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Emma Ongstad is part of a strong group of hurdlers for the New Richmond girls track team.

New Richmond girls second, boys third in 2013 MBC track meet

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The New Richmond girls were running to win. The Tiger boys were hoping to compete.

While the New Richmond girls put together a strong showing at last Tuesday's Middle Border Conference track championships at Ellsworth, it wasn't quite enough to win the championship. The Tiger girls finished with 169 points, five points behind Osceola.

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New Richmond's boys were hoping to stay within reach of Somerset and Prescott, the top two teams in the conference. The Tiger boys placed solidly in third.

Girls meet

The Tiger girls performed exceptionally well in some events, especially the jumps and the hurdles, in the conference meet. The expected production in those events led the Tigers to believe they could overtake Osceola for the title.

"We went out to try to win," said Tiger coach Judy Weiss. "I put kids where we could score the most points."

Where the Tigers scored, they scored big. In the long jump they took three of the top four places, with Erika Bohmke winning the title, Rose Smith placing second and Abby Blader fourth. Blader was the champion in the triple jump, with Bohmke taking second. Smith also leaped to second place in the pole vault.

The 400 meters was another strength. Junior Maddie Kelly took the top spot with sophomore Peyton Olien in third place.

The hurdles were productive, as they've been all season. Serena Shilts took second, Mariah Simon fourth and Emma Ongstad sixth in the 300 hurdles. Shilts was also second in the 100 hurdles, with Ongstad in third.

One of the big surprises was how the Tigers ruled the relay events. New Richmond took the top spot in the 400, 800 and 1600 relays.

The four-by-one and four-by-two both came out of nowhere," Weiss said.

The 400 relay was won by Bohmke, Rose, Heidi Germain and Taylor Klemmensen. Winning the 800 relay was Bohmke, Blader, Anne Frank and Simon. The 1,600 relay title was won by Olien, Shilts, Blader and Kelly.

Weiss said the seniors came through for the Tigers in the conference meet. The depth was so strong for the Tigers this season that they only had to use one freshman in their conference meet lineup.

Boys meet

The Tiger boys were much more of a factor than anticipated in the conference meet. The Tigers were champions in two events. Sophomore Jack Utzman pulled away from the pack to win the 3,200 meter run. The Tiger 800 meter relay team of Travis Germain, Connor O'Loughlin, Allan Wollenberg and Joey Miller pulled away to win their event by a three-second margin.

"I was extremely pleased with how we finished," boys coach Roger Reuvers said of his team's effort in the conference meet. "Every kid gave their best effort. Several exceeded anything they've ever done before."

The relays were a strong source of points. The Tigers ran second in the 1,600 and 3,200 relays while placing third in the 400 relay.

The distance events were also productive. Alex Charbonneau, Utzman and Bailey Wilson all placed among the top five in the 1,600 meters. Utzman was joined in the top four in the 3,200 meters by Austin Haseleu.

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