Welch, Kisting win two events for T-Birds
By Greg Seubert
That’s all that separated the first- and second-place girls’ track teams May 14 at the Central Wisconsin-8 Conference meet.
When the points were totaled at the end of the eight-team competition at Weyauwega-Fremont High School, W-F had edged Wittenberg-Birnamwood by a point to win the girls’ championship. Bonduel won the boys’ title.
Team scores for the girls were W-F (164), W-B (163), Bonduel (122.5), Pacelli (68.5), Iola-Scandinavia (63), Manawa (35), Amherst (32) and Shiocton (9). Team scores for the boys were Bonduel (160), Pacelli (98), Shiocton (79), I-S (78), Manawa (73), Amherst (70), W-F (61) and W-B (37).
“Honestly, it was one of the most epic team battles between us and Wittenberg- Birnamwood that I have seen in awhile,” W-F coach Jered Wilson said. “They have been on the top for a very long time and in order to topple the giant, everyone had to perform.”
That includes Cara Volz, who won the 100-meter hurdles (17.04), 300-meter hurdles (47.65) and triple jump (35 feet, 3 1/4 inches); and Becky Schroeder, who won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 3 inches, 5 inches higher than second-place finishers Paige Norrbom of W-B and Bonduel’s Hayley Pues.
“Cara and Becky had big days, but everyone had a part in this,” Wilson said. “Our girls didn’t care that they were the underdogs. They just wanted a chance at the team title and they took it.”
Karissa Akey, who like Volz is splitting time this season on the track and softball teams, won the shot put event with a throw of 31 feet, 9 1/4 inches, while Natalie Schneider, Marissa Mason, Hannah Sroka and Kim Gilbert teamed up to win the 400-meter relay race in 54.93 and the 800-meter relay team of Schroeder, Schneider, Mason and Sroka placed first in 1:54.07.
The Indians also had a first-place relay team on the boys’ side, as Payton Magdanz, Dylan Pankow, Brandon Hanes and Hunter McClone won the 400 race in 46.44.
I-S had a pair of two-event winners, as Kristian Welch won the boys’ 100- and 200-meter dashes (11.56 and 22.95), while Erika Kisting won the girls’ 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs (5:32.76 and 12:03.25).
Manawa’s first-place finish came in the boys’ 800 relay race, as Daniel Teuscher, Zach Kreklow, Ethan Hass and Trenton Saunders turned in a time of 1:37.21.
• Wild Rose and Rosholt won boys’ and girls’ championships, respectively, May 14 in the CWC-10 meet in Wild Rose.
Firsts for the Wild Rose boys went to Tanner Hudziak in the 100, 200 and 400 (11.7, 23.51 and 52.12); Isaac Hanson in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles (17,17 and 43.76); Austin Schroeder in the high jump (6 feet); Tyler Bauer in the discus (146 feet, 9 inches); and the 400, 800 relay team (1:36.97).
Firsts for the girls went to Bre Marchan in the 100 and 200 (13.26 and 27.32) and long jump (17 feet, 1 inch); Cora Reinke in the shot put (37 feet, 2 inches); and the 400 and 800 relay teams (54.4 and 1:55.49).