Despite exuberant amounts of snow still on the ground, enough of it managed to melt this week to allow the Mustang Open to run as scheduled Thursday at Menomonie High School.
The event saw the boys’ team finish runner-up with 105 points behind the event winner River Falls which ended the day with 132.70 points. The girls ended in third place with 88.25 points behind Medford (second, 105 points) and River Falls (first, 118.75 points).
“It was a great meet,” boys head coach Craig Olson remarked. “We were able to accommodate over 800 athletes from 10 different schools. We had to do some of the field events indoors, but everything worked out very well.”
Winning events for the boys’ team included senior Kevyn Perkins in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 16.28 seconds — a personal best by over a half second — and junior Devin Williams in the triple jump with a distance of 42-feet, 7.50-inches. Williams went on to tie for third with teammate Sam Zbornik in the high jump (5-feet, 10-inches). Zbornik also took third in the 300m hurdles (42.38) and high jump (5-feet, 10-inches) and second in the 110m hurdles (16.43).
Junior Jack Leipnitz was the only athlete to place in the top three for distance events, taking second in the 800m run (2 minutes, 9.10 seconds). Sophomore Wyatt Hanson finished in sixth in the 800m (2:11.79).
“Jack (Leipnitz) had a break-out day,” Olson said. “He’s had a great start to the season, and he’s been very easy to coach. He has a ton of talent, and he’s on his way to becoming one of the better mid-distance runners in the conference.”
Taking third in the long jump was sophomore Nico Wyss (18-feet, 5.25-inches), while fellow classmate Jed Ogea came in behind in fifth (18-feet, 3.25-inches) and senior Brenden Johnston finished sixth (18-feet, 3-inches). Johnston also took 10th in the triple jump (37-feet, 5.25-inches).
Senior Justin Evans picked up points for coming in fifth in the triple jump (38-feet, 7-inches) and seventh in the 110m hurdles (17.54). Junior Logan Sorenson took sixth in the jump (5-feet, 8-inches), while senior Tyler Amundson was good for sixth place in the shot put (41-feet, 4-inches).
The boys’ 4x400 relay team came in third (3:43.13).
“I was pleased with our second place finish,” Olson said. “We were careful not to overload any athletes due to the cold weather, so I was surprised that we were able to get second against such solid teams.”
Senior Tyra Boettcher was the only girl to win an event Thursday, taking first in both the long jump (16-feet, 2.50-inches) and triple jump (35-feet, 4-inches) events. Boettcher also took sixth in the 200m dash (27.97) and 10th in the 100m dash (13.73).
“Tyra (Boettcher) had quite the day,” girls head coach Matthew Flug said. “Her triple jump ended up good enough to set a new fieldhouse record that was previously owned by past state champion Stefani Friedenfels ... a pretty cool accomplishment for Tyra.”
Junior Kylie Mogen placed in a number of events, including second in the triple jump (34-feet, 2.50-inches), third in the 100m hurdles (17.96), fourth in the 300m hurdles (52.93) and tied for seventh in the high jump (4-feet, 8-inches).
Senior Elle Hemauer, who signed a scholarship on Wednesday to run track at UW-Eau Claire, took fourth in the 100m dash (13.50) and third in the long jump (15-feet, 6.50-inches). Senior Madison Davis sprinted her way to a third place finish in the 200m dash (27.31) and sixth in the 100m dash (13.56).
Other point-getters included junior Destiny Haldeman for taking runner-up in the shot put (36-feet, 9-inches), senior Grace Bilse in fourth place in the 800m run (2:34.38), sophomore Victoria Harmston in fifth in the triple jump (31-feet, 11-inches), freshman Chloe Oehler in sixth in the 300m hurdles (54.03), junior Kaylynn Imsande in sixth in the 800m run (2:37.34) and sophomore McKinley Davis in a four-way tie for seventh in the pole vault (7-feet).
Flug noted that the girls handled the event very well, considering they have not had a chance to work on any outside events prior to the Mustang Open.
“I feel like we are way behind, but I’m sure every team is feeling the same way,” he remarked. “Overall, the girls have been pretty positive despite the weather conditions and lack of quality technique time for a lot of events.”
The Mustangs are still on schedule for an invitational at UW-River Falls this upcoming Friday, followed up with another invite at Eau Claire Memorial on Tuesday, April 24.