Rice Lake's boys track and field squad finished first in six events and went on to win the 12-team Rice Lake Rotary Invitational on Tuesday. The hosting Warriors scored 156 points, finishing ahead of runner-up Osceola with 130.5 and third-place Northwestern with 92.5 in the field of Division 2 and 3 schools, except for Division 1 Rice Lake. Claiming individual firsts were junior Ben Widdes in the 200-meter dash, senior Shawn Magee in the 400 and junior Caleb Weber in the 800. The Warriors also won three relays, at 400, 800 and 3,200 meters. Rice Lake competed without standout senior long jumper, triple jumper and hurdler Brandyn Christman, who remains sidelined with a leg injury. Head coach Jared Sasada hopes to have Christman back for Division 1 regional action on Tuesday, May 27, in Rice Lake. "We knew going in (to Tuesday's meet) that missing Brandyn was going to be a big hole to fill. We needed some people to step up and that is exactly what we did," said Sasada. Besides the Warriors in first places, Rice Lake got strong performances from senior Max Osterbauer, second in the 100-meter dash; junior Eric Western, second in the 400 and third in the 300-meter hurdles; junior Henry Ellenson, second in the high jump and third in the triple jump; and senior Peter White, second in the pole vault.
Warriors girls runner-up In girls' action, Osceola dominated the top spots and won the team title with 168 points, with Rice Lake runner-up at 143. Hayward placed third among the 12 teams at 121.83. Osceola won nine events. Rice Lake won four events, with senior Haley Strouf a double winner. Strouf led the 100-meter hurdles and long jump, placed second in the 300-meter hurdles and was a member of Rice Lake's winning 800-meter relay team. Also on the winning relay team were sophomore McKenzie Orr and seniors Marissa Fitzgerald and Jordan Lundberg. "Most of our athletes found themselves beating their personal records, which is what track and field is all about," said Warriors girls' head coach Erin Madson. Rice Lake's other first place came from senior Maddie Carlsen, who won the 800-meter run by lowering her time. Freshman Ella Ellenson placed runner-up in both the 400-meter run and high jump. Also in the 400, sophomore Amber Drost placed third, just over a second behind Ellenson. "They both surprised me by running their personal bests," said Madson of Ellenson and Drost. "I will continue to have these two run in the open 400, which will be great competition for both." Madson also noted that though senior Josie Buckley settled for fifth place in Tuesday's tough shot put competition she threw her personal best by more than a foot at 36 feet and 5 inches. Next action for both the Warrior boys and girls is Tuesday in the Big Rivers conference meet at River Falls. Field events begin at 3:30 p.m.
Rice Lake Rotary Track & Field Invitational
Girls' team scores: 1-Osceola 168, 2-Rice Lake 143, 3-Hayward 121.83, 4-Shell Lake 83, 5-Northwestern 61.83, 6-Unity 50.33, 7-Cumberland 25, 8-Barron 18, 9-Cameron 13, 10-Amery 9, 11-Grantsburg 5, 12-Webster 4. Boys' team scores: 1-Rice Lake 156, 2-Osceola 130.5, 3-Northwestern 92.5, 4-Unity 54.5, 5-Webster 54, 6-Hayward 53, 7-Cameron 37, 8-Amery 34, 9-Barron 33, 10-Grantsburg 30.5, 11-Cumberland 18, 12-Shell Lake 9.
Girls' individual results (first place plus Rice Lake finishers among top three) 100 meters: 1-Aimee Rice-Strand (OSC) 12.89. 200 meters: 1-Bailey Ellefson (OSC) 26.93. 400 meters: 1-Shania Pokorny (SL) 1:02.62; 2-Ella Ellenson (RL) 1:03.19; 3-Amber Drost (RL) 1:04.33. 800 meters: 1-Maddie Carlsen (RL) 2:27.77. 1,600 meters: 1-McKenzie Fortier (OSC) 5:32.52; 3-Samantha Stone (RL) 5:44.41. 3,200 meters: 1-McKenzie Fortier (OSC) 11:47.34; 3-Samantha Stone (RL) 12:43.12. 100-meter hurdles: 1-Haley Strouf (RL) 16.39. 300-meter hurdles: 1--Hannah Salami (OSC) 48.94; 2-Haley Strouf (RL) 50.19. 4x100-meter relay: 1-Osceola, 53.25; 2-Rice Lake team of McKenzie Orr, Michaela Scalzo, Marissa Fitzgerald and Adrianna Hanaman-Kemp, 55.52. 4x200-meter relay: 1-Rice Lake team of McKenzie Orr, Marissa Fitzgerald, Jordan Lundberg and Haley Strouf, 1:54.20. 4x400-meter relay: 1-Osceola, 4:17.90; 2-Rice Lake team of Maddie Carlsen, Mary Brodzinski, Amber Drost and Ella Ellenson, 4:19.18. 4x800-meter relay: 1-Osceola, 9:59.69; 2-Rice Lake team of Maddie Carlsen, Jenna Tomesh, Amanda Stone and Samantha Stone, 10:36.79. High jump: 1-Paige Somerville (HAY) 5-4; 2-Ella Ellenson (RL) 5-0. Pole vault: 1-Mickey Gearin (OSC) 9-6. Long jump: 1-Haley Strouf (RL) 17-3. Triple jump: 1-Shania Pokorny (SL) 35-0. Shot put: 1-Katie Taylor (HAY) 41-10.5. Discus: 1-Colleen Knoop (SL) 118-9.
Boys' individual results (first place plus Rice Lake finishers among top three) 100 meters: 1-Ethan Ellingsworth (OSC) 11.47; 2-Max Osterbauer (RL) 11.65. 200 meters: 1-Ben Widdes (RL) 22.99; 3-Shawn Magee (RL) 23.58. 400 meters: 1-Shawn Magee (RL) 51.81; 2-Eric Western (RL) 52.50. 800 meters: 1-Caleb Weber (RL) 2:07.00. 1,600 meters: 1-Jacob Ohnstad (GRA) 4:47.32. 3,200 meters: 1-Timmy Heikkila (NW) 10:16.38. 110-meter hurdles: 1-Jesse Mickelson (OSC) 16.74. 300-meter hurdles: 1-Cullan Hopkins (WEB) 43.15; 3-Eric Western (RL) 44.11. 4x100-meter relay: 1-Rice Lake team of Max Osterbauer, Isaiah Secrest, Jon Von Feldt and Ben Widdes, 45.93. 4x200-meter relay: 1-Rice Lake team of Max Osterbauer, Isaiah Secrest, Jon Von Feldt and Ben Widdes, 1:35.86. 4x400-meter relay: 1-Osceola, 3:36.08; 2-Rice Lake team of Lucas Postlewaite. Eric Western, Jared Taylor and Shawn Magee, 3:36.50. 4x800-meter relay: 1-Rice Lake team of Caleb Weber, Jared Taylor, J.T. Postlewaite and Seth Gilbert, 8:48.99. High jump: 1-Justin Harriman (CAM) 6-0; 2-Henry Ellenson (RL) 5-10. Pole vault: 1-Justin Bradley (UNI) 13-0; 2-Peter White (RL) 11-6. Long jump: 1-Weston Hargis (BAR) 21-8.5. Triple jump: 1-Garret Schleis (CAM) 43-2.75; 3-Henry Ellenson (RL) 38-0. Shot put: 1-Thor Riemer (OSC) 53-2. Discus: 1-Adam Kroning (HAY) 138-01.