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Rizner, Mizin win titles in River Valley meet
Richland Center freshman Madison Rizner set a new record in winning the triple jump at the River Valley Alumni Invitational track meet.

Madison Rizner set a new school record, and Yevheniy Mizin provided a birthday present at the River Valley Alumni Invitational track meet at Spring Green Friday. 

Rizner topped the triple jump record for the second time this season as she led the Hornets to a ninth place finish. 

The Hornet boys finished 12th despite Mizin’s runaway win in the 800, which he said was a birthday present for his mother.

Cuba City won the girls competition with 167.5 points over host River Valley. River Valley amassed 99 while Lancaster had 82. Boscobel followed with 71 along with Fennimore with 50, River Ridge with 49.5, Poynette with 46, North Crawford with 45, Richland Center with 40, Dodgeville/Mineral Point with 25.66, Belmont with 20.33, and Ithaca with 4.

Among the boys, River Valley sprinted to the title with 116 points while Poynette had 106. North Crawford tataled 77.5, Lancaster 72, Cuba City 69, Boscobel 66, River Ridge 43, Dodgeville/Mineral Point 33.5, Fennimore 29, Belmont 24, Ithaca 24, Richland Center 22 and Prairie du Chien 16.

Cuba City took advantage of the absence of a large number of Dodge-Point competitors, who were competing in another meet, to dominate the girls division. Cuba City won nine of the 18 events. Mazee Splinter and Kaitlyn Kaiser each were double winners, and the Cubans won two relays. 

Kaiser won the 100 and long jump, and Splinter won the low hurdles and high jump. 

Rizner flew 35 feet, 6 ½ inches in the triple jump to shatter the meet record by more than a foot. She also bettered her own personal best.

It was the Hornets’ only first place finish. Junior Janie Larse placed in two events – the 200 and 400. Larse finished fourth in the 200 in 29.12 seconds and fifth in the 400 in 1:06.57. 

Stella Elmentaler placed fifth in the 3200 in 13:31.87. 

The Hornets also placed in thee relays. The 4x200 team of Lexi Ewing, Blake McCoy, McKenna Nigl and Larse was eighth in 2:01.63, and the 4x400 team of Olivia Schultz, McKenzie Propp, Claire Shannon and Bethany Doudna was eighth in 5:15.39. The 4x800 team of Elmentaler, Jaszamine Luta, Mikayla Parish and Doudna was sixth in 12:41.81. 

Anna Laue ranked sixth and Rizner seventh in the long jump. Laue’s best was 14-11 while Rizner had 14-10 ½. Nigl and Ewng also picked up points in the triple jump. Nigl was fifth with 31-8 ¾, and Ewing sixth with 31-8.

Molly Jump finished eighth in the 100 in 13.87, and Ashley Kast took seventh in the 200 in 30.31. Jump was also eighth in long jump (14-4 ½) and narrowly missed placing in two other events.

Meanwhile, Mizin, who narrowly missed Andy Denman’s 40-year-old RCHS 800 meter mark earlier in the week when he broke the 2:00 barrier, ran away with the 800. Although he was expected to lay off the pace, Mizin, sensing a slow pace to the race, led all the way. He finished in 2;05.74 – over four seconds better than his nearest rival. The win was a birthday present for his mother, and despite missing the record, Claire Hagg, the former Hornet coach who works with Mizin, is convinced it’s only a matter of time before he gets the record.

Hornet sophomore Caleb Coleman ran third in the 200 in 23.80  The Hornets’ 4x400 relay team of Alex Slaman, Raphael Hipp, Evan Thomas and Mizin took sixth in 3:51.92. The 4x800 team of Thomas, Casey Driscoll, Chris Johnson and Jordan Kaszubski was also sixth in 9:29.42. 

Junior David Johnson topped Ithaca’s scoring He was second in the high jump (5-10) and fourth in triple jump (38-6). Wyatt Gundlach took sixth in the discus at 120-6, and Brandon Fowell was seventh in shot put at 41-3. Coach Jeanna Lorenz’ 4x200 relay and 4x100 relay both took sixth. 


Mckenzie Foege, Austin Durst, Jeven Ryan and Johnson ran the 4x100 in 48.79 seconds, and Isaiah Mueller, Jordon Aspenson, Anthony Johnson and Foege ran the 4x200 in 1:51.92.