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Girls first at Ellsworth Invite

River Falls' Paige Skorseth and Lucy Ramquist compete in a soggy 1600 meter run at the New Richmond Relays Monday in New Richmond. Ramquist took second in the event and Skorseth was third. Dave Newman photo

Paige Skorseth and Natalie Powell finished first and second, respectively, in the 3200 meter run to provide the margin of victory for the Cats at the Ellsworth Track and Field Invitational last Monday in Ellsworth.

Skorseth won with a time of 11 minutes, 56.4 seconds and Powell was second in 12:03.37 to earn 14 team points and give the Cats a total of 104 points for the meet. Menomonie was second with 98 followed by Ellsworth with 97 and New Richmond with 72.

New Richmond won the five-team boys competition with 113.5 followed by Ellsworth with 93, River Falls with 80, Menomonie with 60.5 and Durand with 27.

The Wildcat girls had a total of five first place finishes at the meet. In addition to winning the 3200, Skorseth also won the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:22.41 while teammate Lucy Ramquist was second in 5:23.76.

The Cats also took the top two spots in the pole vault, with Kayla Rohl clearing 9-feet for first and Ellen Claus 8-feet for second. Kali Kramolis won the 100 meter hurdles in 16.68 seconds and Emily Snyder won the 300 hurdles in 50.63.

River Falls had two of the top three finishers in the girls' 800 meter run with Ramquist placing second in 2:27.26 and Laura Anderson third in 2:31.49. Tessa Coggio had a pair of second place finishes--in the 100 meter dash in 13.43 seconds and the 200 meter dash in 27.83.

The Wildcat boys were paced by their middle distance and distance runners, picking up first place performances from Casey Schellhorn in the 800 meter run (2:08.21), Ethan Genco in the 1600 meter run (4:51.87) and David Ritter in the 3200 meter run (10:29.45.

Navid Rahgozar added a third place finish in the 800 (2:10.09) and Shae Taylor was third in the 1600 meter run (4:55.93) to boost the Cats' team score.

Edward Gallenberg added a second place time of 11.86 in the 100 meter dash and Travis Johnson was second in the pole vault (10-0), while Connor Schug placed second in the long jump (19-4).

The Wildcat boys' received third place finishes from Michael Johnson in the 300 hurdles (45.21), and Charles Meyer in the 200 meter dash (25.14).

This past Monday the Cats competed at the New Richmond Relays, which were originally scheduled for last Friday but postponed due to weather. The Wildcat boys finished fourth out of 10 teams while the girls placed sixth out of nine.

River Falls' boys earned first place in the 4 x 800 meter relay with Mitchell Lenneman, Rahgozar, Schellhorn and Genco combining for a time of 8:45.3. Schug won the long jump with a leap of 19-6 and Oscar White was third with 18-8.

In the girls' competition, Laura Barnes, Hannah Morrow, Zsofi Szekelyhidi and Courtney Johnson teamed up for a first place time of 59.7 seconds in the 4 x 100 meter throwers relay while Claus and Rohl each cleared 7-6 to give the Cats' a first place total of 10 points in the pole vault relay.

In the 1600 meter run relay, Ramquist was second in 5:17.6, Skorseth took third in 5:24.9, Anderson finished seventh in 5:33.5 and Monica Morgan placed 13th in 5:52.2 to earn a first place total of 10 team points.

The Cats will compete at the Big Rivers Conference Championships Tuesday in Chippewa Falls.

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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