.45; 200m dash: 10. Gaelen Young 27.56; 11. Aric Jenson 27.83, 13. Dominic Hall 28.35; 1600m relay: 7. Elk Mound 4:41.99; 3200m relay: 5. Elk Mound 10:05.97; High jump: 12. Jared Strand 5-00; 18. Ryan Mohr 4-08; Pole vault: 4. Gaelen Young 8-06; Long jump: 14. Jaylen Emberson 16-00.5, 16. Jack Emberson 15-08.5, 19. Aric Jenson 15-02.25; Triple jump: 11. Aric Jenson 32-03, 15. Jack Emberson 30-01.5; Shot put: 25. Jacob Miller 25-09, 27. Kyle Deling 25-00, 30. Nic Gilpin 25-03.

BOYS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. Bloomer 110, 2. McDonell Central 84, 3. Cornell/Lake Holcomb 78, 4. Cameron 68, 5. Mondovi 53.5, 6. Gilman 47, 7. Glenwood City 37.5, 8. Flambeau 35, 9. Elk Mound 24, 10. Thorp 18, 11. Bruce 15, 12. Greenwood 14.