MENOMONIE — It was a pretty good start to the 2012 track and field season for the Bloomer boys and girls track team.
Both teams came home with second place overall team finishes at Saturday’s Northern Badger small schools track meet at Johnson Fieldhouse on the campus of UW-Stout.
The Blackhawk boys were second out of 20 teams with 60 points. La Crosse Aquinas won with 82 points. The Bloomer girls finished the day with 57.16 points, Arcadia won with 87.66.
Bloomer’s Levi Nayes came home first in the 400-meter dash and fourth in the 200-meter dash with his teammate Ryan Buske not far behind him in the 400, finishing in third place.
John Vodacek and Jesse Kressin took first in the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs, respectively. The Blackhawk boys were also first in the 800-meter relay and Ben Klatt was tied for fifth in the pole vault.
The Cadott boys were 16th with 11 points and the Cornell/Lake Holcombe team scored three points to finish 20th.
Ben Kyes finished in sixth in the 55-meter hurdles and Sean Sonnentag was fourth in the pole vault to lead the Hornets. Travis Anderson was eighth in the 200-meter dash and seventh in the 400-meter dash for Cornell/Lake Holcombe.
For the girls, Bloomer’s Ali Olson won the 800-meter run and was fourth in the pole vault. Jayla Thompson was fourth in the 200-meter dash and the duo of Nicole Lanzer and Cora Bruxvoort came home with top-five finishes in the 1,600-meter run with Lanzer in third and Bruxvoort in fifth.
Kayla Ruff finished fourth in the 55-meter hurdles and tied for fourth in the high jump. Elisabeth Anderson was fifth in the 3,200-meter run.
The Cadott girls track team also had a good showing, finishing in fourth place with 50.33 points. Leading the way for the Hornets was Aquila Glomski, finishing in second in the 55-meter dash. Tori Rykal came home third in the 200-meter dash and fourth in the 400-meter dash. Rachel Trippler finished just ahead of Anderson in the 3,200-meter run by coming home fourth.
Lauren Manier was third in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 10.10. The Hornets duo of Sarah Hartzell and Jessica Kelly tied for fifth in the pole vault. Ellen Sikorski finished third in the shot put.
Both girls relay teams also found success, with Cadott finishing third in the 800-meter relay and Bloomer ending up second in the 1,600-meter relay.
Cornell/Lake Holcombe finished 17th overall with 3.66 points and was led by Hannah Ash, who finished eighth in the 55-meter and 200-meter dash events. She also tied for fifth in the pole vault.
In large school competition, Chi-Hi as a team came home 10th out of 12 schools for the boys and 5th out of 11 for the girls.
Janna Fjelstad took the top spot in both long jump and triple jump for the girls. She was also third in the 55-meter hurdles. Teammate Sydney Schneider finished a few places back in the long jump in fourth place.
Elli Daniels was fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:04.78. The Cardinals 1,600-meter relay team was fourth.
For the Chi-Hi boys, Jason Faschingbauer was third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.08. Cooper Barth came home fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:05.76.
The 1,600-meter relay team was second out of 12 teams, under three seconds behind Lakeland Union for first place.