Tomahawk tracksters compete in Three Lakes meet, Otto Bacher Invite
For the Tomahawk Leader
THREE LAKES – The Tomahawk Hatchet track and field team participated in two meets earlier this month.
The Hatchets competed against nine teams in an outdoor meet in Three Lakes on Tuesday, May 3.
The Hatchet girls had placed in 2nd overall with 108.5 points, but fell just short of 1st-place team Colby with 153.5 points.
The boys placed 6th overall, scoring 49.5 points, behind 1st-place team Rhinelander with 177 points.
“This was a fun meet for the whole team to switch things up and use it as a workout,” said head coach Kurt Cordova. “We had our sprinters doing the distance 4x800m relay, and our distance team seniors were stacked in the 4×200 relay. It is a great meet to try new events and compete in ones you normally wouldn’t. The athletes always enjoy this meet because of that reason. ”
The 4x200m relay team, comprised of Zach Hanse, Ryan Larson, Ty Anthes and Presley Gutbrod, finished in first place.
Other Hatchet finishes: Halle Derleth, Kambyl Mattke, Ava Dragosh, Izzy Lee, 4x800m relay, 2nd; Ava Dragosh, Macey Mann, Morgan Hansmann, Robin Schmidt, 4x400m relay, 2nd; Emily Maki, 300m hurdles, 2nd; Sam Zastrow, Zach Hanse, Presley Gutbrod, Ty Anthes, 4x800m relay, 3rd; Ty Anthes, Ryan Larson, Presley Gutbrod, Zach Hanse, 4x400m relay, 3rd; Micah Arnott, 3rd, high jump, 3rd; Morgan Hansmann, 1600m run, 3rd; Allie Palmer, 800m run, 3rd; Rachel Reilly, 3200m run, 3rd; Halle Derleth, 200m dash, 4th; Morgan Hansmann, shot put, 4th; Emily Maki, triple jump 4th; Halle Derleth, long jump, 4th; Zach Hanse, high jump, 4th; Joey Reiter, shot put, 4th; Dane Schonenberger, Keagyn Schoone, Dominic Boos, Micah Arnott, 4x100m relay, 4th; Kambyl Mattke, 3200m run, 5th; Rachel Reilly, 400m dash, 5th; Emily Lacina, Kate Reilly, Macey Mann, Geena Wanta, 4x200m relay, 5th.
“It was a great night overall for all of our athletes, many of which had recorded a personal best in at least one of their events,” Cordova stated. “It is at the point in the season where we are looking to see that improvement and the dedication of our practice workouts pay off.”
Otto Bacher Invite
On Friday, May 6, the Tomahawk tracksters headed to Merrill High School to compete against 11 teams in the Otto Bacher Invite.
“The Otto Bacher Meet is a favorite for our athletes because of the competition that it brings every year,” Cordova said. “It is an opportunity for our athletes to compete against some D1 schools and others that may not be in our conference. And to be able to have the meet under the lights for the last half is awesome.”
The Lady Hatchets placed in 8th overall with 49 points, but fell just short of 1st-place team Mosinee with 121 points.
The boys placed 10th overall, scoring 18 points, behind 1st-place team Wausau East with 108 points.
Rachel Reilly, Allie Palmer, Morgan Hansmann and Robin Schmidt took first place in the 4x800m relay.
Other Hatchet finishes: Rachel Reilly, 3200m run, 2nd; Allie Palmer, 1600m run, 4th; Macey Mann, Robin Schmidt, Morgan Hansmann, Halle Derleth, 4x400m relay, 5th; Emily Maki, 100m hurdles, 5th; Ava Dragosh, pole vault, 5th; Micah Arnott, high jump, 5th; Presley Gutbrod, Sam Zastrow, Taje Casey, Ty Anthes, 4x800m relay, 6th; Zach Hanse, Ryan Larson, Ty Anthes, Presley Gutbrod, 4x200m relay, 6th; Ty Anthes, Micah Arnott, Presley Gutbrod, Zach Hanse, 4x400m relay, 6th; Joey Reiter, shot put, 6th; Serena Reinke, 3200m run, 6th; Halle Derleth, 200m dash, 6th; Dane Schonenberger, Keagyn Schoone, Dominic Boos, Ryan Larson, 4x100m relay, 7th; Izzy Lee, 800m run, 7th; Serena Reinke, 1600m run, 7th; Macey Mann, 400m dash, 7th; Emily Maki, triple jump, 7th.
“This is the first meet where our athletes got to compete at a tournament level, with all of the sprints having prelims and finals,” Cordova stated. “It turns into a different meet than what they are used to up to this point. Many of our athletes found themselves setting personal bests in their running and field events. The level of competition allows them to rise to the challenge and push themselves to new heights. That is something I think every athlete did for us tonight.”
Athletes of the Week
Halle Derleth – 4x400m relay, 5th; 200m dash, 6th.
“Halle had a great night tonight, which started with her setting a new personal best in the 200m dash prelims. This pushed her into being seated 7th in the finals. In the finals, she set another personal record to work her way up to 6th place overall. This turned out to be the third time this week that she had beat her best in the 200m dash after first setting it in the Three lakes meet on Tuesday. She is starting to compete at an elite level at the right time of the season. She also helped the 4x400m relay team work their way into a 5th place finish.”
Izzy Lee – 800m run, 7th.
“Izzy had one goal in mind for the meet: She wanted to set a new personal best in the 800m run after being close all season. Not only did she set herself up for this new best, but she set it by over 15 seconds from her indoor season times. It was great for the coaches to watch her go after her goal and push herself to succeed.”
Sam Zastrow – 4x800m relay, 6th; 1600m run, 12th.
“Sam has been having great times in both the 1600m run and the 3200m run this year. This meet was no different with the competition level. He ran a new personal best for the 1600m run to achieve that new best. He has been running strong the last two meets, and in practice and as a freshman, it is great to see him making those strides.”
Ty Anthes – 4x200m relay, 4x800m relay, 6th.
“Ty has had a great week this week, as he has competed in both distance relays and sprint relays. He has helped the 4x200m relay team take a first place finish Tuesday at Three Lakes, and then again tonight to help that relay combination get a new personal best. This set them up for a 6th-place finish. He was also in the 4x800m relay tonight, which also took a 6th-place finish. He has been a strong mid-distance runner for us all year, and his dedication to both sprints and relays is definitely starting to show.”
The Hatchets were set to host an invitational on Tuesday, May 10, before heading to Rhinelander on Thursday, May 12 for a meet that gets underway at 4:30 p.m. On Tuesday, May 17, Tomahawk will take part in a Great Northern Conference meet in Antigo.