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RHS Track competes in Medford Early Bird
By Hodagsports.com Staff - Posted on 04/15/2017
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The Rhinelander High School track team got to compete in their first outdoor meet of the 2017 season on Thursday in Medford. The Hodags competed in indoor meets for the first month of action, and fell towards the back of the pack as team, but had several individual top finishes.

At the Early Bird Invitational held at Medford High School, the RHS girls finished seventh out of nine total teams, while the boys finished last in the nine-team field. Medford girls' stole the show and finished 52.5 points ahead of Lakeland in the runner-up spot (122 points). Following the Thunderbirds was Mosinee (106 points), Antigo (88 points), Rib Lake (83.5 points), and Ashland (52 points). The lady Hodags with 39 team points finished ahead of Loyal and Crandon.

It was a closer team race on the boys' side of action, with Lakeland taking the top position with 182 points. Following was Medford, 11 points shy of the Thunderbirds. Loyal (83 points), Mosinee (72.5 points), Antigo (63.5 points), Rib Lake (27 points), and Crandon (17 points). At the bottom was the Rhinelander boys’ who charted 12 points.

Despite finishing near the back of the pack, the RHS girls had several top-10 finishes on the night. Junior Ellen Padgett led the way with two finishes inside the top-three. Padgett earned a runner-up finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.95 seconds. And she also earned third in the 100-meter dash at 14.12 seconds.

Senior Gracie Quinn also recorded a top-five finish for RHS, and placed fourth in the 1600 run with a time of 6:31.28. Junior Danielle Doughty also came through with a fifth-place finish in the 100 hurdles, clocking in at 20.61 seconds.

RHS girls charted four- sixth place finishes in relay events. In the 4x100, the Hodags finished in 59.73 seconds (Mattia Beske, Samantha Siefert, Isabella Anderson, Ida Puolivali). The girls’ 4x200 relay team came in at 2:04.6 (Siefert, Anderson, Erika Jorgensen, and Beske). Also finishing in sixth place was the Hodags' 4x800 team, clocking in at 11:45.95 (Jade Forster, Alexandra Fugle, Quinn, and Payton Hartman).

And the Rhinelander girls' 4x400 relay team finished in seventh with a time of 5:04.00. The Hodag team included Ashley Adams, Jorgensen, Kourtney Carrico, and Forster.

While the Hodags girls had two top-10 field event finishes led by junior Lexie Rick. In the shot put, Rick finished sixth with a distance of 30 feet, 3 inches. Sophomore Jorgensen finished in ninth place in the long jump at 13 feet, 9.00 inches.

On the boys' side of action, the RHS boys earned three top-10 finishes in the field events, all coming in the high jump. Sophomore Brock Lieder finished in the fifth at 5'4". Sophomore AJ Kopplin (7th) and freshman Calvin Schneider (10th) each jumped 5'0" in the finals.

Rhinelander boys' only other top-five finish came in the 4x100 relay. Sophomore Josh Francisco, freshman Nickolas Kriesel, freshman Chase Hunt, and freshman Drake Martin placed fifth with a time of 48.42 seconds.

The Hodag track team will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to Antigo to compete at the Dale Peterson Invitational.

RHS girls' tie for 3rd, boys' 4th at Lakeland Indoor
By Hodagsports.com Staff - Posted on 03/23/2017
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The Rhinelander High School track team had closer to a full lineup up on Tuesday when they competed in the T-Bird Invitational meet held at Lakeland Union High School.

It was a good starting point for the Hodags, where the girls tied for third place out of six total teams, and the boys finished fourth out of five teams in the boys' division.

Edgar girls' won the meet with 122.5 points, followed by Lakeland in second with 91 points. Rhinelander and Three Lakes tied for third, each finishing with 81 points. While Wausau Newman finished first on the boys' side with 130.52 points, with Lakeland in second at 114.53 points. Three Lakes finished in third, just four points ahead of the Hodags in fourth. 

Rhinelander had several highlight finishes on the night, and was a great way to prepare for their upcoming Great Northern Conference Indoor Invite that will be held at Northland Pines on April, 4th. 

Junior Alayna Franson charted a first and second place finish in her two individual events on the night. She led most of the mile run, before freshman Aubrey Anderson of Lakeland passed her on the last lap. Franson in second, came in with a time of 6 minutes, 8.4 seconds. Senior Gracie Quinn placed fifth in the mile as well.

While in the 3,000 meter, Franson cruised to a first-place finish, with a time of 12:27.79. Her time was 14.5 seconds ahead of freshman Kortnie Volk of Three Lakes.

Fellow junior, Ellen Padgett earned second place in the 55-meter dash. Padgett ran in an early heat and clocked in at 8.02 seconds, and would have a top time until Julianne Barkholz of Newman finished at 7.89 for the win.

Along with Padgett, the Hodags also had another top-10 finish in the 55-meter dash, with freshman Isabella Anderson placing seventh at 8.51. 

Freshman Lisa White finished in third place in the 300-meter run, with a time of 53.45 seconds. Junior Danielle Doughty charted third in the 55 and 200 hurdles. Doughty finished the 55 in 10.86 seconds and the 200 in 39.60 seconds.

Also in the 200 meter hurdles, freshman Morgan Johnson finished in fourth at 39.97, senior Payton Hartman finished fifth at 42.19, and freshman Grace Shafer placed sixth at 47.04. 

Junior Lexie Rick finish sixth in the shot put with a throw of 30 feet, 1 ½ inches. Senior Sydney Thompson cruised to an easy win in the girls' shot put, with a distance of 41-3 which marked a new Lakeland Fieldhouse record. 

A majority of the girls' 4x800 relay team returned, and finished third with a time of 11:53.01. The Hodags are still looking to fill a huge void from graduate Eva O'Melia, who help lead the Hodags to sectionals last season. The team of Franson, Quinn, Hartman, and Valerie Dalka were able to finish third.

While Erika Jorgensen, Samantha Siefert, Mattia Beske, and Padgett finished in second in the 800-sprint medley relay (two 100 meter legs, a 200-meter leg, and a 400-meter leg) with a time of 2:32.32. The same team earned a fourth-place finish in the 4x160 relay. And in the 4x400 Jorgensen, Kourtney Carrico, Jade Forster, and Ashley Adams finished second at 5:28.64. 

The RHS boys has a young squad that had good showings, especially on the sprints on the night. The Hodags won the 4x160 as well as placed second in the 4x80.

The team of Josh Francisco, Peyton Erickson, Seth Stafford, and Nick Kriesel earned the win in the 4x160 with a time of 1:27.93. Then the relay team of Francisco, Kriesel, Drake Martin, and Chase Hunt were in tight race for the 4x80 and finished second with a time of 44.00 seconds. They were edged out by Mercer by 0.39 seconds.

The Hodag's 4x400 relay team of Alex Monk, Hunt, Brock Lieder, Calvin Schneider placed third on the night with a time of 4:25.21. 

Freshman Daniel Ritchie had several impressive distance finishes on the night including second in the 1,000 and third in the mile run. Ritchie was able to edge out Donavin Schillinger of Lakeland by 0.08 seconds in the 1,000, clocking in at 3:06.88. He finished the mile at 5:17.30. 

Sophomore A.J. Kopplin would place fourth on the high jump with a height of 5'4". Fellow sophomore Brock Lieder would finish eighth in the high jump at 5'2". And freshman Schneider finished ninth at 5'0". 

The Hodags will be back in action on Tuesday, April, 4th when they take part in the Great Northern Conference Indoor Invite held at Northland Pines High School.

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