15 Tomahawk tracksters qualify for Sectionals
For the Tomahawk Leader
MEDFORD – The Tomahawk track and field team travelled to Medford on Monday, June 14 to compete in the Regionals meet, where 15 Hatchets qualified for Sectionals.
The Hatchet boys competed well and placed 6th with 72.33 points, falling short of the champions, 107.33-point Stanley-Boyd.
The Lady Hatchets were competitive with a 7th-place finish with 44 points, falling to the champions, Mosinee at 126 points.
“It was a great day for the Hatchets with 15 of our athletes making the push into the Sectionals meet,” coach Kurt Cordova said after the meet. “We are at the point in the season where the hard practices and all the training need to pay off, and for many of our athletes, it did. All of our varsity athletes performed well tonight.”
Sectional qualifiers for Tomahawk: Ethan Liebnitz, 1st, pole vault; Noah Buckwalter, 1st, 800m run; Drew Bolder, 2nd, 1600m run; Drew Bolder, 2nd, 3200m run; Alex Norman, 2nd, 800m run; Rachael Reilly, 2nd, 3200m run; 4x800m relay, Morgan Hansmann, Kate Reilly, Rachael Reilly, Macey Mann, 3rd; 4x200m relay, Maddie McCormick, Autumn Peissig, Halle Derleth, Karlie Woodall, 3rd; Ava Dragosh, 4th, pole vault; Dakota Jelinek, 4th, long jump.
Other top performances for the Hatchets: Macey Mann, 5th, 800m run; 4x100m relay, Maddie McCormick, Autumn Peissig, Marie Gorell, Karlie Woodall, 5th; Karlie Woodall, 5th, high jump; Halle Derleth, 6th, triple jump; Adam Hall, 6th, triple jump; Joey Reiter, 6th, discus; Micah Arnott, 6th, high jump; Alex Norman, 6th, 1600m run; Micah Arnott, 6th, 200m dash.
“Our seniors really led the way tonight,” Cordova stated. “Drew Bolder and Noah Buckwalter both had nice runs in the mile to qualify for state as well as the two-mile (Drew) and the 800 (Noah). Alex Norman had an excellent 800m run time to make his PR and a spot on the sectional qualifying team.”
Cordova noted that the girls’ team performed well in the relays, with a 4x200m relay, led by seniors Maddie McCormick, Autumn Peissig and Karlie Woodall, and freshman Halle Derleth, set up for a 3rd-place finish and a season PR. The 4x800m relay girls started the night off with the first qualifying team.
“With this many of our athletes going in such a competitive Regionals, we are excited to see where this takes them,” Cordova said. “We have a great group of seniors this year that have made the push for their last year. It is great to see so many of them advancing to the next level of these meets.”