Lewis a winner, Antigo teams show promise in GNC indoor races at Pines|
April 10, 2013
Tyler Lewis snagged Antigo’s lone victory Tuesday as the Red Robin track and field team closed the indoor portion of the Great Northern Conference season at Northland Pines.
The boys finished sixth overall at the meet while the Robin ladies placed seventh.
“As the indoor season closes, the athletes are hungry to get outside on the 400 meter track. The weather is getting tiring to a degree, but everyone knows it's just the Wisconsin way,” coach Darren Drewek said. “One year you get lucky with weather, the next not as much. We adapt well at practice. The hope is that we don’t have to cancel too many outdoor meets.”
Tuesday’s meet was actually the first since March 25 when Antigo hosted the Red Robin Invitational.
“The team was excited to get on a 200 meter track from a long two-week competitive hiatus. There were some hiccups at the meet, but it was a great learning experience for the weeks to come,” Drewek said. “Once everyone is healthy from injuries and starts peaking, the outdoor season looks very promising.”
With the track already covered in white and more snow in the forecast, the actual start date of the outdoor season remains in doubt.
Sprint to Win
On the lead of Lewis’ stellar first place effort in the 200 meter dash, the Antigo boys scored a total of 56.5 points to finish sixth in the seven team meet. Lakeland took the title at 139.5 followed by Northland Pines, 122; Medford, 112; Mosinee, 79; and Tomahawk, 69. Rhinelander was last with 43.
Lewis ran the 200 in 24.07, edging out runnerup Ryan Ozlie of Pines who came in second at 24.29 seconds.
Lewis took third in the 55 meter dash (6.93) and joined Aeric Berner, David Ison and Eli Wickersheim in taking fourth in the 4x400 relay.
“Tyler, as usual, had a great showing in the sprints. He is excited for the outdoor season and will continue to improve,” Drewek said.
Ison added a bronze to his medal standing in the 400 meter, finishing third (55.65) behind Pines Jonny Schwenn and Mosinee’s Jeremy Weinberg.
The 4x800 relay team — Aaron Koss, Eli Wickersheim, Abe Shinners and Michael Purdun — showed great improvement and finished third with a time of 9:13.3.
Long-distance runner Collin Koss placed fourth in the two mile (10:57.33) and was fifth in the one mile (4:55.97). Teammate Cortland Tatro took seventh in the shorter distance at 5:00.85.
Caleb Hohensee competed in the pole vault, taking fourth overall with a 11’ 6’’ leap.
Other top seven efforts came from Justin Hickman, sixth in high jump (5’ 4’’); Shinners, seventh in the 800 meter (2:16.48).
Red Robin Ladies
Antigo’s ladies showed their strength in numbers with two of its relay teams finishing within the top five.
Its 4x200 team — a crew consisting of sophomore Sarah Duff and seniors Emily Marciniak, Maddy Nelson and Chelsie Marshall — clocked a time of 1:57.35 to finish second overall. Tomahawk finished a step ahead, coasting in at 1:56.5.
The 4x400 team — Sami Smits, Chelsea Payant, Mandy Petts and Marshall — took fourth with a time of 4:52.1. Rhinelander posted the winning time at 4:42.74.
“The girls team had some impressive surprises, and their 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams will be competitive as the season continues,” Drewek said.
Hurdlers Emily McGhee and Katie Hoeppner both put in strong performances in their respective events — McGhee coming in third in the 55 meter (9.83) and Hoeppner, third in 200 meter at 34.69.
Marciniak also ran hurdles, placing fourth in both events. She ran the 55 meter in 9.9 seconds and the 200 meter in 34.76.
Duff took fourth in the 400 meter with a time of 1:05.67. Maddy Nelson finished sixth (1:07.07).
Hoeppner placed seventh in the long jump with a 13’ 6’’ leap.
Overall, Antigo finished seventh as a team with a total of 50 points. Lakeland dominated the crowd to win the outdoor title with 134. Rounding out the pack were Mosinee, 114; Tomahawk, 110; Northland Pines, 75.5; Medford, 72.5; and Rhinelander, 58.
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