After a rigorous stretch for the Rhinelander High School track team where the Hodags competed in five meets in 15 days, RHS boys finished third and girls charted sixth Tuesday at the Hatchet Invitational. Although Rhinelander did not see many personal bests on the day, they finished well against a mix of teams from not only the Great Northern Conference but the Indianhead, Marawood, and Northern Lakes conferences as well.
The Marathon boys and girls each won their division followed by Northland Pines in second. The RHS boys placed third with 82 points and finished ahead of Tomahawk, Stratford, Three Lakes, Laona/Wabeno, and Mercer. The RHS girls had 41 points in sixth place and finished ahead of Mercer and Laona/Wabeno.
The RHS boys charted an impressive third place finish and would only come behind Marathon and Northland Pines and they finished 18-points ahead of host- Tomahawk. Rhinelander recorded three, runner-up finishes on the evening from sophomore Peyton Erikson (triple jump), sophomore Drake Martin (long jump) as well as the 4x100-meter relay (Josh Francisco, Nick Kriesel, AJ Kopplin, and Anthony Kowalski).
Martin/Erikson went 2-3 in the long jump for Rhinelander finishing behind Northland Pines senior Aaron Ewert who jumped 18 feet, 3.5 inches. Martin earned second with a jump of 18-2 and Erikson wasn't far behind in third at 18-0. Erikson also finished second place in the triple jump at 40-6. Martin also added sixth place finishes in the triple jump and shot put.
The Rhinelander boys' 4x100-meter relay team of Francisco, Kriesel, Kopplin, and Kowalski earned second place with a time of 46.63 seconds. Three Lakes boys won the 4x100 by 0.58 seconds.
The Hodag boys also had good showings in the jumps and sprints on the day including a 3-4-6 in the high jump. Sophomore Calvin Schneider, junior Brock Lieder, and junior Kopplin all cleared 5 feet, 6 inches. Schneider finished third, Lieder placed fourth, and Kopplin charted sixth for 13 points alone in the boys' division.
In the 110 hurdles, senior Alex Monk finished in third at 18.27 seconds behind a pair of Marathon seniors; Dustin Knoeck and Richard Seubert. Kriesel finished fourth in the 200 and also sixth in the 100. While Francisco charted fourth in the 100 and sophomore Daniel Ritchie placed fifth in the 400.
Junior Bridger Flory finally cracked the five-minute barrier in the boys' 1,600-meter run, clocking in at 4:53.88 and earned fifth place. The Rhinelander boys' 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams all also placed fifth.
On the girls' side of action senior Ellen Padgett had a solid day for the Hodags and recorded a third-place finish in the 400, fourth in the 100, and seventh in the long jump. Padgett had the top GNC girls' time in the 400 at 1:06.59.
Senior Lexie Rick finished in fourth place in the discus and fifth in the shot put. While sophomore Isabella Anderson placed fourth in the 200 and sixth in the 100. Senior Claire Arbuckle finished fifth in the 800, freshman Alison DeNamur came in fifth in the 3,200, and freshman Delaney Chillemi placed sixth in the 100 hurdles. The RHS girls' 4x100 relay team also finished fifth.
Rhinelander will now prepare for the Great Northern Conference outdoor meet which will take place Tuesday in Medford. The WIAA regionals will be held at Wausau East the following Monday.
The Rhinelander High School track and field team battled in their second indoor meet of 2018 and finished in the middle of the pack against quality opponents. The Hodag boys finished third out of five teams, while the RHS girls placed fourth out of six teams at the Lakeland Indoor Invite.
Lakeland girls' and boys' each swept their divisions. The Thunderbird boys finished first with 136 points out of four teams, while the Thunderbird girls also placed first with 133 points. The RHS boys' in third place, were only 11 points away from Newman Catholic who were runner-up (82 points). Three Lakes boys rounded out the teams in fourth with 50 points.
Three Lake girls earned second (119.5) followed by Edgar in third (93.5). RHS girls finished fourth with 61 points and finished ahead of Newman Catholic (45) and Mercer (29).
Rhinelander's lone first place in the invitational went to junior AJ Kopplin who won the boys' high jump after clearing 5 feet, 10 inches. Kopplin won a three-way tie over Jacob Rexroade of Lakelland, who is the defending Great Northern Conference champion and Charlie McCarty of Wausau Newman. Calvin Schneider also scored points for RHS in the high jump and finished fifth after clearing 5-6.
Senior Alex Monk continued to stand out in the hurdles for the RHS boys' and added a pair of runner-up finishes in the 55 and 200-meter hurdles. Monk finished the 55 in 9.40 seconds to finish second, Joe Zeimetz of Newman Catholic won with a time of 8.95 seconds. In the 200, Monk again finished second with a time of 31.36 seconds, while Lakeland senior Maquian Johnson won with a time of 29.39.
In the boys' 55-meter dash, Rhinelander had a pair of sprinters finish 2-3; sophomore Nick Kriesel and junior Josh Francisco. Kriesel was only 0.01 seconds from finishing first with a time of 7.16 seconds. Lakeland senior Robert Burgess won with a time of 7.15 seconds. Francisco finished third with a time of 7.22 seconds.
RHS boys scored several points in the distance events on the day; freshmen Daniel Goldsworthy and Tristan Fuss went 2-3 in the 1,500-meters. University of Wisconsin-Madison recruit, Kav FitzPatrick of Lakeland won with a time of 4:28.82 seconds. Goldsworthy finished second at 5:44.11 and Fuss was right behind in third at 5:44.32 seconds. Goldsworthy also added a fifth-place finish in the 3,000-meters, clocking in at 12:37.70.
Sophomores Drake Martin and Peyton Erikson also finished 2-3 in the boys' long jump. Lakeland senior Burgess won with a distance of 18-11.50. Martin finished runner-up at 18-10.25, only 1.25 inches away. Erikson jumped an 18-08.25 for third place.
Erikson also earned a fourth-place finish in the triple with a jump of 36-07.00. In the 55-hurdles freshman Jacques Tulowitzky added a fifth-place finish with a time of 10.35 seconds.
The RHS boys' 4x160 relay, 4x80, and 4x400 relay teams also scored points for the Hodags. Martin, Kriesel, Isaiah Piosalan, and Seth Stafford earned runner-up in the 4x160 relay, clocking in at 1:25.31. Three Lakes won the event with a time of 1:24.49.
While both the 4x80 and 4x400 relay teams earned third place finishes. Josef Lieder, Stafford, Hugh Wiese, and Piosalan made up the 4x80 team that finished at 45.60 seconds. And Erikson, Monk, Jack Kovac, and Schneider made up the 4x400 team, that finished with a time of 4:16.98.
Martin also finished third in the boys' shot put at 40-0 and freshman Alex Olson finished fourth in the shot put at 37-02.50.
On the girls' side of action, freshman Alison DeNamur earned fourth place in the 600, 1,500, and 3,000-meter events. DeNamur finished the 600 at 2:27.28, the 1,500 at 6:41.89, and the 3,000 at 14:48.55.
Senior Lexie Rick finished second in the girls' shot put with a throw of 32-01.25. Mercer sophomore Aubrey Schoeneman won the girls' shot put with a distance of 34-11.50.
Fellow senior Ellen Padgett placed third in the 300-meter dash and added a fourth-place finish in the 55-meter dash. Padgett clocked in at 49.79 seconds in the 300, and at 8.18 seconds in the 55. Sophomore teammate Isabella Anderson finished fifth in the 55 at 8.34 seconds.
Sophomore Morgan Johnson scored points for the RHS girls' in the 55 and 200 hurdles. Johnson finished third in the 55-hurdles with a time of 11.40 seconds, with sophomore teammate Aryssa Zasada finishing fifth at 11.54 seconds. And in the 200-hurdles, Johnson finished fourth at 37.75 seconds and Zasada placed sixth at 39.54 seconds.
The RHS girls' also added a pair of third place finishes in the 4x160 relay and the 800 sprint medley relays. Mattia Beske, Anderson, Samantha Siefert, and Delaney Chillemi clocked in at 1:44.61 in the 4x160. While Beske, Anderson, Padgett, and Claire Arbuckle finished the 800-sprint medley at 2:34.76.
The Rhinelander girls' also saw a minor injury to freshman Rebecca Lawrence in the girls’ high jump. Lawrence cleared 4-6 before scratching due to a calf injury.
The Hodags will compete in the Great Northern Conference Indoor meet at Northland Pines High School on Tuesday, April 3rd.
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