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Cats stand out at All-American Invite

Wildcat senior Kali Kramolis clears a hurdle on her way to a second place finish in the girls' 55-meter hurdle finals at the All-America Invitational Saturday at Knowles Center. The Wildcat girls finished 11th at the 17-team event while the boys finished 13rth out of 18 teams. Dave Newman photo.

The Wildcat track and field teams turned in a number of impressive performances at the All-America Invitational at UW-River Falls' Knowles Center Saturday.

Seventeen girls' teams and 18 boys' teams from Minnesota and Wisconsin crowded into the Knowles Center for one of the biggest indoor meets of the season. The Wildcat girls finished 11th while the boys' placed 13th. Anoka, Minn., won the girls' team title while La Crosse Central captured the boys' championship.

River Falls was led by a pair of second place finishes, from senior Kali Kramolis in the girls' 55 meter hurdles and senior David Ritter in the boys' 3200 meter run.

Kramolis turned in a time of 9.2 seconds, the second fastest time in the 26-competitor field in the 55 meter hurdle preliminaries, and shaved .08 off that to take second in the finals in 9.12 seconds. Kayla Sawtell of Mounds View, Minn., won with a time of 8.95.

Ritter held off Erik Rosvold of Eastview (Minn.) in the boys' 3200 meter run to take second with a time of 10 minutes, 24.99 seconds. Mathew Rudquist of Hudson was first in 10:03.78 while Rosvold finished third in 10:26.12.

The Wildcat girls also recorded a pair of third place finishes from freshman Paige Skorseth in the 1600 meter run and junior Lucy Ramquist in the 800 meter run. Skorseth finished the 1600 in 5:29.15 while Ramquist ran a 2:32.16 in the 800, edging Morgan Sanger of La Crosse Central by one-half second.

Senior Connor Schug boosted the Wildcat boys' team score with a third place leap of 19-feet, 8.75 inches in the long jump, while junior Mathew Berres took fourth in the 400 meter dash in 54.3 second, just behind Dylan Rivard of Somerset's third place time of 52.77.

Also scoring points for River Falls were senior Eddie Gallenberg in the boys' 55 meter dash with a sixth place time of 6.9 seconds, and senior Liz Camber in the girls' 3200 meter run with a time of 15:05.74.

Other top 10 finishes were turned in by senior Navid Rahgozar in the boys' 800 meter run (9th, 2:12.73), senior Oscar White in the boys' triple jump (10th, 39-0) and sophomore Natalie Powell in the girls' 1600 meter run (10th, 5:45.25).

The Wildcats have one more indoor meet -- the Tartan Invite Tuesday, April 6, at Knowles Center -- before opening the outside season Tuesday, April 13, at Osceola.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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