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Toppers open track season inside

By Missy Klatt

MENOMONIE – The Hilltoppers opened their season at the Northern Badger Classic on Saturday, March 24th at the Johnson Field House on the UW-Stout campus. This was a large event with 25 small schools in attendance. Coach Rick Tiberg stated that “with no practice on the track because there is still snow on it, I was very pleased with the performance of all our athletes. In practice we had to be very creative for the field events and lots of running around the parking lots. As I told them just try and do the best you can under the circumstance.”

One of the Topper highlights for the day was Jacob Kopaz winning the 55 meter dash. After qualifying in the prelims with a time of 6.92 which put him in a tie for second place, Kopaz won the finals with a time of 6.803 just 6/1000’s of a second ahead of Grantsburg’s Leo Chenal.

Quinn Taylor had a ninth place finish in the long jump with a distance of 17-06.25. Darian Multhauf and Ethan Kahler garnered 10th place finishes. Multhauf in the 200m and Kahler in the 55m hurdles.

On the girls’ side Liz Wink had a good showing in the 400m with a seventh place finish and the girl’s 4x400m relay team came in fifth with a time of 4:45.82.

The Toppers will start their outdoor season April 5th with a meet at St. Croix Central. 

GIRLS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 55m- 23. B. Rassbach 8.33, 55. K. Dayton 8.99, 69. J. Hager 10.00. 200m- 14. B. Rassbach 30.22, 40. M. Eliason 32.07. 400m- 7. L. Wink 1:07.21, 25. M. Spieser 1:15.44. 800m- 14. L. Wannemacher 2:56.34, 28. A. Bauman 3:17.56. 1600m- 11. G. Moede 6:24.26. 55m Hurdles-
25. L. Wannemacher 11.76, 26. H. Strehlo 11.86. 4x400m relay- 5. GC 4:45.82. High jump- 21. M. Schmidt 4.00, 21. L. Gilbert 4.00. Long jump- 13. B. Rassbach 13-10.5, 38. K. Dayton 11-04.25. Triple Jump- 11. D. Quinn 28-03.5. Shot put- 12. Y. Mendez 29-08.75, 25. H. Cook 26-05.5.

GIRLS’ TEAM SCORES: 1. St. Croix Falls 75, 2. Byron 54.5, 3. Shell Lake 40, 4. Abbotsford 36,  5. Cameron 35, 5. Colby 35, 7. Spencer 27.50, 8. Arcadia 27,  9. St. Charles 25, 10. Amery 22, 11. Ladysmith 20.5, 12. Flambeau 20, 13. Grantsburg 18, 14. Athens 16, 15. Somerset 15, 16. Cadott 8, 16. Boyceville 8,  18. Prairie Farm 7, 19.
Glenwood City 6
, 20. Elk Mound 4, 20. Cornell/Lake Holcombe 4, 22. Colfax 3, 23. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 0.5.

BOYS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 55m- 1. J. Kopaz 6.803, 9. J. Nelson 7.07, 23. D. Multhauf 7.25. 200m- 10. D. Multhauf 25.24. 800m- 20. M. Bauman 2:29.57, 21. W. Eggert 2:32.21. 1600m- 22. J. Hojem 5:38.98. 55m Hurdles- 10. E. Kahler 9.17. 4x400m relay- 18. GC 4:18.95. High jump- 18. A. Grant 5-00, 18. J. Nelson 5-00. Pole Vault- 14. O.Wagner 8-00. Long jump- 9. Q. Taylor 17-06.25, 35. M. Bauman 14-05.5. Shot put- 37. J. Klatt 26-05.25.

BOYS’ TEAM SCORES: 1. Marathon 56,  2. Grantsburg 44,  3. Spencer 43, 4. Turtle Lake/Clayton 40, 5. Abbotsford 39, 6. Elk Mound 36, 7. St. Croix Falls 31, 8. Arcadia 30, 9. St. Charles 22, 10. Amery 20, 11. Athens 19, 12. Augusta 16, 13. Somerset 12, 14. Cadott 11, 14. Cornell/Lake Holcombe 11, 14. Shell Lake 11,  17. Eau Claire Immanuel Luther 10, 17. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 10, 17. Ladysmith 10, 17. Glenwood City 10, 21. Boyceville 8, 21. Flambeau 8, 23. Colfax 3, 23. Cameron 3, 23. Fall Creek 3.