Last chance meet helps some Tigers
The "Last Chance" track meet at River Falls last Tuesday gave the New Richmond track teams one final chance to establish their times and distances for seeding before they competed in the Middle Border Conference Track Meet.
The MBC meet was held on Tuesday. The Tigers are now gearing up for the WIAA Division 2 Regional Meet, which will be held Monday at Somerset.
Neither of the Tiger coaches said they were concerned about team scores in last Tuesday's River Falls meet. Girls coach Brent Aukema went as far as only having his girls compete in individual events. The Tiger boys finished second in the meet and the girls were third among the four teams in the meet.
The boys team put up several impressive individual efforts. Jeremy Weeks broke a junior class record in the shot put, missing the 50-foot mark by one-half inch. He broke the junior record set by Josh Fagnan in 1998.
Weeks won the shot put with that effort and Pete Larson took second place in the discus throw, as this duo continues to make the throwing event a strength of the boys team.
One of the biggest improvements for the Tigers came from senior Jeremy Hsueh in the 300 hurdles. He cut more than two seconds off his career-best time, winning Tuesday's race in 43.38 seconds.
One of the best races of the day was in the 200 meters. Osceola had two standouts running in Dave Hogen and Brett Madlon. New Richmond's Bryan Tschudy showed that he can run with the elite runners. He was in third place but only five-hundredths of a second behind the winner.
"That was the closest I've seen him run with those Osceola guys," Reuvers said.
Sophomores Dan Powers and Chad Aldous continued their progress in the long jump. Powers again cleared 20 feet and Aldous reached a personal best at 19-6.
The pole vault is another event where the Tigers have developed depth, with Hsueh and Zach Wolff each clearing 10-6 and Nick Robles stepping up to clear 10 feet.
While the girls were only competing in individual events, it did provide for some good races. One of the showcase races was the 100 meter dash, where New Richmond's Hannah Demulling and River Falls' Franklin are two of the elite sprinters on this side of the state. This time Franklin was able to edge Demulling in another close race.
"Whoever gets out of the blocks fastest will win between those two," Aukema said.
A race that showcased the talent of the New Richmond runners was the 400 meters. Demulling and Ayla Mitchell had another entertaining battle, with both of them completing the lap around the track in less than a minute. The depth of the Tigers was shown in the fact that five girls completed the 400 in under 1:05.
Demulling did get a win in the meet, taking first in the 200 meters in 26.3 seconds.
Aukema said there were several other individual efforts that stood out. He said Natalie Johnson's improvement in the 1600 and Krista Mitchell's 32-9 distance in the triple jump were good signs leading into the conference meet. Another was the improvement by Liz Scheder in the discus throw. Scheder, coming off ankle and wrist injuries from a recent spill in the discus circle, is someone Aukema is hoping can score points in the conference meet.
River Falls Last Chance Track Meet
Boys Team Scores: Osceola 90, New Richmond 71, Menomonie 66.5, River Falls 39.5
New Richmond placewinners
110 High Hurdles: 4. Jeremy Hsueh 17.59
Shot Put: 1. Jeremy Weeks 49-11.5
Long Jump: 2. Dan Powers 20.125; 4. Chad Aldous 19-6.25
800 Meter Relay: 2. NR 1:33.17 (Mike Martinez, Scott Emerson, Tom Wells, Bryan Tschudy)
1600 Meter Run: 1. Alec Slocum 4:51.34; 3. Zach Wolff 4:59.6
400 Meter Run: 4. Erik Anderson 53.93; 5. Josh Jorstad 54.47
400 Meter Relay: 1. NR 44.49 (Mike Martinez, Scott Emerson, Tom Wells, Bryan Tschudy)
Pole Vault: 4. Jeremy Hsueh 10-6; 5. Zach Wolff 10-6
Discus: 2. Pete Larson 135-7; 4. Jeremy Weeks 124-4
300 Int. Hurdles: 1. Jeremy Hsueh 43.38
800 Meter Run: 2. Mike Tarman 2:03.8: 5. Zach Wolff 2:09.22
200 Meter Dash: 3. Bryan Tschudy 22.78; 5. Mike Martinez 23.62
High Jump: 2. Pete Elkin 5-8
3200 Meter Run: 3. Brian Wojan 11:19.6
1600 Meter Relay: 2. NR 3:34.27 (Mike Tarman, Matt Knutson, Scott Emerson, Erik Anderson)
Girls Team Scores: River Falls 82, Osceola 72.5, New Richmond 58.5, Menomonie 55
New Richmond placewinners
100 Meter Hurdles: 1. Kelsie Abramson 16.83
100 Meter Dash: 2. Hannah Demulling 12.83
Discus: 5. Liz Scheder 87.4
Long Jump: 1. Jessie Mitchell 15-9.5
Triple Jump: 1. Krista Mitchell 32-9.25
400 Meter Dash: 1. Ayla Mitchell 59.22; 2. Hannah Demulling 59.69; 4. Hannah Zimmerman 1:02.58
1600 Meter Run: 1. Natalie Johnson 5:40.31; 4. Ericka Leahy 6:11.43
800 Meter Run: 1. Ayla Mitchell 2:19.45
200 Meter Dash: 1. Hannah Demulling 26.35; 4. Hannah Zimmerman 28.22
Pole Vault: 4. Emily Frank 7-0