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Track teams relegated to running inside
Area athletes excel at UW-Platteville High School Indoor Meet
Taylor Crapp
River Ridge junior Taylor Crapp finished second in the 55-meter dash at last Thursday's UW-Platteville High School Indoor Meet.


PLATTEVILLE - Neither the snow nor the cold weather is keeping area track and field athletes from kicking off the 2013 spring season, but that’s only because of the availability of the indoor track and field facility at UW-Platteville’s Williams Fieldhouse.

Area track and field teams competed in last Thursday’s UW-Platteville High School Indoor Meet, where team scores were not kept, but individual performances were impressive none-the-less.

The Lancaster boys had a number of top finishers, including senior Kile Jerrett, who won the 55-meter dash (:06.92) and the triple jump (40’5.25”).

Jerrett also teamed up with A.J. Day, Justin Mara and Hunter Budack to win the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:38.36.

Budack also placed first in the 200 (:24.54) and second in the high jump (5’10”), while Mara placed second in the long jump (18’10.5”).

Taking top honors in the 4x800 relay with a time of 9:13.90 was the Lancaster team of Nicholas Volkmann, Jamin Beesecker, Trenton Cornell and Kyle Mezera.

Other top finishers for the Lancaster boys included Brandon Doll, who placed second in the 3200 (11:27.98), Ethan Soderstrom, who was second in the 55-meter hurdles (:08.62), and Mitchell Taylor, who was second in the pole vault (12’0”). A third-place finish was awarded to Abe Thompson in the 55-meter hurdles (:08.70).

For River Ridge, it was their first meet action of the season, but that didn’t stop senior Logan Irish from placing second in the 200 (:25.07), or third in the long jump (18’3”).

Taking second in the 55-meter dash with a time of :07.03 for the Timberwolves was fellow senior Cody Witzig.

The Cassville boys, who also were competing in their first meet of the season, were led by the 4x200 relay team of Dallas Esser, Caleb Dahse, Sebastian Apers and Dylan Johll, who finished second with a time of 1:41.71.

On the girls’ side, Lancaster, River Ridge and Cassville all had impressive performers as well.

For the Lancaster ladies, the 4x200 (1:55.48) and 4x400 (4:31.88) relay teams each placed first, with seniors Ashley Adams and Courtney Mumm, as well as sophomore Sydney Wagner on both teams. Senior Claire Friederick was the fourth member of the 4x200 squad, while freshman Ashton Doll was on the 4x400 team.

Mumm also placed first in the triple jump competition with a leap of 31’0.5”, while taking third place in the 55-meter hurdles was junior Lizzy Austin with a time of :10.34.

The River Ridge girls were led by junior Taylor Crapp, who placed second in the 55-meter dash (:07.92) and third in the triple jump (30’5”).

Other third-place finishers for the Timberwolves included freshman Bridgette Myers in the high jump (4’10”) and senior Jordyn Laufenberg in the shot put (34’10.5”).

The Cassville ladies were led by the 4x200 relay team of senior Maddie Bode, junior Jenna Friesen and freshmen Jenna Baliff and Bailie Becwar, who placed second in the event with a time of 2:00.98.

Friesen also placed third in the 55-meter dash with a time of :08.05.

If warmer weather should prevail in the near future, River Ridge is scheduled to host a meet on Tuesday, April 2, while Cassville is scheduled to go to Cuba City that day.

On Thursday, April 4, Lancaster is scheduled to compete at Prairie du Chien, while River Ridge goes to Darlington and Cassville to Riverdale.