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Moll, 3,200 relay team break long-standing St. Croix Central track team records

The St. Croix Central 3,200 meter relay team broke the school record in a meet at Glenwood City on Thursday. Team members are (l-r) Courtney Carlson, Margo Chuloy, Liv Moll, Mariah Withuski and Claire Moll.

It was a record-breaking week for the St. Croix Central girls track team last week.

The Panthers broke two records in the distance events during meets run last Monday and Thursday.

A long-standing St. Croix Central track record was toppled when the Panthers ran at the Mondovi Invitational last Monday.

Central junior Liv Moll broke a record that had stood since 1996 in the girls 3,200 meter run. The meet was beneficial for the Panthers because they saw new, top quality opposition. The Panthers finished in second place in both halves of the meet behind Menomonie.

Moll was also part of the Central relay team that broke the 3,200 meter relay team record in a meet at Glenwood City on Thursday. She was joined by her sister, Claire, Mariah Withuski and Margo Chuloy in setting the relay record. Chuloy is a foreign exchange student who will be heading home this week after spending the school year at Central.

The relay team ran a time of 10:02, breaking the school record by 18 seconds. The coaches gave the relay team the chance to compete together at Glenwood City because they missed breaking the school record by one second in Monday’s meet at Mondovi. The relay team broke the record of 10:20 that had been set in 2003 by Katrina Brummer, Casey Kooiman, Laura Skala and Anna Williams. All four of the 2017 team members ran personal best 800 times to smash the previous record, with three of the legs finishing with times under 2:30.

“It just shows their commitment to training and dedication to each other. They didn’t want to let each other down,” said Central coach Ben Lamb.

The girls in the relay team were the only Panthers competing at Glenwood City. But 20 other Panthers got done with practice early so they could line the track and cheer the relay team on to the record time.

Liv Moll got the recordsetting week started on Monday by running a 12:01 to break the school record in the 3,200. The record had lasted more than 20 years, since Amber Bowman set it in 1996.

Moll didn’t win the race. She spent the race running on the heels of Menomonie standout Emma Welch and the competition clearly benefited both runners. This was Moll’s best time by more than 15 seconds.

The Panther girls had two wins at Mondovi. The 3,200 relay team just missed setting the school record in their win, which they took care of Thursday. Senior Katheryn Holter was the champion in the 100 meters. She also took third in the 200 and ran a strong leg in the 1,600 relay as the coaches brought her back gradually from an injury.

Among the finishes that stood out to the coaches was a second place distance by Jessie Kinney in the discus throw and a third place finish from freshman Mikala Bringgold in the 300 hurdles.

The boys were able to place second Monday despite leaving a halfdozen athletes home to nurse injuries. The two wins for the boys came in the field events. Trevor Nelson added to his school record in the triple jump, extending it another half inch with his mark of 42 feet, 7.5 inches. Nathan Strader was the winner in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 12 feet.

The next competition for the Panthers is scheduled for Monday, when they will compete at the WIAA Division 1 regional meet at Osceola.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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