Elmwood/Plum City's Katie Feuker and Spring Valley's Katherine Dieckman presented the Wolves' and Cardinals' track and field fans with plenty of entertainment in their distance events on Tuesday, May 7.
The two junior distance runners went head to head in both the 1,600- and 800-meter runs at the Colfax Invite on Tuesday and finished at the top in both races.
Dieckman earned a second-place finish in the 1,600 after running a personal-best time of five minutes, 49.71 seconds, and Feuker trailed in third after running a 5:59 flat.
Feuker came out on top in the 800 after completing the race in 2:34.72, Cassidy Stanger of Ladysmith was the race's runner-up and Dieckman took third with a time of 2:38.03.
Neither the Wolves or Cardinals were competitive in the girls' team rankings - Spring Valley finished in 11th out of 17 place with 25 points, and EPC took 13th with 16 - but Feuker's and Dieckman's performances provided both teams with hope for what's to come for the two distance runners at the upcoming Dunn-St. Croix Conference meet.
The Cardinal girls also received strong finishes from senior Shye Klatt and the 4x400-meter relay team. Klatt placed fourth in the 19-participant high jump with a height of four feet, eight inches, and the relay team took fifth with a time of 4:48.01.
The Spring Valley boys showed depth in multiple events on Tuesday and finished in fifth place with 55.5 team points.
The Cardinals claimed three of the top-10 finishers in the discus throw and the field event's champion, sophomore Nate Fesenmaier. Fesenmaier has built an untouchable resume in his sophomore season and added yet another first-place finish on Tuesday after recording a throw of 129-04. Senior Lance McMurrin took third in the discus with a throw of 119-08, and Tyler Zurn claimed an eighth-place finish after recording a mark of 113-10.
Dylan Bosshart and Brenden Williams were responsible for the rest of the Cardinals' scoring. Both athletes earned in the high jump, which Bosshart won with a height of 5-11 while Williams cleared 5-04 to tie for seventh place. Bosshart added two third-place finishes in the 110-meter hurdles (16.10 seconds) and the long jump (19-03.25), and Williams took fourth in the 100 with a time of 11.96.
The Cardinals also took second in the 4x200 with a time of 1:38.31.
The EPC boys were unable to record any team points in Tuesday's meet, which was won by Northwestern on both the girls' and boys' sides.
EPC and Spring Valley are scheduled to compete in one more meet prior to the Tuesday, May 14, Dunn-St. Croix Conference meet in Durand. Both the Wolves and Cardinals will head to Boyceville on Thursday, May 9, for the Larry Z. Battle of the Small Schools meet, which is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
GIRLS' TOP-EIGHT FINISHERS:
1,600: 2. Dieckman (Spring Valley, Jr., 5:49.71) 3. Feuker (EPC, Jr., 5:59.00)
800: 1. Feuker (2:34.72) 3. Dieckman (2:38.03)
4x400: 5. Spring Valley (4:48.01)
High jump: 4. Klatt (Spring Valley, Sr., 4-08)
BOYS' TOP-EIGHT FINISHERS:
110-meter hurdles: 3. Bosshart (Spring Valley, Sr., 16.10)
100: 4. Williams (Spring Valley, Jr., 11.96)
4x200: 2. Spring Valley (1:38.31)
200: 8. Williams (25.06)
High jump: 1. Bosshart (5-11) t7. Williams (5-04)
Long jump: 3. Bosshart (19-03.25)
Discus throw: 1. Fesenmaier (Spring Valley, So., 129-04) 3. McMurrin (Spring Valley, Sr., 119-08) 8. Zurn (Spring Valley, So., 113-10)