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Double victory
Hillmen sweep 51st annual Platteville Relays
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(from left) Plattevilles Sara Langmeier hands to Gabby Poller and Hannah Langmeier gets ready to take a handoff from Emilie Busch (back) during the girls 4x100 relay at Thursdays Platteville Relays. Hannah Langmeier and Busch teamed with Becca Hoyer and Katherine Kasper to place third in the event, while Sara Langmeier, Poller, Mia Bernhardt and Rachel Burkard placed fourth.

PLATTEVILLE — The cool, windy conditions and overcast skies weren’t ideal for the 51st running of the Platteville Relays, but the Hillmen were red hot on the track last Thursday afternoon.

The Hillmen got a number of standout performances in less than ideal weather to earn a sweep of the 51st annual Platteville Relays.

The Platteville boys won four events and finished second in three others at the all relay meet to score 95.83 to edge runner-up Darlington (92) for the boys’ team title. Belmont scored 11 points to placed ninth, while Potosi had one eighth-place finish to score one team point for 11th place.

The Platteville girls also won four events and had four second-place finishes to score 99 points to win the girls’ team title. Darlington also finished second in the girls’ competition with 82 points, followed by Cuba City (78). The Potosi girls placed seventh with 30 points. Belmont finished ninth with 19 points.

“It is always nice to win your own invitational,” said Platteville head coach Rob Serres. “The kids performed really well in conditions that were cool and windy. I like the way our teams are working together to help cheer on each other and are concerned with each others events.”

“The season is going great, but way too fast,” added Serres.

Junior Donovan Blevins (17’8”) and freshman Miles Steckling (17’7½”) had the top two jumps of the day to win the boys’ long jump relay with a combined total of 35’3½”.

Blevins also teamed with senior Dan Iselin and sophomores Tyler Moss and Jace Serres to win the distance medley relay in 3:45.87. Iselin, Serres, junior Logan Henry and sophomore Alex Sonsala ran to victory in the boys’ 4x800 with a winning time of 8:29.06. Iselin, Serres, Henry and senior Nick Mewhirter also placed second in the 4x400 relay (3:37.95).

Junior Caleb Lueder (126’) and freshman Austin Jentz  (120’4”) combined to win the boys’ discus with a total distance of 246’4”.

Blevins, Mewhirter, sophomore A.J. Barner and junior Mike Mussara finished second in the 4x100 relay (45.82).
Barner, Mussara, Henry and Moss finished second in the sprint medley relay (1:42.75).

Belmont junior Jake Wedig  (49’1½”) had the best individual shot put throw and teamed with senior Austin Adams (30’8½”) to finish fourth in the boys’ shot put. They also placed fifth in the discus relay (208’) with Wedig posted the top individual mark at 132’5”. Adams, Seth Peters, Tristen Gilbertson and Andrew Weber palced seventh in the distance medley relay (4:19.37).

Potosi’s Jeffrey Jacobson, Tyler Thingvold, Christian Bauer and Nelson Bauer placed eighth in the distance medley relay at 3:20.64.

In the girls’ competition, freshman Makayla Rooney tied the Platteville freshman team record and earned the sixth spot on Platteville’s all-time list by clearing 5’3” in the high jump, finishing five inches better than Cuba City’s Maizee Splinter (4’10”). Rooney teamed  senior Sara Langmeier (4’4”) won the girls’ high jump relay.

Senior Grace Hammermeister and freshman Ashli Vesbach won the 200-meter shuttle hurdle relay in 39.06 seconds. Freshman Becca Hoyer (28’0½”) and junior Hannah Langmeier (27’5½”) won the triple jump.

Senior Skye Digman had the top individual throw in the shot put (39”4½”) and teamed with freshman Izzy Carroll (29’8”) to win the girls’ shot put relay.

Kasper and junior Emilie Busch ran to a second-place finish in the 2x100 relay in 28.02 seconds. Busch (8’) also earned a silver medal along with Hammermeister (7’6”) in the girls’ pole vault. Kasper, Burkhard, Hannah Langmeier and sophomore Clare Drefcinski finished second in the sprint medley relay (2:04.31).

Rooney, senior Brelynn Updike and sophomores Cori Kettler and Renee Momot placed second in the 4x800 relay with a time of 10:46.94.

Sophomores Elsie deHaan (94’1”) and Sasha Wrege (85’10”) combined to earn Belmont’s top finish with a third-place finish in the discus relay (179’11”). They also teamed up to place sixth in the shot put (58’5”). Freshman Lizzy Haag (4’6”) and junior Taylor Reuter (4’2”) placed fifth in the high jump relay with a combined height of 8’8”.

Potosi sophomores Lily Reynolds and Maggie Schmitz finished second in the girls’ 2x100 shuttle hurdle relay at 39.48 seconds.

Junior Grace Morgan (34’6”) and sophomore Alexandria Pennekemp (25’5”) earned a bronze medal in the shot put relay. Morgan’s throw was second best out of 34 throwers. Reynolds, Schmitz, senior Brooke Dressler and junior Madelyn Kruser finished fourth in the 4x400 relay (4:44.34).

Last Tuesday, the Potosi girls scored 43 points and placed sixth out of seven teams at the River Ridge Invitational. The Potosi boys also placed sixth out of seven teams with 34 points. The host Timberwolves swept the team titles.

51st Annual Platteville Relays
(from Thursday, April 20 @ Platteville)
Team scores
— 1.Platteville 95.83, 2.Darlington 92, 3.Lena–Winslow (Ill.) 77.33, 4.Lancaster 57, 5.Cuba City 54, 6.Galena 44, 7.River Valley 40, 8.River Ridge 29.5, 9.Belmont 11, 10.Cassville 4, 11.Potosi 1. 
Platteville place winners (top 8)
2x100 — 3.A.J. Barner/Nick Mewhirter 23.51. 2x3,200 — 3.Alex Sonsalla/Lucas Johnson 22:16.44, 6.Tikiri Bandara/Tyler LaHaie 23:41.07. 4x100 — 2.Platteville (Barner, Mike Mussara, Mewhirter, Donovan Blevins) 45.82, 6.Platteville JV (Carter Chitwood, Max Allion, Austin Wein, Gabe Tashner) 49.83. 4x400 — 2.Platteville (Dan Iselin, Logan Henry, Mewirter, Jace Serres) 3:37.95, 6.Platteville JV (Calvin Wernimont, Osaze King, Miles Steckling, Nick Demaree) 4:01.11. 4x800 — 1.Platteville (Logan Henry, Sonsalla, Serres, Iselin) 8:29.06, 5.Platteville JV (Anthony Whisnant, Eric Wells, King, Bandara) 9:36.25, 6.Platteville JV 2 (Patrick Haas, Chris Gillen, John Cramer, Lucas Jonson) 9:50.24. Sprint medley relay (1-1-2-4) — 2.Platteville (Barner, Mussara, Tyler Moss, Henry) 1:42.75. Distance medley relay (2-2-4-8) — 1.Platteville (Blevins, Moss, Serres, Iselin) 3:45.87. 2x200 hurdle relay — 6.Michael Prestegard, Tashner 42.54. High jump — 3(tie).Quinn Kafer/Brock Schmabow 10’10”, 3(tie).Caleb Lueder/Austin Jentz 10’10”. Pole vault — 4(tie).Chris Gillen/Calvin Wernimont 18’6”, 5.Tashner/Haas 17’0”. Long jump — 1.Blevins/Miles Steckling 35’3½”, 3.Wein/Barner 32’9”. Triple jump — 3.Moss/Schambow 70’2”, 4.Kafer/Chitwood 70’2¼”. Shot put — 5.Caleb Lueder/Austin Jentz 78’4½”. Discus — 1.Lueder/Jentz 246’4”.
Belmont place winners (top 8)
Distance medley relay (2-2-4-8) — 7.Belmont (Tristen Gilbertson, Andrew Weber, Austin Adams, Seth Peters) 4:19.37. Shot put — 4.Jake Wedig/Adams 79’10”. Discus — 5.Wedig/Adams 208’0”.
Potosi place winners (top 8)
Distance medley relay (2-2-4-8) — 8.Potosi (Jeffrey Jacobson, Tyler Thingvold, Christian Bauer, Nelson Bauer) 4:20.64.
Team scores
— 1.Platteville 99, 2.Darlington 82, 3.Cuba City 78, 4.River Ridge 59, 5.Lancaster 48, 6.River Valley 33, 7.Potosi 30, 8.Cassville 23, 9.Belmont 19.
Platteville place winners (top 8)
2x100 — 2.Katherine Kasper/Emilie Busch 28.02, 4.Mia Bernhardt/Lauren Becker 28.93. 2x3,200 — 3.Cori Kettler/Courtney Jentz 27:57.34. 4x100 — 3.Platteville (Becca Hoyer, Hannah Langmeier, Busch, Kasper) 54.58, 4.Platteville JV (Bernhardt, Gabby Poller, Rachel Burkard, Sara Langmeier) 57.04. 4x400 — 5.Platteville (Brelynn Updike, Clare Drefcinski, Makayla Rooney, Grace Hammermeister) 4:45.42. 4x800 — 2.Platteville (Updike, Rooney, Renee Momot, Kettler) 10:46.94, 6.Platteville JV (Jentz, Jessie LeGrand, Julia Kasper, Bri Poller) 11:58.30. Sprint medley relay (1-1-2-4) — 2.Platteville (Burkard, K. Kasper, H. Langmeier, Drefcinski) 2:04.31. Distance medley relay (2-2-4-8) — 4.Platteville (Hoyer, Lauren Becker, Rooney, Updike) 4:52.54. 2x200 Shuttle hurdle relay — 1.Hammermeister/Ashli Vesbach 39.06. High jump — 1.Rooney/Langmeier 9’7”, 3.Skye Digman/Mckayla Loeffelholz 9’2”. Pole vault — 2.Busch/Hammermeister 15’6”. Long jump — 3.Hoyer/H. Langmeier 26’7½”, 6.Burkhard/K. Kasper 24’4”. Triple jump — 1.Hoyer/H. Langmeier 55’6”, 8.Loeffelholz/Maddie Loeffelholz 46’0”. Shot put — 1.Digman/Izzy Carroll 69’0½”, 8.Stephens/Anna Skubal 53’8”. Discus —  4.Carroll/MJ Stephens 178’2”.
Belmont place winners (top 8)
4x100 — 8.Belmont (Karsen Johnson, Trinity Rucker, Maddy Travis, Lori Moctezuma-Zayas 1:03.14. 4x400 — 8.Belmont — (Taylor Foecking, Taylor Reuter, Moctezuma-Zayas, Lizzy Haag) 5:00.81. Sprint medley relay (1-1-2-4) — 8.Belmont (Johnson, Rucker, Travis, Moctezuma-Zayas) 2:16.29. Distance medley relay (2-2-4-8) — 7.Belmont (Travis, Haag, Foecking, Reuter) 5:09.19. High jump — 5.Haag/Reuter 8’8”. Long jump — 8.Foecking/Rucker 22’8½”. Shot put — 6.Elsie deHaan/Sasha Wrege 58’8”. Discus — 3.deHaan/Wrege 179’11”.
Potosi place winners (top 8)
2x100 — 7.Brittany Horner/Alison Kruser 31.65. 4x100 — 7.Potosi (Horner, A. Kruser, Jacy Koeller, Alysha Jacobson) 1:01.35. 4x400 — 4.Potosi (Maggie Schmitz, Lily Reynolds, Brooke Dressler, Madelyn Kruser) 4:44.34. Sprint medley relay (1-1-2-4) — 6.Potosi (M. Kruser, Horner, A. Kruser, B. Dresller) 2:14.22. Distance medley relay (2-2-4-8) — 6.Potosi (M. Kruser, Schmitz, Reynolds, Dressler) 4:58.57. 2x200 Shuttle hurdle relay — 2.Reynolds/Schmitz 39.48.Shot put — 3.Grace Morgan/Alexandria Pennekamp 59’11”. Discus — 8.Morgan/Jacobson 154’3”.

River Ridge Invitational

(from Tuesday, April 18 @ Bloomington)

Team scores — 1.River Ridge 181.5, 2.Albany 149.5, 3.Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg 129, 4.Pec/Argyle 128, 5.Monticello 45, 6.Potosi 24, 7.Black Hawk 6.
Potosi place winners (top 6)
110 hurdles — 3.Christian Bauer 19.37. 4x100 — 4.Potosi (Jeffrey Jacobson, Evan Bloyer, Christian Bauer, Tyler Thingvold) 53.83. 4x200 — 5.Potosi (Thingvold, Bloyer, C. Bauer, Jacobson) 1:48.02. 4x400 — 4.Potosi (Nelson Bauer, Cy Menne, Blake Cooley, Andrew McKillip) 4:35.09. Long jump — 6.Nelson Bauer 14’11”.
Team scores
— 1.River Ridge 205.5, 2.Albany 108.5, 3.Pec/Argyle 82, 4.Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg 62, 5.Monticello 57, 6.Potosi 43, 7.Black Hawk 17.
Potosi place winners (top 5)
800 — 5.Brooke Dressler 2:47.76. 100 hurdles — 1.Maggie Schmitz 18.76. 4x100 — 4.Potosi (Allison Kruser, Alysha Jacobson, Jacy Koeller, Brittany Horner) 1:02.72. 4x200 — 1.Potosi (Schmitz, Lily Reynolds, Justics Udelhofen, M. Kruser) 2:01.03. Shot put — 3.Grace Morgan 31’1.5”. Discus — 3.Morgan 88’8”.