Josh Francisco, Anthony Kowalski, and Drake Martin
(For week of 5/21/2019)
This week’s Nicolet National Bank Athlete of the Week goes to three Rhinelander High School track standouts; senior Josh Francisco, senior Anthony Kowalski, and junior Drake Martin. Francisco, Kowalski, and Martin each advanced to the Division 2 WIAA Sectionals in three events each to help lead the Hodag boys to a 17-point win over Lakeland for the sectional title.Francisco and Kowalski were part of the boys' 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams that advanced and each also qualified in individual sprint events. The team of Nick Kriesel, Francisco, AJ Kopplin, and Kowalski won the 4x100 by 0.38 seconds over Mosinee with a time of 44.02 seconds. And the team Kriesel, Francisco, Caleb Olcikas, and Kowalski beat out Medford by 0.30 seconds to win the 4x200 relay with a time of 1:34.26.Kowalski also advanced in the 200-meter dash by finishing third overall with a time of 23.21 seconds. Francisco also placed third in the 100-meter dash at 11.51 seconds to move on.And in the field events, Martin led the way and will advance to sectionals in three events; long jump, triple jump, and shot put.. Martin won the long jump (19 feet, 2.75 inches). In the triple jump, Martin earned runner-up (41-7.75) and finished fourth in shot put (45-11.75) to also advance to sectionals in Mosinee.Congratulation to Francisco, Kowalski, and Martin who each advanced to sectionals in three events for the RHS Track team!!