With the end of their regular seasons nearing, the Ellsworth Panthers and Prescott Cardinals track and field teams traveled to New Richmond on Friday, May 3, to compete in the 53rd Annual Stan Barr Relays where they were tested by premiere Wisconsin and Minnesota teams.
The Prescott girls earned the highest finish among the four Ellsworth and Prescott teams by finishing in 10th place at the 15-team meet with 28.50 points. The Cardinals were led by their second-place 4x100-meter throwers relay team, which completed the race in 59.81 seconds just behind the winning Somerset Spartans team. The Prescott girls also earned a third-place finish from its 4x100-meter relay team and took fourth in the 4x200.
Prescott senior Haylee Yaeger added a fifth-place finish in the shot put after recording a mark of 34 feet, one inch.
The Ellsworth girls came in 13th place with seven team points and were led by their field event athletes. Junior Stella Anderson took second in the 31-participant high jump after clearing 5-00. Senior Panther Aly Reuvers added a fourth-place finish to the Panthers' team score by recording a mark of 16-02 in the long jump.
Ellsworth senior Jordan Schlicting raised the bar for the male athletes by winning the 16-participant pole vault with a height of 12-00. Schlicting's teammate freshman Braden Matzek followed his upperclassman's lead by tying for sixth place in the pole vault after clearing 10-00.
Schlicting was the only male athlete for either the Panthers or Cardinals to leave New Richmond with a top-five finish, and he and Matzek were responsible for the 13th-place Panthers' 10 total team points.
The Cardinals finished in 14th place with three total points, which came from their seventh-place, 1,600-meter sprint medley and 3x110-meter shuttle hurdle relay teams.
Hudson finished as the top girls' team with 93 points, while River Falls collected 70 team points to win the boys' side.
Ellsworth and Prescott will continue their seasons at St. Croix Central's Invite on Tuesday, May 7. Field events are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
GIRLS' TOP-FIVE FINISHERS:
4x100: 3. Prescott (51.42)
4x100 throwers relay: 2. Prescott (59.81)
4x200: 4. Prescott (1:47.31)
High jump: 2. Anderson (Ellsworth, Jr., 5-00)
Long jump: 4. Reuvers (Ellsworth, Sr., 16-02)
Shot put: 5. Yaeger (Prescott, Sr., 34-01)
BOYS' TOP-FIVE FINISHERS:
Pole vault: 1. Schlicting (Ellsworth, Sr., 12-00)
Cardinals get taste of upcoming DSC meet
The Spring Valley Cardinals competed against seven of the eight Dunn-St. Croix track and field teams at the Durand Panthers' Invite on Friday, May 3.
Although neither Spring Valley team finished as a top contender in the team rankings, a handful of Cardinals showed they have what it takes to compete for an individual conference title.
The Cardinal boys finished in fifth place with 75 team points and earned two first-place finishes before leaving Durand. Senior Dylan Bosshart won the high jump by clearing 5-08 and was also the lead runner of the Cardinals' winning 4x200 team. Bosshart ran the first leg of the relay team that completed the race in one minute, 37.20 seconds and was followed by Nate Fesenmaier, Brenden Williams and Dakota Kerr.
Bosshart also earned second-place finishes in both the 110-meter hurdles and long jump. The Spring Valley senior recorded a new personal-best time of 15.70 in his hurdles race but was still defeated by Glenwood City's Hadin DeSmith who finished the race 0.10 seconds before Bosshart.
Fesenmaier, one of the top throwers in the DSC, took second in the discus throw with a mark of 120-00. He was defeated by Cofax's Ed Hydukovich who won the event with a toss of 125-02. Spring Valley senior Lance McMurrin took third in the discus after recording a mark of 118-00.
The Spring Valley boys also earned a fourth- and fifth-place finish from junior Brenden Williams. Williams finished fourth in the 100 with a time of 12.00 and took fifth in the high jump after clearing 5-04.
The Cardinal girls finished in seventh place at the nine-team meet and were led by junior Katherine Dieckman who played a hand in three of the Cardinals' six top-five finishes.
Dieckman began the day by winning the 1,600 with a new personal-best time of 5:54.70. She added another new personal-best time in the 800 where she took second place with a time of 2:37.10. The junior Cardinal also served as her team's third runner in the 4x200 relay. Sandy Bune, Savannah Carlberg, Dieckman and Klatt completed the relay in 2:03.00 to earn a fourth-place finish.
Bune and Klatt were responsible for the Cardinals' other three top-five finishes. Klatt found herself in a three-way tie for third place in the 100 after completing the sprint in 13.60 seconds and added a second place finish in the high jump after clearing 4-08.
Bune challenged Glenwood City's Kinzie Strong in the 400 after recording her season-best time of 1:10.10, which earned her a second-place finish. Strong won the race with a time of 1:09.10.
The Cardinals will continue their season on Tuesday, May 7, at 3:30 p.m. at Colfax High School.
GIRLS' TOP-FIVE FINISHERS:
100: t3. Klatt (Sr., 13.60)
1,600: 1. Dieckman (Jr., 5:54.70)
4x200: 4. Spring Valley (Bune, Carlberg, Dieckman, Klatt; 2:03.00)
400: 2. Bune (Jr., 1:10.10)
800: 2. Dieckman (Jr., 2:37.10)
High jump: 2. Klatt (4-08)
BOYS' TOP-FIVE FINISHERS:
110-meter hurdles: 2. Bosshart (Sr., 15.70)
100: 4. Williams (Jr., 12.00)
4x200: 1. Spring Valley (Bosshart, Fesenmaier, Williams, Kerr; 1:37.20)
High jump: 1. Bosshart (5-08) 5. Williams (5-04)
Long jump: 2. Bosshart (19-09.50)
Discus throw: 2. Fesenmaier (So., 120-00) 3. McMurrin (Sr., 118-00)