It was a great week for the Bulldogs’ track and field teams as both the boys and girls squads won the team portion at the Medford Invitational on June 1, while the boys earned first place at the St. Croix Falls Invite two days later.
“We were glad that we got this meet in as both the girls and boys teams win—it was the first win for the girls team in quite a while and also the first team win for the year for the boys as well. As a coaching staff, we tried some athletes in different events to see the possibilities for the conference meet coming up this Tuesday (May 8). We had some really good results in the process,” C-W head coach Matt Buchman stated.
On the boys side, C-W accumulated 102 points for a first-place finish ahead of Elmwood/Plum City, who earned second place honors with 82 points. Spring Valley was third with 74 points, followed by Colfax with 64.
The Bulldogs’ girls team tallied 145 points to narrowly edge Colfax’s 139.25 points and win first place. Spring Valley was third with 117.5 points, while Eau Claire Regis took fourth place with 57 points.
“We were very excited to see a new C-W/Chetek all-time record set in the 4x200-meter relay. The first-time combination of Carter Kummet, Joseph Jensen, Tristan Wendt and Ashton Kummet set the record with a time of 1:33.65. This breaks the previous mark set in 2011 of 1:33.88 by Quinn McFaul, Kyle Hanson, Turner Olson and Kreg Ziarnik.
Other highlights from the boys team included first-place finishes by the other three relay teams—the 4x800-meter relay team of Wylee Huset, Nathan Grotberg, Jed Potter and Brody Killoren; the 4x100-meter relay team of Grotberg, Ethan Bowe, Tyler Monnier and Wendt; and the 4x400-meter relay team of Liam Tschumperlin, Lawson Davis, Bowe and Jensen.
First-place finishes by individuals included:
• Bowe in the 300-meter hurdles
• Davis in the high jump at 5-feet, 9-inches
• The boys pole vaulters took first, second and third places with Jensen, Killoren and Jed Potter.
“The big point scorers of the night were the second- and third-place finishers that helped boost our team score as well,” coach Buchman noted.
Davis ran the 110-meter high hurdles for the first time and placed third, while Ashton and Carter Kummet placed second and third, respectively, in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes.
Jensen ran the 300-meter hurdles for the second time ever—the first time since he was a freshman—to place second.
The C-W boys also placed 3-4-5 in the triple jump with Davis, Grotberg and Tschumperlin.
The C-W girls had several exceptional performances from the following athletes en route to their first-place finish.
Senior Rebecca York continued her winning ways in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles. She also ran a leg of the 4x200-meter relay team with teammates Rylee Buchman, Zoe Nelson and Mariah Bilodeau and placed first.
Nelson, a freshman, placed first in the high jump with a new PR of 4-feet, 7-inches.
Placing second for the girls was the girls 4x100-meter relay team of Cierra Rihn, Bilodeau, Gesler and Nelson. Rylee Buchman also placed second in the 300-meter hurdles
Greta Jorstad finished second in the high jump and was third in shot put. Teammate Kaylee Haas took third in the 100-meter hurdles.
“This was a true team effort with multiple athletes placing in the fourth through eighth places, which made a big difference in the final team scores. Congratulations to all 13 girls that competed in the meet,” coach Buchman said.
The boys repeated their championship performances, winning the St. Croix Invitational against a field of Heart O’North foes on Thursday, June 3.
The C-W boys racked up 95 team points and were followed by Cameron with 71, St. Croix Falls with 68, Spooner with 64 and Barron with 63.
On the girls’ side, it was the hometown Saints who won the meet with 161 points. Cameron was second with 71 points, followed by Spooner with 46, Barron with 36 and C-W with 29.
“We had some really strong performances in the heat to wrap up the last day of school for our athletes. As a team, 20 more season-bests happened in the meet. This was our final tune-up before the conference meet in Hayward this week,” coach Buchman said.
First-place performances from the boys included:
• Carter Kummet in the 100-meter dash
• Ashton Kummet in the 200-meter dash
• Jensen in the 400-meter dash
• Bowe in the 300-meter hurdles
• The 4x100-meter relay team of Carter Kummet, Bowe, Monnier and Ashton Kummet
• The 4x200-meter relay team of Carter Kummet, Jensen, Wendt and Ashton Kummet
• The 4x400-meter relay team of Liam Tschumperlin, Lawson Davis, Bowe and Jensen
• Davis in the high jump
• Jensen in the pole vault
Although the girls finished in fifth place, a handful of top three finishes were earned by the following C-W athletes:
• York took second place in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles.
• The 4x100-meter relay team of Cierra Rihn, Bilodeau, Gesler and Nelson placed third.
The Bulldogs competed in the HON Conference Meet at Hayward on May 8. The regional meet is set for Monday, June 14, in Colfax. The sectional meet will take place in Cameron on Thursday, June 17.