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With sunny skies and warm temperatures finally making an appearance this past week, the Mounder track and field teams found success in a pair of area competitions.
Taking part in the Dave Landgraf Invitational at Bloomer High School last Tuesday, May 3, the Elk Mound boys ran, jumped and threw their way to a fourth-place finish in the 12-team meet after scoring 79 points. Their female counterparts tallied 45 points for a ninth-place showing.
Two days later, the Elk Mound squads made the short trip to Colfax where they dominated the six-team Colfax Invitational winning the boys’ championship with 137 points while the girls team claimed the top spot tallying 127-points.
The Mounders returned to Colfax yesterday, Tuesday, May 10, for one last tune-up prior to the Dunn-St. Croix meet that will be held on Tuesday, May 17 in Glenwood City.
While neither the boys’ nor girls’ teams were able to secure any first-place finishes at the Dave Landgraf Invitational in Bloomer May 3, they did return with some silver in tow.
Senior Korbin Verdon copped a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 and 200 meter dashes.
The boys 4x100m relay also finished as a runner-up while the 4x400m relay squad placed fourth.
Juniors Ian Hazen and Aiden Schiferl were third and fourth, respectively, in the 1,600 meters while sophomore Tyler Gagner and sophomores Lucas Hanson and AJ Miller were sixth, seventh and ninth in the 400 meters.
Freshman Grant Mueller was fourth in both the long and triple jumps and placed sixth in the 110 meter high hurdles.
Fellow freshman Brooks Burcaw took fourth in the 300 meter hurdle event.
For the Mounder ladies, junior Aleya Hadenfeldt was second in the 100 meters.
The girls 4x100m relay squad took second while the 4x400m and 4x800m relay teams both finished in third place.
Sophomore Lydia Levra sprinted to a bronze finish in the 200 meters while classmate Marley King took fifth in the 1,600 meter run.
Fall Creek won both the boy’s and girl’s team championships while host Bloomer came in second for the girls and Northwestern for the boys.
The Mounder boys had 24 top six place finishes including a pair of wins and nine runners-up as it beat Eau Claire Regis by 28 points to take first place at the Colfax Invitational last Thursday, May 5.
Elk Mound’s girls’ team nearly equaled that feat as they had 21 competitors place sixth or better in Colfax including a trio of golds, four silvers and five bronze-medal finishes. The Lady Mounders beat Mondovi by nine points – 127 to 118 – to win the team title.
Senior Cason Pederson was one of four Mounder boys to earn points in the 400 meter run. Pederson took first with teammates Ian Hazen taking second, Tyler Gagner fifth and Aiden Schiferl sixth.
Hazen and Schiferl were second and fourth, respectively, in the 800 meters with teammate Trae Schaefer placing fifth.
Freshman Brook Burcaw led a Mounders’ one, two, three sweep of the 300 meter intermediate hurdles. Fellow freshman Grant Mueller was second and junior Tobey Westcott placed third.
In the 110 meter high hurdles, Burcaw was fourth, Westcott fifth and sophomore Graycen Banaszak came in sixth.
Second-place finishes also went to Jesse Moyer in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters, Westcott in the pole vault, Mueller in the long jump and senior Will King in the triple jump.
Senior Korbin Verdon placed third in the high jump, fourth in the 200m and fifth in the 100m.
Senior Olivia Schreiber, junior Aleya Hadenfeldt and sophomore Lydia Levra each won gold for the Mounder gals. Schreiber took first in the triple jump, Hadenfeldt sprinted to the top spot in the 100m and Levra was the fastest in the 200m finishing just ahead of Aleya Hadenfeldt.
Levra was second to Hadenfeldt in the 100 meters and finished second in the 400 meters were Hadenfeldt took fourth. Levra also finished fifth in the long jump.
The Mohrs dominated the girls’ 300 meter low hurdles. Carly Mohr finished as the runner-up, Kate Mohr placed third, Madisyn Mohr fourth and Marley King took fifth.
In the 100 meter high hurdles, it was “Mohr” of the same with Kate Mohr taking third while Carly Mohr hurdled into fifth place. The pair also scored well in the high jump with Kate taking second and Carly third.
Senior Kyra Hadenfeldt ran to a third-place finish in the 800 meters and junior Grace Roder took fourth in the shot put.