Antigo co-ed track, field team kicks off spring season|
Despite what Mother Nature has in store for Wisconsin outside, the Antigo spring sports season is underway with the start of the Red Robins’ indoor track and field events. Antigo participated in the Wausau West Early Bird Invite this past Saturday, with the boys finishing just ahead of the middle of the pack at fourth overall in team rankings out of nine teams. The girls placed ninth in the invitational.
The boys’ only first place finish on the day came from Colin Koss in the 1600 meter run, finishing with a final time of 4:57:72. The next closest runners in second and third place were Marathon’s Andrew Studinski at 5:03:65 and Steven Studinski at 5:14:76.
“Colin is in great shape and took the mile with energy still reserved,” boys’ Coach Darren Drewek commented. “It is tough to pace long-distance races when the track is only 154 meters.”
Koss also went on to place second in the 800 meter run. Marathon’s Xavier Lechleiter finished first with a final time of 2:11:24 and Koss behind him at 2:11:58. Wausau West’s Carson Weber placed third at 2:19:30.
Aeric Berner took second place in the boys’ 200 meter dash, completing the race at 26:58 just behind Amherst’s first place runner Josh Cisewski. Kristian Welch of Iola-Scandinavia finished third at 26:64.
Justin Hickman and Berner also went on to take second and third place respectively in the 400 meter dash with times of 57:38 and 58:54. The two Antigo boys finished just behind Iola-Scandinavia’s Dylan Robins’ time of 57:36.
Coach Drewek was pleased.
“Hickman and Berner performed well in the sprints against good competition. They prepared well and had good strategies coming in,” he said.
Michael Bradley and Jake Zabrowski took fifth and sixth in the shot put event, with marks of 42’ 1.5” and 41’ 7”. Newman’s Jeff Ford took first place far and away with his 48+ foot performance.
Hickman finished seventh in the boys long jump with a mark of 19’ 3.5”. Josh Cisewski of Amherst took home first place with a jump of 20’ 8”.
On the ladies side of the invite, Coach Andrea Raley was set for her first year of girls’ varsity track coaching.
Kim Robertson took sixth out of 19 girls in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 10.70 seconds. Taylor Baine of host Wausau West finished first at 9.8.
In the 55 meter dash, Sami Smits took 12th place out of a large field of 44 girls. Her final time was 8.56 seconds, while Wausau West’s duo of Alyssa Faucett and Sierra Wittenberg took first and second places with times of 7.55 and 7.94.
Lady Robin Sarah Duff took third in the 400 meter dash with her time of 1:10:56. Newman’s Caitlin Deaton took first with her 1:06:13 mark while Iola-Scan’s Leighten Fischer took second place at 1:08:14.
Duff also took fourth place in the 200 meter dash alongside Antigo’s fifth-place Mandy Petts. The girls respectively finished at 30.75 and 31.05 seconds. Wausau West’s Alyssa Faucett won the race with her 29.46 mark.
In the 4 x 160 meter relay, the girls took fourth place out of 13 qualifying teams with their 1:32:17 finish. The team was comprised of Petts, Smits, Kari Kleinschmidt and Ellie Payant. Wausau West’s squad took first with a time of 1:25:28.
In retrospect to both sides of the co-ed invite and the newly-begun season, Coach Raley was very optimistic.
“Overall (they) performed extremely well. For many of the athletes, the meet was the first of their careers,” she said.
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