Three-Peat! Elk Mound boys win third straight D-SC track title

Elk Mound's Cade Hanson

CHASING THE LEADER — Mounders’ sophomore Cade Hanson kept pace with Durand’s Isaac Wegnar during the boys’ 1,600 m race at the conference meet in Mondovi last Tuesday. Hanson finished second in the race but won the 800 meter run. —photo by Shawn DeWitt

MONDOVI — Talent and numbers are a hard combination to beat when it comes to track and field.

And the Elk Mound boys have an abundance of both as they demonstrated at the 2018 Dunn-St. Croix Conference Track and Field meet held last Tuesday, May 15 in Mondovi under warm conditions.

The Mounder boys’ accumulated seven first-place finishes, six seconds, five thirds, ten other point placements – fourth through eighth – and 194 points in all to capture their third straight conference track and field championship.

Elk Mound’s margin of victory was an astonishing 30 points over a very good squad from Durand, who finished second with 164 points. Glenwood City was a distant third with 90 and host Mondovi came in fourth with 85 points.

Elk Mound’s girls also did well finishing third in the final 8-team standings with 97, just two points in front of fourth-place finisher Glenwood City. Host Mondovi edged Colfax, 118 to 116, to win the girls’ team title.

“I knew going into the meet that the Durand boys were going to be tough competition as they are well coached and have great depth,” stated Jonathon Langreck, Elk Mound’s first-year head coach, of the boys title chase.

And the Panthers were!

Durand’s male athletes won a half dozen individual titles including three championships by senior Karter Kurth (100 m, 200m and 400 m) and a pair from junior Isaac Wegnar (1,600 m and 3,200 m).

But in the end, the Panthers simply could not overcome the Mounders’ depth and senior leadership.

“I thought our senior boys did a great job setting the pace coming out early and taking top finishes,” added Langreck. “All the kids did well in the heat and gave maximum effort for a great team win for the boys.”

As he has done all year, senior hurdler Jake Johnson came out on top of both races in Mondovi last Tuesday. Johnson took gold in the 110 m high hurdles with a run of :15.90. He then turned around and won the 300 m intermediate hurdles an hour later, buzzing over the hurdle set in :42.92.

Two of Johnson’s senior classmates, Tyler Brantner and Andrew Benson, scored points in three events including a victory for each.

Andrew Benson

THE MOUNDERS’ Andrew Benson threw the shot put 39’ 3.5” at last Tuesday’s conference meet in Mondovi to place third. Benson also won the discus to help the Elk Mound boys win their third straight conference championship. —photo by Shawn DeWitt

Brantner placed well in the jumping events. He soared six feet to win the high jump, took second in the triple jump (39’ 9.5”) and third place in the long jump (19’ 11.5”).

Benson came in fifth in the triple jump (36’ 10”) but dominated in the weight events. He tossed the discus 126’ 7” to top his classmate and teammate Conner Mavis, who was second with a throw of 123’ 4”, for the event win. Benson also took the bronze in the shot put after a heave of 39’ 3.5”.

Mavis also scored points in the shot put after a throw of 37’ 6” gave him sixth place.

Three other senior put points on the board for the Elk Mound men. Bryce Kasper placed fourth in the shot put, and Jack Emberson (pole vault) and Nate Lind (800 m) each added a fifth.

Junior Brady Redwine joined Brantner and Benson with a trio of places. The speedster ran to a second in the 200 m (:23.412) and third in the 100 m (:11.50) before he added another silver, this one in the long jump (20’ 0.75”).

Cade Hanson won the 800 m and placed second in the 1,600 m. The sophomore’s winning time in the two-lap 800 meters was 2:07.38 and he finished in 4:46.04 in the 1,600.

Fellow sophomores Andrew Pathos captured a fourth in the 3,200 m and was sixth in the 1,600 m while Seth Hazen sprinted to a fourth in the 400 m.

Junior Rian Flynn took home a pair of fifth-place finishes in the 100 m and high jump and senior Nate Lind added a fifth in the 800 m run.

The boys also dominated in the relay events winning two races and placing second and third in the other two.

Brady Redwine

ELK MOUND SPEEDSTER Brady Redwine (left) ran in the finals of the 200 meters at last Tuesday’s conference meet in Mondovi. Redwine finished second in the race as well as the long jump and took third in the 100 m. —photo by Shawn DeWitt

Nate Lind, Seth Hazen, Jake Johnson and Marquis Kasakaitas won the 4×400 m relay in 3:45.38. Hazen and Lind joined with Cade Hanson and Andrew Pathos to run a winning time of 9:01.12 in the 4×800 m relay.

The 4×100 m relay squad came in second to defending conference and state champion Glenwood City and the 4×200 m team finished third.

Five different athletes placed and scored points in at least two different events for the Elk Mound girls’ squad helping it to finish third in the May 15 conference meet.

But it was senior Maddie Jenson’s jump of 4’ 8” in the high jump that gave the Mounder gals their lone win in the Dunn-St. Croix meet.

“I felt the girls competition was pretty balanced among the top four team,” stated Coach Langreck. “I knew it was going to be closer than years past in terms of repeating for the conference championship.”

“Our girls performed well and gave maximum effort too,” added Langreck.

On the heels of Maddie Jensen’s high jump gold, classmate Hannah Cedarblade scored well in both hurdling events. Cedarblade ran to the silver in the 300 m low hurdles with a time of :54.23 and was clocked at :18.18 to take third in the 100 m highs.

Sophomore Kristin Martinson earned bronze medals in the 800 and 1,600 meter runs. Junior Brooke Plaszcz place fourth in the 800 m and was eighth in the 400 m.

Paige Vanschoonhoven captured points in three events. The sophomore took seventh place in both the 100 and 200 m sprints and was eighth in the long jump.

Elk Mound girls run in 1,600 m

MILERS — Elk Mound’s Kristin Martinson, left, and Alana Plaszcz ran together during the 1,600 meters at last Tuesday’s Dunn-St. Croix Conference meet in Mondovi. Martinson placed third and Alana Plaszcz was fourth. Martinson also finished third in the 800 m. —photo by Shawn DeWitt

Freshman Kennedy Pritchard ran to fifth in the 100 m and eighth in the 200 m.

Fourths went to junior Alana Plaszcz in the 1,600 m and Lizzy Lindquist in the pole vault.

The ladies relay teams also did well. The 4×800 meter squad of Brooke and Alana Plaszcz, Kristin Martinson and Victoria Fasbender placed second. The 4×200 m team was third, fourth-place was earned by the 4×100 m team and the 4×400 m squad finished sixth.

Elk Mound ran in the WIAA Division 2 regional held in Colfax Monday afternoon. The top four place winners in each event will advance to sectional meet at Colby High School which will be held tomorrow, May 24. Again, the top four finishers will advance to the state meet in LaCrosse on June 1 and 2.

BOYS’ TEAM RESULTS: 1. Elk Mound 194, 2. Durand 164, 3. Glenwood City 90, 4. Mondovi 85, 5. Colfax 60, 6. Spring Valley 41, 7. Boyceville 30, 8. Elmwood/Plum City 27.

ELK MOUND BOYS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (INCLUDES FIRST-PLACE FINISHER IN EACH EVENT): 100 m – 1. Karter Kurth, Durand, :11.08; 3. Brady Redwine, :11.50; 5. Rian Flynn, :11.75; 200 m – 1. Karter Kurth, Durand, :22.80; 2. Brady Redwine, :23.41; 5. Rian Flynn, :23.95; 400 m – 1. Karter Kurth, Durand, :52.19; 3. Seth Hazen, :54.63; 800 m – 1. Cade Hanson, 2:07.38; 5. Nate Lind, 2:09.21; 1,600 m – 1. Isaac Wegnar, Durand, 4:40.69; 2. Cade Hanson, 4:46.04; 6. Andrew Pathos, 5:04.86; 3,200 m – 1. Isaac Wegnar, Durand, 10:27.10; 4. Andrew Pathos, 11:16.12; 110 m hurdles – 1. Jake Johnson, :15.90; 300 m hurdles – 1. Jake Johnson, :42.92; 10. Andrew Benson, :49.60; 4×100 m relay – 1. Glenwood City, :44.84; 2. Elk Mound (Tyler Brantner, Brady Redwine, Rian Flynn, Ryan Mohr), :45.45; 4×200 m relay – 1. Glenwood City, 1:33.97; 3. Elk Mound (Dominic Hull, Marquis Kasakaitas, Galen Young, Ryan Mohr), 1:39.38; 4×400 m relay – 1. Elk Mound (Nate Lind, Seth Hazen, Jake Johnson, Marquis Kasakaitas), 3:45.38; 4×800 m relay – 1. Elk Mound (Cade Hanson, Seth Hazen, Andrew Pathos, Nate Lind), 9:01.12; High Jump – 1. Tyler Brantner, 6’; 5. Rian Flynn, 5’ 4”; Pole Vault – 1. Brandon Kenefick, Boyceville, 13’; 4. Galen Young, 10’ 6”; 5. Jack Emberson, 9’; 8. Luke Hanson, 8’; Long Jump – 1. Derek Fedie, Mondovi, 20’ 3”; 2. Brady Redwine, 20’ .75”; 3. Tyler Brantner, 19’ 11.5”; Triple Jump – 1. Taylor Quinn, Glenwood City, 40’ 7”; 2. Tyler Brantner, 39’ 9.5”; 5. Andrew Benson, 36’ 10”; Shot Put – 1. Jacob Zeilinger, Durand, 44’ 3.5”; 3. Andrew Benson, 39’ 3.5”; 4. Bryce Kasper, 38’ 9.75”; 6. Conner Mavis, 37’ 6”; Discus – 1. Andrew Benson, 126’ 7”; 2. Conner Mavis, 123’ 4”; 10. Marquis Kasakaitas, 100’ 2”.

GIRLS’ TEAM SCORES: 1. Mondovi 118, 2. Colfax 116, 3. Elk Mound 97, 4. Glenwood City 95, 5. Elmwood/Plum City 78, 6. Durand 67, 7. Boyceville 62, 8. Spring Valley 59.

ELK MOUND GIRLS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (INCLUDES FIRST-PLACE FINISHER IN EACH EVENT): 100 m – 1. Morgan Schleusner, Colfax, :13.51; 5. Kennedy Pritchard, :13.72; 7. Paige Vanschoonhoven, :14.09; Sydney Simpson, :14.45; 200 m – 1. Katie Feuker, Elmwood/Plum City, :28.31; 7. Paige Vanschoonhoven, :29.78; 8. Kennedy Pritchard, :30.02; 9. Kourtney Zurbuchen, :29.83; 400 m – 1.  Katie Feuker, Elmwood/Plum City, 1:04.14; 8. Brooke Plaszcz, 1:10.21; 10. Lizzy Lindquist, 1:11.59; 800 m – 1. Kassye Todd, Elmwood/Plum City, 2:30.14; 3. Kristin Martinson, 2:39.48; 4. Brooke Plaszcz, 2:45.93; 1,600 m – 1. Kassye Todd, Elmwood/Plum City, 5:32.84; 3. Kristin Martinson, 5:46.04; 4. Alan Plaszcz, 5:49.93; 10. Victoria Fasbender, 6:20.93; 3,200 m – 1. Kassye Todd, Elmwood/Plum City, 12:33.63; 3. Alana Plaszcz, 12:53.71; 7. Victoria Fasbender, 14:03.73; 100 m hurdles – 1. Kameri Meredith, Colfax, :17.01; 3. Hannah Cedarblade, :18.18; 300 m hurdles – 1. Morgan Schleusner, Colfax, :50.38; 2. Hannah Cedarblade, :54.23; 4×100 m relay – 1. Glenwood City, :53.86; 4. Elk Mound (Maddie Jenson, Sydney Simpson, Paige Vanschoonhoven, Kennedy Pritchard), :54.50; 4×200 m relay – 1. Spring Valley, 1:53.23; 3. Elk Mound (Hannah Cedarblade, Sydney Simpson, Kourtney Zurbuchen, Maddie Jenson), 1:58.12; 4×400 m relay – 1. Glenwood City, 4:25.16; 6. Elk Mound (Claudia Paul, Lizzy Lindquist, Danielle Wagner, Chloe Simpson), 4:59.33; 4×800 m relay – 1. Mondovi, 10:32.58; 2. Elk Mound (Brooke Plaszcz, Alana Plaszcz, Victoria Fasbender, Kristin Martinson), 10:43.31; High Jump – 1. Maddie Jenson, 4’ 8”; 6. Chloe Simpson, 4’ 4”; Pole Vault – 1. Megan Hintzman, Boyceville, 8’; 4. Lizzy Lindquist, 7’; 7. Danielle Wagner, 6’; Long Jump – 1. Brooke Polzer, Durand, 16’ 2.75”; 8. Paige Vanschoonhoven, 13’ 9”; 10. Kennedy Pritchard, 13’ 1.5”; 11. Hannah Cedarblade, 12’ 11.5”; Triple Jump – 1. Brooke Polzer, Durand, 33’ 11.5”; 9. Chloe Simpson, 27’ 2.5”; Shot Put – 1. Yasmin Mendez, Glenwood City, 32’ 10.5”; 11. Abby Kasper, 25’ 11.5”; Discus – 1. Morgen Jensen, Colfax, 113’; 16. Hannah Simpson, 63’ 2”. 

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