Topper track and field heads toward conference looking strong

By Cara L. Dempski

Things finally appear to be clicking right along for the outdoor track season.

The weather is warm, the sun is staying up later in the evening, and the teams appear to have found their niches.

Glenwood City had a brief preview of what the Dunn-St. Croix meet at Boyceville might look like when it went to the Colfax Invitational May 9. The Hilltopper boys finished sixth out of 14 teams with 37 points, while the girls were 10th out of 14 after picking up 40 points.

The Hilltoppers then hosted a May 11 meet featuring Middle Border Conference members Amery, Baldwin-Woodville, Ellsworth, St. Croix Central, Somerset and Prescott. The Topper boys placed third in the seven-team meet with 100.50 points with the ladies taking sixth with a 60 point tally.  

[emember_protected] The Glenwood teams made their appearance at the annual Dunn-St. Croix conference track and field meet held May 16 at Boyceville for their final meet prior to heading back to the Bulldogs home track next Monday, May 22 for the WIAA  Division 3 regional.

Colfax

The Hilltopper boys tied with conference foe Colfax and non-conference competitor Clear Lake for sixth place at the Colfax Invitational May 9 after earning 37 points.

Coach Rick Tiberg said the team saw personal records in the boys’ 400m and 800m relays and the girls 400m and 3200m relays. Allen Croes achieved a personal record in discus, Megan Speiser in the 200m dash, Darian Multhauf in the 100m dash, Jabin Hojem in the 1600m race, and Owen Wagner in pole vault.

Glenwood City’s 400m and 800m boys relay teams took second place in their respective races with times of 45.86 and 1:34.69 after being edged out by just under one second by Elk Mound. The two races were the only two top-three finishes for the boys’ team.

Elk Mound took home the boys’ team trophy after reeling in 141 points at the meet.

Senior distance runner Taylor Drinkman finished second in the girls’ 3200m race behind Flambeau sophomore Rachel Lawton. Drinkman finished in 13:02.73, while Lawton copped the win with a 12:44.98 race.

The Hilltopper girls’ 3200m relay team took second place to Elmwood/Plum City when it finished just .1 behind the Wolves team with a time of 10:17.46.

The St. Croix Falls girls walked away with the team win after scoring 115.50 over the course of the evening.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 100m dash: 4. Darian Multhauf 11.80, 9. Jacob Nelson 12.25; 200m
dash:
5. Jacob Kopacz 24.53, 8. Carson Strong 24.80; 800m: 13. Owen Wagner 2:24.72, 17. Kyle Meyers 2:35.32; 1600m: 6. Jabin Hojem 5:09.95, 14. Lane O’Meara 5:50.54; 3200m: 13. Corey Klatt 12:38.08; 110m hurdles: 12. Peter Hill 19.52; 300m hurdles: 10. Peter Hill 47.64; 400m relay: 2. Glenwood City 45.86; 800m relay: 2. Glenwood City 1:34.69; High jump: 5. Peter Hill 5-08.00; Pole vault: 9. Owen Wagner 9-06.00; Long jump: 16. Quinn Taylor 16-04.00; Triple jump: 11. Quinn Taylor 34-11.50; Shot
put: 
7. Allen Croes 37-11.25, 10. Austin Wannemacher 35-11.00; Discus: 7. Allen Croes 106-02.

BOYS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. Elk Mound 141, 2. St. Croix Falls 106, 3. Cornell/Lake Holcombe 91, 4. Turtle Lake/Clayton 75, 5. Cadott 41, 6. Glenwood City 37, 6. Colfax 37, 6. Clear Lake 37, 9. Frederic/Luck 36, 10. Prairie Farm 31, 11. Elmwood/Plum City 24, 12. Spring Valley 22, 13. Flambeau 21, 14. Thorp 2.

GIRLS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 100m dash: 18. Julia Nerby 15.64, 22. Denisa DeSmith 17.40; 200m
dash:
7. Megan Speiser 29.65; 400m dash: 4. Elizabeth Wink 1:05.39, 5. Megan Speiser 1:06.69; 800m:
6. Makayla O’Brien 2:49.59; 3200m: 2. Taylor Drinkman 13:02.73; 300m hurdles: 15. Leire Diaz 1:05.04; 400m relay: 7. Glenwood City 57.69; 800m relay: 6. Glenwood City 2:00.18; 3200m relay: 2. Glenwood City 10:17.56; Pole vault: 5. Makayla O’Brien 7-06.00; Long jump: 14. Delaney Quinn 13-02.25, 22. Hanna Strehlo 11-10.50; Shot put: 10. Delaney Quinn 26-03.00, 15. Biridiana Leandro-Mendez 24-07.25; Discus: 23. Tressa Peskar 38-07.

GIRLS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. St. Croix Falls 115.50, 2. Elk Mound 88.50, 3. Colfax 70, 4. Frederic/Luck 57, 5. Elmwood/Plum City 55.50, 6. Cornell/Lake Holcomb 48, 7. Cadott 43, 8. Flambeau 42, 8. Spring Valley 42, 10. Glenwood City 40, 11. Turtle Lake/Clayton 31, 12. Prairie Farm 24.50, 13. Clear Lake 23, 14. Thorp 20.

Home meet

In what resembled more of a Middle Border track and field meet, host Glenwood City held its own against the larger schools of the MBC.

The Glenwood City boys racked up just over a hundred points in taking third in the seven-team meet.

OUT FRONT — Glenwood City’s Ethan Kahler was on his way to a win in the 110 meter high hurdles at a May 11 home meet. The junior was a double winner taking home gold in the 300 meter hurdles as well. —photo by Shawn DeWitt

The junior quartet of Darian Multhauf, Jacob Nelson, Carson Strong and Jacob Kopacz ran to gold in the 4×100 m, 4×200 m and 4×400 m relay races at last Thursday’s meet.

The group, who ran at state last season and is ranked in the top ten in the state in the two shorter relays this year, crossed the finish line first in all three races, winning the 4×100 in :45.40, the 4×200 in 1:35.73 and the 4×400 in 3:41.22.

What makes the effort and outcomes even more impressive is that all four have suffered ACL injuries during their high school careers. Strong suffered his knee injury during the 2014 football season as a freshman while Multhauf, Kopacz and Nelson incurred their setbacks last fall also while playing football. All four have made remarkable recoveries to be back on track, literally, this spring.

Another member of the junior class, Ethan Kahler, turned in a pair of winning performances in the hurdling events. Kahler placed first in the 110 meter highs (:17.40) and 300 meter intermediates (:44.57).

Senior Allen Croes took third in the discus for the Topper boys and junior Owen Wagner placed fourth in the pole vault.

Yet another junior, Peter Hill, scored a trio of fifth place finishes in the 110 m high hurdles, 300 meter intermediate hurdles and the high jump.

Elizabeth Wink, another member of the Class of 2018, copped the Glenwood City girls lone win in the meet. Wink ran 1:04.27 to finish first in the 400 meters. She also anchored the girls’ 4×800 meter relay team that secured second and included Taylor Drinkman, Isabella Williams and Makayla O’Brien.

DASHING TO THE FINISH were Glenwood City 100 meter race participants Leire Diaz (right) and Denisa DeSmith (center back) at a home meet on May 11. —photo by Shawn DeWitt

O’Brien also copped third in the girls’ pole vault (7’ 6”).

Megan Speiser ran to second in the 400 meters and Hanna Strehlo scored points in both the 300 meter low hurdles (third) and triple jump (fifth).

The ladies 4×200 m and 4×100 meter relay teams finished fourth and fifth respectively.   

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 4x800m relay: 2. Glenwood City (Taylor Drinkman, Makayla O’Brien, Isabella Williams, Elizabeth Wink) 10:45:74; 100m dash: 21. Leire Diaz 15.95, 25. Denisa DeSmith 17.99; 4x200m relay: 4. Glenwood City (Bethany Ullom, Tressa Peskar, Hanna Strehlo, Delaney Quinn) 1:59.79; 400m dash: 1. Elizabeth Wink 1:04.27, 2. Megan Speiser, 1:05.68, 8. Emily Bethell, 1:08.94; 4x100m relay: 5. Glenwood City (Bethany Ullom, Julia Nerby, Tressa Peskar, Delaney Quinn) 57.20; 300m hurdles: 3. Hanna Strehlo 56.56, 7. Leire Diaz 1:00.97; 800m run: 10. Isabella Williams 2:43.84; 200m dash: 5. Tressa Peskar 30.18, 28. Denisa DeSmith 39.58; High Jump: 8. Delaney Quinn 4-04.00, 9. Emily Bethell 4-04.00, 10. Bethany Ullom, 4-02.00, 12. Isabella Williams 4-00.00; Pole Vault: 3. Makayla O’Brien 7-06.00; Triple Jump: 5. Hanna Strehlo 28-07.75; Discus Throw: 17. Biridiana Leandro-Mendez 67-02, 20. Tressa Peskar 58-08, 28. Hallie Cook 43-07. Shot Put: 12. Delaney Quinn 25-05, 16. Biridiana Leandro-Mendez 24.07, 17. Hallie Cook 24-01.00.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 110m hurdles: 1. Ethan Kahler 17.40, 5. Peter Hill 19.29; 100m dash:
5. Quinn Taylor 12.00, 21. Zack Raska 13.06; 31. Bryce Nutter 14.57; 1600m run: 7. Jabin Hojem 5:13.18; 19. Lane O’Meara 5:53.34; 23. Kyle Meyers 6:20.81; 4x200m relay: 1. Glenwood City (Darian Multhauf, Jacob Nelson, Carson Strong, Jacob Kopacz), 1:35.73; 400m dash: 16. Aaron Holmquist 1:01.57; 4x100m relay: 1. Glenwood City (Darian Multhauf, Jacob Nelson, Carson Strong, Jacob Kopacz) 45.40, 300m
hurdles: 
1. Ethan Kahler 44.57, 5. Peter Hill 46.55; 800m run: 14. Jacob Nadeau 2:23.59, 16. Owen Wagner 2:24.61, 30. Aaron Holmquist 2:43.81; 200m dash: 18. Zach Raska 27.25, 29. Bryce Nutter 31.09, 3200m run: 5. Corey Klatt 12:38.61; 4x400m relay: 1. Glenwood City (Darian Multhauf, Jacob Nelson, Carson Strong, Jacob Kopacz) 3.41.22; High Jump: 5. Peter Hill, 5-08.00; Pole Vault: 4. Owen Wagner 10-00.00, 7. Jacob Nadeau 9-06.00; Long Jump: 1. Quinn Taylor 18-05; Discus Throw: 3. Allen Croes 107-00, 4. Taylor Quinn 105-01, 16. Austin Wannemacher 90-09, 23. Jordan Klatt 81.02, 33. Corey Klatt 60-03; Shot Put: 8. Allen Croes 37-04.00, 11. Austin Wannemacher 36-04.50, 29. Jordan Klatt, 28-03.50.

GIRLS TEAM SCORES: 1. Amery 143, 2. Baldwin-Woodville 137, 3. Ellsworth 130, 4. Prescott 87, 5. Somerset 66, 6. Glenwood City 60, 7. St. Croix Central 10.

BOYS TEAM SCORES: 1. Amery 197, 2. Prescott 139, 3. Glenwood City 100.5, 4. Ellsworth 95, 5. Somerset 63.5, 6. Baldwin-Woodville 61. [/emember_protected]