ST. CROIX FALLS––The Invitational at St. Croix Falls features most of the Lakeland Conference's track teams and gives an indication of where each team is at currently and where they need to go from this point in time.
On Thursday, both the boys and girls teams from the Saints were predominant as there was at least a 60 point gap between St. Croix Falls in first place and whomever placed second.
For the boys, Unity placed second, then Grantsburg, followed closely (one point) by Webster. Shell Lake, Valley Christian, Frederic/Luck, Siren and Turtle Lake finished the teams participating.
On the girls side of the coin, Grantsburg placed second, followed by Shell Lake, Webster and Siren. Turtle Lake/Clayton,Unity and Frederic/Luck came next.
First place finishes for Grantsburg were Nate McKinley (400 meter dash and triple jump), David MacKean (800 meter run), the boys 4x400 meter relay team (Lee, Van Watermuelen, MacKean, McKinley), Amy Harmon (pole vault), Allison Peterson (long jump and triple jump), and the 4x80 meter relay squad (Slater, M. Rombach, Robelia, Gerber).
Webster corralled two first placements: boys 4x800 meter relay (Erickson, Stubbe, Meany, Stanton) and Harlo Olson (shot put).
Siren's Julia Cederberg received a first in the girls shot put.
Grantsburg seconds were Nate McKinley (200 meter dash), Gracie Gerber (800 meter run), and the girls 400 meter relay (L. Harmon, Slater, Lee, Gerber).
For Webster, seconds went to Hunter Erickson (800 meter run and 1600 meter run), Harlo Olson (discus), Dulcie Ashworth (100 and 300 meter hurdles), 4x100 meter relay (Matrious, Ashworth, Petersen, Winkler), and Jenna Gomulak (pole vault).
“I was so proud, many of the kids really stepped up and had strong performances,” expressed Grantsburg coach Kim Hallberg.
“This is a busy time of the year for our athletes but they were able to focus and persevere. It was a great night!”
From Siren coach Rick Larsen, “Julia Cederberg has continued to throw the discus well winning the event with a 110' 5" throw! Jalyn Nelson ran and jumped well, placing fourth in the 400 and fourth in the high jump. Freshman Macy Tollander shaved nearly a minute off her 2-mile placing third! Several freshman girls have really stepped up in our relays. Morgan Shetler, Kylie Buck, and Emma Aubert are really starting to jell under the leadership of senior Alexa Buskirk.”
Continuing, Coach Larsen said, “On the guys side, our relays are starting to come around with a mixture of Derek Highstrom, Gage Holmes, McCoy Maslow, Brady Kosloski, and Mo Richter! Gavyn Anton finished third in both the shot and discus, followed up with a solid performance from freshman Gage Hall who finished fifth and seventh”
The tracksters will be busy this coming week. All three county schools will have been at Unity on Monday. Tuesday, Grantsburg will have been at Osceola. Siren will be at Colfax on Thursday and Webster will host a few schools at their track.
Friday, Siren will travel to New Auburn. Next Tuesday, Siren and Webster will join Grantsburg in Grantsburg.