The Somerset track athletes concentrated on individual events in last Tuesday's meet at Baldwin-Woodville, producing excellent results. The Spartans boys earned the meet championship and the Spartan girls took fifth place.
Somerset coach Brandon Berrey said the coaches wanted to get the team reps in open events. The only relay Somerset ran was the girls 400-meter relay, because the girls wanted to work on their handoffs.
Somerset's boys earned the title, with winning just two events. Zach Maitrejean was the champion in the 200 and James Schachtner took the top spot in the triple jump.
What won the meet for the Spartans was incredible depth and balance. That depth showed most in the sprints. The Spartans had five of the eight top finishers in the 100, and they took three spots in the 200 and 400. The Spartans earned points in every individual event.
Berrey said there were a number of Spartans who showed they could contribute in a number events, led by Schachtner and Spencer Sindt. The coaches were surprised that Schachtner was able to take third in the 100.
"Spencer Sindt had one of the best nights of his career," Berrey said.
The Spartan girls are becoming a more well-rounded team with each meet. Eve Goldstein and Keely Pitcher led the individual efforts. Pitcher took second in the 100 and fourth in the 200.
Goldstein won both throwing events, but she's not alone in those events. Adrianna Meath and Brynn Kumlien also placed in both events, led by Meath's third-place showing in the discus throw.
Also earning individual points for the Spartans were Jade Adkins, Anna Bartig, Madilyn Young, Hope Baillargeon and Drew Kreibich. Kreibich took fifth in the triple jump, an event that has been a scoring void for the Spartans the past few seasons.
If the weather permits, the track schedule will pick up this week. Somerset, New Richmond and St. Croix Central are all scheduled to compete at Osceola this Tuesday. New Richmond will compete at Prescott on Thursday, while Somerset competes at UW-River Falls.