By TRICIA HILL
Boscobel’s track and field team traveled to Fennimore on Monday evening to compete against nine teams at the Fennimore Invitational. The teams competing included Cuba City, Benton-Scales Mound-Shullsburg, Fennimore, Wauzeka-Steuben, River Ridge, Belmont, Cassville, Prairie du Chien, Boscobel and Boscobel JV. Out of the teams competing, the boys’ team finished in first place scoring 145 points and the girls team finished in fifth scoring 82.5 points. Taking first overall for the girls was Cuba City scoring 163 points.
“It was a momentous win for our boys’ team; they all performed to the best of their abilities that night,” coach Seth Bausman said. “I am looking forward to future performances.”
Boscobel’s boys’ had some strong performances in the individual running events by Chase Kull, Marcello Andrade, Dakota Kauffman, Jordan Molzof, Zach Mindham, and Noah Toye. Earning first place medals were Dakota Kauffman in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:05 and the 1600 meter run in a time of 4:25 and Zach Mindham in the 3200 meter run in a time of 11:01.
Kull placed third in the 100 meter dash preliminaries in a time of 12.21 seconds, earning him a spot in the top eight competitors. In the finals Kull finished in fourth overall in a time of 12.50 seconds. Andrade placed third in the 200 meter dash preliminaries with a time of 25.06 seconds, earning a spot in the top eight competitors. He then improved on his time in the finals, earning second place in a time of 24.11 seconds. Molzof placed second in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:06 and second in the 1600 meter run in a time of 4:25. Zach Mindham placed third in the 1600 meter run in a time of 4:42. Toye finished second in the 3200 meter run in a time of 11:05.
Other top five finishers for Boscobel as individual runners included Seth Laxton, Jack Latham, and Matthew Clark. Laxton finished fourth in the 400 meter dash in a time of 56.11 seconds. Latham finished fourth in the 3200 meter run in a time of 12:09. In the preliminaries Matthew Clark finished fifth in the 110 meter hurdles in a time of 20.23 seconds. This earned him a spot in the top eight finalists where he placed sixth in a time of 20.51 seconds.
Boscobel was very successful in relay events as they placed first in the 4x200, 4x400, and the 4x800 meter relays. They also had a fourth placed finish in the 4x100 meter relay. The 4x200 meter relay team consisted of Kull, Brandon Mindham, Andrade, and Clark, finishing in a time of 1:38. The 4x400 meter relay team included Laxton, Brandon Mindham, Kull, and Andrade, finishing in a time of 3:45. The 4x800 team included Matthew Fritz, Matti Chaimer, Laxton, and Toye finishing in a time of 9:09. The 4x100 team finishing in fourth included Hunter Drake, Clark, Austin Wilcox, and Hali Cook in a time of 51.52 seconds.
Notable performances in field events were by Fritz and Wyatt Roth. Fritz medaled in pole vault, placing third with a vault of 10’06”. Roth placed fifth in shot put with a throw of 40’08”.
“Once again, they are living up to the program’s high expectations and will continue to do so as the weeks progress into the tournament season,” Bausman said.
Competing individually in running events and earning medals were Keely Foley, Mackenzie Kauffman, Rachel Davis, and Karissa Lange. Foley competed in the 400 meter dash, finishing in third with a time of 1:06 and in the 3200 meter run finishing in second place with a time of 12:38. Mackenzie Kauffman competed in the 800 meter run, finishing in third place with a time of 2:37 and in the 1600 meter run, finishing in second place in a time of 5:38. Davis medaled in the 3200 meter run, finishing in third place in a time of 12:52. Lange medaled in the 100 meter hurdles, finishing in third place in the preliminaries in a time of 17.72 seconds. She then continued on to face off against the top eight finalists and finished in third place again in a time of 17.56 seconds.
Other notable finishes in the top five were completed by Davis, Carli Haines and Molly Pegram. Davis and Pegram competed in the 1600 meter dash, finishing with Davis in fourth with a time of 5:57 and Pegram in fifth with a time of 6:02. Pegram also competed in the 3200 meter run, placing fourth in a time of 13:27. C. Haines finished fourth in the 300 meter hurdles in a time of 55.72.
Lange was not only a fierce competitor in running events, she also proved to be strong in field events. She finished first in high jump at a height of 4’10” and third in long jump at a distance of 15’01”. Sydney Haines also had a strong finish in pole vault with a vault of 7’ and a fifth place finish.
“The girls did very well for their numbers and gave several great performances,” Bausman said. “They are showing how strong they truly are as a team and as individuals with this rigorous schedule coming up and all the other activities that come with the end of the school year.”
Boscobel’s next track and field meet will be on Friday, May 8 at River Valley starting at 4:30 p.m.