Lady Hatchet tracksters earn first-place finish at Otto Bacher Invite in Merrill

Freshman Elise Gibeault breaks school, meet records

For the Tomahawk Leader

MERRILL – The Tomahawk Hatchet track and field team traveled to Merrill for the 11-team Otto Bacher Invite on Friday, May 3.

“The Otto Bacher meet is a favorite for our athletes because of the competition that it brings every year,” said coach Kurt Cordova. “It is an opportunity for our athletes to compete against some big 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 took first place with a score of 121.5, while the boys finished in 9th overall with 35. Wausau East was the top boys’ team with 173 points.

“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 after the meet. “Many of our Hatchet girls’ team did just that tonight, with them taking first in four of the events and ultimately first as a team overall. To add to the excitement, we had freshman Elise Gibeault break two of our school records tonight in the 200m run and 400m dash. The 400m dash time turned out to also be a new Otto Bacher Meet record as well.”

First-place finishes for the Tomahawk girls: Elise Gibeault, 400m dash (new school record/meet record, 58.71 seconds); Elise Gibeault, 200m dash (new school record, 26.53 seconds); Alli Palmer, 3200m run; 4x800m relay, Robin Schmidt, Lydia Shaney, Norah Mann, Alli Palmer.

Other Lady Hatchet finishes: Elise Gibeault, 2nd, high jump; Ayla McCormick, 2nd, discus; Alicia Voermans, 2nd, pole vault; Elise Gibeault, 3rd, 100m dash; Lydia Shaney, 3rd, 800m run; Siennah Calkins, 3rd, high Jump; 4x100m relay, Alicia Voermans, Halle Derleth, Faith Derleth, Rachael Reilly, 3rd; Halle Derleth, 4th, triple jump; Kaylynn Sandry, 4th, high jump; Alicia Voermans, 4th, 100m dash; Shelby Borowski, 5th, shot put; Faith Derleth, 6th, 200m dash; Siennah Calkins, 6th, triple jump; 4x400m Relay- Rachael Reilly, Siennah Calkins, Norah Mann, Lydia Shaney, 6th.

Scores for the Tomahawk boys were Patrick Samundsen, 3rd, shot put; 4x800m relay- Sam Zastrow, Beau Stromberg, Jerimiah Johnson, Dominic Boos, 3rd; Sam Zastrow, 3rd, 3200m run; Dominic Boos, 4th, 3200m run; 4x100m relay, Mason Riebe, Dane Schonenberger, Zack Germano, Kaiden Kapellusch, 5th; Mason Riebe, 6th, pole vault; Beau Stromberg, 6th, 800m run; Presley Gutbrod, 8th, high jump; 4x200m Relay- Mason Riebe, Dane Schonenberger, Presley Gutbrod, Zack Germano, 8th.

“Coming into the final few weeks of the season and to be seeing so many of our athletes getting past their own personal records is a great sign for us of what’s to come,” Cordova said. “Tonight was one of those meets that most of our athletes set a new personal record in at least one event, showing signs that all of the hard work has been paying off.”

This week’s action

The Hatchets are scheduled to host a meet on Tuesday, May 7.

On Thursday, May 9, the Tomahawk tracksters will travel to Rhinelander for an invitational.

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