Menomonie meet not a washout for New Richmond track team
While last Thursday’s snowstorm wiped out most track meets in the northern half of the state, half of the Mustang Invitational was able to be held in Menomonie.
The field event portion of the meet was moved into the Menomonie High School Fieldhouse. While this wasn’t a complete meet, it did give field event athletes a chance to compete on dry runways. With the wet weather this spring, the chance to compete in a warm, dry setting was an appealing option for the athletes.
The Tigers were able to record two wins in the meet. Senior Brendan Maki cleared the bar at 11 feet to win the pole vault, finishing a foot better than his nearest competitor.
Senior Maddie Kelly was the winner in the girls high jump. She was one of three girls who cleared the bar at 4 feet, 10 inches, but she was awarded the win on fewest misses. Tiger senior Emily Kukacka took fourth place by clearing 4-8.
The high jump is an event where the Tigers are building exceptional depth. They had four of the top seven finishers in the high jump in the five-team meet.
New Richmond boys coach Roger Reuvers said the meet was especially important for the pole vaulters and high jumpers because the wet conditions all week made it impossible for them to practice safely at the outdoor pits.
Kukacka was also a placewinner in the girls shot put event for the Tigers. She took third place with a toss of 30 feet, 3 inches.
The Tigers also got a third place finish in the boys half of the shot put event. Junior Ben Peterson took third place by lofting the shot 41 feet, 5.5 inches.
There was only one pit for long and triple jumps, so attempts were limited in the meet. The best results out of these events for the Tigers came in the girls triple jump, where the Tigers took two places. Junior Kennedy Kling placed fourth, with sophomore Sammy Struss in fifth. Both of them cleared the 30-foot mark with their best attempts.
Tiger fans will get their first chance to see the teams in action on their home surface next Tuesday. The Tigers are hosting a five team meet, with Somerset, Osceola, St. Croix Falls and St. Croix Prep scheduled to compete.