The Rhinelander High School boys' track team finished first and the girls' placed fourth in the 11-team Three Lakes Invite on Tuesday. Despite the cold and wet conditions of the meet, both the girls' and guys' proved they were up for the challenge and both show great improvements.
The RHS boys' used five event wins to edge Northland Pines by 13 points with 161.5 points. Bessemer boys' were 34.5 points points behind in third place. While Three Lakes/Phelps finished first in the girls' division with 118.5 points 42.5 points ahead of the Hodags in fourth. Tomahawk was runner-up with 112 points followed by Antigo in third with 91 points.
The RHS boys' made a few adjustments in their sprinting lineups and had five quality first-place finishes. In the 4x100 the Hodag team of Nick Kriesel, Josh Francisco, AJ Kopplin, and Anthony Kowalski won with a time of 44.64 seconds, which was 3.42 seconds ahead of runner-up Antigo.
Then in the 4x200 the RHS boys' team of Kriesel, Francisco, Caleb Olcikas, and Anthony Kowalski cruised to a 6.78 seconds victory over Antigo with a time of 1:34.00. The Robins were runner up by only 0.03 seconds ahead of Northland Pines.
Kowalski led a 1-3-4 finish for RHinelander in the 200-meter dash with the winning time of 23.60 seconds. Brock Walkowski of Three Lakes/Phelps was runner-up. Olcikas charted third at 24.21 seconds and Kriesel finished fourth at 24.41 seconds.
The Hodags also had three sprinters finish in the top-six in the 100 led be Francisco, who clocked in at 11.51 seconds. Lochlan Siegmeier of Northland Pines won with a time of 11.35 seconds. Olcikas finished fifth at 12.13 seconds and Kopplin placed sixth at 12.17 seconds.
Not only did the RHS boys’ finish well in the sprinting events, they were also solid in the field events where they had a pair of wins and also a pair of runner-up finishes. Junior Drake Martin won the long jump with a distance of 19 feet, 7 inches and junior teammate Peyton Erikson placed third at 18-7. The Hodag duo then took the top two spots in the triple jump led by Erikson at 40-4 and Martin 39-5.
In the high jump, Rhinelander had three athletes finish in the top five led by junior Calvin Schneider who finished runner-up clearing 5-10. Siegmeier of the Eagles won the high jump clearing 6-0. Kopplin came in third (5-8) and sophomore Joe Lieder tied for fifth (5-4). And in the boys' shot but RHS had three throwers finish in the top-eight. Martin was second (44-11), junior Connor Lund finished sixth (40-8), and sophomore Alex Olson placed eighth (39-1). In discus, Olson added a runner-up finish with a throw of 110-10.
Freshman Cole Worrall finished second in the boys' 300-meter hurdles (48.15 seconds) and took third in the 110 hurdles (19.58 seconds). And Rhinelander boys added a third place finish in the 4x800 relay. The team of JC Adams, Konnor Kennedy, Daniel Goldsworthy, and Tyler Olson clocked in at 10:03.89.
On the girls' side of action, Rhinelander used five second-place finishes to place fourth overall. Freshman Sage Flory had a hand in two of the Hodags' runner-up finishes. She placed second in the 200-meter dash (28.56 seconds) and was also part of the 4x100 team (Megan Brown, Isabella Anderson, and Samantha Siefert) that finished runner-up.
Brown charted second in the long jump and also added a pair of fifth place finishes in the 100 and 400. Ellie Van Camp was runner-up in the 3,200 and Aryssa Zasada finished second in the 100 hurdles. Bielefeldt, Mattia Beske, Siefert, and Lily Sneller came in third in the 4x200 relay. And Delaney Chillemi would add a fourth-place finish in the 300 hurdles and
Ellie Van Camp was second in the 3,200 and Aryssa Zasada was second in the 100 hurdles. Delaney Chillemi added a fourth-place finish in the 300 hurdles and Rhinelander finished fourth in the 4x400 (Emma Germain, Rebecca Lawrence, Lilli Bishop, Beske).
Rhinelander will be back in action on Friday night when they travel to Merrill for the Otto Bacher Invite that is slated to start at 5:00PM.