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Girls track dominates at Richfield

Sarah Schneckenberger, left, Maddie Peters, Rayna Dixen and Emily Banitt are all smiles after combining for a winning time of 4 minutes, 26.67 seconds in the 4x400 meter relay at the Spartan Invitational at Richfield, Minn. High School last Thursday. Submitted photo

River Falls girls posted first place finishes in 12 of 18 events, including the top three spots in the 400 meter dash and triple jump, to run away with the team title at the Panther Track and Field Invitational in Richfield, Minn. last Thursday.

The Wildcat girls racked up a total of 248 points to win the meet by 135 points over second place Hastings. The Wildcat boys placed second at the seven-team event with 148.5 behind Hastings' 169.5.

"It was brutally cold," Wildcat coach Colleen Sowa said. "But for the harsh conditions we performed decently well."

Sarah Langlois, Alaina Syverson and Tessa Rayne swept the top three spots in the girls 400 meter dash with Langlois posting a first place time of 1 minute, 1.98 seconds, Syverson second in 1:02.98, and Rayne third in 1:03.7.

The girls also dominated the triple jump with Danielle Miller turning in a winning effort of 32-feet, 4.5-inches, Lynsey Bilicke second with 30-09.5, and Madison Grundstrom third with 30-09. In the long jump, Emma Kozitza took first with a leap of 14-07.5 and Miller was second with 14-06.

Sam Krueger, Emily Banitt and Sarah Schneckenberger were all double winners for the Wildcat girls. Krueger won the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16.85 seconds and the pole vault with a height of 10-feet. Banitt took the 100 meter dash title in 13.4 seconds and the 200 meter dash in 27.33 seconds while Langlois was second in the 200 in 27.41.

Schwarzenegger's wins came in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:34.84 and the high jump with a leap of 4-8.

Banitt and Schneckenberger also teamed up with Maddie Peters and Rayna Dixen for a first place time of 4:26.67 in the 4x400 meter relay, while Calla Dexheimer took first in the 3200 meter run in 12:19.37 and second in the 1600 meter run in 5:43.59.

Brayden Richison and Tyler Cernohous took the top two spots in the boys 1600. Richison won the race with a time of 4:46.97 and Cernohous was second in 4:48.81.

Alexander Kotowski contributed a first place throw of 126-3 in the discus to the boys' team score while Jared Creen won the long jump with a leap of 19-11. Kotowksi also took second in the shot put with a toss of 43-6.75.

Sam Fritz added a second place time of 23.17 seconds in the 200 meter dash while Chris Wright cleared 5-10 to take second in the high jump and 12-6 to place second in the pole vault. Evan Rank placed second in the triple jump with a distance of 37-09.

Next up for the Wildcats is the Stan Barr Relays this Friday, May 5, in New Richmond.

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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